First Haliburton County homebirth of 2020 ‘like a dream’
Annalee Hunter went to bed at around 7:30 p.m. on the night of Jan. 5,
she had no idea that when she woke up in the morning, she’d be able to
have breakfast and meet her new sister, Kinslee.
Kinslee Maya was born just a few hours later, at 10:13 p.m., to Jaimie and Nick Hunter in their Irondale home, making her the first Haliburton County resident born at home in 2020 in the care of the Midwifery Services of Haliburton-Bancroft.
“In the morning it was really nice because my husband got her up and got her breakfast and when I was ready I said, why don’t you guys come up, and he brought her up and we told her, ‘Your new sister was born last night,’” said Jaimie. “So she got to meet her sister right first thing in the morning. It was pretty special.”
had been excited for the morning introduction, and for the chance to be
comfortable at home. Although the local midwives offer support for
hospital births, including c-sections, or home births, this time Jaimie
and Nick opted for a home birth after Annalee’s hospital birth about 19
months ago was more exciting than planned.
“I think it was the drive there with Annalee, was ... not the nicest,” said Jaimie hesitantly, and then, laughing: “Um, our car actually broke down on the way to the hospital. So that was very stressful.”
While on the way to Peterborough Regional Health Centre, where Annalee was born, their midwife Annalee Winter, who little Annalee is named for, turned back to pick them up when it was determined an ambulance would take longer.
“...it being my first baby, I didn’t really know. I just had all of these thoughts of, oh my goodness, I’m going to have her on the side of the road,” said Jaimie. “We were just an emotional wreck, but Annalee [the midwife], she has this little tiny car and we loaded everything we could in her car, and she got us there and she delivered Annalee and everything worked out wonderful. And I mean, she has a beautiful name, so it all worked out.”
The experience is one that Jaimie and Nick won’t soon forget.
“I found it prolonged the whole experience, whereas if I had stayed home things would have transitioned smoother and quicker,” said Jaimie. “With this one, I kind of thought back and envisioned, if we had of had Annalee here, how it would be different, so we wanted to do it this time. And I mean, the weather, we didn’t want to worry about the driving conditions and whatnot. Just the trust I had in the midwives was very, very reassuring.”
Jaimie had also heard positive stories from friends who had chosen homebirths, and Nick was supportive of the choice.
midwives gave Jaimie what she said was a “pretty simple checklist of
not a lot of things,” that needed to be prepared for Kinslee’s arrival,
like receiving blankets. They also provided a birthing tub should Jaimie
want it during her labour.
“We didn’t end up using it, but it was a lovely option to know that I had it,” she said.
“With Kinslee, she did come quick,” said Jaimie, of a faster second birth. “The midwives got here around 9:20 p.m. maybe and she was born at 10:13. I knew I wanted to labour at home, just on my own, keeping in control, I knew they were just a call away. [The midwife] was here in 20 minutes. Everything went perfect.”
The homebirth experience is one that Jaimie and Nick are grateful to have experienced.
“It was so lovely, ” said Jaimie. “We had her and they check her vitals every little bit. I think they stuck around a couple of hours, but when they were done they tucked us into bed and it was magical to be at home with our new baby. I had had a shower so my husband was doing skin on skin with Kinslee. When I got out, I got into bed, they packed up their big huge backpack and put a blanket on us and we said our goodbyes. It was really like a dream almost, to be honest.”
Kinslee’s due date was
Jan. 4, and leading up to that day, Jaimie said, “every day was like,
is she coming today? Is she coming today?” Learning that Kinslee is the
first baby to be born at home in Haliburton County this year is “very
special,” said Jaimie.
“I just can’t recommend the midwives enough, I’m so appreciative of everything they do,” she said. “I think very highly of them all. We knew right from the start we wanted to have a home birth with this one. It all went just as planned and she’s here now.”
Kinslee is also welcomed by grandparents Kelly Morris of Minden, and Jeff and Nanci Hunter of Gooderham.
Seth Koster of Bancroft was the first baby born under the Midwifery Services of Haliburton-Bancroft care this year, on Jan. 3 at PRHC while Lennon Skelding of Eagle Lake is the midwives’ first baby from Haliburton County born this year, at PRHC in the afternoon of Jan. 5. Last year the Midwifery Services of Haliburton-Bancroft supported 106 babies – 48 boys and 58 girls. Seventy-two of those babies were born at hospital while 34 were born out of hospital. The midwives are currently booking clients up to and including September 2020.