Even though my husband had to be out of town right before my “guess date” I had a peace that he wouldn’t miss the birth. The night he came home he joked with me that after a great night’s sleep I could go ahead and have the baby. I woke up in the morning with some light cramping. I decided to take a hot bath to see if things slowed down. Fifteen minutes later I had my first major contraction. They were every three minutes, increasing in intensity.
I prayed to the Lord that if this was the time to have the baby that He would let the labor come on strong and fast, as I was ready if He was. I surrendered mentally to the Lord. I prayed a lot and kept singing Psalm 23 and repeating Isaiah 41:10 to myself, clinging to Jesus through the intense contractions that would come on like a wave.
The water was getting lukewarm so I got out of the bath to lay on a small mattress on the floor. I was writhing in pain with each contraction trying to remember relaxation techniques. My husband was busy trying to get everything ready for the birth and my midwife hadn’t arrived yet.
I kept crying out in prayer, trying to gain strength during each short rest between contractions. The Lord was so close to me it was almost like I could touch him. I felt His presence stronger than at any other time in my life.
The birth tub didn’t have enough water in it so I had to get back in the bath tub. The water was so cold and at this time my body started to push. I was so overwhelmed and felt like I was rushing through a tunnel. By God’s grace I was able to move to the birthing tub and felt some relief from the hot water. My dream was to have a water birth so the Lord really answered that prayer for me, that the birthing tub was ready in time.
Another God thing was that my midwife’s partner had called the woman who trained her to come assist at my birth, who lived across the state, but happened to be in town at the time I went into labor. Within minutes of that midwife coming to assist, I had our baby girl. This midwife was very in tune with what affirmation I needed to encourage me.
God showed us in such a sweet way how close He really was.
We had worship music playing during my labor. At our first birth, which was in the hospital, a nurse had given us a card with Psalm 46:1-3 inscribed on it. My husband saved that card to give me during our 2nd birth. The words to those verses just happened to be in the song that was playing as our 2nd daughter was born. It was the song “God Is On Our Side” by Jimmy Robeson Her middle name is “Selah” which is stated in that Psalm right after verse 3. God had His hand ALL over it!
God is Our Fortress
Psalm 46:1-3, ESV
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah”
I had torn a very small amount, but was advised to stay on bed rest to heal up. I should have been content to rest but I wanted to “do it all” so suffered a prolapsed cervix. It was humbling not being able to do as much as I wanted for those I love, but God did heal me and I learned it is OK to let others serve you. To God be all the glory for letting my dream of a natural, at home, water birth come true.
This journey of childbirth was truly my “mountain top” experience.
All Praise and Glory to Our Father,
Jessie is a help meet to her husband, who is a Pastor. Momma to two beautiful girls: Ember Sage, 4 and Mandolin Selah, 18mos. Aspiring herbalist and doula. She loves the Lord’s beautiful creation and tries to keep up with her little family, hiking, backpacking, and camping when they get the time. She enjoys black tea, chai tea, and Mexican food. And calls herself a “Blood bought child of the King of Kings!”
Note from Angie: Thank you Jessie, for sharing your birth testimony here and for inspiring so many women. We praise God for what He has done in your life!
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