I was kind of stunned and unable to do much. Luckily the baby pinked up and made good-sounding snurfling noises right away, which was a huge relief. The cord was very short and I couldn't get her to my chest without hunching over. I managed to turn off the shower and open the plug to drain the couple of inches of bloody water in the tub. We rested for a minute, then I managed to grab the towel off the toilet tank and kind of rub away the vernix a little. I rubbed a little hard to make her cry, she gave a couple of little yelps but calmed down right away. Fingers and toes were all pink by that point anyway. I covered her with the towel and sat in the tub trying to latch her on while we waited for DH to come home.
We think he came in right around 9 AM. He yelled "OK let's go to the hospital!" I called back, "Too late!" He peeked into the shower and got the world's most priceless look on his face. Then he started laughing a little bit. He got us some more towels and we called the midwife, who said we ought to call 911 for a ride to the hospital. I didn't really want a bunch of EMTs charging in just yet and I was really hoping to birth the placenta so I could have a little more mobility - I was still hunched up over the short cord. Eventually we decided there was no way around it and we called 911. The operator sent out the ambulance and started giving DH instructions on how to cut the cord. I said to forget it, EMS could do it when they got here with tools. DH got me a robe and tried to clean up my nether parts a little bit with the sprayer. EMS was there in two minutes anyway - for some reason we got both an ambulance and a fire truck, four or five guys total. They were very nice but definitely a little out of their element. One said I was the calmest mother he'd ever seen, dunno what his sample size was. (I found out later that one of them must have cleaned up my bathtub though - what a guy!!!)
Between four of them and DH they figured out how to cut the cord while one guy looked up Apgar scoring on his iPhone, and then I walked downstairs and got on the gurney. DH followed in the car. Baby did some good nursing in the ambulance. I had several more afterpains but the placenta still wasn't coming.
At the hospital they took the baby away (of course) and we got the placenta out with uterine massage (ow) and a little more pushing. I got a shot of pitocin since it had been in there so long, and had my second degree tear stitched up. After a while I started getting irritated and demanding my kid. Apparently they were keeping her on the warmer because her temperature was low. (No surprise, poor kid - we were both wet and I only had that one little bath towel to cover her with at first.) Anyway I said I'd warm her up just fine and I was going to walk across the hall and get her if they wouldn't bring her back. The nurse relayed that across the hall and baby showed up shortly after that. Baby is wonderful - very peaceful and a good nurser. We are all doing great!
Me, DH, DD1 (5/2009) and DD2 (10/2011).
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Wow!! I just came across this, had no idea you were even expecting! OMG, that is the most amazing story! I laughed out loud when I read you yelled "get back in there!" That's crazy! What a fast labor. I also laughed when you said one of the emergency responders looked up Apgar scores on his iPhone!
Good for you mama on the safe birth of your new daughter! I have my son next month, and I could only hope for such a smooth delivery!
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That is so hilarious! I really enjoyed your birth story! You're amazing! Congratulations!
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Wow, I can only dream of such a quick labor! Mine was 4 hours with my twins - I'm definitely not expecting that for my singleton!
Definitely would have waited to go to the hospital, or not gone at all! :)
Wow, what a great story! You did good Mama!
I especially like the part where the guy cleaned your tub. His mama raised a good man!
Great story, I had an accidental UC with my fourth. Though in my case DH was at home so he wound up catching. I carried baby still attached over to the bed, and laid down and we waited for the midwife to drive over (I had planned a midwife attended hb like I'd had for my first three).
What I thought about afterwards was how the other midwife at the practice said that other women in that situation had 911 called, etc. And she was fairly impressed that I didn't panic. I think there were a couple of things--very little time (it was so quick) and I had already read enough here on mothering I knew if baby was coming quickly like this most likely it was in the ideal position and things were going well. All that being said, I can say it was the most incredible birth experience out of my four! ;)
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After a while I started getting irritated and demanding my kid. Apparently they were keeping her on the warmer because her temperature was low. (No surprise, poor kid - we were both wet and I only had that one little bath towel to cover her with at first.) Anyway I said I'd warm her up just fine and I was going to walk across the hall and get her if they wouldn't bring her back. The nurse relayed that across the hall and baby showed up shortly after that. Baby is wonderful - very peaceful and a good nurser. We are all doing great!
I love this! You are great! Congratulations to you and your family!
Great story. Very similar to my second birth, including ten guys showing up from the 911 call. We have a hilarious picture of the EMT who cut the cord doing a peace sign in our picture.