Finn was born this morning at 6:45am via C-section. I'm happy with my birth experience. I labored for 22 hours without any pain medication and almost no pressure from the doctors to get things going. Water broke at 9am yesterday, and went to the hospital with my husband and doula at 12 for the Strep B antibiotics. I progressed really quickly, and was 9cm at 9pm, and that's where it got bad. My contractions slowed to every 7-10 minutes, and while still painful, were obviously not doing anything. At 1am, I was given the choice of epidural to relax, c-section to get it over with, or pitocin. On the advice of my doula (who is a saint and wonderful), I started pit to try and get contractions back up to speed and hopefully get fully dilated. That was the worst pain I have ever experienced. By 3:30am, I was 10cm and started pushing. I pushed for 2 1/2 hours, and nothing. Finn was stuck in the birth canal. In the end, he was not going to come out with the section. However, I am totally comfortable with my decision. I did almost 22 hours without any pain medication. I was in charge of my birthing, and was lucky to be in a hospital and with an OB who gave me another 1/2 hour, and then another, and then another, until it was obvious that changing positions and getting in and out of the tub and shower and moving around was not going to make the baby come vaginally. He came out healthy and whole and started breastfeeding right away. And! He's adorable.
May we all have the birth that we want, but if we can't, may we all have the one that is best at the time.