Isaac’s Birth Story

Today is the day to look back on the day Isaac came into the world because today is his birthday. My little trouble, monkey man is now two. He has looked two and acted two for a while now but it’s official… he has arrived to the terrible two’s.

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It all starts with Emma. She came in to the world via C-section and it was very important to me to have or at least try a VBAC with Isaac. I wanted an all natural birth.

We originally started going to an OB in Maryland but we decided we didn’t like him so much even though he was given good reviews. We wanted some one that was willing to be flexible and work with us. We switched to The Maternity Center in Bethesda, MD. It’s a birthing center with a bunch of midwifes. Because I was a VBAC I was considered high risk. I couldn’t birth at the center but I felt at least I would have someone who was patient and flexible with delivering by baby. I also took Hypnobirthing classes with Jer. My big sista had used this method in bringing her 2 youngest babes into the world and loved it. Hello, pain free! I wanted to use it for achieving my highly desired all- natural-birth. I thought this would be the best way to avoid another C-section.

Time rolled on by. My due date was March 27th and I was getting closer and closer to that date. When I was 28 weeks along, the midwife measured my tummy and though I was measuring a week behind. She knew how much I wanted a natural birth (this means no inductions) so she bumped my due date back a week to April 2nd. This would hopefully give me an extra week to get this little boy here on my own.

I started walking and walking and walking… April 2nd came and went along with April 9th, 10th, 12th and 13th. Nothing much was going on down there. We tried to strip my membranes and still nothing happened. Time was running out and so we schedualed an induction date for Monday, April 17th. More walking and walking and walking.


Friday evening, the 14th, things started to happen. Mild, far apart contractions. Yea, at least it was something. I didn’t sleep to much Friday night. Saturday things didn’t pick up until the afternoon. I was suppose to call when contractions were 2 minutes apart or something like that. When I did call they had me head to the hospital. I think I arrived around 4 ish and when they check I was only at a 3. If I wasn’t high risk I would have turned around and finished laboring at home but they wanted to hook me up to all of the uncomfortable IV’s, monitors and such. Yuck, so un-natural. My contractions were still very bearable. Time ticked on.

Around 10 pm, I was a 7. I was on the slow boat and by now it had been over 24 hours since my contractions had started. My water finally broke and thing were now more intense. My midwife was so lovely. She sat by my bed and talked me through the whole thing. She made us (meaning my husband) feel better when she told us that the weird throaty, grunting noises were normal.

I still had 4 hours ahead of me but time ticked faster. I tired really hard not to grip the bed so tightly. There were times when I wondered how much longer I could handle things. I think so much of the fear is not knowing what is going to happen and how long it will take.


If I recall correctly, it took 2 hours of pushing. I wouldn’t say that it was painful… it was just super intense. I wasn’t so much in the groove like some of the women on the hypno birthing videos are but I did it. Two sleepless nights and 34 hours in labor, Isaac arrived at 1:08 am on April 16th, 3 weeks later then my original due date. I was sooo happy that I was patient and he came on his own. He was very healthy and weighed in at 9 lbs 7 oz.


Happy Birthday, Isaac. Love you.

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11 comments on Isaac’s Birth Story

  1. Lonna
    April 16, 2008 at 5:31 pm (9 years ago)

    What a beautiful baby. You are very tough to wait out that long of a labor. congrats.

  2. Bridget
    April 16, 2008 at 6:15 pm (9 years ago)

    What a beautiful birth story!! My lil guy turns 2 in June. Happy birthday to your baby boy!

  3. Lindsay
    April 16, 2008 at 6:17 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy B-day little buddy, and I think you should get some celebrating every year on the 16th too, because of your amazing toughness! You could call it my Happy Tough Day.

  4. ali
    April 16, 2008 at 6:41 pm (9 years ago)

    seriously, you have the most beautiful family!

  5. Julie
    April 16, 2008 at 7:22 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy birthday!! I am ALL about natural births! Good for you. I have been known to scream when I’m pushing. I hold it together until then. With Luke I yelled, “Get it out of me!” And with Naomi I yelled, “Shut the door.” I mean, come on let a girl yell in private!

  6. Wendy
    April 16, 2008 at 7:59 pm (9 years ago)

    well…i’m an epidural type of girl…but more power to ya. Whatever & however you did it, i’m glad you did, love that little guy!!

  7. Carrie
    April 17, 2008 at 11:14 am (9 years ago)

    I just might be needing some tough woman lessons from you next time around. I definitely prefer the all natural route (done it both ways). Convincing myself that I can actually do it is the hard part.

  8. Ryan
    April 17, 2008 at 9:43 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh I never called or anything! Happy Birthday to Isaac!!

  9. Kendra
    April 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm (9 years ago)

    What a neat story! You know, I stumbled on your site while looking for templates – I’m new to digi-scrapping and love your templates! But I really enjoyed your story. Funnily enough, I’m from the same corner of the world (Northern Va) and I too had a c/s followed by a VBAC (followed by another VBAC this past Jan). My labors were not as long as yours tho – kudos for doing it au naturelle!

  10. Shannon
    April 18, 2008 at 8:44 pm (9 years ago)

    Tell Isaac Happy Birthday. What a neat story. You are one tough woman. I didn’t realize that your labor was so long. I was in labor with Imogen for about 6 hours and pushed for only 45 minutes. I was tired after that. I can’t imagine 2 hours of pushing! Awesome that you did it natural.

  11. Lee Anne
    April 21, 2008 at 6:08 am (9 years ago)

    Wow…what a beautiful birthing experience. I know I have considered not having any other children because I don’t want to go through another c-section. My guys will be 2 in December and I am sure I will know by then if we will be having any others. :) And thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us on the templates. They are wonderful!