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So ds is now four weeks old! Yay. I'm still thinking about his delivery and I'd just like thoughts if people have them.
My disclaimer: I had a great delivery. It might not sound like it was, from my description, but I really feel very good about it. If you think I didn't need my C-section, please don't post - I'm very comfortable with the decisions we made, I just want a little insight on ds's movement during the labor. Thanks.
So I had 17 hours of *great* labor - I was on top of the contractions, I was progressing well, things felt good. (This was in contrast to dd's labor three years ago, where I had back labor and threw up for more than 20 hours.) At about 7 cm I got into the tub and labored there through transition. Sometime during transition, or shortly after, I started to feel intense, unbearable pain that did not go away between contractions right in the front of my pelvis.
Nothing helped. Position changes did not help, the tub did not help, shower directed at my pelvis did not help. After about an hour I got an epidural, which was a good decision - I could cope again, and breathe, and go through a contraction without high-pitched screaming.
I pushed for about two hours, and my midwife realized that during/after transition, at about 9cm, ds had turned to be posterior. He was posterior and not moving down at all - he did not move from zero station during all the pushing. (I should add that the epidural was very light, I was able to move a lot and I was doing good, strong pushing.) She and her two ob partners tried to move him for about an hour. He did not change position.
Eventually it became clear that I wasn't going to be able to push him out. We had a C-section. He was nine pounds, nine ounces. My doula and my mw told me, and I believe them, that had he been anterior, I could have pushed him out, and had he been smaller, they could have changed his position.
My doula speculated that my pelvis might have been damaged at some point - possibly during dd's vaccuum extractor delivery - such that ds *had* to move to posterior - that he might not have fit in any other way. I don't have any history of trauma to my pelvis that might explain this (no car accident, for example.)
So I'm just curious - why might a baby change position like that that far into the labor? We're not planning more children, so this is really more about me having a full understanding than for any practical reason. I had such a good labor that the whole experience is mostly good memories - dh and my mw and doula were great, my baby is beautiful, I feel good. I'm just wondering what to make of my experience.
Can't give up actin' tough, it's all that I'm made of. Can't scrape together quite enough to ride the bus to the outskirts of the fact that I need love. ~ Neko Case