YAY!!!! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear the story.
post #21 of 29
5/24/07 at 11:57pm
well after a relatively short, but overnight, labour we had our girl this morning at 7:40 am. she doesn't have a name yet : so i'll post in the birth announcement thread more details when i'm not so tired, and when we have them. but it DID work, (well, something did) she's here!
|All day Wednesday (May 23), starting at about 5 am, I was having mild cramping or light contractions, I didn't really know what they were or what they meant. At 10 pm, we tried to go to bed. Jeff fell asleep, my mom fell asleep in the living room, but I couldn't sleep because I was in too much pain. At about 11:30 pm, I woke my mom up and said, "How am I supposed to sleep like this?!" because I was having somewhat painful contractions every 10-20 minutes or so. I was under the impression that it was some sort of "pre-labour" and was going to continue at least all night, maybe for a couple days. But my mom said she thought I was actually in labour, and I thought "Nooo... that would hurt more than this." But sure enough, by about 1 am they were pretty painful, so I decided to get in the bath.
That helped a bit with the pain, but after about an hour I was feeling too warm, so I got out; by that time contractions were about three minutes apart. My midwife, Beth, had told me I should call her when they were three minutes apart for two hours, but by about 2:45 i was in agonizing pain, so I got Jeff to page her. She came over at about 3:30 am, and said I was only 3 cm dilated. She asked what I wanted to do. I told her I would prefer to go to the hospital sooner rather than later, because I was afraid the cab ride would be even worse later. So, she called the hospital to see if they had room, and found out that all the good rooms with bathtubs were taken, and they were also generally swamped. They told us that if we waited a bit longer it would probably be better. We decided to wait and call back around 5 am. Beth went home, and called at about 5 am to see what we wanted to do. She told us there were still no bathtub rooms at the hospital, but we could still go there and settle for a different room. By then I was in really bad pain, so I asked her whether there was one that at least had a shower, and she said yes, so I told her that would be fine. We agreed to leave right away and meet her there.
When we got to the hospital, I was in triage for a bit, but I have no idea how long. It was probably from about 5:30 to 6:00 am. When my midwife arrived, she checked again, and I was 6-7 cm dilated. They moved me to a delivery room, and I got in the shower right away. I sat in the shower for maybe an hour, and at around 7 am I had to get out because it was clearly time to start pushing. I went back to the bed, and within 5 or 6 pushes and 30 minutes or so, the baby was born at 7:40 am (Thursday, May 24th). Beth quickly placed her on my chest, and the nurses threw a towel over us. After it stopped pulsating, Jeff cut her umbilical cord. She spent about about an hour with us, then Beth did her checkup and she weighed in at 7 lbs and 7 ounces and measured 19 inches long.