Several weeks ago, I had a dream that I was in
my bathroom, calling my husband to come help me because the baby was coming NOW!
I told my midwife about it; I had never had such a dream before, with any of my
other ones. We both knew that if such a thing were to happen, Tony was perfectly
capable of helping me deliver- he's been there for all of them, hands-on and
very involved with their deliveries. WELL- last Friday night, I *knew* something
was up- told Tony about it but also told him that I was going to go ahead on to
bed- if it kept me awake, then fine, but I wasn't going to keep myself awake,
knowing how much energy it takes just to *try* to promote labor when it's not
actually time. I slept normally, all night (well, except for those famous potty
breaks!). Woke up at 5:00 and throughout the 5:00 hour I had contractions about
10 to 8 minutes apart. Went to the bathroom shortly before 6 and had about 3
while I was in there- got back in bed telling him "We're going to have a baby
today". He said "OK, good." and didn't move. Had another one, then another one 3
minutes later and told him to go call the midwife. I got to the phone (all the
way across the house) and talked to her, having to pause for another one. She
said she was on her way. I called our friends who were going to watch the kids
for us- Tony had to finish talking to her, then call the other one. I told him
to have them come get the kids rather than his taking them after the midwife
arrived. Good thing!
Our friend arrived within a half an hour (by now it was about 7:00 or so). Tony,
meanwhile, had started getting the birthing pool set up in the living room. It
seems that as soon as it was set up, Sam (the friend) arrived to get the kids. I
was in the bathroom and heard my oldest hollering for the others to get up and
get their shoes on. Then it got quiet- I assumed that they were gone. Suddenly-
it happened. My dream came true! There I was, in my bathroom, hollering as loud
as I could for Tony because the baby was coming- NOW! He came running, saying
that he couldn't help me (I guess he thought that I was hollering because I was
hurting). I told him yes he could, he could help me get to the pool. We made it
to the pool- barely. Just as I was about to step in, my water broke- all over
the carpet! I hurried and knelt in the pool with my hands on the floor outside
and pushed the baby out in three pushes- Tony caught him. It was amazing! Then,
as I sat down and took the baby, he wondered out loud if Sam was still here. He
popped his head out the door, and sure enough, there they all were, Mr. Sam and
our little Sammy still outside waiting for the others to get buckled. Tony
yelled, "Hey, Sam, I just caught my boy!". Then he came back in to call the
midwife and tell her. Jon was born at 7:18- just under 2 1/2 hours after I woke
up that morning.
Cool, huh? The Lord was so gracious to me throughout the whole pregnancy, and
the birth was literally a breeze. I cannot praise Him enough for His timing and
grace. Jon is a beautiful little guy- he weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. He is so
peaceful. All the other kids love him- including little Becky, the *ousted* baby
of 19 months. She dances over to my chair when she sees me coming with him and
pats the chair, telling me to sit down because she wants to pet his little head.
It is a blessing for there to be no jealousy.
Well, that's our story. Hope you enjoyed it! :-) God bless you and your family-
and remember to keep looking to Him, for all of your needs and desires!
Renee Houston, Mom to the Seven from Heaven: Tim, Meg, Deb, Seth, Sam, Becky,
and little Jon, 8 days old.
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who are considering home birth, Special Delivery is an
excellent resource. Written by midwife Rahima Baldwin Dancy in the
'70s and updated in 1986, this book covers the benefits of home
births; gives details on how to have a home birth, including
pregnancy preparations; and coaches participants on specific ways
they can help the mother. The
easy-to-comprehend-in-the-middle-of-a-crisis details on what can
go wrong, what to do, and when to bring the mother to the hospital
are outstanding. The flavor and photographs of Special Delivery
are a bit outdated, but the information is still vital and very
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