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Baby Ella was due April 30, 2003. On April 22 I met with my midwife and checked
how things were going. At this time I was 5 cm dialated and about 80% effaced
so birth was imminent. For the next two days I lost my show and at 5:13 on
Thursday the 24 I started timeing mild contractions 5 minutes apart. I think
the long walk I took helped. At 6:30 my water broke and I called Aunt Phyllis.
I rushed around the garage with my skirt bunched between my legs looking for
microscope slides while I waited for Aunt phyllis. I was able to take a sample
of the amniotic fluid and observe before sitting down to watch Monsters Inc.
Kelli had been called and still had not arrived. Aunt Phyllis was frantic and
by the time the movie was over I was in great discomfort.
We moved to the bath tub and I proceded to work through my contractions in the
warm water. When a contraction came I went under holding my breath! Kelli
finally arrived and managed to get set up when it was time to have Ella. She
made her way down the birth canal in about 5 strong pushes. I could reach down
and feel the top of her head for the last finger tip length. One strong push
and out came the head, next the body followed. Groaning loadly helped and at
the birth of the placenta my job was finished.
Ella entered into the water at 8:59. My midwife was in attendance for 24
minutes. She had a flat tire on the way over. The baby was placed on my chest
while the embilical cord stopped pumping. We were so in awe that it was a few
minutes before any of us checked the sex! It was beautiful looking into those
peaceful eyes. She was rinsed and dried well while I made my way to my bed and
I am still in awe three weeks later. What a gift.