Elizabeth Evan’s Waterbirth Story
By: Susan Jacobs ~ Arnold, Maryland
7 lbs 11 oz, 19 3/4 inches
April 16, 1998
Mother didn’t want to leave the soothing water
and so had a waterbirth
April 13, 1998 due date, Nothing! Two days later I am at my midwife appointment and joking how tonight has to be the night, Mairi says sex is the best way to get things going. Well, that evening my husband and I decided it was worth a shot, around midnight we did the deed! We went to sleep 30 mins later I was up! I looked at the clock 12:30. I was not able to sleep anymore so I got up and sat on the toilet and tried to red some of my book. I did that and some walking 2 hrs later I couldn’t be alone anymore. I woke my husband, David up. Said “Hunny, baby is coming today.” He was wonderful, got right up and dressed. Dave also made a call to our midwifes, CNM. David was on call, he called back a few min later. Dave talked to him and told him what was going on. Then I talked to him for a minute also while Dave went to the bathroom. My contractions were all over the place 5 min here, 2 min there, then 3 min, then 5 min again, we really never timed them, and I don’t know how long they were lasting.
Around 6 am I think I started to shake, Dave thought I was cold so he got me in bed and put blankets on me and wrapped his arms around me, as soon as we laid down I had a really weird contraction and a funny feeling and a gush! I jump straight up in the bed, and ran for the bathroom, my water had broken. My contractions were still all over the place. Dave called David at home and he thought we should go to the birth center now and he would meet us there. So we got everything ready and called my parents to meet us there. We got to the birth center about 30 min later, at 7:30, I got there and I had to pee, then David took my blood pressure it was fine then he checked my cervix (I have to say that’s the worse thing to have to lay down and do that while in labor!) I was 100% effaced and 7 cm!! So after that I sat in the rocking chair in the room and really didn’t want to move but I wanted to do something different. At this time Mairi another CNM was there and taking over for David, David and my Husband Dave, kept asking if I wanted to get into the tub, I kept saying NO (I was just being modest, LOL) finally to get them to SHUT UP, I got in. it was THE BEST! It was so nice and I stopped shaking! They figured out a way to use the Doppler in the tub (put a rubber glove over it!) And checked me 2 times while I was in the tub (that was much nicer then on the bed!) After one check Mairi said I would have to get out now unless I wanted baby to be born in the tub, I said I AM NOT MOVING! 45 min later at 8:58 Am, Elizabeth Evan was born in the water!
We stayed in the tub for a little while, like 15 min, then I climbed from the tub with my baby in my arms from the second she was born and still attached to me by the cord, I walked to the bed and semi laying with tons of pillow around me. I don’t remember if I delivered the placenta first or if Dave cut the cord first, I know it had stopped pulsing first though, with in 45 min Elizabeth was Nursing!
After about 2 hrs of me holding her! Daddy and Grandma got to hold her, then she was weighed and measured, she was 7 lbs 11 oz, 19 3/4 inches! About 8 hrs later we were home!
This was my first child and it was the best experiance of my life, I couldn’t of done it with out my Husband and my Mom who were right there with me! Also, the wonderful midwifes, David and Mairi. Also at some point before Elizabeth was born I was asked if 2 midwifery students could watch, I and I had said yes! lol, so much for any modesty!
Elizabeth is now 4 1/2 yrs old; she is such a great child, healthy and smart! She is now a big sister, her little sister Hailey was also a water birth, and you can read her story also. Elizabeth will be a big sister again and Hailey for the first time in Early Feb. 2003!