Contractions (assisted by 3 tablespoons of castor oil in the a.m.) started at 3:30 pm and very quickly went to 45-50 seconds long, 2/3 min apart. I labored at home until midnight with my dh and doula, then went to the hospital for more laboring. Unfortunately, there were not enough nurses around to allow me to use the birthing tub to alleviate pain, and the shower in my room was broken, so it was HARD labor and not what I had envisioned. My water broke at 5 a.m. on 29 May (13 hours after contrax started) and we all thought MW would be soon to follow. I was 6 cm dilated and she was at -1 station...little concerned, but feeling optimistic.
By 8 a.m. I was only at 8 cm and she was at 0 station. I was pushing a little and there was no downward head movement.
By 9 a.m., my contractions were starting to slow down (but not weaken in intensity). I was exhausted, in hell with the pain. Still hoping for vaginal birth, the OB suggested pit and an epidural to see if we could get things going again.
By noon, the contractions were no stronger and were getting further apart. She had not descended any further and I wasn't dilating any more. OB said she was essentially stuck at 0 station and things were starting to get scary. OB said my cervix was swollen, she was hung up on an anterior lip, and my pelvis was just too small to get her out.
After 22 hours of labor, Winnie was born at 1:28 pm by c-section. My husband and mother were in the delivery room with me.
I'm trying to process my feelings about having the section and missing the first moments of her life. I would love to hear from those of you who have had sections---how did you recover physically/emotionally?
She is beautiful. She is healthy. She is a miracle. That..that's the whole point, isn't it?
I am expecting my second child in a couple of weeks and am hoping to get the birth I first hoped for , it takes a long time to process, but try not to be too hard on yourself and know you have a heathy baby and that you can VBAC in the future.
Mama to Alexis 8/1/03 and expecting baby Dylan 6/22/06
Cindy + DH Paul = DS1 (4/26/06), DS2 (11/30/07), DD (12/20/10) & surprise 4th edition coming in April 2014.
Bradley Method Natural Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Breastfeeding Counselor
I have not had a c-section and can only imagine how shocking it would be. but like you said - she is here and healthy and that's what really matters most - and what a CUTE name!
It was difficult for me, because I had little to no time to process it... from the time we discovered he was breech until he was born by c-sec was about 45 minutes, and it was all rushed and hectic. Anyway, it took a while to process, but it really helped to talk about it, and to join ICAN and go to some meetings.
Now I'm due today with #2 and planning a VBAC has been healing and I'm hoping all goes well. Good luck to you, and congrats!!
I haven't had a c/s, so my only advice is just to give yourself time. Birth (no matter how it happens) can take awhile to process and your feelings may change over time... I know it took me a long time to process my first birth (induction, narcotics and episiotomy birth). Take care of yourself mama!
take your time processing things-you had a long pg to envision your birth-it feels so wierd to not have the vision and reality mesh together. hope your healing physically goes quickly!
Congrats on your baby girl!!
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." ~ Emo Philips
Me, DH, DS1, DS2, November 2012 , July 2013 , March 2014
Waiting on my SunshineBaby
As far a c-section recovery,I can't say much.I hope you remember to take real good care of you and baby.You sound so much in love already!
How do you pronounce Micheal?
How big was she?
LOVE "Winnie"!So sweet!
Big recovery hugs,and happy babymoon vibes!
She's gaining weight and nursing constantly...who knew there so many ways your nipples could hurt!!!!: