If you haven't read Ivy Claire's birth story, do that before watching the video.
To set this video in context, I'd had strong but irregular contractions most of the night. I slept in between them until around 3 am. As soon as I got up in the morning, they became regular and close together. I labored for around 3.5 hours on land, leaning over a dresser or sink during contractions and moving my hips around. I got in the pool for the last hour: about 25 minutes of late labor (a.k.a. "transition") and 35 minutes of pushing. I was a stretchy 5 cms dilated before I got in the pool, so I went from 5 cms to pushing in about half an hour.
This video shows one laboring contraction in the pool, then skips about 20 minutes later to the pushing stage. I show parts of every pushing contraction, so you can hear how they increase in volume and intensity. I edited out a lot of the waiting between contractions, especially if no one was doing or saying anything interesting.
My 6-year-old daughter Zari came in to watch the birth when I was pushing. We had invited her to be present as long as she could sit quietly. She did pretty well, although she got rather squirmy at times, especially when my vocalizations got really loud. You'll see me giving her encouraging nods and reminding her to sit still.
You'll see the CNM take heart tones once in the video. She checked heart tones a few more times (they were always in the 130s-140s), but those got edited out.
The video is 20 minutes long, and Ivy is born around minute 15.
One of my favorite screen shots...right after I looked and found out we had a girl.