So, we found out Thursday morning that I had cholestasis of pregnancy and my liver enzymes were very elevated, so our midwife had us come in and meet her at the hospital. I got my first dose of cervidil at 630pm, and when they went to do the next dose at around 4pm the next day my cervix was ready. I had wanted to try and just use cervidil, but was advised against it because of my liver enzymes, so we started oxytocin (pitocin) at 750pm August 2nd. By around 6am I was dilated to 7cm and totally exhausted. I had back contractions (and hip and thigh contractions). They could only offer an epidural because of my liver enzymes, which I was scared of (yes, a nurse is terrified of needles!) But my midwife was amazing and explained that it really wasn't going to hurt. I was so exhausted that I just didn't know what to do, so I looked over at my amazing husband and he just said "yes, you are getting an epidural" So, they came and it didn't actually hurt that bad! (the tattoo I have in that spot hurt waaay worse). The night nurse and day nurse were shocked that I made it to 7cm on oxytocin before I got the epidural. Chris and I got a few hours sleep, and then it was time to push!
I was not a very effective pusher, lol. It took a little bit to find the right position for me to push in, and I honestly think I only got through the last 30min because of Chris. Essentially every time I had a contraction, he would put his face close to mine and just cheer me on, and I would just look at him and let my body take over.
Elliot Michael Walter was born at 315 August 3rd 9lbs. He is perfect and we are so in love