Our Birth Story

Adam Jospeh Huntley was born at 4:29 am on Thursday September 11, 2008 at Phoenix Indian Medical Center. He was 8 pounds and 5.4 ounces and 20.8 inches long. He has a full head of black hair.

Labor began on Monday Sept 8. The contractions were easy to handle and took little concentration. They were 5 mins apart until lunch time. I was given break to make Daniel lunch. Contraction picked back up until Tuesday morning. I was given another break. The pains came again at 4 pm on Tuesday and were hard to handle. I knew work was beginning. The contractions remained 5 minutes apart. I tries all the positions I knew of. I moaned and hummed through them. At 11:00 I got into the birth tub. It was immediate relief. Labor continued in earnest. At 2am we went to the doctor. Labor was going on for a long time and we wanted to know how everything was. Baby was doing fine and but I was only 2 cm. This was all pre-labor. I was given medicine to sleep and went back home. At 4 am on Wednesday Daniel and I got out first real sleep since labor began. At 4 pm the contractions hit me hard. We just knew that this was active labor. I labored hard at home for nealy 12 hours. I moaned and hummed through the pains but nothing seemed to help. I was exhausted but we stuck to it. I was all over the house squatting, lunging, and rocking back and forth. I almost HAD to be vocal. This was indeed very hard and very painful. At around midnight things really got hard for me. We did not want to get in the water for fear of labor stalling. So I went through another hour while Daniel got the pool ready. By this time I was sweating and there was no way I could even see through the contractions. I had no idea it would this painful I was scared and I showed it. My mom was here with us and she could not handle it. She was constantly in the background being negative while Daniel struggled to keep me on track.

BY this time I was done. I was so scared and so distracted that I could not embrace the pain. I could not relax through the contractions. I felt like a failure. At that point I got into the water. Again the relief was unbelievable! I cannot begin to describe how much it meant to me. Not even 15 mins later my water broke. The next contraction was through the roof. I was crying and screaming through it. I was acting the way I swore I wouldn’t. I really wanted to run out of my body. All the preparation and practice Daniel and I did didn’t help me. I just couldn’t focus. My mom threatened to call the police and Daniel and her began to fight. She was sooo negative that he threw her out. Daniel continued to work so hard to coach me but I just couldn’t do what he said. I got out of the pool and started to bleed. I got even more scared. Daniel began to get scared also. The blood kept coming and we had no idea if it was normal. I just knew that there was no way I could give birth. I was in transition and didn’t even know it. I asked Daniel to call his mom and we went to the hospital.

We got there at 3:43. There was no time to get triaged. I was already pushing in the car. At 4:29 he was born. I think back and I only pushed for about an hour at the most. It was very short.

We wanted an unassisted childbirth. I could have had the baby at home in the water…I was only minutes away! But I think that I did not face all my fears ahead of time. I don’t think I prepared enough mentally for the challenge and I think my faith waivered. Daniel however did have faith and was amazing. I didn’t beleuive in myself. I am a little ashamed of that, but I know I did what I felt I had to. When I got to the hospital I didn’t go thinking about medication or pain relief I think I just needed some more help some more positive support. The midwife there coached me with Daniel and I just felt safer being there. I had no medical intervention with my birth. No ivs and no drugs. No episiotomy and I was able to push how and when I wanted. I birthed the placenta on my own. I got to hold and try to feed my baby right after birth. It was truly amazing. But the fear still gripped me throughout that.

I can say that I had the birth experience I wanted, with the exception of my faith in myself. Daniel is truly the most wonderful husband. He was there from the very 1st contraction until the birth. I don’t know any other man that can compare to his love and compassion. What a miracle!!!!

Well that’s the story. Baby did have trouble breathing for a few hours after birth. But hes ok now. I had no bleeding or no problems. I did get a small tear on my inner labia by my clit and a deep abrasion inside that needed 2 stitches. But my perineum outside didn’t tear at all. I owe that to the water and the care the midwife applied.
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Congrats! Kudos to you for no meds! I can't wait to see the little guy!
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Here he is in his cradle board. He loves it in there! Hes a day old.

I will post more pictures later.
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replied September 13th, 2008
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Congratulations!

Glad to hear everything was fine. I know the feeling of a negative mother, sorry to hear about that...

He's adorable! I love the cradle board, doesn't look too accessible though, lol. He looks like he loves it too!
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how cute where do you get a cradle board? i was looking for one when i was pregnant with my daughter.
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