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In a hurry and with gusto: The birth of Ella Joy Home Birth

In a hurry and with gusto: The birth of Ella Joy

"Two minutes later the police arrived and a few minutes after that, the ambulance."

When my little addition, Ella Joy, joined the world, she did so in a hurry and with gusto. The morning of June 7th started early. My 3-year old woke up at 5:40 a.m. and wanted to watch cartoons. I was exhausted, so I let her climb into bed with me and switched on her show. I had been working from home for a week because I was dilated to 5 cm but had intended to drive to my office (an hour away) later that morning. I was still 2 weeks away from my due date.

As I laid in bed I felt a hard jolt and heard a pop and knew immediately my water broke. So off I ran to the bathroom and called for my toddler to bring me my phone. My husband was at work about 35 minutes away, so I called him and told him to head home, it was 6:05a.m. We knew it could be a fast labor, as my very first had only been 6 hours. I decided to take a quick shower and while I was in there I had my first of five contractions. That’s right…
just five inconsistent contractions.

As I got dressed I had two contractions that sent me to the floor. They were strong. The next thing I knew, I HAD to push. I dialed 911, as I was still all alone at home with my toddler. I was terrified and had already pushed out half her head when my husband arrived. I was still standing in the bathtub and he coaxed me to the floor where after one push my sweet baby was born. She instantly cried so we had some relief from the anxiety. Two minutes later the police arrived and a few minutes after that, the ambulance. Ella had been born 45 minutes after my water broke. She was beautiful and healthy; 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

It was a day I won’t soon forget and I know someone was looking out for us, as my husband arrived just in the knick of time.

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