First time Mum, Tamara, had a home birth.
“We managed very well on our own, I was super, super calm and by the time the midwife arrived I was already 6 cm dilated. It’s hard to describe but it wasn’t painful, it just felt like pressure. Sometimes it was extreme pressure but it was manageable. I couldn’t lie down as my baby was posterior and it didn’t feel comfortable so I used the birthing ball and squatting positions. By 6cm the contractions were frequent and fast and I just got into the pool in time. The second stage was smooth. I actually breathed him down, hypnobirthing style, with no pushing. Ethan came into the water and I picked him up, we did skin to skin and he latched on quickly. My first time baby, posterior position, had been born in just 8 hours, calmly and at home.”