The Story

January 14, 2010

Some of you have been asking for the birth story of the newest little member of the Hatfield Clan and I definitely wanted to post some pics from his birth so here goes. {Warning: it is not a very interesting story - which is a GOOD thing! :) } And I can't believe I'm going to post some of these pictures but I know how curious I am when it comes to birth stories so I thought I'd put it all out there. :)
This is on Christmas Day, definitely ready to go...

This is the day the little man was born and I'm at my favorite place - Nordstrom. :) {I apologize for the quality of the pic - it was a phone camera.}
I went to the doctor that morning {I was 39 weeks} and my midwife went ahead and stripped my membranes. I was a little hesitant doing this but she promised me she wouldn't even consider doing it unless she thought I was really ready {and at this point I think I was dilated to a 3 and about 80-90% effaced}. She told me she would be shocked if I didn't have my baby that day. So I asked her what I should do now and she said go walk around - so I headed to the mall with my mom. We walked around for a few hours, had Tomato Basil soup at Nordstrom Cafe {yum!}, bought a journal at Barnes & Noble {to take notes during my labor - my mom's so good at that stuff!} and by the time we left {early afternoon} my contractions were about 5-7 minutes apart.

I went to my parents house to rest and meet up with my hubby and we continued to time contractions. They got to about 3-4 minutes apart and I wanted to stay and labor there awhile but my husband was anxious to get to the hospital before rush hour. So we got to the hospital and got checked in around 4:30 or 5pm. Here's Jeffrey helping me with those ADORABLE hospital gowns. :) {Notice the nursing slits...on my STOMACH!}

We had to wait about an hour or so for my midwife to get there and as soon as she did she broke my water {about 6pm}. Hardcore labor hit almost immediately (just like with Jaymin) and I asked myself yet again why I was doing this {just kidding sweet boys :) }. *For those of you who don't know me very well, I come from a very holistic/all-natural background so its really important to me to have all natural births. For both of mine I have used no pitocin, epidurals, or pain killers. I love having a midwife who supports my natural choices and allows me to labor in whatever way feels most comfortable. This {below} happened to be feeling the best to me. I was on an exercise ball {which can help relieve some pressure in your pelvis} and leaning on the hospital bed. For this labor I really didn't want a lot of people to touch or talk to me. I was very "in-myself" focusing and concentrating on each contraction, breathing and trying to relax my body {which can help you progress and dilate faster} and stay in control. Jeffrey is fanning me {and did so for a very long time - thanks honey! :) }

While I was on the ball, I had a contraction that I actually started pushing on without even realizing it. My midwife asked me to move to the bed where she recommended laying on my side for a few contractions. My very first one, I pushed as hard as I could and didn't even mean to. After that one I knew it was time. I turned to my back, had about 3 more contractions and 3 more pushes and the kid was out! My eyes were shut the whole time, people were talking to me, asking me questions, Jeff said a quick prayer to me, but I had no clue what was going on. My body did all the pushing without me even trying in a way - it was so involuntary. They put the little guy on my chest and all I could think was "I'm done. I'm done." This was 1 1/2 hours after my water was broken.

So here he is! Jettison Charles Hatfield ~ 12.28.09 ~ 7:38pm ~ 7 lbs 6 oz ~ 19 in

This picture completely depicts my absolute relief.

Jett nursing just a few minutes after birth.

Jaymin meeting his little brother for the first time! {Look at my handsome husband - yum! :) }

Big brother Jay. {I make pretty people huh? :) }

And this is what we've spent the last couple of weeks doing - well, as much as possible anyway. :)

See, not real exciting. :) But hey, no complaints here. I'll take that kind of delivery any day, well, not any still hurt like hell and makes me feel like I'm crazy for ever wanting children. :) But as soon as its all done, those feelings completely fade. They did so even faster with this one. Maybe my next birth story will be more exciting - like in a car!! :) Just kidding honey...a van would be way more practical. ;)


amy said...

thanks for sharing your story! i, as well, love to hear birth stories. your pictures are amazing! now you have two beautiful boys. congrats!

Erin said...

I'm so glad you finally shared your story...I have been looking forward to hearing about it. It sounds like you had such a smooth delivery, I'm so glad it went well for you! Looks like you did an amazing job, and yes, you do make pretty people. Your boys are just adorable! I'll look forward to meeting Jett someday...(I love the name, by the way!) So happy for you!

emily said...

loved the story! glad that it was relatively easy for you :)
he's a cutie...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Looks like you had a beautiful birth and a beautiful babe too. Thanks for sharing. I was waiting!!!

Rene' said...

I'm so glad you shared your story. You had the PERFECT birthig experience and I really believe it's because of a few obvious reasons--#1 you had a midwife who knew what she was doing #2 you have the best alli (sp?) on your side- JESUS! #3 you are one of the most driven people I it doesn't surprise me that you did the job with ease and strength--You go girl!! Jett's birth is very similar to my experience with Tatum..loved the was my lifeline during transition.

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Jami Nato said...

um, if everyone could look that pretty while giving birth. ridiculous!


p.s. i love that you are a hippie(i'm assuming here)

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