I must open and allow. Open and allow!
The contractions weren’t so much “painful” as they were powerful. The most powerful force of energy I’ve ever felt. Pushing now felt so right.
Deep primal sounds rose from my core as I continued to open and allow. The “ring of fire” stretched and pushed me into a boundless depth as my baby’s head began to crown. I knew I had to continue to hold space for my baby. We’ve come this far! The sound of my husband's breath in my ear was an anchor that pulled me back into the strength of my own breath.
The wave of the next contraction pushed his head out and through my body. Oh, what a sensation! What a release! The contractions paused. It was as if Mother Nature was offering a gentle moment for me to gather myself and prepare to meet my child. Sure enough, the next contraction came and out gushed his body. At 3:02 am Sage Kalani was born and placed immediately into my arms. I held him skin to skin, heart to heart.
Moments later, another mild contraction came and I birthed the placenta. We waited for the pulse to subside before my husband cut the umbilical cord. Then the three of us moved onto our bed and cuddled up together. The amount of joy I felt is truly indescribable. We laid there in bed holding each other skin to skin with no rush to “clean” or weigh the baby.
Sage Kalani entered into this world without hesitation!