The Birth of Finn Donnally


Wednesday, March 19th, at 1pm, after an entire day of pre-labor and much anticipation, I went into labor. I was exactly 39 weeks, and so very ready to have this baby!

Early labor

Early laborAngi & Matthew laboMom and Angi LaborMatthew & Angi Labor

My mom and Matthew were with me for the first few hours before my midwife arrived.

Contractions were light, easy, and about 4-5 minutes apart again.

Around 4pm, my midwife arrived, and I was at 6 cm! Somehow, I kept doubting that I was REALLY in labor, because it wasn’t nearly as hard as I had imagined it. Unfortunately, baby decided to turn posterior at this point, which slowed things down, and caused me to stay at 6cm for 5 more hours. My awesome midwife got the baby turned correctly, then broke my water around 9pm.

Then things got real.

I went into transition, and it was just as hard as I had imagined it. All my doubts about really being in labor vanished.

I was in the shower and the tub for the next couple of hours, and doing my best to cope with the intensity of it all. A few rather funny things that happened during this stage were-

  • me hitting the top of the tub water with my hand, and drenching poor Matthew.
  • chucking a wet washcloth that was annoying me during a contraction, and it landing on my midwife’s feet.
  • saying “I can’t do this” SEVERAL times.
  • asking mom and my midwife (who both had 4 natural births) how they did this 4 times!
  • announcing that I felt like punching someone, and everybody taking a couple steps back from me.

Looking back, I feel bad about how little patience I had for anything, but that is transition for you! I think they all have forgiven me 🙂 .

Midwife Hands

Labor tub

After transition, I moved to the birth stool, and pushed for an hour and 15 minutes. It was so strange, because I never had “the urge to push” that you hear about so much. My hip I injured when I was a teenager was giving me trouble, and I think that distracted me.

At 12:51, March 20th, our sweet little boy, Finn Donnally was born.

7lb, 13oz, and 20 inches long. Literally, as soon as he arrived, I felt amazing! I didn’t realize how instantaneous it would be. After resting for about an hour and snuggling my new baby boy, I got in the herbal bath my midwife had prepared for me.

I was sitting in the tub, eating ice cream, feeling awesome and a little disbelief that I had just had a baby.

It was the most incredible experience of my life. It was very intense, hard, and so much work, but it was so worth it.

Newborn Finn

Chalk board Finn


Kelston and FinnMatthew & FinnAngi & Finn


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4 responses to “The Birth of Finn Donnally”

  1. Angi, what a lovely birth story! My favorite was the part when you said you wanted to punch someone, and they all stepped away! So glad you had such a wonderful experience (and eating ice cream in the bath sounds like a dreamy post-partum moment ;).

    • Angi says:

      The ice cream part was totally awesome! 🙂 The whole experience was just exactly what I always envisioned and wanted…

  2. Jenna says:

    Beautiful! I love birth and especially natural and home births. I’ve had all of mine natural and four have been at home. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way. Great job mama! Beautiful story and beautiful baby! 🙂

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