Last Updated on March 13, 2021 by Jenny Pena
Jasmin’s Home Birth Story!
This is the story of Jasmin’s home birth! On Thursday Oct. 18, 2012, at 5:30am I woke up for the 4th or 5th time to use the bathroom, as is the case with any woman at 37 weeks of pregnancy.
I laid back down to snuggle with my hunny before he went to work when I felt a jolt in my belly, and what felt like really bad period cramps, a contraction, I later realized. I thought, “Oh great baby moved, I got a braxton- hicks contraction and now she’s on my bladder and I gotta get up and pee, AGAIN!” So I sat on the toilet, and I sat, and waited, and waited, and it felt like I was an endless fountain.
Ok, now I’m wondering if I should wake my husband from the last few minutes of sleep he gets before work or wait it out?
…I call out to him and he sleepily tells me its nothing to relax…but the contractions kept coming! I got up and walked around for a couple minutes, but each contraction sent me back to the toilet :/ we decided to just text Sheila/midwife so as not to bother her so early when it might be unnecessary, births usually take anywhere from 8-12 hours average or even longer! But I couldn’t finish the text, the contractions kept coming and I couldn’t concentrate. Finally Rudy gets up and starts making me smoothies and joking around, I told him I was laughing on the inside, but please stop, this was serious business! Lol oh my! He says to me “I called the lady who gets the subs( he’s a teacher), and I ordered a veggie sub! ” Lol oh my word! Funnny but I just couldn’t laugh in the middle of a contraction.
Finally we called Sheila
….and she told me to try and lay down and see if I could find a pattern to the contractions, and call her back in 20-30 minutes or whenever I felt like calling her, and I asked her, “wait we don’t even have the pool were going to birth in (we had planned a home water-birth)”, but she calmly told me it would be ok they would get it to me.
So, still on the toilet, Rudy would come in and check on me, we prayed together, and went through each contraction with God reminding me of bible verses, reminding me this too shall pass…while another part of me was thinking “wow, I can’t do this, this is only the beginning! No way!” I told Rudy “I cant this is too much, the contractions don’t have a pattern, they’re just constant”, then 3 really big ones came over me and I just let them roll over me, so much pain, Rudy walked out for a second when suddenly I felt her coming!
ALREADY! I feel myself opening and calling for Rudy! “RUDY COME GET HER SHES COMING COME CATCH HER AHHHHHH SHES COMING!”
He looked at me in disbelief then looked down and saw her, and nodded yep, and I just feel her head come out as I straddled over the toilet and held on to the shower door for dear life, while Rudy knelt down ready to catch her! I just felt opening, stinging, and out she came! I forgot everything as soon as I saw her…slimy and blue yet so beautiful staring up at me from her father’s hands holding her up to me!
How wonderful our God! His precious creation! Rudy wrapped her in a towel for me, and another towel under me so I wouldn’t make more of a mess, I told him to put the pads on the bed and old sheets, call Sheila, my mom, and lay down and wait. Labor started at 5:30 am Jasmin was born at 6:30am..all in one hour! The adrenaline hit Rudy hard after and he just got to cleaning! I told him to come lay with me but he was so frantic he had to finish cleaning! Lol! So funny! We had no time to think, just react, by God’s impulse moment by moment. My family got there before my midwife since they lived closer. Then Sheila came and helped me birth the placenta, cleaned us up and all the beautiful things a midwife does!
Praise The Most High for all His blessings!
Last year I never imagined living this present reality! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine meeting such an awesome man of God, and the way God orchestrated everything perfectly! Never did I Imagine we would make it through 4 months of long distance love to then be married shortly after! And even more unfathomable, to be pregnant so soon! Only God knows why, only He knows what’s best!
The last week leading up to Jasmin’s birth was the busiest, and most prayerful, week of our lives:
Jasmin had been breech for a little while, too close to her due date (November 8th) for comfort. We started praying fervently and doing exercises and chiropractic care, everything in our power to encourage her to turn. Finally Sheila, my midwife, encouraged me to get an ultrasound to check out the baby’s position. It was too hard to tell if she had turned or not and we needed to know for certain in order to know how to proceed. I reluctantly agreed, up to this point we had not had an ultrasound.
The next day we had an ultrasound and not only was she in position but we got to find out we were having a girl! After the fact, I thought about it and realized she had turned on Wednesday, then Thursday before the midwife came, my mom gave me the news of my grandmother’s passing, Friday was the ultrasound, then Sunday was the baby shower.
Everything was happening so fast!
On Monday I felt the need to buy the things missing we didn’t receive from the baby shower, and Rudy and I headed to babies r us and Walmart. Tuesday my mom came over and helped me wash and organize everything we bought and had everything almost ready for Jasmin. Then Wednesday was our second to last birthing class. Thursday morning Jasmin was born!
We want to share this story as a testimony of Gods love and mercy, of his faithfulness!!!! He is my friend. And He answers prayers! Seek Him and you will find Him, if you seek with all your heart!
We prayed during the pregnancy for God’s will to be done, for a safe birth and a healthy baby…as painless and quick as possible. And friends this is evidence of His faithfulness! This is her unique birth, rarely a woman giving birth to her first baby has such a quick labor, we were told yes quick labors happen, but they’re only common among women who have previously given birth.
God orchestrated everything perfectly once again for this to be so and more! And our baby is perfectly healthy! We can’t praise the Lord enough for this awesome experience, for such a peaceful baby, and a beautiful family to welcome her into. I love our heavenly Father, this story is about how He loves us all, and wishes only the best for us.
May His love abide in us always, amen!