Natural Childbirth Scenes – 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.

In case you can’t see the video, here’s the gist…

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, Mike 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.

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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24 Comments

  1. Margaret April 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    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!

  2. Caroline October 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    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)

    • Genevieve October 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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

  3. Linda - Lost in Switzerland August 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

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

    • Genevieve August 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      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!

  4. Kate April 12, 2012 at 12:18 am

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

  5. Monika Montz March 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    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!

  6. Stacey February 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    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!

    • Genevieve March 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

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

  7. Kelli February 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    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! :)

    • Genevieve February 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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

  8. Cara February 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    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!

  9. brite December 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    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! :)

    • Genevieve December 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm

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

  10. Lisa December 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

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

    • Genevieve December 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

      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.

  11. Jessica September 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

    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!

    • Genevieve September 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Aw, thanks Jessica! God bless you.

  12. Genevieve October 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

    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!

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