Did you know that you could be so intimately aware of what’s going on in your labor that you could be the one to reach down and catch your own baby?
I sure didn’t with my first daughter, and there’s absolutely no way I would have been able to take the death grip off of my husband to do any such thing.
But Emily… Emily planned and prepared for a mindful homebirth, and her goal was to catch her own baby (her first birth!). She was a founding member of Happy Homebirth Academy, and I’m so excited to say that darn it, she did it! Listen in to hear just how she achieved her goal.
Emily’s start to motherhood was different from the traditional route: She and her husband were called to foster-to-adopt immediately after Emily met her son at work. She knew he was hers, and she would do anything for him.
After a long and stressful road, their son finally legally became a part of the family. At this point, he was 3 years old. Emily was suddenly hit with baby fever!
Emily began looking into homebirth. She had had a traumatic time in the hospital at 19 and did not feel that it would be a healing place to have a baby.
After watching Katelyn’s birth video of her second baby, Lillian, Emily decided she wanted to have the same type of empowering birth. She joined Happy Homebirth Academy and put in all of the effort required to achieve her goal.
Emily woke up at 2:30 am in active labor. She labored on her side for several hours, knowing that this was the position she was comfortable in.
Once she moved to the tub, she stayed in the same kneeling position for the remainder of her labor… except when she did her best to switch positions for just a moment. Although she decided to return back to her previous spot, this movement was enough to dislodge her baby’s head (turns out she way asynclitic!) and begin the process of crowning.
Emily reached down and caught her own baby–triumphantly!
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