Sage Marie's Birth Story
Sunday, December 14th, 2003~~woke up to bloody mucus and contractions at 5 a.m. Woke up Josh and told him not to go to work. Contractions were irregular, but kept up throughout the day and night, lasting 30 seconds to 1 minute, with anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes in between.
Monday, December 15th, 2003~~Woke up early with strong contractions. I called the hospital, and they told me not to come in until the contractions were 5 minutes apart. I wasn't in much pain, but I had to concentrate on breathing through the contractions. Josh called his mom, and she suggested that since my contrax were 7 minutes apart now, and since we live an hour from the hospital, we should go ahead and go. So we left at 11 am.
The car ride to the hospital was agony. Every bump, crack, and stop was torture. Josh had to pee and he asked if we could stop...I flipped out and yelled at him, but told him to stop so I could finish a contraction without any added pain from the road. He stopped at a gas station and peed in less than a minute, LOL.
We got to the hospital the same time as my mom. Finally, after getting lost in the hospital looking for the right elevator, we got to labor & delivery. I got a room and got checked right away.
At noon, upon arriving at the hospital, I was 7 centimeters, 100% effaced. At 12:30, I was 8 cm. The MW came in and said I would probably deliver by 2pm. I couldn't believe how fast everything was going.
By 3:30, I was finally at a 10, and was ready to push, but my cervix had a lip on it that was stuck to the baby's head. They told me to keep breathing through the contrax and to keep moving my position on the bed. At 4pm, the contrax were worse, the urge to push was unbearable, but the lip was still there. No pushing.
Then the MW comes in and says we may need to get an epidural and Pitocin going to try and finish thinning/dilating my cervix. I asked if I could get into the shower and think about it. She said that was fine. My feeling was that if I wasn't allowed to push, then I didn't want to feel it anymore. I got into the shower, and Josh talked me out of the epidural and pitocin. It didn't make sense to do it now, with all we've been through already. I relaxed in the shower under the hot water and breathed and listened to Josh rationalize why I didn't need medication, especially the pitocin.
I got out of the shower after afew minutes and asked to be checked again...10cm, THE LIP IS GONE...and she tells me to push!!! Thank GOD!!! My baby was posterior with her hand over her face. I was pushing so hard and so fast that the MW had to keep her hand over my opening to keep the baby from shooting out. They brought over a mirror for me to watch, and it was so beautiful. Her head crowned, then just popped out with her hand on her face. I could feel her wiggle her fingers!! After pushing for 45 minutes, I had a perfect baby girl on my tummy...drug free and with only a mild tear that needed 5 stitches (because of her hand on her face).
It was amazing. I still can't believe I did it. My mom and Josh were excellent coaches, and I couldn't have done it without them. And also, there were about 10 nursing students in the room cheering for me and helping me along...I was the only natural birth in the hospital, and they all wanted to see it, LOL. At the time I didn't mind, they were helping me, but no one ever asked if it was ok. Oh well. I had a wonderful peaceful birth, and i have a beautiful girl to show for it.