You know, I never knew how far dilated I was with this last baby. I had stalled at 9 for hours, then at a rim for hours, so I was rocking and swaying and my midwife was gently pulling my tummy up and in with a rebozo (thinking the baby might have been leaning forward rather than back, inhibiting progress) for the LONGEST time. Finally we decided that I should get up and use the potty for a while, then get back into the tub (I had been sitting on the edge of the bed, trying to let gravity help. But the second that I stood up, my body just started pushing. I think all of the moving around helped, then as soon as I stood up, he dropped into place. I tried not to help my body push so we'd have time to get the tub filled with water. I breathed thru 2-3 contractions, then as soon as the water was deep enough, one contraction made him crown, the next popped out the head, and the next he was born. Very fast as compared to 45 min. of guided pushing with my first. I'm looking forward to my next pregnancy/L&D!!!
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2/26/08 at 3:24pm