Married at First Sight alum Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner just had their son May 13. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Jamie chose to have the baby at home. She literally delivered her son in a tub near her bed. After giving birth to Hendrix Douglas, Jamie walked to her bed even before delivering the placenta. She is opening up about what it was like to have a home, unmedicated birth.
Jamie talks giving birth
People share some of the scoop of what Jamie had to say about giving birth to her son. She said, “It was intense. The contractions came and they were like fire — all-consuming of my whole entire body. It was very, very painful, but I tried really hard not to panic and reminded myself that my baby boy is going through the same exact thing that I am.”
Jamie endured her entire labor unmedicated. She luckily had a fairly fast birth. She revealed her contractions started about 10 in the morning and he was in her arms by 3:37 p.m.
Jamie went on to say, “My midwife ended up helping me deliver him, and he came out and was perfect. He didn’t even really cry! I had to stimulate him to cry. He was so calm.” Jamie continued, “I felt so connected to him. I did not get that type of connection with Gracie.” She went on to say, “I birthed him in the corner, then literally walked to my bed with my placenta still inside me, him attached, and was able to start just doing skin-to-skin for six to seven hours.”
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It’s wild to think just 3 days ago his whole body was INSIDE my belly.🤯🤰🏼👶🏼🌈 It is so amazing what a woman’s body can do! I mean, us women get one little sperm from a man & then we proceed to grow a tiny HUMAN inside us! …don’t even get me started on how strong we are to birth that tiny human — whether he’s pushed out or cut out, medicated or unmedicated — we are freakin superheroes!🦸🏼♀️ I pushed this little guy out in a tub of water right next to my bed in the middle of my bedroom. After I got him in my arms I got out of the tub with the placenta still inside me & attached to him, climbed up on my bed, delivered my placenta and got stitched up while my son snuggled on my chest.🤱🏻 I kinda felt like a bad-azz super mama for a hot second! 💪🏼 ….Until the fourth trimester hit me like a ton of bricks!😳 Ahh, the adrenaline soon ran out!😭 My vagina’s on fire, my butt feels like it exploded, and my nipples are back to being cracked and bleeding from nursing 🤷🏼♀️ (didn’t really expect this one since I nursed Gracie for a full year).🤪 Still, I wouldn’t change *any* of this journey. I feel so BLESSED to get to be a mommy again.🙏🏻 I don’t know what you think, but I def think the fourth trimester is the hardest trimester… physically, mentally, & emotionally! If anyone has tips to make it easier I’ll take ‘em! I’ve done this before but I’m wide open to learning/trying something new to heal faster!💪🏼 And total side note, but Doug and I have a huge announcement we want to share with you – our FRANS – first! We will be LIVE tomorrow right here on my Instagram at 7:30pm EST. Can’t wait to see you, share our news, and chat for a few minutes!💗 Another side note: that second pic Gracie came running up, kissed his foot, hugged me and then ran away 😭 Doug snapped the pic while I was saying “awwww!!!”🥰 She is such a sweetheart!☺️
She went to Instagram to share postpartum photos
When Hendrix was just three days old Jamie went to Instagram to share how incredible a woman’s body is. She shared a photo revealing her postpartum tummy and holding baby Hendrix.
She started out saying she couldn’t believe he was inside her just three days before. Jamie said it’s amazing how a baby comes to be. A single sperm to start with turns into a tiny human. She said, “don’t even get me started on how strong we are to birth that tiny human — whether he’s pushed out or cut out, medicated or unmedicated — we are freakin superheroes!🦸🏼♀️”
Jamie went on to share more details of the birth. After he was out she said, “After I got him in my arms I got out of the tub with the placenta still inside me & attached to him, climbed up on my bed, delivered my placenta and got stitched up while my son snuggled on my chest.🤱🏻 I kinda felt like a bad-azz super mama for a hot second! 💪🏼.”
Jamie keeps it real
She also goes on to say everything is great, but postpartum is no joke. Jamie talked about how sore she feels, cracked her breasts are from nursing. She also said, ”my butt feels like it exploded.” Even though times are a little rough, she wouldn’t change a thing. Jamie truly feels blessed.
She said, “I don’t know what you think, but I def think the fourth trimester is the hardest trimester… physically, mentally, & emotionally!” Even with all that Jamie loves having a newborn again.
Jamie certainly has tons to be proud of. Congrats to them all on their new arrival. Stay tuned for more updates on their little crew.