My third pregnancy marked a turning point for me. After experiencing an emergency c-section with my first pregnancy and stillbirth with my second, I knew I had to approach this birth differently. I was determined to do it my way and give birth to my baby on my own terms.
During my third trimester, I experienced Braxton Hicks and the unpleasant sensation of lightning crotch. While I hadn’t gone into labor with my previous pregnancies, I welcomed the signs that my body was preparing itself this time around. I even texted Sue, excited to share the news that I had lost my mucus plug.
With Sue’s guidance, I did exercises like inversions and found ways to distract myself from the cramping. On my due date, my husband, son, and I celebrated reaching 40 weeks by baking cupcakes. It was a joyful moment, one that we appreciated all the more after our previous loss.
Later that day, contractions began to come every 10 minutes, and I wondered if this was it. I followed Sue’s advice to stop timing them and focused on other things until the contractions grew stronger and closer together. I called Sue, and she told me to meet her at the birth center at 11:30 pm.
When I arrived, I was already 9cm dilated and 100% effaced. My water broke, and I got into the birthing pool at 12:07 am. Just 14 minutes later, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl. It was a beautiful moment, one that I give all glory to God for.
Throughout my pregnancy, I felt supported by an incredible team. My husband was my rock, my son was my cheerleader, and my parents were my prayer warriors. And the midwives and staff at Katy Birth Center were absolutely amazing. They listened to me, supported me, and helped me feel prepared for this moment. Thanks to them, I felt like a human being and not just another appointment waiting to be seen.
In the end, I’m grateful for this experience and for the opportunity to welcome my baby into the world in my own way.