Wow! Thank you everyone for your beautiful supportive posts. I am getting all weepy as I am reading them now...
We had an amazing birth followed by a beautiful baby boy (6 lbs. 9 ounces and 19 inches) last night (8/13) at 9:31pm.
Here is our story:
5PM: Midwives came for a visit around 5pm and found me 3cm dilated and fully effaced. The baby's hand was presenting alongside his head (that's why I had the rectal pressure.) They decided to move his hand and I dilated to 4cm, almost 5cm. Midwives left to do more prentatals and said they would come back in a few hours to see if I was in labor. As soon as they left, contrax started every 2-3 mins. but they were no more intense than the BH I have been having.
8PM Around this time, I passed a big blood clot (1/4 cup?
: ) and contrax intensified. I got into the tub. Midwives got to our house soon after and found me 6-7 cm. Contrax were coming every minute or so and pretty intense for that dilation. This went on for a bit... we decided to break my waters as the baby was dropping faster than I was dilating. After my water was broken (nice and clear) the contrax were harder, but not unbearable.
9PM I was 9cm and had a cervical lip. The midwives had to hold the lip while I grunted/bore down to try to slip it over babe's head. OUCH!
They had to hold it when I was pushing and in between contrax for about 10 minutes. Strangely, it felt really good to bear down a bit from about 7cm on... Once lip was gone, I felt the most AWESOME sensation-baby moving down and twisting out. I got out of the tub and onto the bed. I roared like a lion and tuned everyone out. The midwives were fantastic and extremely respectful.
931pm He was born! I was squatting on the bed into my dh's arms. Sort of a semi-hand and knees position. I couldn't see the birth. Dh told me "It's a boy!" and we were all thrilled! Immediately after the birth I shouted, "That was great! Man, I feel like superwoman!" This homebirth has already healed so many wounds from dd's birth. I feel powerful!
As baby is 2 weeks early, we are still deciding on a name!
Thinking of you other Aug. mamas birthing soon! Hang in there! YOU CAN DO IT!