I woke up at 1:30am on Monday with some crampy contractions. They weren't regular so I tried to sleep but couldn't. Hubby woke up at 3 and I told him what was going on. He decided to stay home and work a half day. We went for a walk around 1 in the afternoon. After calling our midwife and my sister. Sister decided to head over and hang out. Midwife said she'd be by in an hour or so based on my description of the contractions.
walked halfway up the street and came back. That seemed to move things along. When my midwife got there we were at 4cms and very thin and stretchy cervix.
She went to finish her prenatals for the day and called her assistant to come stay with us in the meantime.
We labored standing, leaned over the bed or birth ball and on all fours in child's pose. By 6 pm we where at 6 cms. I was told I could try the birth tub. Baby wasn't happy about the tub temp so we had to get out. I was so sad because asside from size the tub felt wonderful. I do not remember at what time we where told we where at 9cms with a tiny bit of cervical lip. I was told not to push just yet but try to relax and use little grunts to move baby down.
So we started.pushing for real around 1 am. I wasn't getting far in the tub (which We'd been aloud to try again once we where further along) so they had me.get out and use the birth stool. I liked.gripping.the.handles on that. At that point each push was a little progress. But not Much. Her heart rate had some decels but they came back up on their own and where within the norm. I know I yelled and screamed a bit. Poor hubby told me later that at that point he had to excuse himself for a moment and throw up. He was so upset watching me in pain. Finally after multiple.positions we found one that worked. On my left side with my leg up in the air. Hubby supported my leg because my arms felt like they where going to fall off at that point. At 3:55 am Tuesday morning Norrie was born. I was so thrilled to have her OUT! Pushing was really the best part for me. I was working with the pain and could feel the progress rather than just dealing with it.
I tore in two small spots. One at the front of the vagina and one on the inside edge.of my labia from her shoulder pulling on it as she came out. My midwife fettered to them as skid marks since they are super small and surface only. I'm convinced.the water,and heat, and perenial massage.during pushing is why it was so minor.
When Norrie came out she had meconium all over her.and had clearly aspirated some. Her breathing sounded "like a purring kitten" according to my hubby. The midwifes auctioned a good bit out but she still sounded terrible and was having trouble crying. My main midwife asked hubby if he could call emergency services so they could continue to use oxygen and suction on Norrie. Hubby called and was very.calm. ems arrived right as.we where.cutting the cord. Hubby went with Norrie and the midwifes assistant followed.
I delivered the placenta after being given a dose of angelina? And pitocin. I'm doing great and healing really well. I don't even feel the forensic areas when I urinate now.
The hospital got.us set up with a room due to us wanting to breastfeed. The newborn nursery nurses where.awesome at keeping us updated.till we.got.our room. Norrie is doing great. If she continues to keep her o2 stat up we might get to go home today but more than likely it will be tomorrow. She's nursing great and is doing really well.
I had said if we had to go to the hospital I would be ok with it because it would be where we needed to be. Turned out in some ways its made.life easier. We forgot to order the vitamin k drops so we had the hospital give her a shot. And we had them do a plus since I'd opted for my pediatrician to do so but he would have sent us to the hospital anyway.
They've been great and asked us what we wanted to do for everything.
My support team (hubby and sister) where awesome. My midwife stayed.overnight with me and when I woke up shed cleaned up everything and run the washing machine allready. She cooked me breakfast fed me, checked my bleeding then after I fell back asleep washed all my dishes and unloaded and reloaded my dishwasher. My house looks like.nothing happened.
I feel so blessed! Norrie weighs 7 lbs 3.3 oz and is 19 inches long. We speculate it took 3 hours to get her out due to my tailbone having been broken when I was younger. There was no indicator of meconium during the birth and even when my water "broke" we.didn't see anything.