The first thing you should know before reading my story is that yes, this was a PLANNED unassisted birth at home. Yes, without a midwife. I chose to do my own prenatal care, and the only medical assistance we had was a 20-week ultrasound anatomy scan. I educated myself, prepared my home and my husband, and made sure to stay 100% healthy. I had my third baby the same way, planned and unassisted, so this was my second unassisted pregnancy and birth, my fourth birth all together.
JUNE 23rd, about 9 pm - DUE DATE
Like I had for several mornings in a row, I lost a large piece of mucus plug first thing in the morning. This one was pretty large, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I went about my day as usual. After on and off tightening (“Braxton Hicks”) throughout the day, I began to notice a familiar regularity. I was bouncing on my birth ball after the kids had gone to bed, putting together my birth playlist and going through, playing my favorite songs, just trying to relax and not get my hopes too high. My last baby went to 42 + 3, and I did NOT want to have my patience tested like that again! So I bounced and relaxed and listened to my music while my husband did his own thing.