A rainbow baby is a baby that is born to a mother that previously suffered a miscarriage or infant loss. After a storm comes the rainbow.
Ever Nicole Moore 10-31-2011
Ever’s birth story starts six months after her older sister’s birth story. After losing Brinley we were ready to try for another baby pretty quickly. My pregnancy with Ever was one of stress and hope. I found a doula this time around and was determined to have a more natural birth in the hospital setting. I went to a birthing class led by my doula called Birthing from Within. It allowed me to learn more ways of relaxation and express my worries through art work. It was very healing.
Fast forward to October 30th early Sunday morning. Making it to 38 weeks and 4 days gestation my lil bird was ready to join the world. I went to bed at 11pm only to be awoken at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:00 am by contractions. When I couldn’t get back to sleep by 3:30 am I decided to get up and start timing my contractions. After about an hour of 5 minute apart contractions I woke my husband up to go into the hospital. He asked if he could sleep another hour. Haha No. I’ve already been up an hour and want to leave for the hospital so after a shower we were off.We arrived at the hospital about 5:30am. After being hooked up to the monitor for an hour and talking with the doctor it was decided I would stay at the hospital. We called my family to let them know what was going on. So all day Sunday I stayed at the hospital and walked to get labor going on its own. I was able to eat and pretty much do whatever I wanted while there all day. My mom, doula Ashley, and my hubby spent the day with me. My dad and step-mom were arriving from Ohio that afternoon so I was trying to hold out until they arrived which turned out to not be too hard. My sister got off of work and came up as soon as she could. I just remember spending the day walking and bouncing on the birthing ball. I think I dilated another centimeter over the day so I went from 4cm to 5cm which is half way.
By about 6pm I was given the option of breaking my water or taking some medicine to get some sleep. I chose sleep since I had been up since 3am that morning.
The next morning at 8am they broke my water. From then on I wasn’t allowed to eat anything. I again spent most the day walking the hospital and bouncing on the birthing ball to progress my labor. The contractions were coming and going about 5 minutes apart as they had been for several days. They slowly got stronger but nothing I couldn’t handle. My doula was great in keeping me calm and focused. She helped me breathe through the contractions. They were surprisingly strong but not painful.
By 5pm I was dilated to 7cm and ready for some relief. I was tired and hungry and getting worried I wouldn’t have my baby before the end of the night. You see it was Halloween day, the day I said all along that I wanted to have her. So I chose to get pitocin and an epidural to progress my labor and hopefully have Little Bird before midnight. There was a little trouble with getting the epidural but we finally got it in. I could no longer feel my contractions so I laid in bed and waited. At some point the pain kicked in again so they had to give me more medicine. That didn’t seem to do anything so they gave me a different kind of pain medicine which did the trick. At 7:00 pm I was pushing and at 7:30 pm she was born.
She was delivered by a my midwife, who was dressed as a deviled egg, on Halloween 10-31-2011 at 7:30 pm. She weighed 8lbs 3.4ozs and was 21 3/4 in long. She was also born on the day Earth reached 7 billion in population.
It was the best thing in the world to hear my baby girl scream. I’ve missed so much with the loss of Brinley and everyday I see more and more stuff that I didn’t get to have with Brinley. Ever is such a joy to have in my life.
Overall I’m very happy with my birthing experience.