I was lucky to have an easy, healthy pregnancy and to have found Michelle to help me with this homebirth. Throughout the pregnancy we talked about labor, what to expect, and about Michelle’s experiences assisting others. My first birth had also been midwife-attended, but was in a hospital, and did not at all work out as I had hoped.
"Next, I remember one of the midwives saying she could see hair from the baby’s head. I knew we were closer and got excited, thinking the birth was going to be soon, but it wasn’t. I still worked even harder during the contraction. I took a deep breath and pushed along side the contraction, took another deep breath and pushed hard, then took another breath and pushed what energy I had left to the end of the contraction."
My due date was 1/23 and this was my first pregnancy. I had it in my head that I needed to have the baby before 2/3 because I wanted her to be born during the Year of the Tiger (the Chinese calendar). Mind you, I am not Chinese, nor do I particularly believe in the Chinese calendar. But the placemat at my favorite Chinese restaurant showed that the Tiger sign matched my husband's and my sign. You can't get more random than that. It was a tangible goal nonetheless.