Success! A baby girl!!!
I am typing with one hand as I hold my precious newborn baby girl!
Oh, what a journey it has been! After the miscarriages, cycles with no pregnancy, being mis-diagnosed with a rare skin and blood cancer (it was really psoriasis!) extra difficulties including Carbon Monoxide poisoning, a forced move and then a husband who left mid-pregnancy for a homosexual affair, I'd have every right to be depressed. But I am not. I have the baby girl I've longed for for several years!
Rachab Chara (Hebrew/Greek) was born in a home water birth. Now, I know that this is not new in the States and in other areas but an important note is that she was also my second VBA2C! (I was the first VBA2C for the home birth midwives here in Latvia four years ago. Since then there has been a steady increase in demand for VBACs here.)
The pregnancy was the easiest I've had! There was no morning sickness, no varicose veins, no swelling of the feet and hands, minimal weight gain (Rachab weighed in at 9.5lbs though!), and decent sleep. Of course, I was using the progesterone cream twice daily up until the last weeks of the pregnancy.
The midwives suggested that I stop the cream one month in advance of the delivery because of fear that the placenta might not detach. This brought on early contractions and dilation. Since the baby measured about 3-5 weeks bigger than my original expected date, the midwife moved the due date up a few weeks. (I had also had a strange last cycle which added to the confusion.) For about three weeks I walked around thinking that I was certainly past due, but when she finally did arrive she showed no signs (vernix and finger nails) of being overdue. In fact, she was just perfect!
Everyone who saw her those first few weeks commented on how intently she looked into one's eyes - not the empty gaze that newborns have for about a month. She loves to connect with people and be constantly around her other brothers and sister - in mom's arms, of course!
It was definitely like climbing a mountain these past four years. I'm glad to say that I made it!
And so, I send to you a heartfelt, sincere Thank You - for without you and your wonderful information and guidance I would never have achieved this goal. My prayers have been answered as my little angel sleeps sweetly in my arms.
Ps. I am now several weeks postpartum. I began using the cream again two weeks after delivery. My midwife insisted on me taking linseed to help with digestion. It was a mistake since it caused the psoriasis on my fingers and the hip pain to return. Given the extra stress, I needed the cream to help get things back in order. The amount I need now is less than before the pregnancy so that's a good sign. Rachab is doing great and is an incredibly peaceful, calm baby. I couldn't ask for anything more.