(I only really lurked here during my pregnancy but when I was facing an induction once my ‘due date’ passed on July 31st, I found a lot of support here so…thanks everyone!)
I fought the induction until 42 wks and was admitted that night for Cervidil ‘ripening’ and the pitocin was due to be started 12 hrs later on Monday morning. I sent my Husband out for magazines and a DVD while the L&D nurse administered the Cervidil at about 9.30pm. At that point I was about 60% effaced and 1.5 cms dilated. They hooked me up to the blasted monitors and told me I was staying there all night (lovely!) and she then couldn’t get the IV in (for fluids! Bah!) so a colleague had to try my other arm…..I have horrible veins and hate needles. I confessed that I had been eating contrary to instructions…naughty me. I was told that I could have clear fluids until 12pm and then ice chips only.
Within an hour I was calling DH’s cell for him to return as I was contracting and didn’t want to be on my own. He got back at 10.30 and they were 2 mins apart. The nurse advised me to take an Ambien and try to get some sleep as it was probably false labor. Despite being First Timers, we thought differently and I started to need my relaxation and breathing techniques that were my own combo of Hypnobirthing and The Bradley Method. Dh was great at checking every muscle in my face and down to my toes to ensure that I was not tense.
Initially, my breathing was deep and rhythmic until it wasn’t working for me and I switched to ‘horse lips’ (something that I’d read about in Ina May Gaskin’s book) which sounded like I was blowing raspberries on the exhale. It was starting to get intense and I was 3cms when checked by the nurse. Within 15 mins, I was feeling nauseous and asked DH to find something for me to vomit in. Up came the banana and strawberries I had eaten and I was feeling insecure about my ability to cope.
At this point, I guessed from my Bradley reading and his explanation of ‘emotional signposts’ that Transition was close. However I was a FTM and had only been there for a couple of hours….
The nurse clearly thought the same as me as she wanted to check me again and I had progressed to 5 cms in those 15 mins. Then it got REALLY intense and I was losing track of time. The ‘raspberry’ noises were replaced but a “ahhhhhhhhh” noise that was like holding a note in vocal training. I was getting loud and back in the nurse came. 7 cms! She called my OB.
I don’t know how much later it was that I was feeling the urge to push but it felt like 5 mins! The sensation was like vomiting, completely involuntary and I knew then that my body knew how to birth this baby all on it’s own.
Suddenly about 4 nurses appeared and I said that I needed to push. They were screaming at me not to but during each contraction there were about 3 pushes that were happening all on their own. I could feel the baby moving down and sense the panic of the nursing staff! I now know that my Husband was freaking out inside that the OB wasn’t there and the nurses seemed somewhat incompetent. He knew that I needed him to be calm though and focused on helping me with my breathing.
They called my OB again and were rushing round trying to get the room ready for delivery. One of them was dropping things and bumping into equipment which seems funny now! I was pretty much ignored except for by my Husband and then in rushes the OB. There was no way I was not pushing at this point. The first push I let out a huge scream and she calmly coached me through pushing more efficiently through my bottom. In about 10 mins I felt burning, although not quite the ‘ring of fire’ I’d been expecting and his head was out. I didn’t feel his shoulders and body come out but looked down and saw him having his mouth suctioned. It was the most incredible feeling seeing my child for the first time. DH and I were both in tears and I felt exhilarated!
I had some minor internal tears (1st degree) that required stitches but am healing well. Breastfeeding was a struggle initially with the baby being very sleepy but my milk came in on Day 5 and we’re now both much happier. I am so delighted with my birth experience but will be making different provider choices next time.
So my darling boy was born in 4.5 hrs with no need for the pit or pain relief!
He weighed 8lbs 2oz and was 21.25 inches long. We have called him Lloyd Arthur and have never known love like it!
Emma - Welsh Wife to DH and Mummy to DS, Lloyd 13/08/07 and Cerys 15/07/10
Living in Russia