I met this couple early this year before she was even showing. I had an instant connection with them because their journey was a lot like my own. They got married fairly young and are now living away from home as her husband is attending chiropractic school. Yep been there, done that. Now they were pregnant and were going to birth at home (still resonating with me.)
They were home from school on their Fall break and finally I received a text a week and a half past her due date that things were starting to happen. I went to bed expecting to get a couple hours sleep before next contact, but I got a full nights sleep while she patiently laboured through the night. I joined her at her family home the next morning at 10am and 6cm. She was already tired after a long night and having to battle the unexpected hurdle of back labour but she stayed calm throughout the day. Progress was slow. The midwives debated what to do next, but after sitting at 8cm for 9 hours, everyone transferred to hospital. By the time she got to hospital she had been labouring (with intense back labour) for over 24 hours... you heard me correctly...
So she continued her slow journey at the hospital. Her midwife and her mother (also a midwife) coached her from 8cm - 10cm and onto pushing. This little guy's journey into the world was a slow one. He even took his time crowning, and gave the nurses a bit of a scare that he might have shoulder dystocia, but her mom kept her focused to keep pushing and slowly his body was born into Grandma's hands just after midnight (stretching his birth journey over 3 separate days.)
The slideshow at the bottom of the post has some incredible birth images. It's a must watch.