With Luna it was slow (read Luna’s birth story here). Contractions started after dinner and I was up all night dancing in the moonlight, too excited to sleep. I shared the sunrise with a hummingbird looking out over the lake, spent the day getting in and out and in and out of the tub, but my cervix just didn’t want to open. Ultimately, I ended up pushing her out partially anesthetized on my back on a hospital bed, 30 something hours after contractions began. It wasn’t the gentle home birth I had imagined, and I really hoped the second would go better.
On September 14th at 4:55am I clutched a new little creature to my chest after 33 hours of labor. She seemed so foreign. It was so strange that just moments before she’d been inside me, faceless. Then that little face lit up! She opened her eyes, she cried, she latched onto my breast and as cliche as it sounds, I fell totally in love. Continue reading Luna Suli’s Birth Story
A friend passed along this blog and I’m so inspired by this woman’s stories and writing. Here she describes the water birth of her son Lyric. It’s so beautiful that I had to share.
Lyric’s birth story, like most stories, really starts much earlier than the morning that surges began. Leave it to me to translate 2 hours of active labor into an 8 page birth story. Consider yourself warned – ha! (Part One is HERE, though most of it is recapped in this post)
At the end of the post, I’ve included a link to a slideshow of his birth. There ARE photos of me in labor (i.e. nude, boobs, yoni) as well as photos of Lyric’s head being born. If you want to view real, raw photos of birth, then watch it. 🙂 The photos that are included in this blog post are not graphic.
From my journal:
Thursday, June 3rd (39 weeks)
At approximately 5pm, I noticed I was very tired and laid down while the girls played. I felt the overwhelming need to nap. I called Jason…
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