My Breech Water Birth Story

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Looking back over the past decade, I realize that even after giving birth to six children (read all of my birth stories starting here), I’ve never had what would be considered a “normal” birth and this one was no exception as I had a complete breech water birth at home.

The Beauty of Birth

My labors and deliveries have run the gamut, as I’ve had the “typical” hospital birth with all of its interventions with my first, a 26-hour natural labor and hospital birth with my second, a life-saving c-section due to placenta previa with my third, a 25-hour hospital VBAC with my fourth, a 15-hour breech home birth with my fifth, and now a 3.5 hour breech water birth with my sixth.

Some of these birth experiences were not what I wanted them to be, but in hindsight, they were all exactly what I needed at the time, and I’ve learned to be grateful for what each one of them has taught me:

  • My first birth taught me the importance of having a truly supportive birth team and the importance of environment for achieving the birth you hope for.
  • My second labor taught me that I am stronger than I realized and the importance of endurance and relaxation during labor.
  • My third birth was my most difficult, as I never thought I’d have a c-section and it was the scariest experience of my life for me and for our son. It taught me that I am not in control, and that sometimes the best plan is not the one I wanted or expected.
  • My fourth birth was in some ways my easiest, but it taught me not to have expectations about labor and birth (I was hoping it would be shorter since she was our fourth).
  • My fifth labor taught me to trust my body and fight for my birth choices, and it was my shortest labor at the time (also a breech birth).
  • My sixth was my fastest and most intense and taught me that breech is a variation of normal (at least for my body) and that no two births are the same.

My Breech Water Birth

I really thought that after giving birth five times already that I kind of had this labor and birth thing figured out, and I was so sure of that I just “knew” how things would go. As all of our babies have been at least somewhat early (usually around 39 weeks), I fully expected to have this one at least a week or so before my due date and planned on this.

Turning things upside down…

At about 36 weeks, we found out that this baby was breech. I was disappointed but not entirely surprised, since two of our other kids had been breech at this point in pregnancy (one flipped and one was born breech). I started the protocol on spinningbabies.com to encourage her to flip, played music low down on my stomach, put a bag of frozen peas on the top of my stomach, tried acupuncture and all of the other methods that are often recommended to get a breech baby to turn heads-down.

For whatever reason, this little one wanted to enter the world bottom-first as my attempts to turn her were unsuccessful.

Contractions? Or not?

My husband had a week-long business trip when I was 37 weeks so of course I wondered if I would have the baby while he was away. Not surprisingly, I started having contractions three days after he left. They started at about midnight and were strong enough to keep me from sleeping. I timed them and they were 4-5 minutes apart, eventually getting as close as three minutes and lasting up to a minute long.

They were VERY uncomfortable, and I’d compare them to 4-5 cm contractions in previous labors. I called the midwife, she came to check on me, and at about 5 AM… the contractions completely stopped.

I’d never had a false alarm for labor before and felt quite embarrassed, thinking I’d only thought I was in labor. I was grateful, as I really wanted my husband to make it home before the baby came, but I couldn’t figure out why the contractions had just stopped and I felt bad for calling the midwives before it was time.

The next day, just as I was starting to fall asleep, the contractions started again. And lasted until 5 AM again. And stopped AGAIN.

I chalked it up to the stress of my husband being out of town and the fact that we had gotten 10+ inches of snow and ice and were essentially snowed in. This pattern repeated itself every night. Contractions from around 1 AM until 5 AM each night… not the best for sleep!

My husband finally got home… but the contractions continued each night 1-5 AM like clockwork. They weren’t “painful” but were intense and uncomfortable enough to make sleep close to impossible.

After a solid week of this, I realized that I was having prodromal labor. This is more common in moms who have had 3+ babies and when baby isn’t in the right position (breech) as the mom’s body attempts to move the baby into the correct position. Unfortunately, my body decided to do this work in the middle of the night while I was trying to sleep, instead of normal business hours!

One week of prodromal labor each night and I was exhausted.

Two weeks and I was in tears each night, just wanting to sleep.

Three weeks of prodromal labor and I was doubting my sanity.

After four full weeks of prodromal labor and a full week past my due date, I resigned myself to the fact that obviously this baby was never going to come out and just started obsessively cleaning (not realizing I was nesting…)

Moving on up… or down?

That night, the contractions started like clockwork, just as they had for weeks. 5 AM came… and they didn’t stop. I figured that they had just decided to start lasting even longer to keep me from sleeping ever.

All day, the contractions continued at 4-5 minutes apart and lasting 45-60 seconds. Uncomfortable but not painful as I could still talk through them. I just assumed that prodromal labor was going to be constant at this point and angrily cleaned, cooked, baked and organized (so obvious in hindsight that I was nesting and would soon go into labor!).

By late afternoon, I wondered if labor was starting as I was cooking dinner. When we finished eating at around 6:30 PM, I had the first contractions that were uncomfortable enough that I sent a text to my midwife:

Contractions are getting more like 4-5 mins at this point and more uncomfortable but still not bad. Think it is fiiiiiinnnnnnaaaaallllyyy labor for real but afraid I’ll stall if you guys come too soon. Long way of saying, I don’t need you yet but just wanted to keep you posted…

Still thinking that labor might just be getting started, I cleaned up from dinner and my husband and I got the kids ready for bed. We tucked in the kids at about 7:30 PM and the contractions immediately picked up. They were now about three minutes apart and definitely uncomfortable. Since the midwives were over an hour away, I texted them that it was definitely labor and was glad to get this reply:

Already left home. 🙂 Had a feeling it was time.

Since my previous labors tended to be 24+ hours, I figured I still had a long way to go, but I was also a little bit nervous because the contractions were getting increasingly difficult to work through and the idea of another 20+ hours of them was daunting to say the least.

The midwives arrived just before 9:00 PM I think (time got a little hazy at this point), and I remember saying things like “I can’t do this for another 20 hours” and “Why do I always think this is a good idea? Some of my friends love epidurals,” (note to self- this is usually a sign of transition!).

I also started needing my husband’s support during the contractions at this point, calling him when each one started and leaning on him while moaning through the intensity. I still had pretty good breaks between contractions (4-5 minutes, I think) and was able to talk and even joke between them so I was mentally preparing for the long haul and hoping I’d have the baby before noon the next day.

The contractions continually got tougher and sometime around 9:30 ish, the midwives suggested I try getting in the tub. I told them that I was afraid it would slow my labor down (laughable now) and they responded that they really didn’t think it would at this point.

Oh the Water…

The water definitely took the edge off the contractions or at least provided a welcome distraction. I tried to relax as much as possible and at about 9:45 PM, I felt a “pop” as my water broke (the fluid was clear). This is about the time that I started to have the “doula battle” with myself internally.

After being a doula for several years, labor has become an interesting internal conversation between my rational doula side and my not-so-logical laboring mom side. This time, the conversation in my head was going something like this:

Doula Me: “You water just broke and you are questioning why you don’t get pain medication… you are almost done.”

Pregnancy me: “No, I’m not. Stop trying to get my hopes up. My water broke before labor with my first baby. I still probably have hours of this left. Is food burning in the oven? How did I miss that spot on the grout of the tub when I was cleaning… Ugh… Another contraction.”

I didn’t feel pushy immediately after my water broke as I had with previous deliveries, which is normal when baby’s head isn’t pushing on the cervix. I was encouraged though, because I realized I was at least now in “real” labor but was still in denial about just how far along I was (despite the discomfort of definite transition contractions).

At this point, I also started feeling a LOT of pressure on my pubic bone and front right side. I had absolutely no back labor at all but had the equivalent in my lower abdomen because of her position. I could feel her move down and the pressure on my pubic bone continued to increase.

This was the point I somewhat remember saying something along the lines of “I don’t think I can do this,” (classic about-to-push sign for me).

The midwives suggested that I get in a forward-leaning hands and knees position, which I did with the help of my husband. The pressure intensified almost immediately and I felt baby move down quite a bit. I was simultaneously trying to relax but also having trouble relaxing (a friend who was planning to photograph the birth was still a few minutes away and I wasn’t exactly excited about the pushing phase…)

I also knew (from my previous breech delivery) that it is important to wait until I was completely dilated before attempting to push so even when I started feeling push-y, I tried to focus on calmly breathing (which externally looked more like a mixture of grunting, moaning and cursing… I was totally calm…or not)

My husband sat on the edge of the tub and I was able to lean on him for comfort and support at this point, which really helped me relax.

The urge to push…

I’ve always thought that the term “urge to push” was funny as I would more accurately describe it as” the-overwhelming-and-impossible-to-ignore-reflex-to-expel-a-baby.”

Whatever you want to call it, I felt it.

Having now vaginally delivered a breech baby twice, I can also say that while the desire to push is just as strong with a breech presentation, it also feels much different. Many women describe pushing as feeling like they are having a bowel movement and this isn’t the case (at least in my experience) with a breech. In fact, it felt much more like my public bone was being snapped in half and my hips being pushed out of their sockets.

At 9:55 PM I officially started pushing. I pushed somewhat slowly for a few minutes as I felt her slowly move down. Once the “ring of fire” started, I decided that I’d had enough of this and pushed a lot harder. This part is somewhat hazy, but I remember thinking that I had to actually work a lot harder in pushing her out than I had with my others.

This is the mentally toughest moment of labor for me, in realizing that I’m almost done and at the same time that the only way to make the pain stop is to push through it and create more pain in the short term. I always wished I was like some women (including my mom) who feel some relief during the pushing phase and actually think it is less intense than transition.

With a really hard push, the burning intensified and then I felt some relief as she “rumped” (the word used instead of “crowned” with a breech baby since they present bottom-first). At this point, the midwives were actively monitoring me and baby but not touching her (this hands-off method is often recommended for breech deliveries to avoid startling baby and causing her to raise her hands before they emerge).

Out came her bottom, legs and feet all at once. This is known as a complete breech presentation by definition, not a frank breech as my last had been. This also explained why I felt I had to push harder with her… I was pushing out abdomen, legs and feet at the same time!

Sweet relief…

With another strong push, her hands and head emerged and the midwife lifted her out of the water.

That moment of relief and joy right as she emerged immediately replaced the intensity and discomfort of the previous few hours and I leaned against my husband’s chest, saying “I did it! I can’t believe she is finally out!”

I turned over and was able to hold her for the first time… and 41 weeks of pregnancy, a month of prodromal labor and just over 3 hours of intense labor immediately became worth it in an instant as I stared into her eyes.

Her APGARs were 10 and 10, starting her trend of trying to beat her siblings at everything. (So far, she wins the awards for my longest pregnancy, shortest labor, biggest baby and highest APGARs).

Natural childbirth is definitely hard work, and this is the point at which the intensity and work are worth it. I was able to get out of the water and deliver the placenta and then sit in my own bed with my beautiful newborn.

I was shocked when I looked at the clock and realized that it was only just after 10 PM! I was used to REALLY long labors and was very surprised to realize that the tough part of my labor had only been just over 3 hours! Not only were our other kids still sleeping peacefully upstairs (shockingly after my not-so-quiet pushing phase), but my labor had been so fast that we were even going to get some sleep that night!

I was also extremely grateful for experienced and intuitive midwives who could tell even from my text when it was time, as they wouldn’t have made it if I had waited until I really thought I was in labor to call them. In some ways, this breech water birth was my easiest labor (based on time) and it some ways it was my toughest (intensity and pushing). It was without a doubt my favorite labor so far, as it was the first one where I’ve felt truly supported and completely trusted my birth team.

Shorter Labor… What Made the Difference?

In the days following her breech water birth, I’ve wondered what made the drastic difference in the length of my labor this time around (over 12 hours shorter than my previous shortest and over 20 hours shorter than most of my labors). I think these things all contributed:

  • A Birth Team I Trust– This is without a doubt the biggest factor in my shorter labor this time. Sadly, it took until my sixth birth to have a birth team that I completely trusted and felt safe with. With previous deliveries, I always had circumstances that made labor more difficult (and likely longer too), such as being told I “wasn’t allowed” to get out of bed, even with an uncomplicated natural labor, or being told by nurses that it would be easier on them if I’d just get an epidural and be quiet. This time, I was supported, encouraged, and told that my body was doing exactly what it was supposed to do… and it did.
  • Eating dates – I don’t have any proof of this, but I added dates to my protein smoothies for the last few weeks and there is some evidence that natural compounds in dates can shorten labor.
  • Prodromal labor– The one silver lining of my month of torture (I mean, prodromal labor) is that it may have sped up labor. I couldn’t find any statistics on this, but there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence and women sharing their experience in forums who had prodromal labor but very short active labors. Midwives often say that not all contractions may dilate the cervix, but they are all accomplishing something, and all of those contractions during prodromal labor were likely helping my body prepare to labor effectively.

Did I Use the Peanut Ball?

Another question I’ve already gotten is if I used the peanut ball or not. I wrote about the fascinating research about peanut-shaped yoga balls and their potential to shorten the first stage of labor by opening the pelvis and encouraging baby’s descent, and said that I was planning to try this method and see if it would shorten labor for me this time.

Unfortunately, since she was breech, I was trying to give her time to flip and wasn’t trying to encourage her to engage or move further down until she did. She ended up being born breech so I never had time to give the peanut ball a try, but have had three friends try it over the last couple of months and they had their shortest labors to date.

Was my Birth Illegal?

Sadly, home birth is not a supported birth option in my state or in quite a few other states in the US. It wasn’t technically illegal for me to give birth at home, but Certified Professional Midwives are not licensed in our state (though many are in other sates) and have to work much harder to find access to important supplies, labs and testing for the women they serve. As our state has one of the highest c-section rates in the country (over 40% in our local area), home birth is one way we could work to reduce these statistics (as the World Health Organization has called for a reduction in any c-section rate over 15%).

This year, we are working to pass legislation that would support Kentucky midwives and make it possible for CPMs to be licensed in our state. If you live in Kentucky and are reading this, please consider following the KY Home Birth Coalition on FB here to check for updates and to find out ways you can help!

Other Pregnancy and Birth Resources

If you’re currently pregnant, here are some other resources that might be helpful to you:

I’d love to hear your birth stories! Please share them in the comments below! 

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

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153 responses to “My Breech Water Birth Story”

  1. Sophie Avatar

    I’ve had four natural births and the last one was a planned unassisted home water birth. It was amazing! The water definitely helped ease the contractions and even the ‘ring of fire’ was subdued also (I decided to deliver him under water). Well done, Katie!

  2. Katie Avatar

    I love reading birth stories! This has been a fun post. I had my first baby last year at a birth center and it took a village to deliver her: extremely painful back labor from start to finish (23 hours), slow dilation which was sped up thanks to an acupuncture treatment during labor… In the end I am so grateful and happy I had her naturally (squatting in the shower!) but I have to say that I was really distressed by the pain of the back labor for awhile afterwards. I will do anything I can to have baby positioned right for subsequent births to avoid back labor. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on this topic? Katie, would you rather have a breech baby or a posterior baby??

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      I’d probably rather have breech than posterior after having seen quite a few posterior labors (but never experiencing one). Have you ever checked out spinningbabies.com? They have a whole protocol for helping ensure baby isn’t posterior. Good luck!

  3. Estelle Avatar

    I have something else to add: I challenge you to give birth quietly! It’s the most beautiful birthing experience. I just had my third child it was a home birth. I was so busy just concentrating on keeping calm through contractions. The room was dim with gentle music specially made to listen to in labour. The midwife and doula were very respectful of my right to peace and quiet and did not disturb me. I used the buteyko breathing which is to breathe quietly, take in small breaths, breath out slowly and then relax for as long as comfortable before taking the next breath. Trust me this is really hard to do when you feel like screaming from agony! There is a brilliant book called ‘close your mouth’ that I learnt about buteyko breathing from. Then I complained the pain wasn’t going away between contractions and that I felt a lot of pressure. The midwife said its a good sign that the baby is lower down. So I kept on labouring as before and only wondered to myself if I was in transition. The contractions got even more intense and I lay on my bed in an effort to change position to relieve pain. The next contraction came and suddenly I felt a hard little head! In total shock I called out hysterically to my midwife and doula “the head is coming! The head is coming!” They quickly rushed to my side and calmed me down. The next contraction I pushed a couple of times and the baby’s head came out! And with one more contraction and a big push the rest of her little body slid out! I was in such shock because I did not realize I would give birth so quickly. Because I was so calm and quiet throughout the entire labour none of us realised. My husband was downstairs in the kitchen preparing food for me when suddenly he heard a baby crying! It was such a shock. My midwife said my neighbour made more noise with his TV than I did giving birth! Keeping calm and quiet made the labour and birth a special experience, it was like I was in my own world. And I definitely think that because I was so calm and focused on the contractions my labour was shorter. What do you think about this type of birth?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      That’s awesome and amazing! I always plan to be quite and calm during birth, but I think that the “roar” of pushing seems to help me actually push the baby out more effectively. I’m super impressed that you were able to be so calm! I definitely planned to this time, but it was also my most intense pushing phase by far and the noise was almost involuntary…

  4. Julia Avatar

    What a beautiful loving story of arriving in this world. CONGRATULATIONS to all three of you. Babies are such joys and you are so lucky to be blessed with 6.

  5. Kellie Avatar

    I am sending you this, not to post it, but as a note to you personally. After you read this, I doubt you would post it anyway.

    I started following your site because I have been going “natural” with a lot of things. I do want to thank you for the deodorant and laundry soap recipes. But recently I have started noticing things have been a bit…disturbing?

    The first time I thought I might want to stop reading this site was when I tried to post a comment to a reader, telling them where they could get some great quality vanilla powder for their bulletproof coffee. I noticed that my comment got posted WITHOUT the link for the vanilla powder. I didn’t understand at first, but then realized the reason that the link wasn’t on there was because you didn’t get a “cut” from the retailer. Now I get that you can’t just have anyone and everyone pushing their products on your site. BUT…you were talking about “bulletproof coffee”, and the vanilla powder I was linking was actually the one sold on the Bulletproof website. So it was ok to latch on to Dave Asprey’s “invention”, but not ok to link us to his products, because you didn’t get a kickback. Hmmm…. That lowered my opinion of the whole thing a bit. Just WRONG. But I gave it another shot.

    Then, I recently read about someone on your site drinking a “placenta smoothie”. Seriously? Because it’s “healthy”…..well, eating goat crap may be healthy too, but do we really need to go there? Is this where we are now, eating our own placentas? Un flippin believable. A part of me really thinks this may be for shock value more than anything. I mean, come ON. “We’re so natural, we even eat our own placentas!” I started realizing that maybe this was not the site for me that very day. But still I stayed.

    Now, I see you are on your SEVENTH child. With the population of the earth exploding, and over population and lack of resources being one of the biggest problems that we ALL face…..SEVEN KIDS? And as far as your “birth story”….do you REALLY have to go into “labor” after that many? I mean, don’t they just fall out? Seven children; that just seems so incredibly selfish! Sheesh, save some planet earth for the rest of us!

    Please immediately remove me from all emails and future postings on this site. ALL…

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      Hi Kellie,

      I am posting your comment and I wanted to respond publicly, because you have been a reader and commenter for so long, and because you have contributed to the blog with your comments in the past. I also wanted to respond because several things you said were factually incorrect and I want to clarify in case these things were confusing to anyone else.

      As far as links being removed, I don’t remember the comment you are referring to. However, I have a very strict comment spam filter that automatically flags all comments with links (a necessary step to prevent spam comments) and also a relatively strict comment policy. I have an assistant who helps moderate comments from time to time and often removes links and edits comments if they don’t meet my comment policy guidelines, as this allows me to personally answer more questions from readers than I would otherwise be able, as there are hundreds that come in per week.

      As I said, I never saw the comment with a link in it, so I’m not entirely sure which comment you are referencing, and many of the comments you’ve left reference vanilla. That being said, I rarely approve comments with links because I am responsible for all of the links that appear on my site, even the ones left in comments, and I am simply unable to read and preview the content in every link someone posts so often they just get removed to save time. Additionally, there are many links on this website that are not affiliate links and that I do not get compensated for in any way (which I explain in my affiliate disclosure), and (while I never saw the link), I assure you this is not why it was removed.

      As for the placenta smoothie, As I hope you can understand, I am not able to control the actions and words of every person who comments on my blog to ensure that no one is in any way offended by something they post, nor would I want to. I’m approving your comment even though I consider parts of it offensive to me personally and to other commenters. I’m sorry, but I don’t understand how offended you are by the action of a person you don’t even know that has absolutely no affect on you whatsoever, and how this comment on my website (that I didn’t post) is a reason you don’t want to read anymore, but of course this is your prerogative. Just seems a bit reactionary to me…

      As for my children, this is the part of your comment that is personally offensive to me, and the reason that I will certainly grant your request to remove you from my email list membership, and even go above and beyond and ban you and your IP address from further interaction. First, please learn to read a little more carefully. I just had my SIXTH CHILD, not my seventh, as I said in the first sentence of this post:

      …even after giving birth to six children…

      Additionally, if it truly offends you that I just had a child, and this is the last straw for why you don’t want to read this website, please leave, as you are not welcome if you’re going to insult and pass judgement on my family. I could write multiple blog posts explaining how our family has a much smaller “footprint” than most one or two children families I know, or how we take many steps that benefit our planet. I could explain the myth of overpopulation and how most countries are under the replacement rate, or even how our family uses fewer resources than most families do with many fewer children, but I won’t, because honestly, it is none of your business and I don’t have time to waste correcting such ignorance.

      A word of advice, if you spend your time judging everyone you don’t agree with on the internet, you will be a highly stressed individual. If you don’t read any website that you in any way disagree with, you won’t have much to read. And if you say things like this to people face to face (which I hope you wouldn’t and just use the impersonality of the internet as an excuse for unkind words), you won’t have many friends.

      I’m glad you have benefitted from my deodorant and laundry detergent recipes, and as I said, I appreciate that you’ve contributed to the conversation in comments in the past. I wish you the best with your journey to go more “natural” and I encourage you to find a new blog to read, as you are no longer welcome here on mine.

      1. Marisa Avatar
        Marisa

        Hi Katie,

        As another human on the planet who is I guess as much impacted by how many children you have as the original commenter here, I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you to have a dozen more. They sound like they’re really wonderful little people and I’m happy to share the planet and our resources with them. With all the care you put into their upbringing and your natural aptitude for the sciences, maybe one of them just might be the person who devises an innovative renewable energy source or revolutionary agricultural practice to (safely) feed the planet’s population.

        Sincerely,

        A person who came from a family of six and to this day consider it the most phenomenal gift my parents could ever have given me.

    2. Drina Avatar

      Well done, Wellness Mama! Your six -child family is beautiful and I hope you have more beautiful babies!

  6. Jennifer L. Avatar
    Jennifer L.

    Katie, I really admire your “I can’t do this for another 20 hours!” thought. Mine repetitive phrase for my second daughter was “I can’t do this for another 8 hours,” as if 8 was some kind of magic breaking point. The midwife just smiled at me and told me the head was right there. Well, that didn’t mean much–I mean, it’s not like she was coming from mars or something. Her head has always been a short distance away. She was born within the next 20 minutes. Yeah–8 hours of that would have been intolerable! 🙂 I get you, but totally admire that you could have done 20 hours! Go mama! And congratulations! 🙂

  7. Gabi Avatar

    Congratulations to you and your family! Thank you for sharing your birth stories, and for all the awesome information you post on your website. I have learned so much from reading your blog! I’m pregnant with our third little one, due in a couple of months. I had two natural (unmedicated vaginal) births at the hospital with my first two, assisted by a midwife and a doula (and my husband), and now I’m fortunate enough to try out a homebirth (we lived too far from the hospital when I had my first two.). I hope I succeed because this new hospital has a really bad rap as far as delivering babies goes. I will also give water birth a try, as I’ve heard so many people loving it. I’m planning on eating my share of dates in the last few weeks, and hoping that my husband will be able to make it on time if this baby comes out quick (my second one was much quicker than my first) and he happens to be out of town. I prepared for my second child using hypnobirthing, but my labor was so quick and intense with her that I never really needed it. Well, thanks again for your inspiration on so many things, and I wish you a very happy and healthy recovery, enjoy your new precious one! God bless!

  8. Kristy Avatar

    Your story reminds me a lot of my own with our sixth baby!!!! Our little girl was a week late (after 5 early babies) and we had no idea she was breech. In fact, in an ultrasound the day after she was due, she was head down. I had my first contraction at 9:00 pm and the next one at 9:15! They continued getting closer and more intense, so I called the hospital to inform them that we were on our way. The nurse that I spoke to said not to leave until my contractions were 5 minutes apart for an hour!!! So we waited, but I insisted she wasn’t waiting and that we should probably go anyway. It’s a good thing we left when we did as the hospital was about a 45 minute drive (at least during the day when there’s traffic). But since there was very little traffic at this time (11:30pm) we managed to get there pretty quickly. As we drove up to the front of the hospital, we realized it was in fact “after hours” and we would have to drive around the back to the emergency entrance. It was on that short drive around the corner (and 2 speed bumps) that our baby girl decided that right at that moment she would have to make her big debut! As my husband threw the van into park and headed for the emergency room doors to get someone to help, my body (with no help from me!) just pushed her almost all the way out. She was folded in half and her bottom came out first. When my husband got back to the van, I was holding her and asked him what he thought I should do!!!!! (I know that sounds funny). Very smart man my husband is, he told me “to push”. I hadn’t thought of that ,so I did,and her head and arms came right out! I was told several times afterward that I saved myself from a c-section by having her in our van! Had they known she was breech I would not have had a choice. So, I’m very thankful that we didn’t quite make it all the way inside the hospital! Oh, and by the way, no one from inside the hospital made it out to our car to help until she had been completely delivered. Go figure!

  9. Heidi Avatar

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful article. You amaze me, in how you are able to share such nice information in such a pleasant way. Wishing you all blessings in your family life.

  10. Karen Avatar

    I enjoyed reading you latest birth story, each one is a different. Three of my eight children were born breech, including the first of my twins. So I had three breech labours in a row, each one different. However our last three children all presented normally, which was good as our hospital or state had now insisted all breech deliveries were to be by C Section. All my births have been vaginal and no epidurals. With baby 6 I made it to hospital (only a few minutes from home) just ten minutes before she was born. Two hours later I was home again.

  11. Genevieve Avatar

    What an awesome birth, Katie! I love me some short labors:) Enjoy new baby bliss. Xo

  12. Shelby Avatar

    Congratulations Katie!

    Our due dates were really close but alas my Littke Man came early, just like his sister.
    I had him at 36 weeks. We are lucky enough to live close to a hospital that staffs midwives as well as doctors. We had the option of a water birth (he came faster than we could fill the tub) so instead I delivered on the toilet. It was totally my choice! The midwife came into the bathroom and asked if I just wanted to stay there (on the toilet!!) I said “yes I do!!” 4 pushes later, little man was here. We were at the hospital 1 hour before he made his grand debut. I got to labor at home this time and felt completely in control of my birth. It was wonderful! My first labor was not so perfect. I’m hoping to birth at home for our next one.
    Congrats again!!

  13. Kristen Avatar

    Not that I would ever wish quirky births on anyone, but at least I’m not alone. Baby 1 was the typical cascade of interventions in the hosptial which ended in an unnecesarean. Baby 2 was a failed hospital VBAC turned CBAC. Baby 3 was 36 hour homebirth VBA2C!! Baby 4 was a 6 hour, very intense (WISH I HAD THE WATER) birth. Baby 5 was a wonky birth which started out at home, progressed very slowly and baby just wouldn’t come down. Ended up with interventions but no surgical birth, thankfully (and I would opine more here but I was cross fitting a good bit through this pregnancy and ignoring so many signs of malalignment and not keeping chiro appts!! I believe it was too much stress on me!! Baby was my largest vaginal @ 8.1 and I pushed 2 hours and we had a distocia :(). SO, I’m now 30 weeks with #6!! Taking this pregnancy easy, focusing on good nutrition, my Catholic faith (that’s #1!!!), homeschooling my others (brings so much joy!), alongside great CPMS this time and an excellent chiro I found. My anxiety level this time is SO much lower (I also have a theory on hormones + intense exercise for some women = anxiety!) so I’m hoping things will move right along :-). Thank you for your willingness to share your story. Gives me hope! Just love your blog!

  14. Miriam Nahom Avatar
    Miriam Nahom

    You are amazing! I had my first in hospital (almost 30 years ago) and it was a nightmare, whereas my home births (3) were the best experiences of my life. I cherish the memories.

  15. Elizabeth Trelfa Avatar
    Elizabeth Trelfa

    I had chiropractic manipulation at 38 weeks when my daughter was breech and she flipped after the very first treatment! I was told it might take 8 or so treatments but she flipped right away. I also labored in water and the hospital made me get out for the birth. The water was amazing relief from pain and I also went all natural. The GREAT part was the water enabled my skin to stretch without any tearing! (8lb 10oz)

  16. Amanda M Avatar

    I had Prodromal labor with both of my sons. My first one was for a week straight and I was hospitalized in a foreign country we were about to get checked out and released as everything had suddenly stopped and I was able to sleep. My water popped at 2AM and my doula coached me over the phone and showed up just as I was getting ready to push. It was barely a 2 hr labor. I did hypnobabies and it was an extremely stressful situation with many people walking in and out of my room and my husband denying them of everything while I paced back and forth laboring with hypnobabies I tuned everyone out and was in a drug light state of bliss. While he managed the front lines. Natural birth is unheard of and I was the first in 10 years my doctor had been there! We even got to use the squatting bar which was unused and freshly still wrapped! With my second I believe my Prodromal labor was for 3 weeks straight. Then I had to get a acupressure massage to actually let me go into labor and then fight the doctor to let me go into the hospital! They were filling up my tub when I suddenly got the ring of fire and I demanded the squatting bars. The doctor was only there 20minutes and I had labored for 45minutes flat which barely made it to the hospital and room in time and very stressful and I don’t put on the usual noise I’m a silent laborer. I told my husband I was going to have the baby in the waterfall out front because I was sitting in a wheelchair and they weren’t going to admit me. My doula was on the phone with us the entire time as well. And we also did baby spinning with my first to move him and my second! They were both preemies or I would have stayed as far away from the hospital as possible. But thank god I had been prepping with hypnobabies I can tune anything out! 🙂 it’s so awesome to hear your story and I’m not afraid of anything but being in labor my entire pregnancies which is what happens with me and I can’t manage to keep them in! Congratulations on your many labors and babies!

  17. Cindy Avatar

    Thank you for sharing!!! Though my now 3 month old was not breech, I can relate to parts of your story. And as is true when I read any of your posts, I learned something new about both life in general and myself. Wishing you, your beautiful new girl and all your family all the wonderful blessings life has to offer!!

  18. Amy Avatar

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you, and can relate-as another mom of 6 children each with 6 unique births! I thought of you and my midwife in Vegas when you mentioned not being “able” to push when you felt the urge. I highly suggest you read Lydi Owen’s Powerbirth. https://www.powerbirth.com/ She’ll change your mind on that idea as she did mine.

  19. Nancy Avatar

    Congratulations mama!
    Every birth is such a miracle. Each of my 4 births were different. Two at home, two hospital births. They are all grown up now and moved out on their own. I sure do miss those days of youngsters!
    warm wishes to your family,
    Nancy

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