Thursday, August 4

Elliotte's {VBAC} Birth Story:

A friend of mine suggested I sit down and start writing my birth story while it's still fresh in my head.

So here goes. Brew some tea and get a snack because I'm giving you the long version!

All week, I had been going on walks and doing pelvic rocks in the shower while Conrad took his naps, I'd been resting a lot more and had been feeling more tired and irritable. I was having braxton hicks contractions all week but nothing major. I was anticipating going well past my due date. At this point though, I was 39 weeks. Saturday came and I was extremely irritable. Everything that Conrad did annoyed me. I just wanted to be in bed and be alone, so Dustin took Conrad to the park and the store so I could rest. When they got home, I was still feeling really tired and fatigued. I called my parents in tears and they came and took Conrad to their house. My Dad had made a comment that I was about to have this baby very soon, and I disagreed. I just wasn't feeling like myself, I thought. Little did I know, He was so right. I was an emotional wreck. All I could do was clean and cry, for no apparent reason at all. I was folding baby clothes and was upset that the baby's room wasn't put together yet and Dustin sat down on the floor to talk to me and try to sort out why I was such a wreck. It was actually really great that we talked because we hadn't realized just how distant we had both been. We ended up talking, crying and praying for about 2 hours and it was just what we needed as a couple to get on the right page before we welcomed our baby into the world. We were lacking that compassion for one another and that tenderness in our marriage. We were both stressed, excited, anxious, ready, and hadn't realized that we had become so distant or hard hearted towards each other.

Dustin suggested that we go on a long drive and listen to music. I washed my face and put on a comfy dress and he made me some decaf coffee to sip while we drove. It was already getting late and about time to pick up Conrad, so we took the scenic route and drove to my parents house. We listened to an old Radiohead CD in the car. We turned up the music as loud as it would go and held hands. It was exactly what I needed. Just the two of us, in the car, listening to music we love and enjoying the last sweet moments together before we became 4.

We ate my Dad's chicken enchiladas while Conrad played with my grandma and mom and enjoyed my parents company until about 9. We headed home, put the little man in bed and went to bed as usual. I was having little braxton hicks contractions here and there but nothing to get excited about. I woke up at 11:30 and ran to the bathroom throwing up. The food didn't make Dustin sick at all, but it seemed to make me sick, which was weird (now I realize that my body was just getting ready for labor, and that's why i threw up). I went back to bed and woke up at about 4:30 with stronger contractions that I had to lean over my bed to work through. I asked Dustin to time them. They were about 6-8 mins apart. I couldn't go back to sleep. I kept telling myself that this was false labor and not to get obsessed over the contractions. Surly I wasn't in labor, I was only 39 weeks! I told Dustin that if this was "false labor" this was a cruel joke because it was pretty intense.

By 5:00am, I decided that I wanted to go on a walk and be outside so I called my mother in law and she came over in her pj's to wait for Conrad to wake up and then take him to her house for the day. We got into the car and planned to pick up the video camera at my friend Sofia's house before our walk. I had two contractions in the car that rocked my world. I had to turn around in the car and hold onto the head rest, they were so intense. Sofia gave me the camera, was so excited for me she was almost in tears, gave me a hug and we headed to the park for a walk. While we were driving, it started pouring out and the windshield wipers were so annoying I told Dustin to TURN THEM OFF!!!! as i was going through another contraction. It really was the most amazing, rainy, cloudy day. It was perfect out.

I told him to take me to the store instead of a walk. I wanted to buy yogurt, cookie dough and candles. We ran through the rain and hurried into Albertson's. The rain made us both super happy and we both felt like kids. If this was labor, we were excited to be enjoying rain. (We had specifically prayed for rain when we went into labor) Luckily, we were the only people in Albertson's because as we walked through the store, I had two contractions that stopped me dead in my tracks that I needed to moan through in order to survive. At this point, I'm still wondering if this is false labor.....

When we got back home I wanted to vacuum. I would vacuum the living room rug and when I felt a contraction coming, I'd drop to my knees and call Dustin over to rub my lower back. I'd moan through it and breathe deep and slow until it passed, get back up and continue cleaning something else. At one point, as I was putting dishes away, I dropped to the ground on all fours with my head against the stove as he rubbed my back. During a contraction in the living room, I remember Dustin saying, "I know this is hard honey, but really try to praise God for each contraction knowing that it is bring our baby closer to being here with us. You're doing great!" Something suddenly bubbled up inside of me and I had the urge to worship god, so I began praying and praising Him. As I prayed and cried, I could hear Dustin whimpering and crying behind me as he rubbed my back. I had never felt such a strong desire to praise god in my life. It was such an incredibly overwhelming feeling of gratitude and love. I couldn't come up with enough words to describe how incredible my god was. In my mind, Dustin wasn't even in the room, it was just me and Jesus. That moment was one of the sweetest times of my birth.

Dustin realizes that this might be the "real" thing so he called the birth tub company to come set up our tub. He also called our midwifes assistant, Marcie to get her opinion on whether we were in real labor or not. She heard me moaning through a contraction in the back ground and said she was on her way. She arrived shortly after and it was a relief to see her. I wasn't able any longer to move or get up after a contraction. Now they were starting to get more intense. The three of us ended up in my bathroom in the dark, laboring over the birthing ball for the next few hours in silence. It felt best to be on all fours. Marcie would massage my shoulder blades to remind me to relax as Dustin rubbed peppermint lotion on my feet, back and calfs during each rush. Marcie kept reminding me to breathe slow and deep, to moan deep and not raise my voice. All of my contractions were in my back.
I stayed on my hands and knees laboring for a few hours. I remember thinking to myself, "This is exactly why woman get epidurals. This shit is no joke!" (I probably said, "Oh shit!" a good twenty times during labor. Everything said or done in labor is forgiven, my midwife reminded me.) Laboring was the hardest thing I had ever done in my life. I had to remind myself of the woman who birthed naturally, my girlfriends who helped me along on this journey. I told myself, "Janelle did it, Morgan did it, Mae did it, Laura did it.... YOU CAN DO IT TOO. You WILL do it!" Being in labor and in that pain is very isolating because no one in the room feels what you're feeling. But remembering the ladies who had done it too really helped me persevere through it.

Time passed and I wasn't aware of anything but trying to get through each rush. I needed silence and darkness. Dustin got up and called Carrington to come over. He also called Bobbie to come take a few pictures. When Carrington arrived, she anointed my head with oil and prayed over me for a long while. She held my hand and kept telling me I was doing a beautiful job. I remember tears falling on my birthing ball as I breathed through rushes and she prayed and stroked my hair. I was still on all fours in our bedroom with the curtains closed. The room was quiet and peaceful. Shortly after Carrington arrived, Dotty arrived. (One of my favorite memories of Dotty at my birth was when the midwife told me to make my lips loose like a horse when I moaned and Dotty kept making jokes about how excited Conrad would be if I gave birth to a little mini horse.... I laughed so hard I about cried. We kept saying I was giving birth to a baby centaur....) It felt good to have a big belly laugh between contractions. Her job was mostly just being there to pray and encourage me. She was a great part of my birth team.
The tub was almost ready and I was excited to get into it. I needed some relief. As soon as I stepped into the tub and sat down into the warm water, I began to cry because it felt so amazing and instantly took the pain away.
I labored in the tub moaning through contractions for about an hour with Carrington at my side feeding me spoonfuls of honey, giving me sips of cold water every few minutes and wiping my neck and forehead with ice cold rags that she kept dipping into an ice bucket that was on the floor in front of me. I asked Dustin to get into the tub with me at this point. I told Carrington that this was the hardest thing I've ever done and she said, "Well honey, that's why it's called labor. But this pain is beautiful Chelsea. God created our bodies to endure this labor for a reason. You're going to look back at this and realize all of the little things he was busy teaching you through your birth.... I promise, you will be addicted to this pain when it's all over." She kept whispering over and over affirmations about who god is and who I am and how capable I am. She'd say, "After this is all over, there will be nothing you can't accomplish." And, "This is going to change you in ways you never imagined it could." She was my birth guardian. I couldn't have done it without her. While in the tub, because my mouth was so sugary from the apple juice and honey, I requested to brush my teeth which made me feel so much better. I think I was in transition for about 3 hours or so.
During my next contraction, I felt my stomach flex and it caught me by surprise. I looked at Marcie and said, "I just pushed! What the hell? Am I supposed to be pushing right now? Is this normal?" (Marcie never once gave me a vaginal exam. She said that she didn't think it would help me to know how far I was dilated. What if I had done all of this work, and was in labor for hours but only dilated to a 4?) When she arrived though, she said that by the way I was acting, she thought I was probably about at a 6 or further. She just kept telling me to listen to my body, keep going and not worry about dialation. Every time she checked the baby's heart beat, it was loud and fast, so I wasn't worried at all. There wasn't a single time during my labor where I doubted myself or said I wanted to go to the hospital. I never said, "I can't do this!" I never thought about uterine rupture. I never had an ounce of fear. The only thing I could do was get through the next rush and was thankful for the breaks in between them when I could rest. I just had to focus on making it through the contractions. I had prepared myself for a very long labor and a very painful labor.

April, my midwife, arrived and knelt down beside me. Dustin said that as she entered the room, she had this attitude of confidence about her that all of us just fed off of. She wasn't panicked or alarmed, she just assessed where I was at in labor and encouraged me. She held my hand and told me I was doing amazing. She kept saying how strong I was.

My contractions were extremely close together and without anyone telling me to "push" my body just started pushing and I had to push along with it. I was squatting on the side of the tub holding onto the edge and I'd bite a towel, grab onto Carrington's shoulders and bury my head into her neck, hold her hand and just bare down as much as I could. Each time I had a contraction, I could feel my body pushing and urging me to push with it to get the baby out. I didn't expect to yell as loud as I did. I felt like Tyler from Vampire Diaries when he's going through his transformation.... My throat was on fire from yelling. Thank god for the honey and sips of cold water between pushing! (I pushed for an hour and twenty six minutes total which was fine because the baby was slowly making it's way out and stretching the tissue.) I can't imagine yelling like I yelled had I been in a hospital. I'm sure my neighbors would have called the cops thinking surely I was being murdered had I not told them ahead of time!

The backs of my legs were cramping up so badly that the midwife asked me to turn onto my back and try pushing that way to give my legs a rest. As I turned over, I saw my water bag in between my legs. It finally had broken toward the end of the pushing stage. April had a handful of olive oil that she used to lubricate my perineum. She gently put a little on me and It felt nice. Dotty grabbed one leg and squeezed it and Dustin grabbed the other to help get the cramps out. During the next contraction, I remember feeling the "ring of fire" and shouting, "OH SHIT! OH SHIT! It hurts! It burns! Make it stop!!!!!!! Oh Jesus! Get this baby out of me now!" Then I hear gasping and tears. I look over at Dustin and his lip is quivering. April had a flash light shinning so she could see what the baby was doing. I looked down and saw little blond hair floating under the water between my legs. I reached down and touched her head and then before I knew it another contraction came and I had to grab back onto Dotty and Dustin's shoulders for support. The top of the head was coming out. Everyone was quiet but I could hear people starting to cry. I was instructed to wait for the next rush before I pushed the baby out so that I wouldn't tear.

I felt the next rush coming and bared down. The head came out all the way and I started to panic. I was breathing really fast and April said I needed to relax, she showed me how to breathe, I mimicked her breathing, she said I needed to wait for the next contraction and then push the rest of our baby out. There was no cord wrapped around her neck, she looked great, I just needed to push her slowly so I didn't tear. The next rush came and I pushed her all the way out, I put my hands between her arm pits and grabbed onto her bringing her up from under the water. The midwife knew how important it was for Dustin and I to catch our baby and she respected our wishes (she actually encourages parents to catch the baby if they wish to.) I instantly began crying, Dustin was crying, everyone was crying. I kept telling our baby how much I loved her, I thanked her for coming so quickly and I couldn't stop crying. She just blinked and stared into my eyes. She didn't cry, she was just the most peaceful little baby in the whole world. She was perfectly pink. No one needed to resuscitate her, or give her oxygen or stick anything down her throat to suck stuff out. She was just so alert and sweet. (She was born at 1:04 in the afternoon which put me in labor for about 8 hours from start to finish.) We talked to her for a good two minutes until someone shouted, "What is it?" and I remember saying, "Should we look?" I think I was nervous to check. Then I lifted her out of the water and saw her little lady parts! Our baby was a girl! I was so shocked and surprised that she was a girl because I just knew she would be a boy.

We sat in the tub for about 15 minutes with our baby. Everyone in the room sort of gave us privacy and walked into the kitchen, which was nice. The midwife came back over and fed me a cup of yogurt and gave me some ibuprofen. She then made sure the baby's chord had stopped pulsing completely and handed Dustin the scissors to cut it. He cut the chord and went to take a shower while Elliotte (who still hadn't been named) and I got out of the tub and went to take an herbal bath together. She still hadn't cried. She was just so happy and content. It was nice to have her first bath together.

After about a half hour or so we got out we joined Dustin in bed to relax and Elliotte latched to nurse for the first time. April brought me toast and coconut water to drink. Marcie put in a load of towels. The birth tub company had been called to come clean everything up. Everyone was busy helping us get settled with our new baby. April showed Dustin how to weigh the baby and it took about 35 minutes for Marcie and April to complete Elliotte's new born exam. We spent a while in bed talking and deciding on her name as she was being measured and looked over.

Dotty had picked up a birthday cake for Elliotte with a number "0" candle. We all sang her happy birthday to the birthday girl. Everyone except for the midwives had left shortly after that then they gave me my exam to see how my lady parts tolerated Elliotte's delivery. I had a teeny tiny tear that didn't require stitches. Everything went so smoothly and beautifully.

What I loved about laboring at home was that I was surrounded by woman who love me and who were there to encourage me, pray for me, hold my hand, massage my back, dry my tears, give me sips of water, wipe my head, stroke my hair and no one ever had a worried look on their face. They just knew I could do it. No one doubted me. I didn't doubt me. I was prepared for the "pain." I wasn't hooked up to any machines or IV's. There was not a single intervention done. I was told to listen to my body and go with my instincts. I felt more powerful during labor than I've ever felt in my entire life. When I reached down into the water to grab my baby, all of the pain instantly left my memory and she was all that mattered. I loved the whole process of preparing for her birth. My visits with the April, my midwife were so healing and empowering. I loved that she cared about educating me and preparing my heart, body, mind and soul for birthing my baby.
(Dustin's cry face is the best.) 
Photos taken by Roberta rae photography. More photos to come in the next week or so. 
We are so in love with our baby girl. She is doing so well. I am SO thankful that the Lord gave me back what was stolen from me when I birthed my first baby. He redeemed my birth experience back to me and I can't take credit for being "strong." He was totally my strength. He kept my mind focused and not wondering off thinking about the "what if's." He sustained me through each hour and allowed me to birth her just as he promised He would.
Every single thing I prayed for during my pregnancy was given to me. I prayed that she would turn and not be breech and she turned. I prayed that I wouldn't be "border line" diabetic with this pregnancy and I was totally healthy (I credit the Bradley diet). I never got pre-eclampsia when VBAC mom's have a 45% higher chance of getting it, and if you get it, you have no choice but to have a repeat cesarean. I tested negative for step B when last time I had it. She didn't get stuck coming out, she wasn't in danger, she was perfectly safe and I got to birth her at home without FEAR. Her birth was by far the best experience I've ever had. The best day of my life, as cheesy as that sounds.
When everyone left, I told Dustin that I felt like God was shaking his head at me, smiling, saying, "You silly little girl, Chelsea. You thought I wouldn't give you the desires of your heart....I gave you MORE than you ever imagined I would. How dare you doubt me, or doubt my love for you!" That was a humbling moment for me.

She is sleeping well and nursing like a champ. We couldn't be happier. 

62 comments:

  1. I can not even begin to describe how happy I am for you and your family of 4. I don't know you personally Chelsea but you went to school with my sister and I have followed your blog entirely thru your second pregnancy and I have learned so much and I feel like I have been along for your journey. This post was absolutely beautiful and the photo is entirely breathe taking and so full of emotion and love. I don't usually cry when I read people's posts, but your story and seeing you go thru this entire journey has brought me to tears multiple times. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! You are truly an inspiration.

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  2. Chelsea, this is so beautiful!! You wrote this so perfect and I cannot stop crying over your triumphs, your new baby girl, and those adorable pictures you posted. That last picture of you and Dustin has me balling my eyes out! You two are so precious and I am so happy your new little family!!! God is good! And you DID IT!!!

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  3. What a beautiful birth story! Oh Chelsea congratulations on achieving everything you wanted and MORE. You are such an inspiration to all mothers.

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  4. Oh I wanted to add.. the same thing happened when I had my daughter. We didn't find out the gender until the end and when she was in my arms I hadn't even heard what they told me she was I was just so happy she was in my arms alive breathing. Than I scanned down and realized they said its a girl.

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  5. WOW! It is so awesome to see God grace at work in you through this whole process. What an incredible jouney. I cannot stop crying - happy tears for you, praise to God, and the sweetness of your little Elliotte. I just love her name! OMG, and that last picture. It is amazing you have that shot. So happy for you! Great job momma!!!

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  6. that photo is so amazing. pure joy and happiness. that moment is what life is all about! :)

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  7. So perfect. Of course you know I think anything that starts out with Radiohead is perfect.

    You've been such an inspiration Chelsea. I can't tell you how proud and happy I am for you and your family. Congrats again, Elliott is precious. Happy Birthday sweet girl!

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  8. I love this. I am so happy for you and your beautiful family. What a beautiful, pure, birth. I hope I too can achieve a birth similar to this. Enjoy that sweet baby. And congratulations!

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  9. so beautiful, chelsea...thank you so much for sharing!

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  10. love love love love love love LOVE! i don't know what else to say!!

    A-MAZING <3

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  11. Beautiful. After following your journey, it's so lovely to see how it all turned out. Very happy for you and your family. Congratulations!!!

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  12. I'm reading this at work trying so hard not to cry my eyes out. You are such an amazing woman, Chels! Elliotte's birth story is so beautiful, and I'm so SO happy everything went so perfectly for you. Can't wait to meet the little one!

    P.S. LOVE the picture of Conrad and Elliotte together!

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  13. This is amazing & beautiful. I'm so happy for you!

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  14. I too will now write my birth story for my little girl, five years later, thanks for the inspiration! and Congrats! She's beautiful!

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  15. oh my goodness! I am literally in tears. This story, your story is sooooo beautiful. Today I'm officialy 40 weeks and I am so ready to have this baby. Reading your story made me even more so :) I can not wait for our home water birth! I'm so glad that things went so beautifully for you. What an angel! I am over-joyed for your success. Thanks for sharing your story. I can't wait to have mine to share as well. Way to go friend!!!!!!! :)

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  16. WOW what an amazing story! You did fantastic! So glad you got to experience the birth you wanted!! I have already said if we were to have another I am going to do it at home!! What an inspiration you are,to myself and so many other women out there!! Good Job Chelsea!! She is a gorgeous lil girl!!!

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  17. That's an absolutely incredible and empowering story. Congrats on your gorgeous girl!

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  18. So amazing Chelsea. Again, I am so PROUD of you. You knew you could do it and you DID. I think you should send your story over to Squat Birth Magazine. They would probably love to publish this. It is a powerful and encouraging not only birth but VBAC story.

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  19. Wow. This brought tears to my eyes :)
    God is good, and your story is inspiring... Thank you Chelsea, for inviting us all into your pregnancy and birth experience! I feel like I've been rooting for you for months!
    And even though I've only really met you once (that run in the park last year), I feel like I know you, like we're sisters in Christ.
    Congratulations, my friend.
    Thank you for sharing your joy!!!!! <3

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  20. So beautiful and amazing. And that last photo is stunning. I love the raw emotion on both your faces in it. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us out there that don't know you personally.

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  21. Tears of joy over here!! So happy for you, the family, and the new addition!! Looking forward to more pics! What a blessing!

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  22. Tears are flowing down my face. What a beautiful story. So happy for your family Chelsea! Welcome baby girl.

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  23. Dang girl, beautiful story. Quite inspiring. Congratulations to you and your family. :)

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  24. i have to go re-do my make-up now. you've turned me into a blubbery mess today. god is SO good! It even RAINED!!!!! ahhhhhh^#^%$#!!!

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  25. Praise the Lord! You are an inspiration, Chelsea -- thanks so much for sharing.

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  26. chelsea your baby girl is beautiful!! Elliotte & Conrad are just precious together in that second picture :)

    and that story...THANK YOU for sharing!! I soaked up every word from start to finish...I can tell you have such a grateful heart to God for it going so smoothly (as smooth as labor can be;) I giggled at certain parts (you birthday a baby horse;) got butterflies with sweet anxiety at others (when you had to stop in the grocery store with your contractions...it was really happening!) and cried as I read about your lifting your baby from the water and holding her. Oh what precious moments you & Dusting shared together with your new baby girl.

    and what an amazing support system you had!! what a blessing all of those women were :) I look forward to the photos you'll share! That last one of you, Dustin, and Elliotte is so beautiful, so powerful. You are amazing :)

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  27. I'm all teary eyed. How beautiful!

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  28. Chelsea! When I saw that picture of Conrad and Elliotte, my heart melted... he loves his little sister so much! His excitement is all over his face. But then to see the picture of you and Dustin in the tub... my gosh. How beautiful is that? The two of you are in tears... that's a picture you'll cherish forever. Your birth story is so precious, to you, to us, and to God.

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  29. This is SUCH a beautiful, uplifting, and magnificent birth story. I am SO encouraged and I love that you were able to have such an intense moment with the Lord. Thank you so much for your post! You give me (one presently without babes!) inspiration and something to look forward to with my future deliveries!

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  30. Yaaaa Chelsea! Beautiful beautiful story!..some parts I had to read over because my eyes were filled with tears & I couldn't see. I'm so happy everything went as good as it could, truly a blessing thru & thru.
    ~Tirzah~

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  31. Wow, all choked up now. Your birth story is completely inspiring and beautiful. As I sit here 35 weeks along, I now look forward even more to birthing my 2nd baby. Thank you for sharing and congratulations again!

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  32. this loveliness brought tears to my eyes.
    God is sooo good.
    beautiful story! ♥ congrats again :)

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  33. congratulations I totally cried through this whole thing especially the picture at the end!

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  34. wow, completely mesmerizing. my dinner is gonna be on the table late tonight because i could not put your "book" down. you are amazing and i am so thrilled for you that you got everything you ever dreamed of!

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  35. Hi :0) I'm sitting here sobbing,happy tears for u... I am so happy for u, I'm over joyed u got everything u hoped for. I just told my husband it's crazy how attached u get to someone u just read about. I have read your blog almost a year now :0) I feel aliitle like a creeper commenting on your post but I just had to! I'm so excited for your family! And I'm excited it's a girl!!! Gods grace is amazing and I love being reminded about that, thank you. -Ashley

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  36. AMAZING!!! i'm inspired beyond belief by you my dear friend!! this is now the only way I wanna have little ones :) a baby girl! I'm so happy for you guys!! I can't wait to meet little elliotte and squeeze my strong strong friend!! love you!

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  37. I cried reading this whole post. I cried at your ability to praise and worship God throughout your laboring and delivery. It was so beautiful. I feel blessed to have read your story. And I feel more empowered to try to have a VBAC if we have another baby. Thank you for sharing the beautiful, private details.

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  38. oh, chelsea. what a beautiful story of God's love & power all at the same time. i loved reading this! i loved all of the pictures too! (especially the moment she came out). she is beautiful! YOU are beautiful! what a wonderful day! blessings to you & your family of four. XOXO

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  39. This post could've been 10x longer and I would've been just as rapt the whole time. What an amazing, amazing birth story. I'm so, so happy for you guys. I teared up several times there. You're so beautiful and brave. Thanks for sharing, thanks for the photos and props to the photographer. I can't wait to see more.

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  40. What an amazing birth story! God is so powerful! I just found your blog today - can't wait to read more... :)

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  41. Oh, Chelsea, I'm in tears! What an incredibly beautiful birth! (What AMAZING photographs!) God is great, but YOU did so much work to prepare, and so much work to bring this little girl into the world with gentleness and kindness... You are an inspiration.

    ~ Noelle

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  42. I see you've updated the story with more pics! They are incredible. I am so fascinated and addicted to your story, it warrants a 2nd comment:) It sounds so out-of-this-world. And I cannot believe YOU DID IT! I would never had been able to handle the pain, I'm such a baby.

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  43. Wow!!! What more can be said? Wow!!!

    God bless you and your lovely family.

    Gentle hugs.

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  44. Congratulations to you and your family and WELL DONE YOU!!!!! I'm so proud of you and am in awe. You've been an inspiration to me Chelsea. Thank you and I can't wait to hear more about Elliotte! xox

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  45. SOO happy for you and your family Chelsea! You did it! God is definitely good. She is gorgeous and her name is beautiful. And your pictures made me cry. Just amazed by you. ;) Good job girly.

    <3 Amanda

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  46. Chelsea. Chelsea. WOW Chels. Sister, sweet encourager. Reading this while sitting at work wasn't the absolute best idea, but I'm so glad I did. After reading the stories you posted on your blog of interviews with other VBAC birth stories by ladies just like you, it's amazing and mind-blowing to read yours; to see the strength that God alone provided, to see the tears of your husband, allll of it. I am in awe of our loving Father and I'm so proud of you. Congratulations. You inspire me.

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  47. Chelsea this is amazing!!! I'm bawling over here. I'm so happy that you had the birth you wanted. The strength and confidence that we find in God is like nothing else. You will remember every detail of this forever. What an amazing birth story!!!!!!

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  48. Oh and she's pretty much the cutest little bean ever!!!! And I love her name. She's precious!

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  49. Oh congrats! You are so brave and she is beautiful!

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  50. I hung on to every word. Thank you for sharing, that was absolutely beautiful.

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  51. A beautiful story. This really changed how I feel about home births, and it gives me confidence that I WILL have a VBAC. Congratulations.

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  52. This is beutiful. I just found your blog through With Two Cats and I love this story! I have a 10 month old and we were planning a natural birth but ended up having an emergancy c section. While we ate so greatful for our joyfull, healthy baby, I think both my husband and I feel our birthing experience was short changed and I pray to God to have a wonderful VBAC experience like you some day!

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  53. Thank you! I pray that your next baby decides to cooperate and be born how you desire! Sometimes they need to be born via cesarean and luckily we have that technology when emergencies happen! ;)

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  54. Oh goodness- crying at work. I love this. So incredibly beautiful. I love hearing how our bodies were meant to work! It's so encouraging!!!
    You are amazing Chelsea! Thanks for sharing your perfect day with us.
    :]

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  55. It's La, still blog stalking. Um, amazing! Thanks for sharing. SERIOUSLY. My first breach baby, vag birth STILL has me freaked out. It was TERRIBLE! I'm 23 weeks and I'm already freaked about this birth, BUT I don't want to be. So thanks for sharing an amazing and wonderful birth experience!

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  56. LOVE this story! Just curious, where did you get the VBAC baby onesie??

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  57. I found it on etsy, i just searched for "vbac" onesie and a lady makes them! ;)

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  58. Just read your story on Mama Birth and I just love how spiritual that this birth was for you. I'm expecting my third (2nd VBAC) and it's stories like these that keep me excited and motivated!! Thanks for sharing!

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  59. fighting back tears...thank you for sharing Chelsea! Beautiful.

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  60. How wonderful. I can relate strongly to your concluding comments about getting back what was stolen from you, about everything you wanted in this birth being given to you, and about God being your strength. My second birth (first homebirth, of a boy named Elliott) was a lot like that. http://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/view_shared?p=a284c5c8af3cdb04dff101

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  61. Nat, thank you for sharing your video with me! What a beautiful example of Love, trust & surrender! Congrats to you on your hbac and you beautiful elliott!

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  62. Soha Chabrawi01 January, 2013

    Chelsea, it was really BEAUTIFUL everything you related. WOW. I am from Brazil and I received the link with your story. I am 6 months pregnant and my first child was born 1 year and 6 months ago, and I am a little afraid of having vaginal birth. With my first baby, I tryied up to the 40 wekks, but I had to have a c-section because the baby was already in fetal suffering.
    I always dreamed about having a labor like yours, not necessarily at home, but in the water and having all these people that I love with me. However, I leave far away from all my friends and family, the reason why I am not sure if I am going to the the strnght you did to labor...
    But I have a question to you: How old was your son when you delievered Elliotte?

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