My Little Man- A Birth Story

My baby is a week old today! I can’t believe it. It feels like just yesterday I was pregnant and thinking this day would never come! He was 7 pounds, 1.5 ounces, 20 inches long and puuuuure perfection if I do say so myself! 
He has surprised me in so many ways. I thought for CERTAIN that I would go overdue, but I was actually a day early. I also thought he would be AT LEAST 8 pounds because of my size during pregnancy  and my family genetics, but I was so wrong!  I had a natural childbirth, and while I pushed for nearly 2 long hours and my body tore in all the wrong places, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Really, I would! 
My Birth Story
After on and off couch sleeping being awoke by contractions, taking three different hot showers,  and throwing up in my kitchen sink, we arrived at the hospital around 5:00am. My husband wanted to make sure this was  “the real thing” so he left our bags in the car which I brought “ just in case.” After finding out I was 4cm dilated, my husband asked the nurse,  “ So is this it?” (Bless his heart, he really didn’t know!)   I’m just telling him, “ Go get the stuff babe and hurry yourself up!!” I gave my nurse my birth plan, which explained that I didn’t want an IV or anything hooked up to me. She was so wonderful and respectful of my wishes and let me do as I pleased.

I walked around, sat on the birth ball, and spent a lot of time in the tub. The water was a lifesaver. It felt amazing.  I focused on my breathing and kept telling myself that I could do it, I am strong, the Lord is with me.  My husband and nurses were wonderful supporters. I had nurses bringing me cold wash rags, water, helping me get in and out of the tub, and everything. I was in and out of the tub for the majority of the time. It really helped me control the pain.

I labored in different positions for about three hours until things really picked up and I was like, “ I need to push!! I can’t help myself!!” The doctor checked me and I was 8 cm. dilated. Hearing that made me so unbelievably happy! I knew that something was actually happening!   I sat on the birth ball for a while, bouncing up and down, walked around a lot, and did lots of squatting. At one point, I was squatting and I peed on the floor, all over my doula’s shoes.  (Sorry about that!) I probably peed an entire liter worth.  I remember saying, “ I’m peeing! I’m peeing! I can’t control it, it’s just coming out!!!” And my sweet doctor said to me, “That’s okay Samantha. You might even poop and that’s okay too.” And I just looked at him with such a blank face and said, “ Oh, I know it is.”
Then, I really needed to start pushing. I wanted to stay off the bed as long as possible(whoever thought pushing while laying down was a good idea??) but finally ended up on the bed. It was so uncomfortable and made pushing more difficult, but at this point I just didn’t care. I pushed for an hour or so and became so physically tired. I had no energy.  I actually told the doctors I wanted to take a nap and come back to pushing. Ha!
I managed to find every last bit of strength and energy I had to push and push. I don’t even remember much of the pushing stage because I was so tired and out of it. It’s all a blur to me at this point. I remember things started to finally progress and the doctors had to give me oxygen at one point. That was pretty scary for me, breathing into a plastic thing, but apparently I wasn’t giving enough oxygen to my baby. I was pushing so hard but not taking enough oxygen in. It was a blur to me, but I faintly remember words of “ she needs to breath more” and my doula was encouraging me to take deep breaths.  My doctor encouraged me to touch his head so I could feel how close I was. I felt it and immediately got a burst of energy to push as hard as I could.

 After 90 minutes of pushing, he finally came!! I wanted him immediately on my chest, but the umbilical cord was so short that he had to lie on the lower half of my stomach. Even though it was only a minute until my husband cut the cord, it was sill so hard for me to wait to hold him! Once I was able to hold him and I knew that he was safe and healthy, I knew my world was complete.

 Labor is a beautiful and empowering experience. Yes, it hurt, but truth be told, I was so tired that I don’t even remember it hurting that bad. It’s funny how somehow, you almost forget the pain. I remember asking my doula later on after he was born if I acted liked it hurt, because I can’t remember any vivid feelings of the pain. She told me I was definitely in a lot of pain and it definitely hurt! By the grace of God, I was able to deliver my baby boy exactly how I imagined it and I’m so thankful for that!

“…you knit me together in my mother’s womb, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalms 139:13

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

9 thoughts on “My Little Man- A Birth Story

  1. Congratulations! He’s incredibly handsome!You should be so proud of yourself, natural birth is amazing and there is nothing like it in the universe!

  2. Yay!! I love this and I love the photos!! What a beautiful baby! Crazy that the cord was so short he could go up to your face! That's an interesting thing I'll have to consider! Good for you for doing it without IVs! You're inspirational!

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your birth story. I am having a natural birth at a birthing center and you would not believe the negative reactions we get when we tell people! Your post has given me a shot of confidence that we've made the right decision and I can do this for my baby (due in 7 weeks). Thank you and congratulations on your perfect little man!

  4. I know i read this already but it was fun reading it again, last time I had a typo anyway.. that he *couldn't* make it to your face! haha.

    Way to go without all the meds too! I dunno if I can do it!

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