Annie didn’t have an easy start.
Prodromal labour began on Friday evening around her 38th week of pregnancy. I received notification around midnight that things might be picking up soon. I knew that Annie had been nesting HARDCORE the week before, so this didn’t surprise me at all (can you say, 7 dozen cookies in an evening?!). Saturday comes, nothing consistent. Contractions were irregular but painful enough she couldn’t sleep through them. Sunday comes, same story, no change, just pure exhaustion and frustration. I delivered a TENS Sunday afternoon, with the hopes that it would at least take the edge off (it did, she said) and her midwife had recommended the Miles Circuit.
Monday morning, after a trying weekend of no sleep and no progress (though we both think the Miles Circuit did make a difference from Sunday night), her membranes ruptured and active labour began. Thank goodness! I joined them within an hour of ruptured membranes and Tietje (Midwife) was already there. Although she was only 3cm dilated, she was contracting regularly and strong, so neither Tietje or I felt like we should leave.
Annie dug deep immediately and found her groove. While the original plan was to birth at the Birth Centre, once labour took hold, Annie knew she would be more comfortable at home (and understandably didn’t want to get into a car). Convenient that midwives come with all the same gear! In the comfort of her own home, in her own tub a healthy baby boy was born at 2:41pm that afternoon.