Thanks again for all of your good vibes and prayers.My water broke on Monday night around 11 pm. I was just drifting off to sleep, when I felt like a guitar string was plucked deep inside of me and then there was a gush of warmth- in my bed! when i turned on the light, I saw green streaks in the puddle on the bed, and knew that i had to get to the hospital fast. When we got there, there was a parade of doctors, all of them younger than me, and nurses, all younger also, who painted a very grim picture of my baby's outcome if I wasn't induced right away. I stuck to my guns, because the baby's vitals on the monitors were all good, with very little decels. Later on, around 3 am, i had some really big ctx, but they stopped after 2 hours. At that pint, my nurse asked if I'd consider a midwife, and i said yes. She wouldn't be there until 8 am, so I said ok. 8 am rolled around, and I met the midwife- we had an instant connection. She totally understood us, and our stand against inducting unless my body did not start on its own. we agreed
that we w ould induce by 11 am, which we did, in increments of 1, until
the ctxs became so powerful that i couldn't cope. At that point, it was about
6 pm. I asked for something to help me cope with the surges, and got a very low dose of fentanyl. By 7:30, I was ready to push, and the pain had gone away to a dull ache in my back. Because the baby had not dropped at all, it took longer to get to the real pushing phase, which took about an hour longer.
Yosef was born at 8:47, vaginally. I did not tear, or have an episiotomy because of my wonderful conscientious midwife.So that,s it- in a nutshell, and the best outcome is that i did not compromise my baby. When he was born, he had the cord wrapped around his waist, neck and one foot- the cord was
about 4 feet long! He probaby pooped because he was holding the cord in both hands and the way it was wrapped around so many body parts- it may have goten squeezed at a few points- we saw this as decels on the monitor when I had the monster contractions as mirror episodes- when we started the internal uterine monitor with the saline solution, they stopped, and he was ok.
Medical intervention has its place- when there are real problems, not some doctor's idea of what a labor needs to be. my midwife never took away my power- she added to it by backing me up, and always reassuring me of my own wisdom. I hope this post can help someone in a similar situation- not allowing some medical "professional" to bully you into making decisions that are unnecessary, and even more dangerous than helpful.