Amber and Kyle not only decided to have a home birth, but they also wanted to keep the baby’s gender a secret until the actual delivery. Still, with two boys already, Amber didn’t think she’d have a daughter.
On December 21, 2013, Amber’s contractions began. Her mom, sister-in-law, two sons, birth photographer, and midwife gathered around her. Amber told her midwife to fill up the birthing pool. She rolled onto her left hip as Kyle massaged her back. She listened to the music on her cell phone — the same relaxing music she’d been listening to her entire pregnancy.
Viewers notice Amber remains exceptionally calm, and Amber assures viewers she did not edit out any parts where she is screaming or in pain. In her labor and delivery story on YouTube, Amber says: “I just went away. I was in another world during that whole time in the pool. My happy spot was on the beach… That’s where I went.” If you can believe it, she says she was only at a “2” on the pain scale!
When Amber’s water broke, she immediately felt a “water balloon sac” over the baby’s head. That’s because the baby was born en caul, meaning it was born in the amniotic sac. This is a very rare occurrence and happens in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births. As you’ll see, the rest of the delivery was fast and sudden… and then came the moment of truth.
“I remember moving the umbilical cord between the legs, looking down, my husband and I kind of look at each other, and I looked at my midwife,” Amber says. “And the look on her face was saying, ‘You’re not crazy. You can say it!'” My favorite moment is when everyone broke into a chorus of cheers after realizing the baby’s gender. Absolutely beautiful.
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