The first part of her story is here and the second part is here
The birth of Ezaria Faith - Our 7th blessing, 2nd homebirth
I needed to write this amazing birth down before I forget the details and the emotions that go with it. So I write this with a sweet smelling, delicious four day old Ezaria in my arms.
I woke up at about 3am on Friday 23rd September with more contractions. I had been having them 10 minutes apart since midday the day before but they had stopped when I went to bed. I knew that this was going to be the day my baby would be born. Throughout the pregnancy I often joked that she would be born on my father's birthday even though it was 18 days after my estimated due date. I never really believed she would- but she was! I went to the toilet and hopped back into bed to try and get more sleep. The pains were coming 10 minutes apart but were painful enough that by 4am I had to get out of bed. I can not imagine labouring in bed- it's so painful! I gave in and came out into the lounge room. I'd always wanted to labour in the quiet of the night in my own house but never expected too, as I usually have quick day labours. I did the dishes and tidied the lounge room and kitchen. Ezekiel and Elijah woke up around 5:30am and I told them the baby would be coming today. At 5:50 I had a really strong contraction at the kitchen table which I had to breathe through and sway my hips and it broke my water. There wasn't a pop and a gush like the last time it was more just a slow leak. I went to the toilet and had a bloody show and more waters so I knew that this was really it! I called Sonja (my midwife) to let her know. I gave birth 3 hours after my water broke last time so I expected things to happen fast. I told Sonja not to come yet though and I would call her back. I called my Mum, who was only up the road and Donna who had to travel 2 hours with a new baby herself. I also called my cousin Leanne to come to help with all of the children.
|Mum having some fun folding washing.|
|Breathing through the contractions|
|Elizabella happy to just be in the middle of it all!|
|having such long breaks meant I could rest in between|
|I love being in my own home doing whatever I felt like doing!|
|Essence and I watching the pool fill up|
|last cuddles with my baby girl before her little sister becomes the baby|
|concentrating as the conttactions start to really pick up|
|my little videorgrapher, Ethan (this is the 4th birth he has filmed!)|
|just before hoping into the pool|
|I hoped into the water and it was hot and soothing. I sat on my knees as last time I was on my bottom and wanted to have both hands free to pull her out of the water.|
|her head crowning|
|her head is completely out|
I had a short break but kept my hands on her head and then with the next contraction
|pulling her out of the water|
I felt her shoulders pop out one at a time and her body. I grabbed under her arms and pulled her up to my chest. I could not believe she was born! I will never forget that feeling!
|Elizabella and Ewan taking it all in|
|Daddy getting to look at his new daughter (without the camera in his hand!)|
|gazing at each other|
|I can't even remember the other children all standing around as I was so focused on our new little one!|
|covered in vernix|
|Beautiful Ezaria Faith|
born at 2:43pm
|Ezekiel, taking more photos for us|
|Our amazing midwife Sonja|
|We sat in the pool like that for a while. I felt her cord pulsating. Nothing can ever compare to the emotions you feel after giving birth! The contractions started back up and I was pretty uncomfortable. I really wanted the placenta out. I tried pushing with the next contaction and pulling slightly on the cordf but it wasn't coming. I waited a bit longer but was so uncomfortable, the water was warm but I was boiling hot! Sonja kept getting me cold face washers and ended up hosing me down with the hose! She tried pulling on the cord while I was pushing but it still didn't want to come out. I usually deliver the placenta within 20 minutes but not this time. The pregnancy was long, the labour was long (for me) and 3rd stage was long. I just think our little gir is laid back and content to let things happen slow and in her own time. Jay ended up holding her (he was a little freaked out about putting his hands in the bloody water as last time it was completely clear). Everyone else left the room and I got up on my knees and pulled the cord and it popped out. Ezaria Faith Johnson was born at 2:43pm. Her placenta came at 3:40. Sonja tied her cord and Jay cut it. |
Just Mummy's and Daddy's hands. Love homebirths!
Out of the pool and onto my favourite lounge to snuggle and have her first breastfeed.
Sonja measured her
and weigher her
52cm long and 3.45kgs
showing the kids how the placenta works and where the baby is when it is in the womb
making a placenta print
Ezaria's tree of life
First cuddle with Daddy while I have a well deserved shower!
Bella helping Sonja write down all the stats.
Ezaria Faith Johnson
Born 23rd September 2011
Her birth was such a wonderful experience. If I could do it again I would! These memories will be with me forever.
To continue reading about her first days click here