Originally Posted by MyZoeJane
So, I am interested in hearing about the birth of your 9 pound+ baby. Did you have a successful vaginal birth? Under what circumstances did you go into labor? Did you require intervention? Were there positions you found helpful during labor?
I'm a little concerned by your midwife's (already) comments about the possibility of inducing at 42 weeks based on measurements being ahead. Estimating birth weight in the later part of the pregnancy is well-known to be so inaccurate that it seems foolish to plan medical interventions around it. Nevermind, that it would be taking action on a non-harmful trend that you've exhibited throughout the pregnancy. Wouldn't it be more alarming if someone who had charted large throughout the pregnancy suddenly dropped off the bottom of the curve?
Anyway, moving on. . .
No problem - you really are built for this.
I'm taller than you are, and was a not-huge newborn (just over 8.5 lb) My husband was his mom's largest or second largest of 8 kids (around 9 lb).
Our three singletons (prior to "normal-sized" #4 & #5 - twins) were:
9lb 14.25 oz
9lb 1 oz
11lb 1.5 oz
Of this, I had relatively low-intervention hospital births. (First had some "normal practices" I later refused). I was happy with how the first birth went at the time and things proceeded well. But I later realized that a lot of the pain, tearing, etc was the result of me not knowing what I was doing, despite lots of (albeit more mainstream) reading. Directed pushing, etc.
Second birth I had it figured out. Easy delivery with perhaps 10 minute pushing stage.
Third birth - the easiest. Should have just stopped and birthed him in the car. Baby born with no voluntary pushing, over two back-to-back expulsion-like contractions a few seconds apart. This was after we screeched the wheelchair into the room. The nurse yanked my pants down, I tried to turn to hitch up onto the bed, and his head was out before my behind hit that bed.
Lessons learned: 1) The mental game of learning how to manage the pain is the most important. 2) The longer you stay out of the hospital, the smoother everything goes.
I think you should expect the baby will be large and feel just as assured that the baby's size is of no issue at all.
For your questions directly:
All vaginal births. No inductions. All three were 40 weeks, 5 days up to 41 weeks 4 days. One shot of useless and upsetting Demerol in first delivery as well as the "routine" heplock. Second birth, electronic monitoring for some of the apx 1 hour we were at the hospital. Nothing else. All three cases, doctors clamp far too quickly despite our requests and get antsy about the placenta for no reason.
MY FAVOURITE LABOUR POSITION
(which I discovered accidentally due to my long car trips to hospital). After the pleasant "walking around/housework" of early labour, when things get going, my best position is to sit on a firm chair, with my knees spread quite wide. Lean forward deeply so that belly is pressing into thighs and lower back is stretched. VERY much better than other positions (for me).