Heid is here! I will post more later, but after my midwife appointment on Thursday I was sent to Triage for high blood pressure . . .and after blood work it was really obvious that I was quickly developing pre-ecampsia. So! To make a long story short, I was "officially" induced on Friday morning. The staff at the hospital (Winnie Palmer Women & Babies) were amazing in trying to respect my desire to keep things as natural as possible. In fact, I had to keep asking them to up the pitocin, because I didn't want to be there until next year, ha! At 7 pm, I was still (pain free) and at 5cm. They broke my water. 15 minutes later REAL labor contractions started (in my opinion, ha!), and they were sharp! At 7:40 the nurse checked on me and reminded me to tell her if I had an urge to push (I didn't). I continued to labor standing up. A few seconds later not only did I have an urge to push but my body started pushing her out . . .oops! Bed is like 5 feet high, no one around, underwear on! Ack! The next 5 min were NUTS and with one real push by me (others were involuntary- my body pushing her out), she was here! My poor doula missed all the fun because I had just sent her on break, ha!
So the nurses & doctors got to start their shift with a highly exciting and unusual birth! They kept telling me how interesting this was because they never see ladies do things naturally. All the nurses said "oh the girls come in at 4 and beg for epidurals, you are so unusual!"
For someone who was FREAKED OUT by the thought of ever having a hospital birth . . . this was an amazing experience. Everyone I met was wonderful, respected me, etc. So if you have to have a hospital birth, come to Orlando!
Anyway! We're home, figuring out life as a family of 5. Oh! Heidi is 6lbs 5oz and 18 1/2 inches. She's a tiny little peanut baby, perfect little doll! I'll try to get some pictures up later! Can't wait to check and see how everyone else is doing!