Well, I finally had the baby and it is a boy, alhamdulillah. I went into labor on Sept. 10 at after 1am with my water breaking and irregular contractions. I called my midwife to let her know labor had begun and was supposed to call her back in the early morning. The contractions picked up a bit though and she needed to check on the baby’s position to make sure a homebirth would be safe.
So, she ended up coming over around 5 am as the contractions were about 3 min apart. The baby was head down and not breech which meant I was able to stay at home. At this point labor started to digress and I keep having to walk around to keep it going. The children were on their way to school expect for Hannah who stayed home to care for Isa so that my husband could be my doula.
During this time labor had waned and my midwife was contemplating leaving for awhile so I wouldn’t feel watched. Instead, she decided to give me a birth drink to help augment labor. It is German concoction consisting of almond butter, apricot juice, castor oil, herbs, and sparking grape juice. Within an hour contractions picked up again, maashaa allah.
We were hoping that the baby would be born before the little ones came home from school at 2:30 pm, but I was just entering into transition at that time. The birth tub helped take the edge off a bit, but once again like with Isa, I needed more gravity to help bring the baby down. The birth stool it would have to be. I ended up pushing for an 1 1/2 hrs. My babies usually come right out. I have never had to push so long before this one. It turned out his head was 15 in. in circumference which is as big as an 11 lb. baby. He also weighed 9lbs. 8 ozs. after the passed several ozs. of meconium immediately after birth. My babies are usually around 8 lbs. We were all shocked he was so big. I had only gained a bit over 20 lbs during my pregnany and the baby alone had made up almost half of that weight. Anyway, he was born at 4:15 pm and my husband has named him Hashem. Everyone is very grateful and excited especially the boys.