Three months later, and I finally get a chance to share my birth story with you. The experience I had with this one is one that I will never forget (wait… how can you forget any birth experience!).
This was my fifth delivery. My previous births, I thankfully had no complications, which is why we started to have home births. Every single time, once I go into labor, I know this baby is going to come out fast! This round, like her siblings, she came fast and again I had no complications. However, I had an experience with this one that I didn’t have with any of the others.
It was my first PAIN FREE delivery. Some of you might think, “how in the world is that possible!” After 4 births, I had thought that exact same thing. Every single time I was pregnant, I read the book, Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize. I wanted to believe it was possible. But after not experiencing it over and over again, my faith struggled to actually believe it.
It was all by the grace of God. I wouldn’t say my faith level increased since my last delivery. So I’m here to give God that glory and share in detail with you that experience…
It’s Tuesday, the 17th, my due date. I had my midwife appointment at 2pm. At that appointment, I had asked her to strip my membranes to try and get things started. She also gave me some herbs to take to soften my cervix.
That evening I got my normal inconsistent contractions. (For the past four weeks, I had contractions almost every evening.) My body was getting so worn out. It was the hardest last four weeks of pregnancy I ever had. Another factor was probably because she was the largest baby I had! So that night, I again questioned whether or not my body was actually entering into labor. My husband and I stayed up watching shows on Netflix to wait it out and see if my contractions progressed. Nothing did, so finally at midnight, we decided to go to bed.
A few hours later, I started waking up to stronger contractions. Ones that I could not sleep through. I had to get out of bed to be able to handle the contractions better. I went downstairs to not disturb the others while sleeping. It’s now 2am and I’m on my knees leaning over the coffee table trying to tolerate those contractions as they came.
An hour and a half later, I decided to go up and wake my husband. I needed his support. And once he saw how strong the contractions were coming, he said we MUST call the midwife!
It was 4am at the time when we called her. I was experiencing extreme pain at this point with the contractions. Ones where it was telling my body to push. However, I did not want to start pushing until my midwife got here. Normally, my waters do not break on their own (even during the intense contractions). However, once they are broken by the midwife, things then progress very fast and my babies are usually out 20 minutes after the breaking.
My midwife walked in the door around 5am. I yelled at her from the bathroom, asking her to come check me immediately to see if I’m fully dilated and ready to start pushing.
As she was checking me, she instantly snagged my bags. (And I thought- “Praise God!” because this meant I could start going with my body and push when the urge came.) I transferred myself to the couch and got myself into position because I knew the baby was going to come out fast.
The whole time during my laboring, I had Bethel worship music up on our TV. Once I laid on the couch, I faced the TV, listening and watching them worshiping Jesus. My spirit started engaging with Holy Spirit.
The pushing started. I pushed with every ounce of energy inside of me. It was extremely HARD WORK. But, the supernatural part of it all was… there was no pain. I’m not exaggerating, I’m not lying… I’m being completely real and honest with you right now.
I laid there on the couch breathing so heavy in between each contraction. At one point, while pushing, I was staring up at the TV. In one of the longest pushes I had- my mind left the physical and entered completely into the spiritual. My spirit was worshiping God while in the midst of pushing with all my physical strength. Right after the push, my mind came back to the physical realm. And I remember questioning myself, “did I actually just push that whole time?”
After 15 minutes of pushing, the head came through! I then was relieved, but they told me I had to keep pushing to get her shoulders through. I thought, “Oh, my goodness, I’m not done pushing yet!?” I was so worn out. I think another part of it was because she came early morning, and I was dealing with the contractions during the night. So I had no food and no sleep. (I was not desiring any food while I was laboring.)
And she was out! She was the biggest baby I had (9lb 6oz). That relief of feeling and knowing that the work is D.O.N.E. You made it, you did it!
After I delivered the other four children, I remember thinking to myself, “I don’t know if I could ever do that again.” However, after this delivery, for the first time, I thought, “Wow, I didn’t experience any pain that time. I could really do this again!” I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t believe I just went through the pushing stage and did not experience any pain like I did with the other four births.
I did not experience the pain free labor/contractions part, but am very thankful for the pain free delivery part of it. I remember telling my husband (who was waiting to catch our little girl) that “this is so hard!” But the pain I experienced with the other four deliveries (at times, screaming at the top of my lungs) was not there.
It is possible, ladies! I’m not here to brag about it, but to give you hope and encouragement. Also to give God the glory in the experience I had. If you haven’t already, please read Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience it pain free. Like I said, I went through four births experiencing extreme pain during both the contraction and the pushing part.
With God all things are possible. Even a pain free birth!
Thanks for taking the time to read my story. Now what about you — Share your heart — What are your thoughts on actually experiencing it pain free? Do you believe it’s possible? What birth experiences have you had?