For anyone who has been around for a while, you may remember Autumn’s birth story of her son Finley. It is one of the most amazing ones I’ve ever heard. Autumn and her husband recently welcomed their 7th child into the world and while not quite as fast as Finley’s arrival (If you want to read how Finley was born in 5 minutes click here.)
Congratulations to Autumn and Micheal on the birth of London Jeremiah. He was born December 27th at 4:48 am, 8 lbs 3 oz, 21″. Unassisted again…by accident.
In Autumn’s words:
Lesson I’ve learned, by the time you have your 6th and 7th child nothing is normal or predictable!
I went to bed last night feeling my cervix dilating. No contractions just cervical stuff. At 2 am I texted my midwife and let her know I had bloody show and felt my cervix dilating. She said lmk when you want me to come…clearly I am bad at this!
Honestly I enjoyed being alone and in bed sleeping while my cervix did it’s thing. I guess I was in labor but it didn’t think so.
At 4 I got up and peed and leaned against the bed so he could move down with gravity. Still no real contractions or pain. About 4:30 I went to the bathroom to lean against the wall because I was soooooo tired.
This is when the shakes, sweats and nausea hit and this is when I knew I was in labor.
I told my husband to wake up because he baby was coming.
He literally stumbled into the bathroom asking me why I waited long! He texted the midwife to come now.
I was leaning over the bathtub dry heaving and then the “time to push” contraction came. I had two of these and pushed like a beast to get him out. I never stopped praying and truly paying attention to what was going on in my body. It’s amazing how productive you can be when you visualize! I felt his head close so I pushed to get it out and I didn’t want to push again so I didn’t let up until he was all out.
My poor husband was left to do some cleanup ? and then catch a baby! He was not expecting to do this alone!
It was about 20 minutes from the moments leaning against the wall and his birth. The midwife arrived about 20 minutes after his birth.
It was a harder birth than Finley’s 5 minute labor/birth but it was still easy by birth standards!
Autumn, you certainly have a blessed life. <3 <3 <3 Congratulations and best wishes on your newest addition London! He is absolutely adorable!
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