I got a text around 2pm saying, "I'm 8cm... but not in active labor." I've had three kids of my own - 8 centimeters dilated meant baby was going to come SOON, so I rushed home, grabbed my bag and raced down to Brianna's house. I found her in the birthing pool, looking as gorgeous and calm as ever - seriously, is this woman actually dilated to 8?? It took some convincing to get baby boy to agree on a birth day; big sisters even made him a birthday cake. As soon as the cake came out of the oven, baby was born (literally - it was at that exact time!) and the house echoed with his cry and everyone's joy.
This is the Fanelli-den Bleyker story on becoming a family of five.
“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.” ~Heather McCue