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post #1 of 23
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Laura May was born this morning at 6am after 2 hours of labor. I started having contractions right before 4am, and they were pretty hard. They were coming regularly pretty fast, and while I was vocalizing through one, DH woke up. I asked him to start timing them, and they were coming about 4 minutes apart. I still wasn't sure if this was it, I didn't want to get my hopes up. After they had been coming for about an hour and I was having a tough time getting through them, I had DH call my mom just in case DD woke up. She arrived around 5:10am, and I had to kick her out of the room during a contraction (for some reason I couldn't stand her looking at me, lol). Shortly after I got into the pool, hoping it would help relieve the contractions. It didn't help, but I was determined to have a water birth b/c I thought it would be so much better. I vocalized through many contractions, they were coming pretty fast, and then I started screaming through them. Miraculously, DD stayed fast asleep the whole time. At some point my mother came upstairs b/c I was screaming so loud, I started crying begging for help, b/c the pain was unbearable. Suddenly I felt like I had to have a bowel movement, and pushed with it. It hurt so bad to push, but I felt like I had to. After about 20 minutes of pushing, Laura was born. Mom grabbed her and handed her to me, b/c I was on my side in the water and couldn't reach her. She did not cry right away, and Mom and DH panicked and called 911. I begged them not to b/c I knew she was fine, but they insisted. Suddenly I was surrounded by men in uniform who insisted I go to the hospital. The placenta was mostly out, but was hanging on by a bit, so I agreed to go just to get it out. I didn't want to take the baby too, b/c I didn't want them to admit her, but they insisted on that too. She had cried and pinked up by this time. I wanted to nurse her but the paramedics wanted to suction her out and make sure she was ok. I was pissed off at the intervention and being a beast, they called me feisty. LOL We got to the hospital around 7am, the placenta had finished coming out in the ambulance. The m/w on call was the other natural m/w in the practice and was quite proud of me for having a homebirth by myself. When I was FINALLY able to breastfeed, she latched on like a pro, nursed both sides for over 30 minutes total, then an hour later nursed again. We left the hospital around 9:30am, after the pediatrician on call had checked her over. He tried scare tactics to convince me to give her the Vitamin K shot, and when I refused, told me I was foolish, and didn't warm the stethiscope or wrap her back up after. : It doesn't matter, he is not her dr. All the nurses were amazed at my super fast labor and that we were perfectly fine "despite birthing at home." We are home now and healthy, I am very tired, and Laura is sleeping peacefully, and I'm about to go join her.

PS Her nickname is Lola, given to her by her big sister, who is very much not interested in the new little creature in our house.
post #2 of 23
Congrats!! and Welcome baby Girl!!!
post #3 of 23
yay! glad to hear that everyone is happy and healthy! congrats!
post #4 of 23
Wow! Congrats to you all! :
post #5 of 23
Yay for you! Welcome sweet little Laura!!
post #6 of 23
Wow! what a birth story! Congrats and get some rest!
post #7 of 23
Wow - that was fast! Congratulations. I'm glad you and Laura are doing well.
post #8 of 23
Yay! Congratulations! Sorry everyone panicked and called 911 though. grr.
I'm glad you're back home now!!
post #9 of 23
Oh, yay! I am so glad your little girl has arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #10 of 23
Oh, those hospital people. Glad it all went well aside from their ridiculousness, and that baby Laura got to come on out and meet her mama, finally!

Congrats! And you got your UC! Yay!
post #11 of 23
What a great story! Sorry about EMS, however, it sounds like everything turned out well. I am a little apprehensive about how my dd (who is 5 days older than yours) is going to take a new sibling!
post #12 of 23
Yay!! No more agonizing about the UC/vs. m/w out of town! What a great experience...barring the ambulance ride. Oh, well, at least you're home now. I'm sure my mom would have done the same thing. Can't wait to see pics of the little muffin!
post #13 of 23
What a wild ride! I'm sorry the doctor was so uncool, but big congratulations on your UC, and welcome little Laura!
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I'm so glad they didn't keep you too long at the hospital! I wouldn't smacked my mother and dh!
post #15 of 23
Sorry you had to go to the hospital, that is a bummer but otherwise sounds like a GREAT birth!! My Lord, how did your dh sleep through it? I am such a light sleeper- I wish I could sleep through a car driving by the house!
post #16 of 23
So you never ended up having to make that big decision on getting your labour going, yay! Happy Birthday to Laura!

Did the water birth make it easier?

post #17 of 23
Congrats on your UC and welcome baby Laura!!

Glad you were able to birth at home like you wanted

post #18 of 23
I guess Laura made the decision for where you'd birth her! Interventions (and obnoxious hosp. staff) aside, it is a beautiful occasion.
post #19 of 23
congrats momma!!!!!!!
post #20 of 23
HAHAHA! I just reread your post and it makes a lot more sense to see that your DAUGHTER slept through the birth, not your husband as I originally read. I thought that was a bit odd since I assumed he was in the same room as you.
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