Dara’s water broke at 11:30PM on Sunday evening, 8/24. She was 36 weeks and 5 days into pregnancy. We called the midwives and Becky came over to check vitals. We had been dreaming of a home birth but knew that we were early. Becky determined that the baby was 5 1/2 to 6 pounds and that we could have the baby at home… as long as Dara got into active labor within 24 hours. She told us to sleep as much as we could. By the next morning Dara was having contractions but not enough to be considered active labor so we went for a short hike with Sazi dog then Dara took some Castor oil to get things going. She got diarrhea from this but by noon on 8/25 her contractions became much more regular. Becky came over and we set up a little midwifery birth shop in our bedroom. By that evening Dara was in active labor. It was a long night with increasingly strong and painful contractions and Dara vomited several times. In the early morning, Dara slept between contractions. I slept too, but not much and was able to get Dara anything she needed. Becky slept but was there for guidance and would occasionally monitor Dara and the baby. At sunrise, after 17 hours of labors, Dara began to push (and SCREAM). Upon 2.5 hours of pushing, McKenna was born at our home at 7:42 on 8/26/2008 and she weighed 5 Lb 11 oz. Her Apgar score was 8 at one minute and 10 at ten minutes. Good scores. We did some napping yesterday and got into some diaper changing. McKenna did some nipple nursing. Dara and I each did a diaper (full of meconiom) change last night but it was a good night of sleep for all of us. Dara and the baby are slowly but surely getting the nursing figured out. Dara is doing well – sore but well. We are both very happy. I am taking a month off work to get adjusted. Baby vacation!
Now I am in love with two girls!
Aug. 29th post script: See Dara’s post here if you want a better view of the story.