A Simple Unassisted Water Birth of an 11 Pound Baby!

by Mrs. BWF on April 26, 2012

*We are not recommending to freebirth a large baby at home. If you choose to have an unassisted birth, be prepared and have back up plans. Unassisted birth can be wonderful, but is not  for everyone.*

Location: Home, Unmedicated, Water, Unassisted

Date: 8/6/2011

Child’s Name: Declan Liam Wark

APGAR 1: 8

APGAR 2: 9

Length: 22″

Weight: 11lbs 8oz

Head Circumference: 14.75″

Birth Story:

My labor started at about 4am on the 6th and was very mild, I wasn’t really sure it was labor and was able to sleep off and on until about 11am. I then went downstairs and played around on the computer for a while. Around that time I also called my Doula because I knew she was a few hours away at a training, she was able to get on her way to me as soon as we talked.

I started having to work through the contractions around 2pm, they had been 2-6min apart and 30-120sec long from the start, but just were getting painful. By this time Mikaela (my 10 year old) had blown up the birth pool and we started filling it. Ethan and Cayden (sons 6 and 2) were playing and running around and as soon as the pool was filled they wanted to start playing in it so Mikaela took them out to play.

I finally got in at about 3-4pm and it was really nice (everyone kept telling me to get in sooner, but I wanted to wait as long as I could). I ended up with neighbors in and out during the whole labor. My doula also showed up about the time I was in the pool (time wasn’t in any context for me).

I was able to almost sleep in between contractions and was breathing/moaning through them. Shem (my partner of 8 years) was up next to my head by now and stayed there for the rest of labor.

About 6pm I was able to feel a bulging sac and felt like I was just about complete…I know my doula was next to me and then 3 of my female neighbors were in the room along with 1 male neighbor, they thought is was funny I was able to sing during a song that came on the radio (Shinedown’s “Simple Man”) I had now lost all sense of time also.

I started getting contractions that put a ton of pressure and started pushing through the peak before almost falling asleep again. After a few contractions my water bag came out and after a contraction or 2 it popped and kinda scared me! It was the oddest feeling because with my other 3 my water was broken early in labor.


I stared getting stronger contractions and needed to push with more of them. I could feel his very hard head inside and with each contraction it came down a little further. Finally half his head was out and I could tell he was face down, in the next contraction I was able to help support and his head came out all the way, I could then feel him turn back and forth to get his shoulders out (it felt like it took a long time) and with the next contraction my neighbor was able to reach in the water and help pull him out.


He took a a little bit to take a breath, but after I sucked out the water in his mouth/nose with my mouth and started rubbing his back and blowing on his face, he started grunting and then let out a cry! He also pooped about the same time. He was born at 7:14pm after about 20mins from my water breaking!

squishy face baby

He had a very short cord so I had Shem start draining the pool so I could sit up with him. We got him covered with blankets so he didn’t get too cold and I waited to deliver the placenta because with how short the cord was there was no way I could have gotten up even if I had wanted to.

Finally almost an hour later it came out and we put it in a bowl. I handed him to Mikaela and she sat on the couch while I got help up and got a robe on. I was also finally able to feed him (as he wasn’t able to reach the breast). After feeding I handed him to Daddy and went and took a shower and got dressed. It was so nice to be in my own house!!!

We then got his cord tied and Mikaela cut it.

delay cord clamp and cutting

We weighed him and got 11lbs 8oz, 22″ with a 14.75″ head!!!! At his Dr he was 10lbs 15oz at 3 days old and 10lbs 14oz at 6 days old so he is doing great!

He did end up getting down to 10lbs by 2 weeks old and didn’t gain any weight for 2 more weeks when a great LC found he was Tongue Tied. It was cut by his Dr, but he still didn’t gain so I started pumping. I saw another LC who found he was still very Tongue Tied and at 6 weeks he had it cut by an ENT and has been nursing ever since and now at 5 months old is almost 20lbs!

My little guy is now almost 9 months and 22lbs. He is intact and still breastfed.


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