8:30am - “Things have started”...15 minutes apart...this is prelabour.
11:15am - “Go out and have fun,” says Jacquie. Mild contractions.
Afternoon - saw a movie, did Granville Island
6:30pm - True start of labour. 5 minutes apart.
7:40pm - Jacquie arrives. Shower was great. Leaning over table. “It's hot in here!”
9pm - Every 4 minutes now... astride chair...standing...hip shakes... "Ooooo"
9:30pm - New level of intensity - to shower with birth ball “That feels better.”
10pm - "Crash" as shower curtain falls. Out of shower...music on...moving, moving...
Midnight - Another shower. Jac calls hospital. “Crazy busy here,” says nurse.
1am - At hospital. Water breaks at 7 centimetres. “Is that good?” Yes!
2am - Sitting, standing, squatting, warm blanket on shoulders... in shower... “Are you kidding me?” exclaimed after strongest contraction.
4am - Lovely long break...”So relaxed!” ...then pushing...
4:15am - Squatting by bed...then to bathroom...
5:28am - Beautiful baby born...mum and dad facing each other, standing (just like their prenatal photo.) “We’ve been waiting to meet you!”
So many amazing labours in April...so many lessons learned...
Thanks to Kathryn Langsford for her photographic skills.
Jacquie Munro, founder of the "Slow Birth" movement, is an experienced doula and childbirth educator and is well-known for her individualized, intuitive approach to supporting families in the childbearing year and beyond. Since 1987, she has provided support at over one thousand births, at home and in hospital, and taught thousands of expectant parents. At home, Jacquie lives only a bike ride away from four generations of her family. You can usually find her at the park or beach, playing beside her twin grandsons who call her "Deecy".