In 2004 I had my daughter Nina at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. I had a pretty good time, but being at the hospital left me feeling like it wasn’t my cup of tea after all. When I was pregnant a second time I knew I wanted to have a homebirth.
Sybille provided wonderful prenatal care for me and my family. Thanks to the thorough hour long visits, we were able to take care of some minor problems in preparation for the birth. I found suggestions on diet, exercise, supplements, and taking care of myself very valuable. The involvement of my daughter and husband in my prenatal care was an important part of transitioning into a new phase of our lives.
My labor kept coming and going for a week. It was such a different experience. Being my second baby, the “real thing” took only about 3 hours or so. I labored in the shower on hands and knees, on the toilet, in all kinds of weird positions. I got into the waterbirth tub, which was an absolute heaven, and something like 4 pushes later, my baby was born. Without all the hospital machinery, noise, lights and poking and prodding, I felt like the experience of this birth was truly mine. The luxury of laboring naked and holding my baby for a good 40 minutes still attached by his cord to me, those are the things that were significant, the things that are hard to come by in a hospital setting today.
Our little boy was born on October 16, 2008, into the hands of our wonderful midwife Sybille. The image I am sure I will never forget . The experience I hold as truly sacred.