He was 9 days past due.
Labor started off at home, where I have been having on/off contractions for easily 2 weeks. A NST and membrane sweep on friday kick started a LOT of discomfort over the weekend, and I went into what I knew was "something different" at around 5:00 on friday night. So I put everyone on alert (just incase) and went to bed to try to sleep, and by 7 I knew this was it. By 8:00 my midwife and both my doulas were at my house. I was already dilated to 7 (with a surprisingly small amount of pain) so it was decided that I should go to the hospital. I wanted to try for a homebirth, but with all the complications I had with my daughter, I felt more safe at the hospital. And I'm glad I went because I got the midwife room, complete with a water tub!! YAY!
I did most of my laboring in the water (aka heaven), but my bag of water never broke and labor was not progressing, even though I reached 10cm quickly. It was decided that breaking them would speed things up and help him decend, so I got out of the water and agreed to manually do that. He dropped immediately, so I got back into the water to push. As it turned out, gravity (or lack there of) was working against me so I got out to hang over the squat bar, and one hour later, he was born.
I have SUCH a strong respect for you women who have long med free births. I was calm and controlled until the real pushing started, and then I turned into the biggest wimp ever. I was tired, and completely out of resources. I pushed, I screamed, I tore (3rd degree), and then, a baby was delivered to my chest.
I didn't get the waterbirth I had dreamed of since my first birth, but I got my VBAC. The whole thing happened really fast. I pushed for almost exactly an hour, and although 5 hours went pretty quickly, an hour of pushing was about all I could do without passing out right there on the table. Even with the threats of another c/s, I was finding it hard to keep going.
AND HUGE THANK YOUS to everyone who gave me advice and support throughout this whole ordeal. It's been a horrible pregnancy (morning sickness, extreme dizziness, anemia/low thyroid, multiple colds/flus, pmeunonia, septicemia, stomach flu, SPD, the list goes on), and I was beginning to think that my dream of a natural childbirth might not happen. I'm in a LOT of pain between the stitches and rectal swelling (things they don't tell you!), but this is a breeze in comparisson to what I've been through over the last nine months. Especially with having to take care of my daughter (she's 20 months old).
I've truly been blessed with a beautiful healthy boy (which was of course my biggest concern during this pregnancy), and now all I can hope for is a speedy recovery so I can enjoy him a little more.
No lazy uterus for you, eh?
Yes, recover fast....get some help around the house and with your other LO! If you don't have it already, believe me you will recover much faster and easier if you get a week or better yet 2wks when you don't have to be much responsible for chores. A tear like that can heal well if you keep the pressure off and use ice and such--but can take a very long time to heal well/completely if you have to be active during this first week or 2.
Again, congratulations! Job wondrously well done
Kelly, married to the love of my life, Den , DD1 5/07 , 11/07, DD2 10/08 , DDS 8/10, expecting our next blessing this winter!
I am so thrilled you got your VBAC. So inspiring to us all. And what a beautiful birth.
I dream of the day when I have a VBA3C! Your story is inspiring to those of us still waiting for our dream births. Enjoy that baby and hope the tear heals quickly!
Kaiti, in with Shane, astrological mama to Sophie *12.27.05*, Maya *09.25.07*, Phoenix *08.23.09* & due *12.04.11* Having a after 3 cesareans!
I'm still in a bit of a state of "I can't believe it really happened", but the reality hits me every time I go to sit down or stand up...
When my daughter was born, I never felt like I gave birth... because I didn't. I had surgery, and a doctor removed her from my uterus. It took a long time for us to really connect (a couple months, at least), and it felt like forever before I really felt like she was mine and got to know her. And it didn't help that she was a copy of her father and looked nothing like me.
I feel almost guilty at how I connected with my son almost immediately. I think I was expecting that whole "getting to know you" period, but having an all natural birth for me was one heck of an experience, and worth EVERYTHING I went through to get it.
Thank you again for all your help and support. And what a great surprise to see so many wonderful replies! You all rock.
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Canadian mom of Myron born in Japan, March 2007. Our second son born at home, wonderful HBAC in July 2010. I am a jeweller, I love creating things!
1***5****10****15****20****25****30****35***40****45, Due June 10th, 2014
Get lots of rest!!
Momma to DD (12/04) and DS (11/09) .
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!
Wife to a wonderful husband, mom to 5 amazing boys, 2 m/c and Knox Cornelius our 5th son born at 15weeks 12/3/2011, Lillian Faith our 1st daughter, born at 14 weeks May 19, 2012 (Turner Syndrome).
Another c/s was OUT of the question, so I did everything I knew of to do, to prevent another one from happening (if I could help it). And I truly believe that chiropractic care is what really made it happen. I started going twice a week to someone who specializes in pregnancy when I was about 7.5 months along, and the difference between then and just before I went into labor was mind blowing. My entire back was tight, my neck was way out, I had SPD, my left SI joint was completely seized up... I was just a mess.
I've heard that accupressure (and puncture) also helps, but I think it helps more with labor itself than getting the baby ready FOR labor. Although I could be wrong.
Anyway... thank you again for all your support.
I felt the same way (never wanting to do that again!) right after my VBAC. That's hard work!
always missing our (11/04, 4/07, 8/07, 5/10)