I'm not pregnant anymore!! :)
Hi June Mamas
wow, I just quickly read through the posts and what an exciting last few days it's been. I'm so happy for everyone who is in labor right now. Yay!
I had a bit of a scary experience with that blood gush that started my labor. It turned out that I had a partal placental abruption. A very small part of my placenta had separated from the uterine wall which was causing me to lose lots of blood. THe good news was that we knew the baby was fine throughout the whole labor--heart rate was steady and strong so even though I was losing blood, she was fine. There was concern that the whole placenta would abrupt but we were thinking positively and were at the hospital if anything were to happen we could deal with it.
I'll have to type up the whole birth story soon but honestly it was incredibly positive and empowering. I wore my bikini top and my birth skirt
and felt so strong and able to handle all the contractions (until the end but isn't that always the way it is! lol). I never got one internal the whole time (until the very end) except upon check-in which revealed I was 2 cm and 80%. I had an *amazing* doula and my favorite midwife who surrounded me with empowering female energy and we rocked that labor!!
This is probably all scattered and I need to get back to the couch as I am still bleeding fairly heavily - they estimated I lost 1100 cc's (?) of blood so I'm pretty weak and pale but otherwise healing appropriately. I can't believe I had a girl!! We really thought it was a boy but she is so beautiful and perfect and a total nursing champ. Oh, her name is Clare Avalon and she was 8.10 lbs.
I hope I'm not forgetting anything! I"m sure I am.
I can't wait to check back in and here about the other babies born