Read this amazing story of a woman who had a home birth, although her pelvis was “too small” for any baby to fit through. Told by the doula and apprentice midwife who attended her birth.
When I had checked Allison, it seemed as though the very outlet of her pelvis where the base of my fingers rested barely had room for more than three of my fingers. Joanne said that she estimated at the widest part, her pelvic outlet seemed to be not more than 6 cm (that’s bone, plus think flesh, then try to get a space 10 cm wide and get a head through there!).
As labor progressed through the afternoon, she became deeply focused between contractions (instead of watching a movie, talking, eating). Allison started to do all sorts of things that had her midwife and I exchanging some strange glances.
She looked like she was doing an instructional video for the The Labor Progress Handbook! We knew that she had never read any doula or labor progress books or seen these positions anywhere, so our mouths dropped open as she proceeded to do things like the double hip squeeze (pressing in on the top of the pelvis with a contraction, widening the outlet), the lunge and then she went into doing the lunge with one foot up on a chair and a huge, low, wide, squat with every contraction for hours. She’d hang on her husband and go lower and lower and wider and wider, saying, “Owwiee! This is wooorking!”
She’d smile and say, “Well, it hurts, but I want to do it. It just feels right.” She was amazingly in touch with her body and so instinctual about everything she did!
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