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. Alicia @ LactationNarration   LactNarration

    What a surprise! Congratulations!

  2. teresa   momgrooves

    Congratulations!!!! I’m in awe.

  3. How wonderful. Im so happy for you all! Enjoy your babymoon :)

  4. Congrats to you and your family, she’s beautiful. I would have been freaking out if I had to deliver at home, you’re brave. Hope you two are doing well.

  5. Kerri   giggly_kerri

    Congratulations! Such an amazing gift. Enjoy this time. I look forward to sibling posts. I love watching my older son in his new role of big brother. It’s amazing how quickly he has become Liam’s favorite person, other than mommy when he’s hungry.

  6. MrsWJAA

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you folks:) This is the best thing I’ve read all day:)

  7. Becky   mummynotes

    Congratulations! And what a gorgeous little bubba Ailia is. I am so broody right now!

  8. Dee   treesalldance

    Congratulations and welcome little Ailia!

  9. Zoie @ TouchstoneZ   TouchstoneZ

    Oh my! Congratulations! Way to go Dionna and Ailia! I’m over the moon for you. *sigh* for that breathtaking feeling of falling in love all over again. Happy Babymooning.

  10. Wow! How exciting, beautiful, wonderful!! Congrats! Definitely much to be thankful for :)

  11. Hannah   HaRae

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a beautiful family.
    I am also snuggling a little Thanksgiving baby born at home. Great day to be born.

  12. Christina

    So beautiful. Thank you for sharing + Many Blessings!!

  13. Wow, wow, wow!!! Congratulations Dionna! She’s a cutie! Praying for your smooth transition into tandem nursing too! Rest well and take care!

  14. Congratulations, beautiful Mama, on growing that beautiful family!

  15. Jenny

    Congrats!! Beautiful name for a beautiful girl (:

  16. Rachael   RachaelNevins

    Welcome, little one!

    And I should say that I’m a bit less worried/concerned about a surprise unassisted home birth. Thank you for sharing your story!

  17. Seonaid Lee   seonaid_lee

    That’s quite a surprise! Congratulations :)

  18. Dionna   CodeNameMama

    Thank you so much for all of the well wishes everyone!! We feel incredibly blessed, and Ailia has fit right in with our family – it’s like she’s always been here :)

  19. Hooray!!! Congrats on such a beautiful baby girl and such a wonderful birth story!!!! What a great Thanksgiving surprise!!

  20. Hillary   hillaryboucher


  21. Annie @ PhD in Parenting   phdinparenting

    Congratulations Dionna. What a wonderful story. :)

  22. I could probably read this post 100 times over because it makes me so warm and fuzzy inside. I am envious and proud of you all at once, but the pride wins over 100 fold. How many more times can I use ‘100’ in this comment? I love this post 100 times! Thank you for doing this as part of the challenge only hours after giving birth!

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