Within the ordinary walls of our ordinary house, an extraordinary thing happened a year ago.
I gave birth to my son.
Early on a Sunday morning, after five and half hours of excruciating labour, I lifted my baby out of the water and looked into his eyes for the first time.
He cried. And I bawled.
It was a mighty fusion of relief and rapture all in one moment.
Unable to comprehend what had just happened to my body. Unable to comprehend what I’d just achieved.
The birds outside were chirping as daylight filled the room.
New morning. New life.
Out of the pool and on our couch, we gazed at him as he fed. Circled by the love of his family.
After a warm shower, we snuggled into bed (yes, my bed, my own bed!). Just me and my newborn babe.
My midwife brought me a sweet hot cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits. Nothing ever tasted so good or satisfying.
As I lay in my cosy bed, a wave of emotion crashed over me.
Overcome by the profound miracle that had just occurred.
By the sheer power of birth.
By my ability to do the hardest thing in the world.
By the extraordinary meeting the ordinary.
And as the everyday noises of our home hummed around me, I fell into a deep sleep.
With new life tucked up close to my skin.
It’s Homebirth Awareness Week (actually, it ended only yesterday). And timely as I reflect on the homebirth of my son a year ago.
Homebirth is under threat here in Australia. I confess to not being up with the latest news, but I do know it is a choice worth fighting for. Having experienced both a hospital birth and a homebirth, there is no doubt that the gentle care, comfort, and lack of interference of my homebirth was empowering and worlds apart from my over-medicalised frazzled first birth.
(This is not to say that you cannot have a lovely empowered birth in hospital, I am just stating my experience).
I feel privileged to have had the choice to birth at home, with the excellent care of my midwife and my birthing team. I hope that my choice remains a choice for others in the future.
For another great read about homebirth, head over to owlet’s post to celebrate Homebirth Awareness Week.