The birth of my first child took place in a birthing center and this gave me the confidence that I could have a homebirth for my second child. Nothing sounded more appealing than having nowhere to go and nothing to do besides let my baby come when he or she was ready.
Here is the home water birth story of Evelyn Jade:
( Click HERE to watch the video: Krystle K’s Home Water Birth )
On Monday morning August 13th 2012 I woke up and walked to our bathroom.
As soon as I was inside, our stain glass window reflected a beautiful rainbow on just my belly.
I smiled and thought “God, is this a sign?”
Soon afterwards I left for a bridge walk downtown and I laughed out loud as I pulled in to park. Another beautiful rainbow filled the sky and stretched from one end of the bridge to the other.
By the end of my walk I noticed it was a double rainbow (yes the YouTube guy totally came to mind).
Thus I dubbed it my “rainbow day.” I felt very strongly that my child was coming soon.
Around 3am that night I woke up to my daughter crying. I went and got her, and brought her into bed with me.
We cuddled for a bit and then I realized I was having contractions. I was VERY excited because they weren’t in my back (like my excruciating 1st labor). An hour later they got more intense and I put Annabelle back in her room and decided I needed to sleep while I could. Around 6am I woke up as they became consistent (5-8 minutes apart) and I let my husband know we needed to get ready for the baby.
Around 7am or 8am I contacted our birth team and then……. my labor stalled. No contractions, no nothing. Crickets…I had a little mini-meltdown but luckily my incredible friend Dr. Deanine came by and did her magic. Acupuncture and aromatherapy and before she had even finished her treatment I was in active labor!
From 1-3pm I labored with Josh, my photographer Beth, my sister Libs, who was filming, and my mom and Annabelle came in and out. I had hoped my 14month old daughter would make the birth and it worked out perfectly.
My contractions were so easy and manageable compared to my first birth none of us realized that the baby was coming soon. We kept telling the midwife (who was on birth #3 already that day) that she has plenty of time.
I was laughing in between contractions, talking with everyone, and really convinced we had hours and hours to go.
It was such a pleasant and beautiful experience! (PRAYER works)
My labor scripture was: “We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.” Col. 1:11-12 (MSG)
I had this written out by my bed and read it almost the whole 9 months before my homebirth.
I also had a worship song on repeat during my labor that I was singing in my head again and again:
“I may be weak, but your spirits strong in me. My flesh may fail but my God you never will.”
Around 3pm the contractions became strong and I was needing Josh’s support much more.
Harmony my midwife, and my birth assistant Heidi arrived close to 4pm and set up my birth tub. I jumped in and instantly felt the urge to push. Surprised I said “I think I need to push?!!!”
I had 2-3 STRONG contractions and then to my surprise and everyone else’s, the baby was out! Josh wasn’t even in the tub yet and had to dash to catch her with one hand.
It was very strange holding my child and not knowing her name. It took us about 2 hours to decide and then we had all the family come in the room and told them. We named her Evelyn (Hebrew for life and Irish for radiant) & Jade (after my little sister Liberty Jade.)
Annabelle was in the room with us for the birth and got in immediately to inspect, touch and talk to her little sibling. It was a precious and perfect experience.
The best part of our home birth was jumping into my own bed afterwards and going off to sleep with our precious new blessing.
So there it is- short and sweet.
Click HERE to watch the video: Krystle K’s Home Water Birth
Click HERE to find out more about Harmony Miller LM, CPM and her free-standing birth center
Click HERE to find out more about Dr. Deanine Picciano AP, LMT and Whole Person Healing