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Home Water Birth Stories

My name is Kirstyn Sierra, and I have two home water birth stories to share which were actually the best birth experiences of all five of my home births.

My 5th birth was a home water birth, and actually the easiest and fastest birth of all. I dilated from 4 to 10 cm in an hour. To read about all the things I did to prepare for this birth, see the childbirth tips page to learn about the techniques that I used which helped labor to progress quickly.


Home Water Birth Stories...

This is the home water birth story of my 4th birth. I am a water person. I love warm water, and I labored in the bathtub during my first two labors. Things went too quickly with my 3rd, so I didn't have time to get into the water.

By the time I was nearing my 4th birth, I had changed midwives and my new midwife was a big water birth advocate. My sister-inlaw, Debbie, who is a lay midwife, and who had been at all of my other births, talked me into a water birth, and I'm SO glad she did!

A month before my due date, we moved into a new house. My midwife, Claudette, delivered the birthing tub 2 weeks before my due date, and I also borrowed a special rocker which I used to turn my baby from a posterior position (face up) to an anterior position (face down). Two of my three previous babies had been posterior, so I knew I had a tendency for my babies to be posterior, and I wanted to avoid that if possible.

I used the special rocker every day, and prepared the tub for the birth. This was a wonderfully large tub made by Rubbermaid (it was actually a trough to hold water for cows and horses, but it had never been used for that - only for water births).

I put pillows in the bottom of the tub, and lined it with a large, white comforter. I even placed a little footstool on one end for me to sit on if I wanted to. Then we covered the comforter with a sheet of thick plastic and wrapped duct tape around the tub, holding everything tightly in place.

One morning, shortly after I got up, I used the bathroom and noticed a little red blood on the toilet paper. A little later I used the bathroom again (my bowels were emptying out) and noticed more bright red blood. My cervix was starting to dilate and what I was seeing was bloody show. But I didn't have any contractions.

Later that morning, I asked my 9 year old daughter to press an area on my ankles to see if she could stimulate contractions. Acupressure can help start labor, if your body is ready. Contractions did start, and I lay in bed and just let them do their work. A little later I decided to get up and go for a walk around the block. I knew that if I was truly in labor, that my contractions would continue, and if I wasn't that they would stop.

During that walk, my contractions stopped. So I returned home, had some lunch, and then asked my daughter to do some more acupressure on my ankles. The contractions started up again, and then I decided to take another walk around the block. This time they continued and they were strong enough that I had to stop walking during contractions to breathe through them.

By about 4:00 in the afternoon, I decided to call my midwife. She called her assistant, Megan, and Megan arrived around 7:00 that evening. My contractions had picked up, so Megan called Claudette and encouraged her to come. Claudette arrived around 8PM, and my sister-in-law, Debbie, arrived around the same time. I sat on the toilet a lot during contractions and on the birthing ball too.

My midwives filled the birthing tub and then I got in. Ahhhhh that felt SO good. The warm water was so relaxing and my contractions continued to get stronger. I sipped gatorade to help replenish the electrolites I was losing while working hard. Labor is hard work!

I talked a lot during my labor. Typically when women enter active labor, they won't talk between contractions. In early labor, they talk between contractions. I talked all the way until I was in transition and almost ready to push. The water worked as a natural epidural. The more relaxed the body is, the less pain is experienced.

I pushed my baby's head out, and then with the next contraction, and the next, I tried to push her body out, but the midwife realized that her shoulder was stuck on my pubic bone, so she tried a couple of different things, and finally decided to go for the opposite shoulder, which helped her other shoulder to get unstuck and she popped out.

I didn't tear or have an episiotomy, and baby was fine. I just held my baby for a good 20 minutes, until the cord stopped pulsating. Then my husband cut the cord, and we looked to see what God had blessed us with...a baby girl. We were thrilled.

The midwives delivered the placenta which had detached completely from my uterus, I got out of the tub, and got in bed. The midwives checked the baby to be sure everything was okay, measured her head circumference, and length, and weighed her. She was 8 pounds exactly.

I tucked my baby in bed with me and started nursing her. The midwives cleaned up and quietly left. I was tired and dozed off to sleep, with my new baby next to me.

If you enjoyed this story and would like to read more home water birth stories, see the birth stories page.

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