Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
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My first baby: I had some "real" contrax on Thursday night, they were regular but not so close together all night, then all day Friday (lost mucus plug Friday AM), then Friday night I called my doula to come over (a big deal for a Sabbath observant mama and a Sabbath observant doula- she drove over) and things gradually got more intense as Saturday went on. I forget exactly when the MW and her assistant came by, but I think it was during the afternoon. By the time Shabbat ended (around 6:00 PM), and we could turn on the CD player, I was already in labor-land and the music was just too intense for me to handle. I don't know how I would have felt about the music if it had been on all along, but we had it on for maybe a minute and that was it. DD1 was born on Saturday night/Sunday morning just after midnight, after 45 minutes of pushing.
With DD2, I'd had prodromal labor for over a week. I remember going for a long walk with my friend on Saturday afternoon trying to get labor going, and then going to the supermarket on Saturday night just to walk some more, but nothing really happened until the following Friday. I woke up in the morning around 7 with an INTENSE contraction that was just different from the contrax I'd been having all week. I went to the bathroom and realized that the feeling wasn't caused by a mild contraction next to a full bowel (which had been confusing me all week as well- oh, boy, it's a real one- oh, I just needed to poop. Dang!) I had a second serious contraction about an hour later (after dozing) and that's when I knew I was in labor. DH went to work anyway because I'd been in labor so long the last time. He ended up coming home early because things got intense much faster this time. DD2 was born at 6:00 in the afternoon, after about 10 minutes of pushing. The MW came about 2 hours before the birth, her assistant never made it at all.
DS' labor and birth was very similar to DD2s, except that I UCed him so there was no worry about the MW making it in time.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults