My first was delivered under every possible intervention. For the second, I attempted and successfully delivered her (VBAC) naturally and without intervention or medication.
Third stage of labour was intense. Crazy maddeningly intense. My daughter also had shoulder dystocia, so I pushed (which is the shortest period of labour) for 4 hours. I walked around, changed position, and tried so hard to push her out. But it took a very long time. At times I would say, I can't do it, I can't do it. But my amazing unbelievable rock star of an OB would hold my shoulders look me in the eye and say, yes, you can do it. DO IT! there was a lot of chaos towards the end. I remember eating an ice cream my OB brought me to give me that final push.
At one point he said that he would need to place the electrode on baby's scalp to measure blood pressure. I refused but then my OB said that it was minor and necessary. They checked my baby's blood pressure and I carried on.
4 hours later, my OB finally reached deep in and grabbed my baby and pulled her out. No tears! Unbelievable. And, it was not as though I was doing those perivaginal massages either.
Baby was immediately placed on my belly. No eye drops, no intervention.
Then the nurse pressed on my belly to deliver the placenta. A memory that I have blocked out because it always gave me the heebie jeebies to think about. But I imagine delivering the placenta is unmemorable after you deliver a baby. Plus you are so carried away with the whole amazing experience that even if there were herd of elephants marching on your stomach you probably wouldn't notice.
They left me with my darling from that moment on until the next day when the head nurse came in to bathe her by my bedside. So, amazingly enough my little girl didn't leave my side for even a second following her birth.
What an experience. I think it transformed my life, as I was pretty beaten up over my first traumatic birth experience.
Hope this helps!
Good luck...best wishes.