Kaia Morgan is here!
Hi march mamas, I hope you are all doing well. Here's a brief synopsis of my birth story.
We had planned a homebirth, but my blood pressure went way up in the last few weeks of pregnancy, so we ended up having to do the hospital route. My BP hit 170/110 on 2/28, so my CNM decided to induce on 3/1. We went in to the hospital in the evening and they put in cervidil, which gave me regular mild contractions and softened my cervix overnight. We spent a few hours in the morning walking around and trying to dodge the pitocin, but around 1:30 pm they finally started it at a low dose. The next 12 hours I was in early labor - really mild contractions, they upped the dose really slowly. At around 1am, active labor hit, and I say hit because it felt like out of nowhere suddenly I was in intense pain! Because of the pit, I had contractions every 3 minutes. The only thing that got me through them was to stand up and sway back and forth while making low oooooh sounds and chanting to myself. MY DH stood up with me for every contraction and held me while I swayed back and forth. I could sleep in between but he stayed awake to be there for me - we hadn't gotten much sleep in days so he was so tired, but he stood up every 3 minutes for 7 hours to hold me through the contractions. He only missed a few when he went to go get some coffee because he fell asleep on his feet! At about 8:10 am, I felt the urge to push, so I got into the bed and started pushing. She was born at 8:40 am on 03/03/03 (a lucky birthday!) - first the intact sac was born, it burst with a gentle pop, and then she followed a few minutes later. My perineum was intact but I tore a bit on the right side because her left hand was on her right cheek. Her cord was compressed under her arm briefly while she was being born, so she came out floppy. My mom was there, she's a NICU nurse at the hospital we were at, so she was able to bring the baby up to my chest and rub her and give her some oxygen by mask so she could be with me right away. Her apgars were 5 and 8, she eventually pinked right up and wailed. She was 7 lbs 14 oz and 20.75 in long. It was a great birth despite all my fear about being induced, I was really afraid the pitocin would make things harder than I could handle but I did it! We opted for early discharge - I'd had enough of the hospital - and we were home by 5pm. She is wonderful and healthy and I'm so amazingly happy. You can see some photos of her at http://www.queue.com/kaia