The Birth of Adam Joseph James

I almost missed this birth story in my inbox, but I’m so glad I found it! Many thanks to J and S for sharing their story and birth with me.

It was a sunny day in November–one of the last sunny days before a snow storm. I had a prenatal appointment with Gina that morning. I called her before the appointment in the morning because I felt some crampy contractions during the night but fell asleep. I woke up around 6:30 am and they had come back. I asked Gina if I should come to the appointment still. She said to wait and keep her updated.

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law came over around 9:30 or 10:00 that morning when they heard the news. We continued on with our morning, making muffins and having coffee (red raspberry leaf tea for me). I decided to take a walk with my sister-in-law to see if we could get stronger contractions that were a little closer together. They were every 4-5 minutes lasting a minute but not too strong. We went for about a 20 minute walk. I came back and they were about 3-4 minutes apart and a touch stronger. Gina called about 11:00-11:30 to check in. She said I should call my husband home now. Then he walked through the door as if on cue. I thought we were rushing things and it wasn’t true labor yet, since I wasn’t feeling too much pain–although they they were getting a little bit harder. Gina arrived around noon and checked me, I was at a 5. I was shocked!

We ate some soup for lunch together and then my husband got our room ready. We got situated in there. I was on the birthing ball for a majority of the remaining time. In between contractions we were chatting and making jokes and during contractions I held on to my throw up bowl and hummed into it. We moved from the ball to the birthing stool which was also quiet comfortable. I felt like I was at a 10 and asked Gina to check me, she confirmed I was. She said whenever I got the urge to push I could. She also said she could break my water to relieve some of the pressure but I said no.

A few minutes later my water (or so we thought it was my water) trickled down. I didn’t have the urge yet but I tried to push and ended up getting a bit light headed and leaning on my husband. Gina advised me to get on the bed and lay down since I was feeling that way. Still not having a crazy urge to push, I tried to push a few more times but then contractions calmed down and I fell asleep for 5-7 minutes. After I rested I had a strong urge to push and my water EXPLODED. Gina jumped back and everyone was shocked. A few pushes later, my son, Adam was born at 2:50 in the afternoon. Gina got my husband’s attention just in time to help him catch our son. They unwrapped the cord on his neck and he laid with me on my chest.

I couldn’t have asked for a better birth or midwife to be with.