This mama and I connected right away over our love of yoga and Game of Thrones. She was pregnant with her first baby and had already hired her homebirth midwife who I happen to know well and have worked with on numerous occasions.
She had an uneventful pregnancy. She stayed healthy, walked a lot, did a lot of yoga, and saw her chiropractor regularly. Everything was going great.
Then one night right at 39 weeks, she calls me to let me know her water broke! Yay! I tell her to go to bed and get as much sleep as she can before contractions start. I got all my stuff ready and went to sleep myself expecting full well to get a call around midnight that it was time to head over.
Nope. Nothing. Full-night's sleep. Weird. We chat in the morning and she decides to go on her normal walk and then some prenatal yoga and then go see her chiropractor. We thought we may have an Occiput Posterior (OP) baby on our hands and that it might be why her contractions hadn't started. She also went to see the backup midwife for an office appointment to listen to baby to make sure "it" sounded good (we didn't know the sex). All was good, except no labor.
At about 7pm I headed over to do some doula tricks to see if we could get things moving along and she drank a special shake to help try to get things moving. By 10pm we were rocking and rolling and everything seemed to be falling into place.
At this point labor was very active but this strong mama completely turned inward and surrendered to the work of labor. She kept her eyes closed almost from this point onward...
This birth was everything a birth should be. Quiet, respectful, empowering. There was never any emergency. Yes, us 4 birth workers definitely perked up at 3am when we realized what we thought was a crown was indeed not, but mama didn't even realize that baby was breech until after he'd been born and we told her because at the time she was doing amazing. She was in her zone and she, her body, and her baby were trusted to do what was needed. Thank you Kathryn for allowing me into your birth space, for choosing me as your doula and for allowing me to capture your beautiful and inspiring birth!