December 2013

Welcoming Mason.

Welcoming Mason. The Birth Story of my beautiful boy.

Focused and in laborland

Focused and in laborland

It was Fathers Day 2011, my due date. I woke up from my nap around 2:00pm with tiny contractions. Excitedly, I mentioned to my husband Sam that I thought today might be the day baby Mason arrived! We continued our day as usual, and that evening I was able to sleep through most of the contractions until early morning.

Feeling supported by my Doula and husband

Feeling supported by my Doula and husband

My husband woke up around 4:30am because of my heavy breathing. He encouraged me to get up and eat breakfast in order to have as much energy as possible. After breakfast, I continued laboring and Mitchell, our 2 ½ year old son, helped massage my back and brought me water just as we had been practicing for several months. At this point, we knew the baby was on his way so Sam began making calls to prepare everyone. We had Grammy pick Mitchell up in order to create a more calming environment for laboring. I rested and ate lunch as the contractions continued to get closer together. We went swimming and held each other close to focus on my breath during each contraction. Being outside and in the arms of my husband made the moment seem so peaceful. After the swim, my contractions became very intense and ranged 3-4 minutes apart.

Jacuzzi tub at The Breath of Life birthing center

Jacuzzi tub at The Breath of Life birthing center

Around 4:00pm labor became fast and strong. My husband called our doula, Robyn, and when she arrived I remember hearing concern in her voice. I knew it was time to go. Since my contractions were so strong, Robyn rode with us. As the van crept through 5 o’clock traffic (something we hadn’t planned on), she helped me through at least five strong contractions. What a sight I must have been, moaning and sitting backwards in the vehicle!

V.I.P.

V.I.P.

Once we arrived at Breath of Life Birth Center, my midwife Vikki greeted us with the warmest smile. She pointed to Room #3, which we had originally requested. I asked her to check my dilation after agreeing not to be disappointed, no matter what the outcome. Relieved that I was already 7cm and complete, I practically jumped into the Jacuzzi tub! I moved around continuously, relaxing as much as possible. Remembering my Bradley Method training, I got out of the tub and roamed around the room to try different labor positions. I felt very free and simply did whatever my body wanted. The water was the most comfortable, so I got back into the tub. I remember yelling, grunting and using sounds to help push while my husband and doula kept massaging me. Apparently, my internal dialog became vocal to everyone as I encouraged Mason to come while reminding myself that I could do it.

Sam was supporting me through the entire labor and birth.

Sam was supporting me through the entire labor and birth.

As the hours passed, I was becoming extremely tired. Vikki observed my pushing technique and coached me to use more of my back end. With that, my pushing changed dramatically and the next thing I knew I heard and felt the powerful pop of my water breaking. Beforehand, we all thought this boy was going to be posterior and that made me nervous. But my labor was only in the front, never in my back.
Smallworking

Ten minutes and a couple pushes later, at 8:49pm, Mason Samuel Irmis was born. When he was descending through my birth canal I felt him twisting and turning the entire time. Even after his head was out I still felt his feet kicking my insides, it was the craziest feeling ever! Sam placed him on my chest and we were able to feel the cord pulsating, which was fascinating. I remember feeling so relieved once my baby was in my arms and I could feel his sweet spirit. My breath was filled with joy. Once the cord stopped pulsating, Sam cut it and I stayed in the tub to deliver my placenta.

Moments after Mason was born, while I was still in the tub, our other son Mitchell arrived. I asked, “Can we keep him?” Mitchell replied, “Yes.” I was so thrilled we were all able to share such a special moment of time together as a complete family.

My hubby was my rock. I am so lucky to have two healthy boys and very thankful to have such a passionate husband to help me through life. Breath of Life helped our family achieve a harmonious birth. We are so grateful!

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