@babybuzz Congratulations on your little one!!!!
Here’s my natural birth story, that ended up not being so natural:
Last Thursday, at 12:30 at night, I was listening to my hypnobirthing cd. I was nearly asleep and then all of sudden there was like a weird pop down there and I was leaking. My first thought was, ‘I don’t think I’m peeing.’ I was so confused. I got up and then there was a GUSH. I ran to the toilet because I was still in a daze, then I had to run back to my bed to get my phone to call my Darling Husband home from work. He was shocked because I was about 2.5 weeks away from my due date. While he rushed home, I took a shower and then bounced on my yoga ball. When he came home, he was shocked that I wasn’t in pain-I had no contractions. We called our doula (who we just interviewed 2 days earlier) and she told us to go back to bed. I did, but Darling Husband works nights so he stayed up.
In the morning, we called our hospital and they freaked out and told us to come in right away. We went in at 10am. I still was having no contractions. They told us about the risk of infection after 12 hours, then 24 hours. We agreed to wait until 1pm to start intervention just in case my contractions would start on their own. They didn’t.
At 1pm, I was given a pill that’s used to soften the cervix and dialate. It started slowly working. I was given more at 5pm and 9pm. At 9:30 I was having regular strong contractions 5 minutes apart. The entire time I was listening to my relaxing hypnobirthing CD.
Our doula came at 10:30pm. She was was amazing! She helped my with different laboring positions, used essential oils, lavender, and massages to help keep the environment calm and relaxing. My Darling Husband was finally able to sleep for several hours during the night because she was there. She was also a strong advocate for me. She got the fetal monitering off of me (baby was doing great!) so that I could take a few showers. I also took a medicine that didn’t make the pain of the contractions go away, but it made me a little loopy, so it was easier for me to concentrate on the relaxation.
Around 8am, the contractions were starting to get a bit more intense, but still manageable with the relaxation. I decided to take a shower at 9am. I was feeling queasy and called Darling Husband in and asked him to tell the people that I felt like I was going to throw up. He thought I asked if I looked like I was going to throw up, so his response was, ‘no, you look like you’re in pain.’ I got mad and screamed for him to get out. I instantly started puking non-stop right after he left. My doula came in and told me that this is a good sign and that the labor is progressing and that it sould be anytime now.
After throwing up, I just couldn’t get calm and relax anymore. I asked for an epidural around 9:30am. It took about an hour to get it in along with other tests (I had low sodium earlier bc of my meds).
At 11am, I felt the need to poop. When I said this everyone said it was the baby. I didn’t believe them, because it really did feel like a massive poop. My nurse checked my cervix for the first time since arrive at the hospital (bc my water broke, they didn’t want to check it for the risk of introducing infection). The nurse made a funny face and then told me that the baby is READY and that I didn’t need to get the epidural bc he’s coming asap. Luckily, I never lost complete feeling and still had a lot of movement in my legs and body.
The told me that we were going to start ‘practice pushes’ at 11:30am. During those pushes, his heart rate dropped. The midwife came in and told me that they were wanting to take me to the other room where they do c sections, just in case there’s an emergency. In the meantime, I kept doing the ‘practice pushes’.
I don’t know where the ‘pratice pushes’ stopped and I started pushing him more. They never moved me out of my room. At around noon, they set up everything in my room. Everyone got really excited with all the pushing and I was thinking, I don’t think these are the ‘practice pushes anymore’
My little boy was born at 12:35. 7 lbs 7oz, 20 in. And he is just the cutest little thing ever!!