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Old 07-21-2005, 04:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I loved reading everyone's birth stories as inspiration, so I have to post mine especially for all those still waiting.

On the 19th, I went about my day and at 2:30 felt really sleepy. I took a nap and woke up at 5:30 feeling hot, sweaty, shaky and nauseaus. I had been having some hard, but irregular contractions for 2 days. I called the midwife and she said to call her when the contractions got into a pattern.

At 11:00 that night, I decided to see if I could sleep through the contractions, but I had one that made me want to escape my own body. I jumped up and called the midwife to tell her that I was coming in, even though the contractions were irregular.

at 12:00, we got to the birthing center and I was checked by the midwife. I was 7 to 8 cms. She got the jakuzzi ready and I hopped in. She chouldn't believe how casual I was with the contractions. After an hour, she checked me again and said that I had not changed very much and she asked if I wanted to break my waters since he was soo low. I agreed and so she broke them and I got back into the tub.

During labor, I brought in some background music (spa type stuff) and some lavander essential oil that I put onto a rag to smell when a contraction was coming on. It helped a lot! The background music helped me to ignore the conversations around me while I was contracting. Being in the tub was nice too.

All of a sudden, I got a contraction that sent me into a panic. The midwife said to watch her and she'd show me how to breathe. With the next one, she showed me how and told me "stay on top of it" which helped me because I was thinking "if she thinks I can stay on top of it, then I must be ok" The contractions got so painful that I started to moan and scream, then grunt. The midwife said to tell her when I felt like I would poop.

Soon, that happened. Then she told me to feel inside of myself and tell her what I felt. I felt inside and about a centimeter inside of me was the edge of my cervix. Then she asked me if he had hair and I said "no." She said that I could move that edge of cervix over if I wanted to with the next push.

With the next contraction, I pulled on that edge of cervix. It brought on a strong contraction and I screamed at the top of my lungs. At the end of the scream, I just bared down. I felt a click/pop in my back when he dropped into my pelvis. I had my hand on my vagina and I could feel the bulge coming. With the next contraction, I screamed again and pushed and the bulge got bigger and I started to feel the "ring of fire." Then I didn't scream anymore, I just pushed onto my vagina to push it all back into place a little and closed my legs for a second. Then someone said "when the head is out, it'll feel much better." With the next contraction, I just yelled "push through it!" and pushed really hard. I had my hand on his head and could feel him coming out into my hand. I felt a "pop" and his head was out. That felt so good, but then his body was still inside and I didn't know if I could push it out. I was assured that I could wait for a minute to gather my strengh. I sat through one contraction, but on the next one, I just pushed as hard as I could and felt the rest of him come out. I pulled him up onto my chest and he just laid there comfortably on my chest without a peep. He was fine, just comfortable.LOL We waited for the cord to stop pulsing and then we cut it and gave Adrian to my dh to hold while we waited for the placenta. That was a breeze, then we got up slowly and painfully to put on my gown and climb in bed. He was born at 2:50AM

After awhile, we weighed him and he was 9 lbs 2 oz! The kicker is that he is 23 inches long! The measured him 3 times to be sure

He's so beautiful and my birthing experience was wonderful. My dh kept looking at me and saying "wow!, you're strong!" It was amazing.

I hope you all have wonderful birthing experiences soon!

Lisa
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Old 07-21-2005, 05:17 PM
 
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Wow, great story! Congrats!

Did you tear, if you don't mind my asking?
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I did tear about a centimeter into my perineum. Not too bad. I know you're planning on going unassisted, so I can see your worry. I didn't need any stitches though. I did push my vagina back in when I felt the ring of fire, I think that's what kept me from tearing more. I really concentrated on relaxing my bottom and I did the lip flapping sound that Ina May talks about...it was funny, but it really helped.

Good luck. It was painful, but exhilerating!

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congrats! your birth story sounds really wonderful! Enjoy your bundle of joy!

Jodi -full time working wife to a SAH Papa; mama to my boys Breck (12/04), David (09/07), and Elliot (01/10); always remembering our loss, Jordyn Justine (09/06)

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Then I didn't scream anymore, I just pushed onto my vagina to push it all back into place a little and closed my legs for a second. Then someone said "when the head is out, it'll feel much better."
This had me laughing out loud!!! (In between tears -- birth stories always make me cry : .) It sounds like it was the right thing to do, since you mention you think it kept you from tearing worse, but the way you wrote it is so funny! Like you just wanted to put him back in -- thanks, but no thanks, can we do this later? :LOL

This was a great story, and sounds like a wonderful birth! Thanks so much for sharing.

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Thanks for sharing!

ex-Californian, making my way on the East Coast with DS (10), DS (6) and WAHDH. Former extended BF'er, co-sleeper, and baby-wearer. Remembering how to garden.

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Congrats and thanks for sharing!
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Congratulations! What a terrific story!

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thanks for your story...I remember that bulge all too well.
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Congratulations!
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