Elsie’s Birth Story
For everyone who wanted to read about Elsie’s birth story, here you go! I finally got it written down.
HEADS UP- This is a real birth story, so there might be a bit of TMI for some people.
I was 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant. It felt like I had been pregnant for about a year.
I know, I know. I was barely past my “due date” and being a doula, I am fully aware that due dates are very vague and subjective. However, my pregnancies are rather awful, and since I was a week early with Finn, I was hoping for another early baby.
Totally didn’t happen.
Anyway, at 40 weeks and 3 days, I woke up and went about my day as usual. Muffins and smoothie for the kids breakfast, sending Kelston off to school, and starting my Thursday baking.
I started having contractions about 6-7 min apart, and they quickly went to only 5 min apart. They were very manageable, and didn’t slow me down from doing any of my normal work. (I think my patience was a bit short, but they weren’t physically affecting me.) I did call my mom to just give her a heads up that I might be going in labor later that day.
Matthew had happened to work very late the night before, and wasn’t scheduled to go into work until about 10am, so I went upstairs, woke him up and just let him know what was happening. He was pretty sure I should call my midwife, even though I felt totally fine, so I went ahead and called her. I gave her the update, and she told me she was dropping everything and heading my way. I was kind of taken aback, and told her I didn’t want it to be a false alarm, or her to come too early and waste her time since I still felt great, but she was adamant about coming right then. So, I called my mom and my sister and told them to come since the midwife was on her way, and called my MIL to come pick up Finn.
I kept on puttering around the house doing chores, until everyone arrived around 10:30. Finn was whisked away, and I was at 6 cm!
(This is why I should always listen to my midwife. She generally knows what she is talking about!)
I walked around the “loop” of our downstairs a bunch of times until the contractions were closer and harder, then eventually moved to the tub set up in our bedroom.
I labored in the tub for an hour or so, then got out to see what progress had been made. I was disappointed to learn that I was just a 7. Apparently my bag of water was bulging and not letting the baby come down further very quickly. So, we elected to have the midwife break my water to get things going a bit more.
Just like with Finn’s labor, things went from almost fine to crazy intense as soon as my water was broken. I moved around the room and the bathroom for about 6 contractions, then got back in the tub. After another 4-5 contractions I started pushing, and about 4-5 more contractions later, our baby had arrived!
Only 28 minutes from 7cm and water breaking to birth.
Whew! So much better than laboring with Finn! 🙂
Elsie Mae Campbell was born at 1:43, after a total of 3.5 hours of labor. 8 pounds and 21 inches long.
It was an awesome and easy labor. I feel very blessed that things went so well and quickly. I am a big fan of short labor! I will take the sprint over the marathon any day. It was also so nice that it happened in the middle of the day, rather than the night. I appreciated that very much, and I am glad I finally got Elsie’s birth story documented on here!
This picture just melts me guys:
We are so thrilled to have a little girl!