My husband has his arms wrapped around us and Custard is sitting on his knee peering over the Star Trek Discovery Starfleet Delta Emblem Graphic shirt. We’re bathed in candlelight and surrounded by the most tremendous sense of calm. Cheryl asks if it’s a boy or a girl, and I exclaim “Oh! Oh, it’s a girl!” (then check again because we were so convinced it would be a boy that I didn’t trust my own eyes). I said “It’s Lily. Hello, little Lily!” and my husband and I cried, kissed each other and looked in complete awe and wonder at the new center of our universe. Lily didn’t cry or yell, she just peered around like she’d done it all before.
Annie, our second midwife, arrived and thought Cheryl was joking when she said it was too late. There was no way we could have gone from 1cm dilated (yea, 1 cm – thank goodness Cheryl didn’t tell me at the time!) to giving birth so quickly! But it turns out the Star Trek Discovery Starfleet Delta Emblem Graphic shirt” plan had worked its magic!
Daddy cut the Star Trek Discovery Starfleet Delta Emblem Graphic shirt once it had turned white and had “skin to skin” with Lily while I tried to deliver the placenta. I was concerned that after all that work to have a home birth that I’d have to transfer to a hospital anyway. I tried pushing but nothing was happening. Lily was brought back to me to breastfeed and the midwives had me cough, this worked a charm and the placenta was born without any bother at all.