I haven't posted in a bit and not sure how many remember me. I was really torn between a mw assisted birth and a UC for most of my pregnancy. Well, here's my story.
I ended up with a UC, unexpectedly, but it was quite the incredible experience. This is copied from my blog Journey To Homebirth
He was born on January 9th so this post is about 2 weeks late.
We have a baby!! 1-9-07
Ok, I have a few minutes so am going to type this out really quick. I'm not exactly sure of all these times as things got REALLY crazy really fast last night.
Yesterday I had some pink tinged mucus a couple different times. I told Tim that this stinker was going to be born on his due date and sure enough, he was. At dinnertime I had the other half of my fresh pineapple and then at 11:30pm, I told DH we needed to force this baby out. About midnight I started contracting so bad. I'd never had them come on like that so wasn't even sure they were real and didn't want to get my hopes up. I told Tim we probably needed to get the hose from the garage and have it set up just in case, but then decided to time a few first. The contracts were about 3 1/2 minutes apart and 48-60 seconds long. He calls our best friends and tells them and says that this is going to be fast and if they don't get here quick, they'll probably miss it. I call my midwife and said "So, feel like delivering a baby tonight?" I was so calm that at first she thought I was joking. I told her I wasn't sure it was real since my water hadn't broken and it always broke to start my labor and maybe I would just call her back in a few minutes. She said no, she'd come out just to be safe. Later she told me that I sounded like her when she called her midwife 4 months ago saying she thought she was in labor. I was still very calm, but little did anyone know, I was panicing on the inside. lol
We had so much to do that I didn't have the ability to sit at all and work through the contractions. Tim was filling the tub and I said "I have to get in there NOW". When I got in, the water was a bit cold. We had drained the tank and it heats from the top so the water that was coming out the bottom spout was freezing cold. I told him he needed to start boiling some water, but we both knew there was no time. Ryan & Karen got here and Ryan & Tim started filling pots of hot water from the bathtub and dumping them in the tub. I was getting so uncomfortable and told Tim that I could feel the 'ring of fire' and to call the midwife and tell her she had less than 10 minutes. She said that she was 10 minutes away and it would be good timing. Well, suddenly I said that I could feel the head. I let out a few moans with the pushing and out came the head, followed closely by the shoulders. By the time the midwife got here, I was holding my new baby boy in my arms. Jacob was born at 1:00 on the dot, almost exactly 1 hour after the first contractions. It was about 15 minutes before the placenta delivered and another 15 before we got out of the tub. It all happened so fast that my body was shaking a bit. I didn't lose much blood at all, but my body was in such shock. Just before I actually delivered the baby, Tim asked if I wanted him to go get the kids. I didn't want them in there for some reason (up until that point I did), but they came in right after he was born. A few minutes later, Jacob opened his eyes and was just looking around at everyone. He loved just starting at Mikayla and Katelyn. He was so intent on watching them.
I had a small tear cause of how quick it all happened so we had to repair that but otherwise everything was truly amazing. Jacob latched on and nursed like a champ right away. My mom and dad had come down too (got here 15 minutes after he was born and thought Tim was joking when he called them and said that the baby was here already). Everyone was gone by about 3:30am and Tim and I finished getting things cleaned up a bit before we headed to bed. Jacob didn't want to sleep at first. At 4:30, he finally fell asleep and it's 10 and he's just now waking up!!! He is the most amazingly calm baby I've seen. During his checks where they are pulling on his legs, rubbing fingers down his spine, tickling his feet, he just laid there without making a sound. So amazing.
Jacob Alexander Milano
January 9th, 2007
I'll get some pics uploaded this afternoon. I do NOT wish a 1 hour labor on anyone. While it might sound incredible, it was incredibly painful. There was no time to get used to the contractions; they just HIT.