Griffin Natural Childbirth Videos - Part 2, Delivery [GRAPHIC]

I feel a little scared and self conscious to post this video, but hey, after childbirth a woman can face anything, right? This is part two of my childbirth story.

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Here’s the story

If only my birth classes had prepared me for this! After part one, I labored for another half hour as the nurse filled the birthing tub. Right as I hit the tub, I got the urge to push. My midwife checked me and said she could feel the baby’s head. So I went for it. I was on all fours and pushing my guts out. I had intense 4-push contractions and everyone thought this baby would be out in less than an hour.

But the baby had other plans. He didn’t come in an hour of hard pushing, or even two hours. Then my contractions started to slow and weaken. Eventually, I got out of the tub.

I was wiped out and my uterus was beyond exhausted. By 9 p.m. I was delirious with fatigue and dread. I honestly didn’t know how I could get the strength to move forward and push the baby out. I asked if I could go to sleep and deliver in the morning. Ha! It didn’t help that I hadn’t eaten in 12 hours and I couldn’t imagine trying.

It was clear that we needed to kick start my contractions again. With regret, I agreed to two drops of pitocin. Sure enough, once the drops were in me I was squatting on a stool beside the bed with strong contractions again.

I pushed like no one’s business. After the first couple cycles, my husband Michael and the midwife saw the baby’s head crowning! After a couple more push cycles, the midwife caught my baby and pressed him to my naked chest. Praise the Lord!

Click for Part 3: Reflections.

Update: My second childbirth was the complete opposite of this one!

Click here to see how the birth of my daughter Paloma Skye went down 🙂

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  1. Thanks for sharing! I remember reading tons of this stuff when I was prego and I’ve gotta say -it’s totally NOT up to you if you “want” to have a drug-free birth! 40 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy I went into labor and found out I had severe pre-eclampsia. After a textbook pregnancy I was induced. Pit right away. I lasted 20 more grueling hours wihtout an epidural and when I had to start magnesium, I decided on the epidural to help lower my blood pressure, ya know to prevent seizures and complete renal failure. I had my daughter about 5 hours later. Perfectly healthy, nursed right away, and had apgar scores of 8 and 9. I want women to feel empowered, but I don’t want them to be ignorant. This shit isn’t always up to you. Hoping for a better experience next time.

    • She makes it clear all over this website that this doesn’t work for everyone and to listen to doctors for medical care if mom and/or baby are in danger. You and/or baby were in danger, so you had to take another route, just like she mentions.

  2. Thank you for posting your birth videos! I am a future mom, and this is so informative and really help with the fears :).
    Awesome blog! I am a total fan now.

    Thanks!

  3. Oh, wow. What an adventure! You did so well, and are really going to help inspire me as I get closer and closer to my journey. 🙂

    How did your husband prepare for your labor? He seems so calm and together even when the going got rough. If I could impart just 1/100th of that to my husband I would be a very happy woman! Thanks!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing, Genevieve!! I’m sitting here wiping away tears all over and I’m so uplifted by your experience. I have 3 babes, and with all my heart I am praying for another, and planning for a natural birth. I’m blessed with 3 great hospital deliveries, but next time it is my desire to experience birth at home, medicine free. Keep on keeping on Mama!! :0)

    • Aw, thanks so much Caroline! Praying for a beautiful home birth for you next time around :)> God bless you! XOXO

  5. So impressive!!!! Thanks for sharing this…. Our baby is due mid October and I’m scared senseless of this part ;))

    • Aw, you’ll do GREAT! It’s only 1 day of your life and of course the aftermath is SO WORTH IT! You go girl!

  6. That’s absolutely amazing!!!! How very very incredible! I had a somewhat similar labor with a very long pushing phase as well.

  7. Delivered my son Isaac here with Gayle from this midwife group! Wonderful experience. I pushed for 3 hours… 24 hour+ labor. I felt the same emotions too wishing I could sleep through and do it tomorrow.. It’s amazing what our bodies can do. I love Cynthia. Very good Midwife!

  8. Wow, thats awesome. Thanks for posting that. I recently found your site and decided to look back and find out more about you and where you’ve been. That is an amazing experience that you’ve shared with us all! I recently gave birth to my 2nd son at home and I was flooded with emotion watching your video. Congratulations. What a great thing to have to look back on. It brought back memories from my own experiences!

    • Aw, glad you stopped by. So cool about son number 2!! Woo hoo!

  9. I watched this right before I gave birth to my first Sept 27th 2011, and I just watched it again today and realized we had such a similar birth story, I pushed for 4 hours as well and needed just a little pitocin and no epidural. I love your site also, thanks for all the tips! 🙂

    • So cool! Thanks for sharing, Kelli! Next time, we’re not going to need anything, right 🙂 XOXO

      • Thanks for sharing

  10. Wow so incredible…this video brought tears to my eyes! I have a five month old son and had always envisioned a natural birth myself..unfortunately God had other plans! I labored for 25 hours and then my son was taken via emergency c-section because his heart rate kept dipping…when he came out, his cord was wrapped around his arm, leg and, neck…..he is my little miracle!! My husband and I want at least three more children and I really hope to have a vbac….that is the plan at least! Love your site!

  11. Just now watching this for the first time, and of course I’m in tears! It’s so amazing, and I have the same response every time- THANK YOU GOD!! You were so quiet there at the end…impressive! 🙂

    • Aw, thanks! I can’t wait to do it again (at some point :). XOXO.

  12. Well the delivery made me cry! I am 1cm dilated right now with baby #8. They are true miracles and blessings.

    • Wow, mama, you are amazing. EIGHT KIDDOS!?!? Amazing. Babies are blessings. Wishing you a wonderful delivery. Let me know your story and we’ll feature you in our Mama Natural Show. XOXO.

  13. Thank you for posting your delivery, i cried when beautiful griffin arrived and you held him and expressed your joy..i want that so badly and look forward to my turn. Thanks again!

  14. Thanks Heather! It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done (as you know :). Hope life with 2 little ones is sweet and not too crazy! LOL!

  15. That was awesome! You rocked that squatting position! Thanks for posting.

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