Baby Raelynn’s Birth Story

Baby Raelynn’s Birth Story

Meet Raelynn
Meet Raelynn

Having baby Rae was such an awesome experience! For my first three pregnancies and deliveries, I went the traditional route: Obstetrician, hospital, and pain medication (as soon as I arrived at the hospital). That is all I knew. I didn’t know there were tons of other options to help things go smoothly. After a not so fun labor and delivery with Arianna (3rd baby), I was determined to try something else. I felt that a midwife was the way to go, so the search was on. After an extensive interviewing process, I found a midwife that would best suit our family’s needs. I was elated with my decision. Besides the 3rd trimester aches and pains, my pregnancy was a smooth one.

Very pregnant
Very pregnant

At thirty-nine weeks, my discomfort level was at an all time high and I was ready to have my baby girl. I had an appointment with my midwife that week so I decided to ask her to strip my membranes. Stripping membranes is a procedure in which the doctor or midwife separates the amniotic sac from the wall of the uterus. This can be really uncomfortable, to some, or just feel like a regular cervical exam. Afterward, if your body and baby are ready, you will go into labor between 12-24 hours. After my appointment, I was in labor throughout the rest of the day. I simply continued with my daily activities, as planned, and timed my contractions once they became consistent. Around 9:30 pm I was in full labor. I told Shaun to take a nap while I continued to labor (I needed him fully rested for later). He woke up around 2 am and that’s when I started to feel my body transitioning. My contractions were about three to four minutes apart and I couldn’t speak through any of them. I realized then that it was time to make the necessary phone calls (to our moms and our midwife).

Just arriving at the hospital
Just arriving at the hospital
Breathing through it
Breathing through it

We arrived at the hospital at about 4 am, hoping that the majority of the labor was done at home. When the nurse checked me I was 8 cm! I thought to myself, “FINALLY”! It only took me three pregnancies to get laboring at home down packed [side note: make sure you find a hospital that is conducive to your birth plan]. Since I only had 2 more centimeters to go, I was able to labor on the birthing ball and in the birthing tub. All of which were a part of my birthing plan. I also planned to have a natural birth, with no epidural. As the contractions were back to back, Rae’s heart rate started to drop a bit. She wasn’t enjoying labor at all! After all, labor is hard work for both the mother and baby. My midwife Tina then informed me that she needed me in a position that would benefit the baby (which wasn’t one that was helping me through contractions). After laboring for three more hours, she checked me and I was still only 8 cm. With all that was going on, I finally remembered that it takes my body a long time to get from 7 to 10 cm. With that being said, I gave in and got an epidural. Being confined to a bed, in one position, I just couldn’t handle the pain anymore.

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In a way, I felt defeated. I spent so much time researching and planning, only to give up when things got really tough. But then I began to think of how long I lasted without the epidural and that feeling of defeat slowly went away. I felt proud of myself because I had never gone that long without pain meds before. I promised myself that for baby #5 I’m going to carry my plan out to the letter.

I felt much better after getting the epidural and baby Rae’s heart rate normalized as well. It was all downhill after that. One hour later, I pushed three times and she was here! A big 9-pound, beautiful, healthy, and quiet (she didn’t cry) baby was now ours to see. Tina allowed me to bond with Rae before all the extra hospital stuff they do. We had skin-to-skin time and I breastfed her. When they performed the Apgar test she was laying on my chest. No need to whisk her away from her warm and loving momma and put her in a cold place with a bunch of bright lights.

Loving the bonding time
Loving the bonding time

Rae didn’t leave my side for our whole hospital stay. When I was ready to wash her, I did it right in our room and enjoyed every bit of it. I can’t wait to have that experience once more with our last baby. Everything didn’t turn out quite as planned, but it was, in fact, my best labor and birthing experience ever. I have God, my family and my birthing team to thank for that! Until next time…. Lady Ki

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