My water broke at 7:30 in the evening, at which time I called Susanna. She told me to take a hot bath, relax, eat well and rest as much as I could for the night to come. At midnight the pain set in. Tom got up and began to set up the tub. There is so much anticipation when your pregnant to begin labor, but as soon as I felt the pain I immediately welcomed another week of pregnancy. I had expected to have a long labor, as many first time moms experience. Nothing is what you expect it to be. My Aunt arrived, shortly followed by Susanna. I remember feeling so relieved to see her come through the door. One of the things I appreciated the most about my experience with Susanna is her asking me how I wanted my birth to go. What I needed from her. How I needed her to be with me during labor. This she executed to a T. I didn't need to be cuddled or have a gentle hand. I needed someone to be firm and straight forward. Susanna is a very gentle woman, so I feel she stepped out of her comfort zone to give me what I needed.
Right out the gate my contractions were a minute apart. Susanna sent me and the hubby out for a walk for about 30 minutes, having me squat during the contractions to help get the baby to drop. At 5 cmm. dilated I got in the tub and quickly moved to being fully dilated. It all happened so quick that the assistant midwife had not yet made it to the birth. This was going to be my most challenging minutes to come, to not push when every part of my body was telling me to push. I could wait no longer, my little man was coming. I remember letting out one scream on my first push. Susanna looked at me firmly and told me to get a GRIP. She told me I was not going to scream. I was going to use that energy and push it down and get that baby out. It was exactly what I needed to hear. Tom got in the tub. I laid back in his arms and with three more pushes my beautiful baby boy came out and was immediately put in my arms. Leo arrived and 5:30 am. It was a moment of pure bliss. Followed by a cold feeling and severe shaking. Little had I known that I had started bleeding a little to much for comfort. Susanna jumped into action get the cord cut and directing my Aunt to put the camera down and get the baby and tend to him while Susanna got me out of the tub and into bed where she gave me a shot of pitoson to stop the bleeding. We were all impressed with how well she handled the situation. Leo was quickly brought back to my arms and to my breast. By this time the assistant had arrived and was by my side showing me how to get Leo to latch. After I birthed the placenta and I cleaned up a bit, they gave Tom, Leo and I time to lay in bed together and bond. The next time I left the room my home had been cleaned, tub drained and put away and breakfast made for us. I had not expected all that to be done for us.
Susanna came everyday for the next week for my postpartum care. And continued to visit for the weeks to come. She went over and beyond for us with her postpartum care. She was there for me answering any questions and concerns that I had. When I felt alone or fearful, she was there for me. I felt, and still feel, that I can go to her for anything, getting her full attention when I need it most. I truly feel that my birth went as smoothly as it did due to her care. She is so dedicated in her field. In my eyes she is like the salt of the earth. I feel that I not only have a wonderful midwife, but now beautiful friend in my life. I could not Thank her enough.