I remember the day I gave birth to my daughter, Emma May, like it was yesterday. I had been feeling cramp-y for a few days, so it was no surprise to everyone (except me) when there was a sign of labor one morning. I was 39 weeks pregnant, and still terrified to give birth to my baby girl. Being so young may have had a lot to do with that. I also chalk it up to lack of education. I didn't go to any birthing classes and I wasn't even sure how the "process" really even worked, at the time.
At 7:05am, March 24th, 2010, I woke some pretty strong contractions. In a panic, I woke my husband to tell him it was time to go to the hospital. He was so cute when we arrived. Because the contractions were still manageable, I wanted to walk to the Labor & Delivery, but he politely demanded that he roll me up in a wheel chair.
That day was long. I wasn't in actual labor, per the nurses, but they admitted me anyway and started me on a drug to induce my contractions called Pitocin. Once the contractions started up a few hours later, I decided to go ahead and get the epidural. A few hours after that, the doctor broke my water. Within 13 hours, we were holding our baby girl. When we first laid eyes on her, we knew she was worth every minute of waiting. She was born a healthy 8 pounds.
At the time, we were not able to afford the luxury of birth photography. I was going to become a teen mother, and hiring someone to capture professional images of that life changing day was the furthest thing from my mind. I am happy to have my family who took pictures throughout the day and during the birth.
Looking back, I know my birthing experience with Emma was less than positive. There was a slight complication that left me confused and unsure of how I felt about birth. I was scarred and undecided as to whether I'd want to have another baby. In 2015, I decided to learn more about the complication that arose during my daughter's birth, so I researched preventative alternatives. I had an empowering and healing birthing experience with my son, Henry, in 2016. You can read his birth story here.
* If you are a teenager expecting a baby, read this blog.