Early on the morning of August 17th I received the text saying that Mackenzies' waters had ruptured. I was laying in bed with my two boys, and decided to get them up and ready for the sitter. I dropped my kids off, and arrived at the hospital in Dayton Ohio at 9am. Mama was at 6cm, and breathing through her contractions. She was on all fours in the bed with soothing music in the background. Using her hips, she rocked back and forth bringing her baby down.
They decided to begin filling the tub, hoping it would provide her some relief.
She claimed into the tub with her boyfriend following behind her. There he supported her as she moved through the contractions gracefully. The room was quiet and full of anticipation, awaiting their beautiful baby boy.
After around 45 minutes resting in the tub, he was moving lower and lower, and the decision came to exit the waters and make her way back to the bed. Resting between contractions was becoming more difficult, but this is when encouragement plays such a big part in supporting a birthing person. Affirmations filled the air, everyone rooting this mama on. Building a fire within her body, her mind, and her strength.
Once her body rested on the bed baby began to emerge. His head was crowning and what a beautiful sight it was. With her partner supporting her legs, she was able to continue to breath baby down and eventually feel his head. Within the next few minutes, baby boy Thatcher made his way earth side.