The Birth of Ryann
February 6, 2018
Something that’s good to do, but not many people do, is write out their birth story soon after the birth of a baby. This not only helps you remember bits and pieces of your birth experience, but it allows you to reflect on your unique story for years to come. For the first time ever, I received a written birth story from both Adrianna and Jay on how their home birth went. Below is their story along with their birth video and several photographs taken that morning.
41+3, we had an apt with our Midwife Traci Monday morning because we went over 41 weeks. We did a non stress test and Ryann’s heart looked beautiful on the monitor. She wanted to do a cervical check to see how things were going so we could make a plan to ensure she was born that week. At first I didn’t want to know the number incase I wasn’t dilating. I didn’t want it messing with my head. But while doing it she said are you sure you don’t want to know? It’s a good number! I agreed at that point. She said a 4! Almost a 5! I was so relieved. I decided to let her do a membrane sweep. She did a very mild one, Ryann’s head was still pretty high so she didn’t think it was very effective. In the end we decided to make another apt for the next morning to do another sweep if nothing happened that night. The last thing I wanted was to get to 42weeks and have to go to the hospital.
My last text to Josh was at 10:48. I layed there another 30 or 40 minutes tossing and turning. It felt like I had just closed my eyes when Adrianna woke up. I looked at my phone and it was 1:30. She said her contractions were enough to keep her up and that we should go ahead and set up the pool.
We laid down the clear plastic tarp on the floor in the bedroom and then began to blow up the pool. The pump was so loud we thought for sure we would wake everyone up but they all stayed asleep. Once we were done with that we decided to lay back down. Around 3:03 am there was a very audible knock on the door. Knock knock knock knock. Fairly rapid all together. I turned to Adrianna and asked if she had called the midwife or photographer to come over and she said she hadn’t even talked to them at all yet. I got up and checked the front door and then the back. No one was there. I spent the next 30 minutes pacing the house checking the doors and looking out the window. I was creeped out but also in full defense of my home mode. No sign of anyone and no more noises. House is dark and quiet.
Around 3:30 Adrianna‘s contractions have increased and become quiet frequent. She’s in a lot of pain and is moving around the room trying to find the right position that is the most comfortable. In the 4 o’clock hour contractions are about 2 minutes apart and average about 50 seconds. I’m now trying to keep her updated on how long she has left on each contraction. Trying my best to motivate through the pain. We are texting the photographer and the midwife updates. Around 4:15 we call the midwife and tell her it’s go time.
Around 4:30 adrianna attempts to go to the bathroom and her water breaks into the toilet. It landed perfect in the toilet. No crazy mess on the floor like you hear the stories about. Call midwife… midwife is excited. Adrianna says…”it’s about to get serious”.
I begin to fill the pool around 4:40. Hose connected to the shower…wait it doesn’t fit lol. Have to connect to the sink. A bathroom sink to fill a rubber pool meant to have a baby in. Hot water on blast taking forever. Maria is now awake ask her to start helping me with hot water because the sink is now done with warm water. She begins to boil some water.
Around 5 am the tub is getting full enough for her to get in. Water is too hot Of course. Start filling cold water in tub tell Maria to cut off the hot water need cold only. Photographer shows up followed by midwife seconds later. Adrianna is able to get into the water now.
Contractions are intense and we aren’t tracking anymore. Midwife sets up all of her equipment the room is silent except Christian music playing softly on pandora from her phone on the bed post.
It’s around 5:30 and Amanda and dean are now awake and have popped to check in. Contractions still intense. I have now turned into hair and throw up bowl holder. I’m playing my part. The woman is crazy tough is all I’m thinking.
Around 6:30 midwife asks if Adrianna can feel the head adrianna says no and seems distraught about it. The tone of her voice says I’m going through all of this and nothing is happening. She’s asking for the midwife to give ideas to help get Ryann out. Baby and mom are healthy mom is just over it. She’s doing amazing though.
Probably 6:50 adrianna has changed spots in the pool. Midwife checks and says she can feel head and no cervix it’s going beautiful and baby is coming soon. At this point adrianna has only moaned in pain has not screamed like the movies show.
6:55 probably is the only scream I hear the whole time. A big contraction and Adrianna feels her coming and screams and says it’s too soon!! Next contraction a minute or two later out she comes. With one crazy move adrianna rotates her body and pulls her own baby up out of the water. 6:57 Ryann Amanda Cox breathes her first breath of air.
Everyone is in the room. Her mom, her sister, our nephew, our son and even the dog. We all watch in amazement and what just happened. I’m excited my daughter is here but it’s almost over powered by the craziness I just watched. Baby is beautiful and adrianna is glowing and I’m like how the crap did she go through that and look so good. Mom and baby get out of the pool and take an herbal bath. Basically they sit in a tub of tea. Baby and mom are in bed probably about 8-8:30 here. Time to drain the pool. Pump doesn’t work. So I find a 5 gallon bucket and the midwife had a bowl and we get to emptying the red water from the pool. Just added to the adventure.
Overall it was an amazing experience and I would recommend it for anyone. Adrianna was in active labor for about 4 hours and delivered her own baby and was in her bed within an hour with her baby.