Birth Stories

Shines Birth Story

The day I found out I was pregnant with shine was a magical day! We were leaving for Disney world that night, I had taken a pregnancy test the week before so I was pretty sure I wasn’t pregnant. But just to be certain before we left I took one that morning.

Every other pregnancy test I had taken I sat waiting nervous and excited for the results, but this time I took it, sat it down and started getting everything together. When I went back in the bathroom and saw the word pregnant I was shocked and so happy!!! Fast forward 9 months later…. I’m huge and so ready to get this baby girl out so I can hold her!!

I had a rough pregnancy with lots of morning sickness and heart burn non stop! But we were both healthy and that’s what’s important. After Shane’s birth I knew I wanted to have my next birth at home. We had it all set up. I had a birth tub that I was going to deliver in and 2 midwives Bess and Kelli on call. Leah was going to be my Douala again. I was due on Halloween but trick or treat came and went and I was still very pregnant and not to happy about it! On November 5th it was unseasonably warm so Chris and I did some yard work and I think that started my labor.

After we got Shane to bed we sat down to watch a movie (bad mom’s) , knowing it would be the last time we could for a while. As we were watching the movie I started have some pretty bad contractions. I was thinking I would be having a baby in the next 24 hours. I went to bed hoping to get some rest but I was having a hard time sleeping and was having contractions. When I woke up the next day contractions had stopped.

So we went about our day… Grocery shopping and more yard work. At about 7 pm I was having bad contractions about 7 minutes apart. They kept getting worse all night. At about 5 am I called the midwives and told them I was having bad contractions about 5 minutes apart for a few hours. We decided that I would eat breakfast and relax for an hour and then see what happens. Nothing changed in an hour and I was feeling frustrated. Leah came over to watch Shane so Chris and I could get some rest but I couldn’t sleep.



At about 10 a.m. Bess came to check check my progress. I told her that my back was hurting and she said maybe the baby was sunny side up and some things we could try to flip her. When she checked my cervix she said I was 3 cm dilated but it changed to 5cm while she was checking. She told us she had a feeling that things were about to progress very fast and that we might have a baby soon! I felt very excited!!

Bess left because it was her son’s birthday and told us to call her when we felt we needed her. My mom came to pick up Shane because he was getting upset seeing me in pain and we felt maybe he was making it hard for me to progress. After he left my contractions started to get closer and more intense.

From about 12 pm till 7 pm things happened just as I imagined a home birth would be. Chris, Leah and I talked and laughed in-between my contractions. We put the tub together after watching a funny YouTube video about it. We made a fire. We went for a walk around the block. It was feeling like this labor was going to be everything I had hoped it would be. We also worked on flipping the baby to face down, but the back pain had stopped so I wasn’t thinking much of it.

I think it was around 8 pm when the midwives came because I was starting to be in a lot of pain and my contractions were less then a minute apart. That’s when things got really hard but I felt the end was near. After a while I moved into he tub for some pain relief. My whole body was shaking in-between contractions. I remember feeling that the tub wasn’t helping but I was committed to having the baby in the tub. I got out and laid in bed a few times but kept going back because that was my plan. It’s hard for me to remember how long that all went on for but I started to feel really tired. I was thinking what happens if I can’t do this anymore?

The pain in my back had returned and was even worse gen before and I started to realize that the baby was in the wrong position and that something was wrong. I think k it was around 2 am when Chris and the midwives had be out of the room for a bit. When they came back in they asked me if I wanted to go to the hospital, I felt fear and anger but also relief because I knew I couldn’t do this for much longer.

Chris later told me they had decided I was going to the hospital whether I want to or not but they wanted me to feel like it was my choice. We got in our cars and made our way to Saint Ann’s. I told Chris in the car that I wanted a C-section and he was supportive. When we got to the hospital I was having nonstop contractions. They checked me and I was still 8 cm like I was at home. They did an ultrasound and saw that the baby was facing the wrong way. They told me all the scary things that might happen if I got a C-section.

I remember that Chris got really upset at this point. But I felt like I just had to be done and that if I got an epidural and tried to push I might still need a C-section. After some convincing I decided that I would just get an epidural. The anesthesiologist came in to give me the epidural and he jokingly said “your gonna like me soon” and in my mind I said I’m in the worst pain ever and your making a joke?! But he was right once I got the epidural I did feel much better.

I was finally able to get a little rest once the epidural really kicked in. Then I woke up and they checked me again and told me it was time to push! I was excited but I also knew that I could be pushing for a long time. After pushing through a few contractions they starting setting up the table. I remember from Shane’s labor that meant the baby was almost there!! Leah and Chris told me they could see her hair!!

I felt a burst of energy and knew that I could push her out. That was it! Shine Addison Sheridan was born at 11:44 am on November 8th. When doctor handed her to me she said that’s an 11 lb baby! Later when we weighed her she was 10lbs 7oz!! Once I had her in my arms all the pain and fear melted away. I had my baby girl and she was perfect!!!!

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