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Another powerful contraction took hold of her – the strongest one yet.  She gasped at the intensity of it and breathed deeply into it, letting out a low moan as she relaxed her chin against her chest.  She was leaning back against her husband in an inflatable kiddie pool of body temperature-warm water which came up to just under her naked breasts.

"That's great honey, keep it nice and low." The midwife encouraged quietly.  She was kneeling just outside the pool – wrapped in a sarong and ready to get into the water if she were needed.  The midwife had told her she could make all the noise she wanted – so long as the sounds were deep and low.

"You're doing wonderfully!" her husband whispered in her ear from behind.  She was so happy to have him close to her in the warm, buoyant water.  His calm strength helping her to be strong as the power of the contractions swelled.

A small picnic canopy had shaded the little pool area in their back yard while the sun was up; mosquito netting hanging down the sides kept the bugs out but let the summer breeze drift in freely.  Now that evening was setting in, white Christmas lights strung along the inside of the tent bathed the scene in soft, warm light.

A strong burning sensation joined in with the next contraction.  Her whole labor thus far hadn't been painful in the sense that one would categorize the word – just incredibly and increasingly intense.  She had dealt with it by walking with her husband early on, hanging off his shoulders while standing as things got stronger, and just as it felt like the contractions might get out of hand for her, she'd slipped into the prepared pool and the nearly intolerable pressure had instantly waned to a dullness that had even allowed her to drift off and nap briefly to gather her strength for what lay ahead.

Always she had focused on her breathing and been helped along by the quiet but firm encouragement of her husband and midwife.  But the burning was new and frightening - even though she knew what it was and that it meant she'd be holding her baby soon.

"That's really good hon," the midwife said, knowing what the laboring woman was feeling by the expression on her face and the change in her breathing.  "The baby is really low now.  You just keep breathing.  Your body knows what to do.  Don't push until you have to."

"A woman's body knows how to birth a baby," she'd been told many times before by the midwife.  "Women in comas have birthed babies.  All you have to do is stay calm and let it happen."

And was it happening!  A frightened exhalation escaped her lips as the burning increased and she forced the grimace off her face – no making faces! She'd also been told.  Her deep moans were shaky now but she kept them up to keep from crying out.

"The shoulders are passing through the pelvic bone," the midwife reminded her.  "This is the most intense part.  Breathe through it."

She turned all her attention onto her breathing, letting out quick little pants, keeping her vocalizations to a minimum.  And then suddenly every fiber of her being screamed "PUSH!"

She gulped down a lungful of air, pressed her chin down to her chest and pushed with all her might, letting off slightly if the burning became too intense.

"You can do this!" her husband said.  She could feel his excitement mounting though he did a wonderful job keeping his voice under control.

"That's great, just like that," the midwife said.

Her heart was pounding in her ears.  There was nothing else in her existence beyond the heavy, burning sensation in her loins and the encouraging voices around her.

Another push, another breath; and another still.  "I can't!" she whimpered, sweat dripping from her hair into the water, her head collapsing back against her husband's chest.  It felt like she was getting nowhere.  The baby had to be too big.

"You can do this!" her husband said again without any fear or worry.  He wrapped his arms around her briefly.  "I'm here with you and you can birth this baby!"

"Reach down hon and feel your baby," the midwife told her.  "You're really very close now."

Her hand groped down between her legs and found a small hard flatness there.  It was the top of her baby's head!

"My baby!" she breathed.  It was working!  For all it didn't feel like it, her baby was being born!

On the next two pushes, the head came out and then on the last, hardest one – the shoulders popped out and her baby slid out into the water.

"You did it!" her husband cheered, tears running down his face.

She looked down in wonder at her beautiful baby floating there serenely in the water, all the burning and heaviness was gone – here was her baby!

She gently took the little girl in her hands, waiting the couple seconds before she twitched for air and then lifted her out of the water and onto her chest.

The baby girl cried lustily, squirming against her mother's warm flesh, unsure how to handle her limbs now that she was no longer constrained to the confines of the womb.  Her cry was the most amazing sound the new parents had ever heard.

"You're so strong!" her husband said around his joyous tears.  "She's so beautiful!"

The mother cooed to her infant, her own tears mixing with her husband's in the water around them.  "You're such the little lovey you are!  My god she is so beautiful!"

Now that her lungs were clear, the tiny girl's cries lessened and she nuzzled over to her mother's breast and instinctively started to suckle.  It tickled but felt great.  A new little being - that she and her husband had created – had found its way to the breast to drink the milk her body was making just for that new little being!

As she suckled, the baby turned her gaze up at her parents, her eyes blinking and squinting even in the soft glow of the Christmas lights, but she looked right at them.  The two stared back at her, transfixed.

"You did great!" the midwife said proudly.  "A truly beautiful birth."
This is my submission for the :iconcreatively-yours: theme "Beauty".

I like to tell people I have three passions in life: God, birth, and Kiuses (in that order).
In this situation I'll be waxing poetic about birth - a topic that has always fascinated me even as a child.

I started training to be a doula (a type of birth assistant of which you can read more here: [link] ) right around the time my niece was born four years ago (I did attend her birth btw) :)

I personally think every woman should know about and have the right to a doula during labor, but sadly so few even know that such a service even exists!

Oddly I dream of a day where both men and women know enough about the birthing process that the role of professional doula's would become obsolete and the function would be filled by a friend or relative or even just the woman's husband or significant other (though bear in mind the presence of a doula does not replace the important role the baby's father plays during labor if he's willing and supportive!)

Most people picture birth as taking place in a hospital with the woman laying in bed, screaming and in pain; gowned nurses and doctors rushing hither and thither and the father trying not to pass out in the corner or get killed by his wife as she hurls insults at him. This completely does not and should not be the case!!!
Birth can be a beautiful and empowering experience.

Many babies can be born quite safely at home; and really home birth makes a lot of sense: why wait till your labor is well under way just to get in the car, drive to the hospital in a position that isn't all that comfortable, waddle into a strange place full of strange people and get strapped down to a bed for hours with the only "sustenance" you're allowed is ice chips!!!
How horribly inhumane! (I'll now refrain from ramping up into a tirade) ;)

Here I paint a picture of what birth CAN be - still intense, but calmer and well, more beautiful (as it should be).

I feel I've kept the language and descriptions neutral enough to not need a filter, but if people are bothered, I can turn one on. (Honestly I'd feel perfectly comfortable reading this to my niece!)

If the topic of doulas interests you, I encourage you to follow the link posted earlier and read more off that site.
As an introduction to natural/home births, please read Ina May Gaskin's book "Spiritual Midwifery".
For water birth, check out "Choosing Waterbirth: Reclaiming the Sacred Power of Birth" by Lakshmi Bertram
And for the very adventurous: "Birth As We Know It" - a DVD documentary on water birth (it's a little heavy-handed in some spots but incredibly informative!!)
If you'd like to read real birth stories written by real women, please check out the Birth Without Fear website found here: [link]
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tarainthedark182 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
Finally . . . a good birth story!
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Thank you so much for writing this~ you made me interested in doula work, since I always wanted to be part of the birthing process but I never wanted to go to medical school. Thank you again~!
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NaTabhairSuas Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I herd birth hurts. Good thing I'll never have to give birth cause I'll never find a husband! ( I'm 13 and I'm already worrying about this ) If by some chance I do I'd be like " give me medicine so I can't feel it! " ( I have a very low pain tolerance level :/ )
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batgirl9691 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I love it and it touched my heart
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Kriss-Miss21 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist
My husband and I are trying to have a baby and this makes me feel much more confident in myself! My husband really really wants a baby, and I do too, but I'm also really scared of the birth. This passage comforts me. Thank you so much for writing it!
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Riverpelt999 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Good luck. 
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you both luck!
Birth can be so wonderful and beautiful!
Knowledge is power, so learn all that you can!  Though I mention it in the comments, it's worth recommending again (and again! lol); please check out birthwithoutfearblog.com/
The real-life stories are empowering and heartwarming (and sometimes tear-jerking!)

I also can't recommend Ina May Gaskin's book "Spiritual Midwifery" enough.  Read it.  A Lot.

Start wrapping your head around the physics and dynamics of labor and birth - it's some powerful stuff!
Prepare yourself mentally for the "pain".  Learn how to separate pain from fear (fear is the mind killer after all)
You might get lucky though and have an ecstatic birth! (It happens!)
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Kriss-Miss21 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you so much! :)
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2012grad Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
This is so beautiful and so much what I hope for when giving birth thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story I couldn't stop till I was finished :)
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad you liked!! :)
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Relic-Angel Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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KiusLady Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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Relic-Angel Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries. <3
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MissVoa Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
This is beautiful. :) But I don't understand why can't she make faces or why her noises have to be deep and low. Why is that?
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Clenching the jaw and scrunching the face can inhibit the opening of the cervix (everything in the body is interconnected).  If a laboring woman can keep her face, jaw and shoulders relaxed it does wonders for opening things up and letting the baby down.
As for the sounds - it's a similar concept.  High pitched sounds are an indication of fear tightening the muscles that really need to be as relaxed as possible (think about all the abdominal muscles one has to tighten to make a proper fangirl SQUEEE!!!!).  Keeping the tones deep and low relaxes the whole body (think of a nice deep moan during a massage).
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MissVoa Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Hmm... that seems to make sense. Thank you for answering my questions. :) You know, I can't help but remember how when our sheep are giving birth that all the noises they make as low and deep. Yeah, the only births I've seen are animals giving birth. XD
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey that's more than most people have experienced!
I grew up near a dairy farm and was lucky enough to witness a calf born once or twice.  Animal births are great!! :)
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MissVoa Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
I know right! :D We help deliver sheep, goats, calves, and this year we even had a colt (horse) born. I even did a illustrative talk at a goat expo competition on what to do when there's something going wrong in the birth of the kids. And reading your little story is making me excited for the birth of my sister's baby girl that is due Sep. 11th (my sis is doing a hospital birth).
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your niece!
I hope she has a beautiful birth :)
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MissVoa Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Thank you. I hope so too. :)
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Yukinekocat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
This is a very heartwarming story, it's so sweet for all perspectives; the Mother, Father, Baby and the midwife. Who are the characters and is this based on a true story?
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad you liked the story and thanks for faving! :)
As this was written as an "assignment" here on dA, the characters really only "exist" in that particular moment for this particular story - no names ;)
As for basing it on a true story - it's not directly based on one but it *is* inspired (though slightly romanticized) by actual birth stories I've read (and I've read many!)
Of the four births I've personally attended, all were in hospital and none were like this at all (though it'd be great to attend such a birth!)
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Yukinekocat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
You're welcome dear, I think you wrote a beautiful story. I'd love to go to a birth, I've never been to any birth except one for a lamb.
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MegMcGee06 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Amazing!! I love that you and I have the same views on birth!! I think it is an incredibly beautiful part of life!!
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
Yes, birth truly is amazing!
I just attended the birth of my second niece a couple days ago. There certainly isn't any other act out there more powerful and beautiful! :)

Thank you much for faving as well :)
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MegMcGee06 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Your welcome!! Omg I'm so jealous that you have been able to attend two births! I have loved everything birth related for years and I have yet to attend one. However I am the oldest child and my sister vows she will never have kids. I think she's crazy. But to each their own I suppose. Knowing my luck my first birth to attend will be my own!
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've actually had the honor of attending three births, though that third one (actually it was the second birth I attended) was unusual as I was there for the older children (ages five and three). Their parents wanted them to attend the birth within their own comfort zones and hired me to be a well-informed babysitter as it were. The mom and dad did an amazing job of preparing their son and daughter ahead of time! Though for a little while it was hairy as to if the kids would be comfortable enough to be there, at the last minute they decided to return to the birthing room just as mom started pushing. They were mesmerized and were able to be there for the birth of their little sister. It was quite magical :)
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MegMcGee06 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
That is so awesome!! And so intimate!
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kubuk13 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a beautiful story of a natural birth
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :)
Although I will admit it's rather idealized - I *did* try to keep it realist.
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CrazyClara Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. Its so beautiful. Because of this story, I have decided one day when I'm married and I have a baby, I want to have it at home. Its sounds so much better than a scary hospital.
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad you enjoyed the story!! :)
And I'm totally in agreement with you about home-birth!
Certainly learn as much as you can beforehand - there are very good reasons why some births are better done in hospital, but for the most part it can actually be safer birthing at home :)
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Collon28 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally read this. Yeah, really a beautiful rendition of the birthing phase as it can be. Almost like you've gone through it yourself. Pity Sybrina wasn't so receptive when she was born; a picky eater the instant she came through the birth canal.
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it's true I can make no claim to personal expereince from this lifetime; not to say I didn't dredge up some other life ;)
Glad you like it!
As for Sybrina being the picky eater: she just knows what she wants ;)
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx for faving btw :)
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Moonangellovers Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
This story made me cry! So beautiful, and birth is beautiful. But sadly for my mom she had a c-section when me and my sisters where born.

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KiusLady Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so happy this story affected you so deeply!!
Bummer about you and your siblings arriving via c-section. Sometimes it just has to happen that way, though I do think the procedure is used more than necessary and the fact that so few doctors are willing to do VBC's is disheartening. Still I'm the eternal optimist and feeling things will change with enough education of individuals and more openness in society.

Thanks very much for faving!! :)
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Moonangellovers Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Thank you and your welcome.

My mom came from the schmit family, a dysfuntional family. Her mom didn't understand children. And her family had a c-sections for their children even my aunt had a c-section. But one thing i am hoping that i don't get a c-section when i have children.
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BeowulfDoomhammer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The descriptions of everything in this is very heartfelt. I felt a lot of powerful emotion out of this, all of it caring, nurturing, and all-around positive. Thank you for writing and sharing this wonderful story, as well as information on the doula! Very informative and interesting links.
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad you liked it and thx much for the fav!! :)
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