My son, Isaiah, was born at home in September of 2006. I labored for a while into the night on my own and called Amy at 1 to tell her it was time. I could tell she thought I was too calm but indulged me and came over anyway. It turns out I was at 6 centimeters already. I got the quick bag of antibiotics for Strep B and then got in the tub. This birth was so different from my hospital births. I felt calm and peaceful as my body was opening and Isaiah and I were doing the dance to bring him to the other side. When he came out he was calm and already observant. He weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces, coming in as the middle-weight infant in my family. Because he was born naturally and on my terms and my turf I required no stitches.
Later that day he was already holding his head up and keeping his eyes open, and although I was tired from being up all night I was exhilarated from the birth. It was like the best roller coaster ride I could imagine. I teach yoga and practiced up until his birth and I think that plus the peaceful conditions of his entry into the world have given him a foundation for a peaceful personality. He is calm and emotionally wise beyond his years. I’m grateful to Amy and Babs for witnessing and assisting my home birth!
By Mom: Brandie