YAY!! Congrats on the big baby girl, can't wait to hear your story! One day she'll be waiting for her own baby's birth, and so proud of her mama!
Having girls is GREAT!!!
Having girls is GREAT!!!
DH and I welcomed our daughter Ziva at 11:15pm April 27th! She was 4 FULL WEEKS past her due date! Ziva was 10 pounds, 1 ounch and 21 inches long. Her head was a whopping 13 3/4 around!
I started having regular contrax at midnight on Thursday. I was up all night with them. Friday morning I had some serious bloody show and the contrax got stronger and longer. By the time DH got home at about 4 they were getting painful. I labored all over the house for several hours and finally at about 8:30 pm my waters started to leak and finaly broke. My body started pushing at about 9 pm but the contrax died down and I had a hard time pushing Ziva out. The back labor got to be so bad that I felt completely drained. Ziva's head crowned at around 10:45 but with no contrax and after more than 20 hours of labor I couldn't get her out. DH called 911 and the operator coached us. DH had me get on my back and put his hands around Ziva's head to help her out. The paramedics arrived at about 11:05 and held my legs open and yelled for me to push. I could feel myself tearing and by now I was screaming like a banshee. Ziva finally came out in one big push. She wasn't breathing and the paramedics gave her oxygen. They immediately cut her cord : and started pushing on my tummy to get the placenta out. That sucked, but I delivered the placenta a few minutes later. We went to the hospital and Ziva was in perfect shape. I however have a 4th degree tear. The doctor said it looke dlike a bomb went off in my vagina. I had surgery and they kept us overnight.
DH was amazing! He was wonderful! He rubbed my back through ALL the labor and was really encouraging. He wiped my butt when I pooed during labor and came home and cleaned everything up when it was over. For someone who was initially skeptical of birthing at home he was fabulous!
Even though we ended up at the hospital, it was a great experience. We had our homebirth and when emergency arose we were able to get help quickly. In my mind, it worked out exactly as it was designed to. The paramedics were quick and efficient and although I didn't like that they cut the cord, forced the placenta out or kept Ziva away from me until we got in the ambulence- plus one of them had the nerve to say "Home delivery is for pizza only. Next time go to a hospital.," : -they get helped me find the strength to birth Ziva and gave her the help she needed after the birth.
We're struggling with nursing. While I was in surgery they gave Ziva a bottle and now she's not particularly into learning to nurse. To help, they gave me a plactic nipple thingamabobber to help coax my nipples out and now Ziva won't try nursing on the actual boob. We'll have to work on all this!
I'll post pics soon. Thanks for all the support!