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Saturday, May 14, 2011

An incredible day

I would love to do another post on previous birth experiences, so you would completely understand how incredible this birth was. But I like to keep my blog a relatively positive place, so I'll keep it brief. I have had many false alarms, lasting days at a time, 2 c-sections, 3 transfers to the hospital, pushing lasting 3-4 hours, and the list goes on. But this time it was different.

We prayed long and hard about this delivery. We talked about my previous hangups and uncanny ability to stop labor. I printed verses and hung them on the wall by the tub. I talked to Noah and asked him to help me know what to do during labor to help him get out. I searched my heart and repented and forgave so I would be a clean vessel.

One day, I was visualizing pushing Noah out and putting him up on my belly. (I don't remember any of my other babies being put on my belly.) YHVH asked me, "Is that what you want?" "Yes, it is," I answered. "Then that is my gift to you." He showed me that all those hard births and rocky roads were needed to make me what I am. I used to be the ninety pound weakling, as my dad teases me. I was weak in many other areas, too. But Israel overcomes, and I needed to be molded into what He wants.

So as I got near to D-day, as it were, I had an incredible sense of peace. YHVH had personally given me a promise, and I thanked Him for it. I knew that everything would be okay. I had specifically asked to know when to call. I wanted to know it was real labor. On Monday, I started having contractions, but they were too sporadic, so I waited. I felt like Mary, who pondered in her heart. I kept things to myself prayerfully, thankful for YHVH's confirmations and answers. On Tuesday, I went to my midwife appointment. I am so thankful for her. I was able to share with her my fears and frustrations. She knew my fear of false alarms. She understood my desire to call the shots and not be told how to handle everything.

Wednesday, the contractions returned around dinnertime. This time I was really wondering. Doug went to work as usual, and we had complete peace about that decision. By seven, I decided to start writing down times between contractions. The kids and I watched a movie together and they asked to camp out in the living room. By ten, while talking to Doug on the phone, I knew it was time to call. My dear mother was ready to come, but I told her to go ahead and get some sleep. I would call when I needed her. My midwife started out, with a long drive ahead of her. I started collecting last minute things like the camera to take upstairs where the big tub is. By this time I was leaning against the wall, praying through each contraction. "Help me to work with my body and not get in the way. Help me to be strong." I felt YHVH's presence each time. At 11:30, I did not want to be alone any longer, so Mom came and helped me get in the tub. What a relief that was! I listened to hebrew lullabies and read the verses I had posted on the wall. (More on those later.) YHVH's promises were surrounding me. I truly felt like I was under the shadow of His wings.

I think Noah truly was helping me, because I strongly felt the need to keep moving around, to truly work with each contraction. I refused to let myself cry, but got very good at moaning. I leaned against the wall, crawled on my hands and knees, lied down on the mattress on the floor. Sometimes I felt like a flopping fish, trying to find the right position. My midwife soon arrived and her approach was amazing. She was often in the other room, but knew exactly what was going on. She timed my contractions by my moans, checked the water temperature, offered me water, but gave me full freedom to do what I needed to do. It was so empowering to be able to listen to YHVH, listen to Noah, listen to my body, and do what I needed to do. I didn't have to work around cords hooked to me, or a hospital gown, or being told to get back in bed. My mom never left my side, but she simply was there. Her presence was very comforting. I remember one particularly strong contraction. I said, "Mom, look at me." She helped me calm down and breathe through the contraction.

The first time my midwife, Laurie, checked me, I was a little nervous. How many times in the past had I been checked and checked, and the numbers never changed. I prayed, "Please let it be at least 4." I was seven! I asked her where he was in regard to the pelvic bone. +1 station! He was already settling in! YHVH is sooo good! I was progressing! I continued my routine of bouncing around like a fish out of water for some time more. It was getting very intense. I was thankful for the little 10-15 minute breaks when I could doze off.

At about 7 am, I found myself very desperate. I felt I could not go on. I asked mom to call Doug, but she couldn't get a hold of him. It was then that Laurie checked me again. "It's time to push!" At this point everything was so painful that I couldn't get off the mattress, so I started pushing right there. My poor Mom wasn't ready for me to start grabbing her legs, her knees, her hands, but she was wonderful. Laurie could feel his head, and let me feel it. I had never felt that before. It was an incredible feeling. My sister soon arrived, and scooted in behind me to hold me up. She would tell me that I was doing good and I could believe her! In the past, I would be told I was doing good, but I just wanted to smack them. How could I be doing good if I had been at it for three hours?

They let me keep touching his head, it was poking out now! "Push through the hurt!" "You're almost done!" And then that terrible moment of the ring of fire, the widest point of his head! I screamed, "Get him out! Get him out!" And then, in a few more pushes, he was out and on my belly. I looked down at my beautiful, pink little boy, and sobbed tears of joy! It was the most wonderful moment! Twenty minutes later, Doug walked in and saw Noah on my belly. All he could do was kiss me and tell me he loved me. He was so happy.

The placenta was a little slow in coming, but Laurie was right on top of it, and handled everything so calmly. Soon everything was cleaned up, and Noah was attempting nursing for the first time.

I tried a few different things this time, and they worked very well.
First, I had only women with me. I love my men (Dad and Doug) but having them elsewhere and just praying for me really worked. Just having women really helped me relax and do whatever I needed to do.
My children stayed at home, and YHVH gave me the night delivery I had prayed for. It was so wonderful to have them come in and meet their brother.
I planned a water birth. He wasn't actually born in the water, but the water was so helpful during labor. Maybe next time, lol.
Having so few people put me in the driver's seat. I had to be strong and brave. I had to do what needed to be done. I had to depend on YHVH for strength. He was faithful to give it.
I surrounded myself with YHVH's promises, and He kept them all. Psalm 20 was particularly helpful.

YHVH does answer you in the day of distress! The Name of the Elohim of Jacob set you on high!
He does send you help from the set-apart place, And does uphold you from Tsiyon!
He does remember all your offerings, And does accept your burnt offering! Selah.
He does give you according to your heart, And fills all your plans!
We sing of Your deliverance, And in the Name of our Elohim we set up a banner! YHVH does fill all your requests!
Now I know that YHVH shall save His Anointed; He answers him from His set-apart heavens With the saving might of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, But we remember the Name of YHVH our Elohim.
They, they have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and are established.
Save, YHVH! Let the Sovereign answer us in the day we call. 

If you are expecting a baby, I would recommend printing these verses off and posting them where you will see them during labor. But laminate them! Mine curled all up from the humidity in the bathroom.
YHVH is so good to His children, and gives far above anything they ask or think. He answered my prayers down to the tiniest details. I know He is there for me, no matter what comes down the pike.
So here's another picture of Noah Ephraim, which means:
Rest, be comforted, and be fruitful.
Sadie is telling him a story about Noah and the ark.


Andi said...

Heidi, What a lovely delivery...as a mother, I pray I am blessed with time for my daughter, as a mom - whom two children were delivered by midwives...oh they are a gem...as a woman who had a c-section for my last one, I know some of your struggle...and a child of YAH...I can embrace your place in HIM! MUCH LOVE and may little Noah and YAH provide you with Shalom!

Christine said...

Oh Heidi, thankyou so much for sharing your story! He is a beautiful little boy ~ Mazal tov!

lusi said...

I'm just crying with JOY reading your birth story Heidi!
YHVH is so faithful to all His promises. As we come closer to our first homebirth, there are many things that I've whispered in prayer about it too, many desires and requests for things to go smoothly and according to His plans. I LOVE that you had verses posted near your bath. I memorize scriptures for each birth and let them play over and over in my mind. With being at home this time, I think I will print them off and post them nearby where I can keep reading them. Thanks for the encouragement to do that!
There are just so many things I loved about reading this Heidi and I know I'll pop back and re read it before bubby arrives.
Thanks so much for sharing it all. With so much love,
Lus x

Enid said...

I have cry tears of joy!!....it took me back to my own...what a precious moments! I am so greatful that you depends completly on YAH, what a difference that makes! Enjoy him!


Mommy Set Free said...

Thanks so much for sharing your experiance! It is a precious thing I pray we all get in the habit of doing with one another! I think the natural birth process is such worshipful experiance when we embrace it that way. It draws into such closeness to Yah that all ours....100% intimacy and trust. It is a wonderful excersize in teaching us to praise him in the midst of our pain. He meets us right there with unending compassion and strength. He edifies us shows us how to lean in HIM with all we are. Halleluyah! I honestly believe it is part our "training" as momma's. It is such a beautiful thing when it is embraced and appreciated and encouraged. It helps us to raise Israel (His children) to be brave, dependant and confident in Him...because we can say...we've "been there"! What a rich rich heritage we have in Him!! Praise be to YHVH - to Soverign and Faithful ONE!

singing mama said...

Oh Heidi, what a beautiful beautiful story!! I cried at the beauty and faithfulness of Yah. I am SO pleased that you got the birth that you had wanted !!! and that Yah blessed you with His wisdom and comfort thruout! What a wonderful way for Noah to enter the world.
I love love love too the meaning of his name, what a beautiful affimation from Yah!! With a name like that I can see Noah being a man of intergity and strength!

I too am working and processing thru previous births in preparation for this birth and to hear Yah gave you the desires of your heart gives me even more encouragement that this birth will be different from my last labours. Not that my last labours did not have there own moments of beauty too, but there were many things that left my heart and soul wounded. Yah has being working with me on healing these and getting me back into a place of trust in Him and HIS expectations alone. I really think EACH labour and birth teaches us SO much!!
congrats agian on little Noah, he looks so sweet!!!

Carmen Bruno said...

Heidi, thank you so much for sharing your story, your testimony of faith through much time and prayer with YHWH. What a blessing this story is. I know it will be of encouragement to many mothers during their times of pregnancy.

May your family continue to be blessed. blessings and shalom

Sigalit Chana said...

How beautifully encouraging. Thank you for sharing with us. It is always edifying to hear how Yah works in the lives of those whom love Him. Hallelu Yah!

Michelle said...

Awesome testimony of YHVH's faithfulness! Yay YHVH! Thank you YHVH for your hand on Heidi and the safe delivery of Noah ~ may he live to fulfill his name!

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