Julian- 8 pounds(that was after he passed massive amounts of mec- before he weighed 8.9) 20 inches long - 14 inch head- born at 2:10 today (on my birthday) after a 1 hour active labor. I went to my acu appointment this morning and came back at around 11:15. At 12 I started getting more regular contrax 5 minutes apart lasting 45 seconds or so but they weren't painful so I got on my bed and put on my hypnosis for childbirth on Ipod but my midwife kept calling me to see how things were going and I had to keep stopping it. I told my midwives maybe it's a good idea to start driving as they had to make a longer journey and I checked my dilation and at that point was maybe 4-5 or less.
I felt baby might come at 5-6 tonight and kept telling Dh and my daughters just that so everyone thought we had time . At 1:00 I told my daughters and husband baby was coming soon as that's when I began to feel some pressure in my bum so I went downstairs and was on the birth ball on all fours just rocking and swaying my pelvis- husband filled up the tub and at around 2 I breathed through a few contrax as they were getting more intense and walked upstairs saying ouch and then ripped my clothes (labor dress) off and got into the tub but DH made it too hot and I quickly got out and ran my wrists under cold water and felt better. Then as I had added some more cool water to tub I got back in the tub. I had my daughter apply some counter pressure to my lower back and I felt pushy, reached inside to check myself and felt bulging water bag and pressed on it and it broke. At that point to told DH to give me several dropperfuls of Wishgarden Smooth transitions and I do feel that helped me quite a bit as I was in transition at that point.
I felt like I was going to have a bowel movement in tub and at 2;05 both midwives walked into the bathroom and I told them I was going to go to the to toilet to have a BM but instead I stood over toilet and birthed my son at 2:10 PM. It was cool because I was watching the birth via the bathroom mirror and I was in awe looking at his head dangling between my legs. He came out with a nuchal hand/arm and it was so swift and amazing! I felt great, minimal bleeding afterwards and no swelling down there- midwives said it didn't look like I had a baby and I don't feel like I did down there so that's great. Baby nursing great and all is well. His cord was burned a few hours later (one of my midwives worked with Robin Lim in Indonesia) and my placenta was picked up for medicine My husband was amazed at how bloodless the whole thing was (his first birth-child) and said I made it look so easy I guess it was my easiest birth although I had a similar easy birth with my oldest son and kept praying for a quick easy and painless birth this time and it was. I feel completely blessed and grateful.
Edited by greenmama66 - 7/26/11 at 10:09pm