Our (Surprise) Unassisted Homebirth

November 24th, 2011 by Dionna | 73 Comments
Posted in Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, My Family

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Kieran woke up just in time to see me push. He ran over to rub my head and say “You can do this, mama!”

There was no time for a birth pool, no time for our midwife to arrive, no time for pictures. Only time for me to reach down and feel life becoming.

Exactly 2.5 hours after the first contraction woke me up, I said “Get ready to catch, here it comes!” And our Ailia Genevieve was born into Papa’s waiting hands at 4:15a.m.

And now we give thanks. For falling in love. For family hugs that include a fourth.

(This last minute post is part of Let’s Take the Metro’s Gratitude Challenge. But instead of listing 100 things I am grateful for, I’m sharing a 100 word version of our precipitous birth story. Ailia Genevieve was born early  this Thanksgiving morning – November 24, 2011. Welcome to the world, little girl!)

73 Responses to:
"Our (Surprise) Unassisted Homebirth"

  1. Arpita   UpDownNatural

    So so many blessings to you Ford family! <3 A Happy Thanksgiving indeed!! All the best to you all. Kieran's smile is just way too precious! Love love love new baby girl's name.

  2. Kappi

    Congrats! A perfect way to celebrate a day of thanksgiving.
    I admire how brave you are to have your baby at home, definitely a special time for mom, dad and big brother.

  3. What a wonderful short tale! Congratulations on your new family member!

  4. Hannah   Hannabert

    Congratulations on the birth of a beautiful and healthy baby. What a great way to celebrate the day

  5. Sarah   smallbirdonfire

    Congratulations, Dionna! I’m so happy for you, and welcome to the new addition. Happy babymoon.

  6. Amy   Amy_willa

    Oh, Dionna, congratulations! What a wonderful birth :) right into papas arms with the support of proud, sweet, big brother! I KNEW there was a reason I was thinking of you this morning. Warmest blessings for your beautiful family!

  7. Terri   onelovelivity

    Woweeee!! Congratulations – what an amazing birth story and an incredibly beautiful family. Welcome to the world little one. Much love to you all. Happy babymoon xxx

  8. Amazing! I love that your son is just chillin’ in his penguin jammies like this was all no big deal! Congratulations!

  9. Congratulations, what a beautiful gift for which to be thankful today! I had a surprise unassisted homebirth myself in September. It is amazing how our bodies just know what to do!

  10. Sarah @ OneStarryNight   onestarrynight


  11. Brittany@Mama's Felt Cafe   mamasfeltcafe

    Congratulations, Mama! I love the name! I might just have to make a “Surprise UC Homebirth Rock Star” magnet for you as I don’t yet have that design in my collection ;)

  12. Alicia C.   amccrenshaw

    What a wonderful way to celebrate!

  13. Jennifer P

    Welcome little one, and congratulations to all! What a fabulous Thanksgiving blessing!

  14. Abby MAnn

    What a wonderful thanksgiving gift!! And what a beautiful family, congratulations!

  15. Congratulations, Mama~! Happy Baby Moon.

  16. Sheryl @ Little Snowflakes   sheryljesin

    Dionna, I am just so thrilled for you and your family! What a beautiful birth story – it brought tears to my eyes as I read it! I am so happy that you now have a beautiful baby girl in your family – truly a blessing! I hope that you enjoy this very special time in your lives. There is nothing like a newborn! It is my birthday today too – now something that I share with Ailia. I am in Canada, but I have always thought that it would be fun to be in the US and always celebrate my birthday around the time of Thanksgiving, with loving family and friends.

  17. Vidya Sury   vidyasury

    So beautiful, Dionna – God bless you, your lovely little girl and your wonderful family. I couldn’t help crying after I read this post (yeah, I am a regular crybaby with emotional stuff).

    What a great, memorable Thanksgiving! I love Kieran’s expression. You’ve chosen a gorgeous name for your gorgeous daughter!

  18. Janine @ Alternative Housewife   thejaninefowler

    Congrats! This post is so much awesome, and you all look amazing!

  19. Melissa Vose   WhiteNoiseWoman

    You made my day. =) I’m sure that made your day (year, life), too. BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations! xxoo

  20. That is so, so, soooo wonderful! Congratulations to your family!!!

  21. Kate

    Congratulations! (my second came too quickly for the birth pool as well; it was only about halfway full when I needed to push).

  22. Aww! What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift! Welcome to the world, sweet baby <3

  23. mamapoekie   mamapoekie

    That is so awesome!!! Big big big congratulations! Hugs to the whole family!!

  24. Analytical Armadillo   An_armadillo

    Whohoooooo so pleased for you, love the name, gorgeous photos, gorgeous everything! Enjoy the Babymoon xx

  25. Sarah @ Parenting God's Children   Sarah_the_doula

    OH MY GOODNESS! Congratulations, what an amazing miracle!! <3 I love Kieran's initial response. What a sweet boy! Love the name, too. Much love, mama!

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