Hope this will be encouraging!
For weeks I'd been having "prodromal" pattern labor. At 38.7 weeks I was 50% effaced, 0 cm. At 39.7 weeks I was 75% effaced, 4cm dilated. How we got to 4 like that? No idea.
I agreed to a membrane sweep but after a lot of cramping and contractions there was no "Active Labor". At 40.3 weeks I was back down to 2cm, but very stretchy, and agreed to another sweep. The midwife felt very strongly we needed to get baby out sooner rather than later, and I agreed.
So yesterday we walked about 4 miles, took a prenatal yoga class, DTD, and started on EPO, vaginally and orally. I was EXHAUSTED by bedtime!
At various points in the night I was wakened by the strongest ctx to date, and had to get up to urinate to deal with the sensation. Finally at 3:00 am I could not stay in bed. Around 3:45 a strong pattern emerged. At the same time the ctx were so intense that I was vocalizing, but they were anywhere from 4-6 minutes apart.
MW wanted us in there as soon as we had this kind of labor. We arrived at the birth center at 5:30. I had one ctx on the toilet, and had bloody show. I told the MW that I felt lots of pressure on the perineum. She got me on the bed to check, and said, "Um, I'm not feeling any cervix!"
Between 5:30 & 6 the waters broke all over the floor! Another MW came in and wanted me on the bed in this crazy position. I was side-lying with one leg in the air. Baby's heart tones were dipping a lot during the pushes so they put me on O2 for the rest of the time. I ended up doing a butterfly pose on my back in the final pushing. I had to blow through every other contraction which was hell!
Baby was born at 6:53am - praise God! The pain was excruciating at times but because of the incredible level of care I received we made it! I still cannot get over how different the experience was from my firstborn - and still is. Without all those drugs in his system baby was able to nurse immediately like a champ.
Baby measured just shy of 9 lbs - a half pound heavier than the first. (My first was an emergency c-section after 24 hours of back labor and 2 hours of pushing with no progress/CPD.)
That was quick, and I'm so happy you got your VBAC!!! Rejoicing with you.
Wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing! And many many congrats mama! YIPPEEEE!!!!
Strong work, Mama! :) And Welcome to the World, Little One! That was a quick journey!
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