I had been having prodromal labor for about 2 weeks so when I woke up with painful contractions at 3 in the morning, I convinced myself to go back to sleep. At 5:30 I woke with a surge of energy and had to get up. I ate a little and drank some raspberry leaf tea. Something in me knew that labor was starting and I decided to rest on the couch and listen to my hypnobirthing cd.
I woke up my sweetie at 7:00 telling him about the painful contractions. They were still coming on, but nothing too close together still. By 10:00 I was still laying on the couch and starting to vocalize through the contractions.
I called my doula over at noon and we chatted away interrupted by contractions. I held onto her and vocalized.
The vocalization came without any thought. I made deep, low tones. It just happened.
My midwife came at 2:00. By this point my contractions were around 4 minutes apart. She took my blood pressure and wanted to check my cervix and dilation. My blood pressure was very high so she had my sweetie start to fill the birth tub in the hopes that going in would lower it. I really didn't want to lay down for the dilation check. I knew as a first time mom that my labor might be on the longer side. I already felt like I had been working hard and I was worried that I might only be at a 3 or 4.
She checked and I was 6 centimeters!
I went into the birth tub and it was amazing! I was grooving through the contractions with my deep, low tones. I felt always in the now. Also, my blood pressure lowered.
Eventually, I started to feel nauseated. I got out of the tub and was so restless. I was too hot and then too cold. I paced around and leaned on my wonderful doula for each contraction. I went to the toilet to poop and realized that I was wanting to push something deeper. I thought "already"? I went into my bedroom and squatted down through the next contraction. I told my midwife that I wanted to push. She said she could check me or I could trust my body and push. Hmm...lay down on my back and be checked, or trust my body and not have to lay down? I chose to trust my body.
Pushing was amazing. It is so involuntary. I really enjoyed it.
After pushing for about an hour my water still hadn't broke. My midwife checked and figured out that my pelvis is built with a big opening for baby heads. (No one would suspect seeing that I'm 5' tall and very petite). My baby's head was bobbing around above the pelvis nice and cushioned in the water sack. She suggested I do a few pushes on the toilet to see if my water would break. It didn't break, but during pushes I could reach down and feel the sack bulging out of me. It was so cool.
My midwife told me that we could break the water sack to speed up pushing, or leave it intact which could mean an hour extra of pushing. I decided that I wanted the water sack broken. Once it was broken I pushed with even more vigor. It was still feeling good. I alternated from my hands and knees on the bed to a birthing stool by the bed. The baby descended quickly and within half and hour was born at 7:39p.m.
He was 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
For the entire labor I stayed so level headed and baby's heart beat was calm and strong.
Because his descent was so quick, his head didn't have much time to mold. He was born pink and screaming with a big bruise on the back of his head and a headache. His cord was very short, so my placenta detached quickly which caused some hemorrhaging. Now, five days later we are recovering and so thankful for the fabulous care our birth team provided.
Edited by twilight13 - 4/10/13 at 7:55pm