Muskoka Mama, Brittney Millar kindly offered to share the birth stories of her three babes. Two home births and a hospital birth. Thank you so much for sharing, Brittney!
The Birth of Lucy Ellen
Started at 5:30 am like menstral cramps, an hour later they turned more into a light contractions and were 9 minutes apart and stayed that way until 3:30pm.
My midwife arrived and I was 2 cm dilated when they did a stretch and sweep and after that my contractions went to 2-4 mins apart and got much stronger.
My friend Sarah came over and started writing them down at about 5:30 and they were from a minute apart to 3 minutes apart. She texted my midwife to update her. They showed up at 7:30pm and at 8:00pm I was 5 cm.
She convinced me to go to the bath tub to try and see if it would help with the pain (it didn’t! Lol) but that’s where I stayed because I didn’t want to get back up! They gave me nitrous oxide to help with the contractions, but it only really distracted me more than helping with the pain.
At about 9:30pm I said that my body was starting to push during contractions so my midwife checked me and said I was 8 cm and we better go to the hospital right then if we were still going. So they loaded up the car and everything and I decided that I couldn’t go and that I felt like I wouldn’t make it. So everyone got ready for a home birth!
At 10:44pm Lucy Ellen was born (8lbs even)! And my midwife said that I probably would have made it to the hospital but would have had her in the entrance!
The Birth of Bowden
Thursday, January 19 (41+5):I didn’t have anything going on in the morning so after getting back from taking Lucy to preschool I took a dose of castor oil at 10:00am. Waited for the apparent flush of my body and NOTHING! So took a second dose, the rest of the little bottle, at 12:45pm. And still nothing (or nothing that the oil was supposed to do).
Had some contractions starting around early afternoon, about 5 or so minutes apart but very light. ChaCha came over, Aunt Danielle stopped by, Daddy came home, Sarah came over and told our midwife what was going on.
Daddy started setting up the pool (with little helper Lucy). The contractions weren’t getting any stronger and then started to dwindle and were further and further apart. Our midwife called around 8:15pm to check in, and I told her that it was probably a false alarm because the last contractions were 14 minutes apart. She said that she was going to go to bed just incase and to keep her updated if anything changes, otherwise we were to meet her at Soldiers Memorial Hospital at 8:00am to start an induction.
After I got off the phone, Sarah said ‘let’s go for a walk’ but it wasn’t a good option seeing the roads were so icy. So she said ‘let’s go do lunges up the stairs!’ So that’s what I did, for about 15 or so minutes (taking breaks), I did lunges up the stairs and it worked!!!
Contractions started picking up and getting closer together. I sat at the kitchen table with Sarah and chatted and she said to tell her every time I had a contraction, they were getting so close together so fast that she almost didn’t believe me. So I went up to have a bath to see if it changed or not. It didn’t!
They were getting really strong and about 3 or 4 minutes apart. So I texted our midwife at around 10:15 or 10:30pm to let her know (she probably thought I was crazy!). Our midwife got here at 11:15pm and by then I wasn’t talking through contractions anymore. Not long after, her student midwife showed up.
At around 12:30am I was at around 5/6cm dilated and at that point I got in the tub, super disappointed that I wasn’t further along but super uncomfortable and the contractions were on top of each other so needed a change. Things stayed the same in the tub, contraction after contraction, daddy held my hands and rubbed my back.
Not long after getting in the tub, my body started pushing on its own. When the baby was crowning, our midwife signalled Daddy to come around, so he dropped my hands (which ticked mommy off) but ChaCha and Aunt Danielle picked up the slack and went to help catch you (Bowden)! After only about 5 minutes of pushing and only 54 minutes since being told I was at a 5/6 cm dilated, you were born! A sweet, healthy, bruised faced little BOY! Bowden John was born at 1:31am 9lbs 3oz.
The Birth of Colson Michael
Monday Nov. 26 – went for ultrasound to make sure everything looked good and it did. I got to see your squishy face!
Thursday Nov. 29 – had non-stress test done. Passed!
Friday Nov. 30 – tried to get things going. Took a dose of castor oil in the morning and it didn’t do anything so took another a few hours later and it got my body moving but didn’t start any contractions. I also tried pumping throughout the day and tried lunges up the stairs off and on. I’d get some contractions here and there but nothing would stay.
Our midwife explained that because I was contracting on my own at that point, they wouldn’t start an induction because it could make labour go crazy. So our plan was to leave the hospital and see how it went. Well the contractions pretty well just stopped as soon as we left.