Beautiful Aria Sofia

Beautiful Aria Sofia

The Birth of Aria Sofia

Throughout my pregnancy I wished for and visualized a successful home birth with both grandmothers present. I was ten days past my “due date” and had been having prodromal labor for about two weeks. That evening that the contractions began coming regularly. We started timing them, excited that it felt like labor was finally starting ‘for real’, and my husband and a friend set up the birthing tub. Then I took a bath and a glass of wine and slept for a few hours until it got too uncomfortable to stay in bed.

Beautiful Aria Sofia

Beautiful Aria Sofia

I labored in the house throughout the next morning while our birth team assembled itself. My mother-in-law came over and started cooking. My hips and lower back were very achy and in the afternoon I asked a friend if she could give me a massage. We took a slow walk by the river and then she gave me a wonderful massage. My parents arrived from out of town and we sat down together to have some dinner, just about 24 hours after labor began. During the meal I had a series of contractions that were much closer together, followed by several gushes of liquid. The scariest part of the whole experience was when I went to the bathroom and discovered that the liquid was blood, and not a little smear like I was expecting from the mucus plug. We called the midwife and she reassured us that I was okay and that it was the waters and mucus plug together so we moved upstairs where I wanted to give birth.

 

During the next five hours the sensations got more and more intense. Our doula and then the midwife arrived. I spent time on the floor, in the tub, the bathroom and the bed with my husband, my mom, his mom, and the two birth professionals helping me in turn. Now and then the midwife checked the fetal heart rate but mostly she gave me space to have my process. The pain in my lower back became extremely intense, and then I got sleepy. After trying to rest for a few cycles I headed back to the tub looking for some relief and as I got in I heard the midwife point out a line that had appeared on my back indicating that I had reached full dilation. That was encouraging to hear, and then the urge to push came on suddenly. Everything slowed down and I pushed for about an hour, leaning into my husband and looking up at the four women who were cheering me on. Finally the baby crowned fully and the rest of it’s body slipped out. The midwife lifted the baby out of the water and put her on my chest. I was so stunned to have our baby in my arms that it took me several minutes to check and see that we had a beautiful daughter.
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Beautiful Aria Sofia
Born at Home in Downtown Charlottesville, Va with the Help of the Winding River Midwives
6/18/15, 12:09am
7lbs 8ozs