Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cassidy's Birth Story - Part Two

Well, as many of you know my heart's desire was to have a water birth.  It didn't happen.  When Cassidy decided to come the water was at 91 degrees and needed to be at 100; so we had to forgo the birthing pool.  No problem because Daddy and Aaliyah enjoyed having their own hot tub for about two weeks! 

Friday morning at about 2:00a.m. I woke up and had to use the restroom.  Not unusual; but it was a little strange when I woke up at 2:15 and had to go again.  After that restroom break I couldn't go back to sleep.  It was then that I realized I was having contractions.  I timed them for about thirty minutes, then I woke up my hubby and told him this was it  (He believed me this time and woke right up to go and get the pool ready!); then I called my midwife, Tressia.  She said to try and get some sleep; but if I couldn't to call back.  Well, I couldn't sleep so I called her back and she headed my way. 

Meanwhile downstairs...My husband found that there was a leak in the restroom connected to the room with the birthing pool in it; so he had to get out the wet vacuum, pull up all the plastic from the floor, and vacuum the water up.  After that was done he put the plastic back and began to fill the pool. 

I continued to have contractions about five minutes apart and then Tressia arrived.  Normally she just has one assistant; but there was a young lady in training who also accompanied her in all our visits and was able to come to the birth as well.  This worked out great because I really wanted Aaliyah to be there; but not in the way.  They were fast friends once Aaliyah woke up.  They read and played together while I was "contracting" and when the real thing happened Aaliyah was able to see it. 

As I said, my contractions started at about two in the morning.  They continued at about five minutes apart, then three minutes apart until about ten; then they became severe and close together.  They were really bad for a while and I was fully dilated and everything; but Cassidy just didn't want to come.  I looked over at Tressia and asked her, "What is taking it so long!?!"   She suggested we change positions, called Raymond into the room, and Cassidy was born about 10 minutes later.  Maybe she was waiting for her Daddy, or maybe she was busy sucking her fingers and didn't want to be bothered until she was done.  Tressia said her arm being up could have stopped her from coming sooner. 

Anyway...When it was all said and done I had a beautiful and healthy baby girl.  No meds, No complication, and a bunch of fun fellowshipping with two other Christian ladies.  I had a great time apart form the contractions!

View our birth photos here.

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