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Welcome Hannah When I became pregnant, I knew I wanted to have this  child as naturally as possible. Prior to my birth  experience, only one other person in my family had ever  tried a natural birth and unfortunately, that birth ended in  a caesarian. However, I still wanted to see how my body would handle birth without  intervention. As a yoga and Pilates instructor, I felt very prepared physically for this  birth.  As my due date grew  closer, my patience grew  less. It seemed that  everyone was either  calling or asking if we had  had our baby yet. I knew  that our baby would be  born when it was ready,  but a large part of me just  wanted the baby here 
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NOW. I finally convinced  my husband (Michael) to  try intercourse to induce  labor. Well, it worked. I  heard a pop. At first, I was  not sure what it was but as  I proceeded to the  bathroom water started to  leak out. Since this was  my first pregnancy, I was  not sure what was  happening. After awhile in  the bathroom Michael  asked if everything was ok —I responded by telling  him I think my water broke.  The television portrays a  women’s water breaking in 
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one huge gush—that was  not true for me at all. It  was more like little trickles  that occurred every once  in awhile. As the reality sunk in, I  called my midwife. This  was about 10pm. At this  point, I was not having any  contractions; she said to  notify her when  contractions started. About  a half hour later, I was  having 30-second  contractions about 5  minutes apart. This was  when we got a little  nervous, mostly because 
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we lived an hour away  from the birth center. Our  plan was to go to my  brother’s house (who lived 
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