With their baby boy getting ready to enter the world during last Friday’s snowstorm in Brantford, Lucas Faustini and his wife, Nadine Rossi, knew what had to be done.
“If I didn’t see my first child being born at home and delivered by a midwife, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it,” Faustini said during an interview at the family’s Alexander Drive home. “I didn’t think about what I was doing, I just reacted.”
With roads still covered in snow and little time for the family’s midwife to arrive, the 29-year-old Brantford father delivered his baby boy at home.
Faustini was sleeping after work on Friday evening when Rossi started having contractions. She said she had a feeling her baby would arrive soon.
“I had a feeling he was coming, but I didn’t think it would be so fast,” Rossi said. “I have a midwife and we were planning to use a birthing pool at home.”
Rossi started experiencing cramps at about 4 p.m., but didn’t think too much of them.
“At about 11 p.m. the pains became contractions,” she said. “I decided to get through them because I thought it could be a long night.”
As she experienced the contractions, Rossi was on the phone with a family member, who advised her to call her midwife. But it was too late.
“The contractions intensified, my water broke and I knew the baby was coming,” Rossi said. “There was no time to call our midwife.”
Rossi woke up Faustini, who started filling the tub.
“Within a minute, the baby was born,” Rossi said. “I was in labour for a total of only 26 minutes.”
Faustini’s sister was on her way to the family’s home when the baby arrived.
“My sister was on her way to pick up our 22-month-old daughter and the baby was born before she arrived,” Faustini said. “We put the baby in her arms and my sister called our midwife. The midwife asked ‘where is the baby?’ and she said ‘he is in my arms.’”
The concerned midwife asked if the couple had cut the umbilical cord.
Faustini was confident, relying on the experience of being involved in his daughter’s birth at home nearly two years ago.
“I felt the cord to make sure the pulse had stopped, grabbed an IKEA chip (bag) clip and clipped the cord,” Faustini said. “Then, I sanitized a pair of scissors and cut the cord.
“Everything was fine and I wrapped the baby up and we called 911.”
Paramedics and the couple’s midwife arrived within minutes of each other and confirmed that Rossi and her baby were doing just fine.
Newborn baby boy Blake Faustini came into the world at 11:56 p.m. He weighed seven pounds and one ounce and was 19.5 inches long.
“It took a a while to calm down because it didn’t feel like reality,” Faustini said. “My adrenaline was so high, I couldn’t remember my postal code after living here for six years while the paramedic was doing his paperwork. I didn’t sleep that night.”
Rossi said she trusted her husband throughout the experience and that she would have another baby at home.
“I put myself and our baby in Lucas’ care,” Rossi said. “I didn’t have a chance to be scared. I knew he would do a good job. More women should have their babies at home. People may be scared, but it is so comfortable at home while being under the care of a midwife.”
Faustini said the situation unfolded smoothly – following an initial shock.
“It was frantic and then there was a moment when we realized this is happening and this is what we have to do right now,” Faustini said.