So, this is really late in coming. My DS is 2.5 But I've been pondering my birth since I'm pregnant again.
I had a lovely homebirth with DS. I dilated very very quickly, but the pushing was hard. We had some decels during contactions that didn't always rebound. I think I had a low placenta though it was never confirmed to me. They were in the 80's for quite a while and in the 60's a time or two. I was really worried becuase I didn't know how long that could go on before the baby risked brain damagae, etc. She did call for EMS backup.
At one point my midwife pushed the baby back in. I can't see why she might have done this, perhaps to lessen pressure on the cord or placenta temporarily? Seems redundant becuase the baby is just going to have to go past there again.
After 1.25 hours of pushing she gave me a episiotomy, and I think after that the baby came pretty quick. I was 100% in favour of this cut (I yelled DO IT! lol.) But of course it was painful healing with 7 stitches and I wonder if it was 100 percent necessary.
What is the acceptable range of heart decels... do you think an episiotomy was necessary? Was the pushing the baby back in rediculous?
I want to note that I was very happy with my birth in general. My midwife was very calm through it all, and very respectful of all my wishes. She has moved away so I have a new midwife this time around. Hoping for another homebirth with less cutting, better pushing. :)