Hi everyone, I know I haven't posted a great deal but I always learn a lot from the rest of you and have enjoyed hearing pieces of your stories. Here is one for you! Our daughter Eleanor was born this morning at 2:36 am at exactly 39 weeks. I had been really uncomfortable with pelvic and psoas muscle pain for the last couple weeks so was hoping for an early birth but not really expecting it... in fact we had run out of projects to keep ourselves busy so we bought materials to refinish the kitchen table yesterday--that's not going to happen! Anyway, it was a pretty normal day until right after dinner, at 7 pm, when I felt something like a rubber band snapping. Standing up, a little gush of fluid leaked out. It tested correctly on the ph paper for amniotic fluid so we called the midwife, who said to keep an eye on my temperature and asked if I was having any cramps or contractions? No, I wasn't.
Just an hour later I was experiencing regular contractions, about 5 minutes apart. We figured it would be a long night and tried to play so cards and get ready for bed, but the contractions got pretty intense pretty quickly. I went from 2 minute long contractions about 4 minutes apart to nearly constant contractions, with no breaks, by 11:30. This was an extremely hard time for me... we'd planned a birth tub and all sorts of snacks and things and everything went out the window. I was light-headed and nauseous and just trying to survive as the contractions got closer and closer together, mostly stuck on the bathroom floor. We called the midwife and explained that things seemed to be picking up but none of us knew how fast everything would go!
She sent over a nurse, who arrived close to 1 am, who examined me to find-- first, that the baby was passing meconium, second, that I was fully dilated, and third, that the baby, unbeknownst to everyone, was breech! It had been head down at that week's appointment and all during that week, I can't explain how it flipped. We started getting ready to transfer to the hospital--our homebirth midwives don't do breech babies--but I started getting pushy and we decided we wouldn't make the half hour drive. Rather than have the baby on the side of the road we decided to stay home. My midwives were very calm and collected about the whole thing although I know now that they must have been nervous! The midwife raced over, arriving just five minutes before I pushed the baby out, butt first into the world. Her heart rate, my blood pressure, and my heart rate all stayed perfect the whole time, and I only needed a few pushes to get her out, so we are very lucky that everything worked so smoothly. She is a beautiful nearly 7-pound girl. We're still getting the hang of nursing but other than that, everything is wonderful. Best of luck to all you 'real' July moms in your upcoming labors--I guess our girl wanted a June birthdate!