View Full Version : She is here! And a short birth story.

09-06-2005, 12:16 AM
Elowyn Rose was born Thursday at 10:21 pm at our birth center in the water!

My water had broken that morning a bit after 1 am so we headed off to the center to start antibiotics for GBS. My contractions started soon after my water breaking but stalled once we arrived. Ds came with us and once we got there and decided we would stay for some sleep (not him of course - haha!) my mother and stepfather arrived to keep him company for the day. I took a nap and the contractions woke me up but stalled about an hour later. Nothing much happened the rest of the day until the late afternoon when I decided to take some homepathics, castor oil (ugh, blech, gross), a power walk and an acupuncture treatment. Yes, at that point I was feeling a countdown until I would have to transfer to a hospital for labor augmentation so I assaulted myself from every angle! On the walk back from the acupuncturist regular contractions started back up. After a quick dinner at the BC the contractions were suddenly no longer comfortable and I could not stay relaxed with our hypnobirthing techniques. We called the midwife to come back to the BC early (she was due in an hour for more antibiotic administering) and then I was checked and at least had finally progressed to 4 cm (the two prior times I was just 1 cm). She started the tub up and when I got in I immediately felt my body pushing the baby with every contraction. At this point I was really frightened that I was pushing and it was premature, but I could not help it. As the midwife started to reglove to check me again she said, "Melanie, put your hand down, feel her head!" Clearly, it was not premature. LOL. I don't think I really ever pushed, just let my body do it but she was born about 15 minutes after I hit the water. As soon as her head and arms came out I lifted her up onto my chest.

She 8 lbs, 1 oz. and 20 inches long. Ds came in right away and was very happy to see her (and for me to not be yelling anymore...the last 2 hours had been intense). After a couple of hours we packed up to head home, just under 24 hours from when my water had broken. Her labor was only 22 hours and until the last two and half of them, pain-free. This was a departure from Ds' 26 hour labor filled with excruciating contractions until I got an epidural around hour 20.

Aside from the frustrations of the stalled labor during the day, this was the most wonderful birth ever. It was just so amazing, exhilarating, and a million other wonderful emotions I can't describe right now. I felt a world better than after Ds, and still do (though I've only had 4 sleepless nights so far..hahaha.)

We are all doing well and my milk has already come in. Breastfeeding is going better than it did with Ds, though still a bit of a challenge (tiny mouth, huge engorged breasts...not fun!). We had an LC out today already though, and are on the right track.

...in her amby hammock...

09-06-2005, 12:23 AM
Wow, Elowyn is such a unique and beautiful name. I'm so glad your birth experience went as well as you'd hoped. I admire your tenacity to have the birth of your dreams.

Take care and hope you get some rest amidst the feedings. Congrats mama!

who is still trying to give birth so she can have more to say

09-06-2005, 12:24 AM
What a beautiful baby w/ the most beautiful name! How wonderful for you that your birth experience was everything you could have hoped for.

09-06-2005, 12:28 AM
Oh Melanie, she is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your story, and congratulations!!!

Enjoy your babymoon!! :)

09-06-2005, 12:29 AM
Oh Melanie, coingratulations! She is precious! I'm so glad you had a wonderful experience (except for the stalled labor :) )

09-06-2005, 12:47 AM

Congratulations!! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful birth experience. E is beautiful.




09-06-2005, 01:38 AM
Congratulations! Welcome Elowyn! :-)

What a beautiful picture, just precious!

09-06-2005, 01:51 AM
Oh Melanie,
She is so precious and cute. I love her picture. And I am so happy that you had a wonderful and safe birth experience. Congratulations!!


09-06-2005, 01:58 AM
Congratulations Melanie!! She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on having a wonderful birth experience. I love the name you have chosen for your darling.

09-06-2005, 04:59 AM
Congratulations!!! Wonderful story-- beautiful name for a beautiful girl :)

09-06-2005, 07:25 AM
Melanie, what a powerful birth story! Good for you! Elowyn is a lovely name to go with a very lovely little girl! Congratulations to you and yours.

Paula -- mom to Roley Julia, January '02

09-06-2005, 07:32 AM
COngratulations. She is adorable
mommy to Isabella
and Gunner

09-06-2005, 08:05 AM
Congratulations on your beautiful girl and on having such a wonderful birth!

09-06-2005, 08:16 AM
What a beautiful birth story; I am so glad you had such a wonderful experience! She looks so beautiful and well-rested in the Amby!




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09-06-2005, 08:39 AM
Welcome Elowyn Rose! What a wonderful birth story.

09-06-2005, 11:15 AM
Congratulations to you and your family. She's just BEAUTIFUL!!!!! :)

DS 11/04

09-06-2005, 11:44 AM
Firstly Elowen is just precious. Also, I wanted to tell you how great you sound. I'm so glad you got the birth you were looking for. I hope a lifetime of joy for you and your family.

09-06-2005, 12:13 PM
She is gorgeous!! What a wonderful birth story :). I know the pushing feeling you mean, it's an amazing feeling. congrats!

09-06-2005, 12:29 PM
Congratulations, Melanie! She is gorgeous, and that is an absolutely fantastic birth story :)

09-06-2005, 12:41 PM
Congratulations to you all, Melanie. :) She's gorgeous, and I'm glad you're so pleased with her birth experience. Glad to hear you all are doing well, too!


Taran, November 20, 2003
Elowen, August 20, 2005

http://www.gynosaur.com/assets/ribbons/ribbon_emerald_18m.gif - Eighteen months!

09-06-2005, 01:30 PM
Her beautiful name suits her perfectly! Thank you for sharing your birth story.

Missy, mom to Gwen 03/03... and #2 due late Sept 05!

09-06-2005, 02:19 PM
Congratulations Melanie!! What a great story, thanks for sharing. I'm so happy that Elowyn and mama are doing well, after what sounds to be like a very easy and beautiful delivery. Congrats!

09-06-2005, 02:29 PM
Congratulations Melanie! She looks so sweet!

09-06-2005, 05:54 PM
Welcome Elowyn! What a wonderful birth story!
Maddy born 06/09/04
Little Peanut due 03/02/06

09-06-2005, 08:50 PM
Congratulations! What a wonderful story. She is just beautiful.

Mom to Nick 10/01
& Alex 04/04

09-20-2005, 01:30 AM
She's beautiful! Congratulations Melanie! What a wonderful birth story to share with her when she gets older!

Mommy to
Annalia 3/03
Sophia 6/05

When raising kids the days are oh so long, but the years are short.--John Leguizamo

09-20-2005, 07:52 PM
Sorry, I'm a bit late on this one, Melanie. Congratulations and welcome to the world Elowyn.

mom to:

Josh 3/90
Mollie 4/92
Jeffrey 12/94
Katherine 6/03


09-22-2005, 03:48 PM
Congratulations to you and your family! Elowyn looks so peaceful and content. Welcome, little one!