Thursday, July 23, 2009

Guest Column: The Miracle of Birth

The Miracle of Birth

When I heard Krystal's story of birth it brought me right back to the home births of each of my three children.

Natural childbirth is, without a doubt, the most beautiful and magical of life's experiences.

Sadly, the medicalization of birth, and the media's portrayal of of natural birth as a hellish and fearful experience, have largely taken this precious moment away from us.

I asked Krystal to share her story to inspire others to reclaim the birth right of their children.
Krystal's Story:

Childbirth….everything I imagined and more
Becoming pregnant, growing this amazing gift for 42+ weeks was hands down the best 42 weeks of my life, until May 12th came, and I was able to, as a woman birth my child. No one “delivered” my baby, I DID.
I chose a homebirth, selected great midwives out of Northampton, Sacred Birth Midwifery, and proceeded to gain friendship, trust and love ….yes, from my care providers! Hard to believe huh? Our visits were over an hour long each and every time. No waiting for an hour in the waiting room to see the doctor, then getting a whole 15-20 minutes of their time, if you are lucky.
So you may ask, why a homebirth? Well let me ask you….is pregnancy a disease or sickness? NO! So, why go to a hospital that is intended for sick people? Why deliver your precious new baby into this world in a place full of sickness and disease when you could just as easily stay in the safety and peacefulness of your own home with skilled professionals that come to you? I was also able to have a wonderful water birth in my own living room!
My labor was the most amazing, invigorating, exhilarating 26 hours of my life…so far. I had my husband by my side, my doula, my midwives and oh dogs! I was able to walk around my own house at will, no needles, no synthetic drugs being pumped into my body or my baby’s unborn body.
I absolutely LOVED the water. I was able to sleep in between contractions while in the tub and completely relax my body. My midwives even told me days after my little ones birth that I was actually smiling while having a contraction! This was hard for me to believe. They told me it was beautiful to see. WOW! Quite different from what you see on TV and the movies huh? Screaming women begging for drugs. Nope…not here, it was nothing like that. Intense at times, and while in transition, but as long as I relaxed my hands and my face and didn’t tense up, I was able to make it through every surge I had. I just kept telling myself that this was all good and every surge I had was doing it's was bringing my baby down the birth canal, into my arms!
I pushed for a little over 3 hours (it was my first), which is completely normal. I pushed in the labor tub, on the birth stool, standing up and even on the toilet. I got back in the water to deliver my baby. I so wanted a peaceful warm water birth. I wanted my baby to be born into warm water. No bright lights, loud louses, no one screaming for me to push to 10. Nope none of that. Just 3 midwives sitting by the side of the tub watching me do my thing.
My body went into the goddess position automatically (all 4’s) and I gently pushed my little one out. One of my midwives told me that the head was out, I didn’t even know! One more push and the rest of my little angel slid out into the water, right in front of me. I looked down and saw my baby! I gently picked him up and brought him to my chest. I will never forget this moment. His eyes were wide open and he was just looking around. I delivered my baby…no one else. What an amazing experience. I cannot wait to do it all again!
Our midwives stayed 6 hours after our baby’s birth to help clean up, they cooked us breakfast and fed it to me, and did our little one’s first assessment right there in our living room in front of us. My little one was never out of my site. No nursery to wisk him away to, nothing like that.
I once had a gynecologist tell me that I would never be able to vaginally birth a baby because I was just “too small” down there. Funny huh? My little one weighed in at 8 lbs 6 ounces. Guess she was wrong!


little miss spy said...

thank you for sharing. i love seeing how wonderful birth can be. i wish they'd talk about it this way on tv so people wouldn't be so afraid of birth and so accepting of birth as a medical procedure require drugs.

Anonymous said...

"There is no HEALTHIER way to bring a life into this world and the most natural way to jump start the nervous system. We wonder why the children are starting life with sooo many problems, just maybe it begins with the trama of the modern birth. The children need more Krystal's in their lives."


Anonymous said...

nice article, sometimes we just follow the herd and miss out on the something spectacular!


Anonymous said...

I think its a great work & it certainly will make many realise that how precious their love is.