Birth Story of Elias Christopher Gonzalez

Hi my name is Sandra, and I would like to share my VBAC story with all the women out there that are doubtful about having a home birth after having had a C-section. My first child was born at a hospital back in 2008; and I had wanted to have an unmedicated birth but after being induced there were complications, and ended up having an emergency C-section. I really didn’t want to go through that experience again this time around. I wanted to be able to have my second child the natural way and we decided to go with a home birth. I was very skeptical and scared about having a home birth but the more educated myself and learned about unmedicated births the better I felt about it. My midwife, Marvelys Lopez, was very informative and made me feel at ease with any questions I had about having this birth at home. There was a major difference in having a midwife vs. an OB-GYN as well. I loved having a midwife during my pregnancy because the prenatal appointments lasted for about an hour, and they are a lot more personal. Marvelys would take her time talking to me about any concerns I had, and explained everything very well. She actually cared about what I had to say and what I was feeling. I just felt a lot more comfortable having a midwife than an OB-GYN. I took Bradley classes with my husband, and that definitely helped us out a lot. With that being said, this is my birth story:    I had Elias, my second child, on Friday September 6th 2013 at 7:51am. It all started 4 days after my due date, Thursday morning at 1:30 a.m., that I started to feel really strong Braxton Hicks. I had never felt a contraction before so I wasn’t sure if it was a Braxton Hicks contraction or if that early labor was about to start. It was 7 a.m. and I kept feeling those uncomfortable contractions; I took a shower to see if that would change anything. They didn’t stop, so I kind of figured that it really was early labor and that it was finally time. I was super excited because I had been waiting for this moment for a long time now. I had contractions during the whole day Thursday and around 7 p.m. I noticed the “bloody show”. My mucus plug was coming out and my water still hadn’t broken. The contractions started getting harder and harder during the night. Marvelys and Judy were very attentive and told me different positions I can do to go through the contractions. My birth team (my husband, sister, and mom) were all VERY helpful and supportive attending to my every need. Another thing that helped me out and relaxed me was the Birth pool. I got the brand “Birth Pool in a Box”. It was a very good pool, it had a little seat inside where I can sit on if I wanted to; it had handles on the sides that helped a lot when I was in the pushing stage. I would be on my knees and lean over the side of the pool and hold on to the handlebars. The water was very relaxing and warm. My belly didn’t feel as heavy when I was inside the pool. It was just wonderful. I loved it and would totally recommend a birth pool. Well, during the last part of labor, my contractions were 5 minutes apart and I was just exhausted. I remember I would fall asleep in between the contractions for 5 minutes, and then I would wake up when a contraction came, breathed through them, and went back to sleep again. Then I started feeling the urge to push; and with every push I could feel my baby’s head slowly going out and back in, slowly moving down the birth canal. It was pretty painful when the head of the baby came out but it was just for a moment. My husband and I both felt the baby’s head poking out. It was so amazing. Then I felt exactly how the baby’s whole body came out of me, and next thing I know, my baby boy was finally in my arms. I was shocked, excited, amazed, and just VERY, VERY HAPPY that he was finally here!! I couldn’t believe I actually went through with it and had my baby with no drugs and had him natural like a woman is intended to have them. The human body truly knows what to do and we just have to let it do its own thing; just let it happen. When I had my baby in my arms all the pain I felt was gone and I was just staring and smiling at my precious angel that I had in my arms. He cried for a second or two and then he was calm and looking around the room. I still had the placenta inside of me and with one little push it came out easily; it was not painful at all. And with that, the process was DONE. My midwife waited for the umbilical cord to stop pulsing before my husband could cut it. I tried breastfeeding him after a little while but he wouldn’t latch on right away. It took me a while for him to latch. I was in the water bonding with my baby for about 30 minutes until they finally got me, and Elias out of the water (that’s another thing I liked about the home birth, my baby wasn’t taken away from me right away after having him. I was able to bond with him for a while). Then they covered him up and took him to get cleaned, weighed, and measured. He was a pretty big boy weighing 8 lbs. and 8 ounces. Measuring 20 ¾ inches long. He was just perfect and adorable. I was taken out of the tub with help, took a shower and lay down in bed. I did tear a lot so my midwife had to give me stitches. After all that, I fed my baby once and was able to finally rest. It was an incredible journey, the whole pregnancy and the delivery.    I honestly believe that if I’m able to do it, ANYONE can. Seriously! I’m 24 years old and had a C-section with my first child 5 years ago. I had a SUCCESSFUL VBAC with no complications at home. Instead of a scheduled C-section I would’ve had at the hospital. I know the “IT” thing now is to go to the hospital and get an epidural or schedule a C-section or an induction; but I highly, highly! recommend every woman to go through this amazing experience. Truthfully, it is painful but in the end, it’s totally worth it. Having your child in your arms right after he’s/she’s born and being proud of yourself for actually doing it and not using any kind of drugs. That’s all I wanted and I accomplished it. It is possible to do it; you just need a lot of motivation and education. The more you inform yourself about natural unmedicated home births, the more comfortable, and secure you feel about going through with this. I love my midwife Marvelys for helping me get through this birth, and pregnancy. We truly are blessed to have women like her around that are still doing these natural home births. 🙂  


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