Susan was a client that I worked with, as a student under the supervision of Beth Overton LM, CPM at what is now the Corpus Christi Birth Center.
Around 3:00 a.m. on November 10th I began to feel light contractions. I waited to call Mercy and Beth until my contractions were a little closer together. I paced up and down the hallway until about 6:00 a.m. It was about 6:30 a.m. when I decided to called Mercy and Beth. My husband was awake on and off and I decided to rest too. Mercy and Beth arrived a couple of hours later, but my contractions had dwindled. Beth checked me and said I wasn’t even dilated yet. They stuck around Weslaco a couple of hours [Weslaco is about 2 1/2 hours away from Corpus Christi], but decided to go home when my contractions completely stopped. Beth assured me it would probably be a couple of days before my baby was born. I had light contractions all day, but nothing to worry about.
Not a false alarm this time
But around 3:00 a.m. on November 11th I began to feel light contractions (again). I decided not to call Mercy and Beth because of the false alarm the day before. I tried to sleep but it was impossible. I got into the shower and quickly got out. Around 6 a.m. (again) I woke my husband, but we decided to wait to call Beth just in case. My contractions were really strong, but I just wasn’t convinced that it was time yet.
My husband stayed by my side the entire time. I stayed in the shower for the next couple of hours because it was the only place that I felt “comfortable”. Danny comforted me and reminded me to breath and relax. Around 8 a.m. Danny called my friend (Cassandra), and asked if she could pick up my daughters, Cyan and Calista. She came over within minutes. He also called Mercy and informed her that my contractions were about 10 minutes apart.
Mercy and Beth left immediately. But they were over two hours away! I started to panic thinking they were not going to make it. I remember thinking I was crazy for wanting a homebirth, but my husband reminded me that we were okay. I found comfort in him and in God. Danny kept in contact with Mercy, but I really panicked when I overheard Mercy say, “I can talk you through the birth.”
Danny comforted me as best he could, he reminded me to breath, relax, and not to push.” He tried to get me to lie down, but I couldn’t. I stayed in the shower until right before Cael was born. Around 10:45 he spoke to Beth who was exiting the highway in Weslaco, I felt relieved.
Danny helped me out of the shower and onto the bed. I remember thinking and saying, “I can’t do this,” as Beth come in the door and ran towards the bedroom. She immediately checked me, and my water broke. A couple of minutes later Mercy arrived, just in time to catch my son. Cael was born on 11-11-07 at 11:00 a.m. Beth and Mercy both arrived in time, only a couple of minutes before he was born. My son was born perfectly, and without any complications. After a couple of minutes, we took our herb bath, which was very relaxing. I was able to just hold Cael and enjoy the moment with my husband.
Would I homebirth again?
Would I have a homebirth again? If I were planning to have more children, YES! Would I use Beth and Mercy as my caregivers? Absolutely! The birth of my son, Cael, was a wonderful and blessed experience. I could not have done it without my husband, Beth, Mercy, and God.
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