Hospital birth, 18 hour labor, no Epidural and pain-free labor thanks to HypnoBirthing class I took.
Problem... I was STARVING and DH was denying me food/drink because he was trying to follow "hospital rules" (he meant well)
So no food and drink, by the time I reach 10 cm, labor stalls. I run out of energy.
(Side bar: I was angry at Dh for a long time, consulted a very good psychic over the phone (LOL) and she said that he wasn't to blame (read on) because she got the sense I didn't eat much the 2 days home, knowing I was going to go into labor - and too excited/scared to eat - very true. Therefore, THAT was the reason for my low energy stores.)
We opt for Pitocin (knowing the risks) because A) we completely forgot about nipple stim and B) I did NOT want a C-section.
2 hours on low Pit, me in lithotomy position (I was TOO WEAK to squat or sit up. Another rant - Furious at OB who knew I was goign to tear, didn't instruct others in room to help hold me up right.)
My son was born SCREAMING and ANGRY.
I was shocked. I expected a calm baby.
But, considering my poor position (flat on back) and his poor entry route THEN on top of the hits of PIT which compromised his Oxygen I'm sure.... that would explain why he was so damn loud & angry.
OR............. it could have just been his personality. He was (is) an intense "high needs" baby. Had to be held 24/7. Had to touch my body to sleep.
Today he is outgoing, sociable, gets energy from being around other people/kids, strong reactions, happy, spirited....
Rant # 3... maternity ward nurses let my son CRY (no, not cry, Scream & wail) then only brought him to me when a, b, c wouldn't work. I didn't realize this till I got home. I felt sooooo bad about this for a long time.
I couldn't focus on him because of all the damned distractions in my room all day long.
NEXT BABY - will definitely be a peaceful homebirth. Can't wait.