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Old 08-16-2007, 06:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Lorelie Siobhan was born this morning (August 16) at 12:38 am, after 51 hours of labor, including at work, on trial, and in the subway. I achieved the birth I wanted -- a drug-free mama and a drug-free baby -- but it was a struggle, including going mano-a-mano with my midwife when I got "stalled" at 8 cm. After I thought I was all done with transition! Best part about it was the jacuzzi and DH's awe of me. There was one intervention for which I was grateful -- I got an IV drip for hydration, since I couldn't keep anything down since pretty early into labor (glad I had read about that possibility in Adventures in Natural Childbirth and seen it on "House of Babies") -- I could walk with the IV and I definitely needed the sugar after 24 hours. Also, for early labor, get yourself a chin-up (that goes in the door jam) bar from which to hang -- it felt great -- almost as good as the poles in the subway! Things I would have wished I had done: talked through all possible permutations of birthing contingencies more thoroughly with my MW beforehand (I was shocked that she doesn't PERMIT Pitocin without an epidural -- not that I wanted or had either, but it was jarring to find that out for the first time when it was on the table). Afterward she said I was the most stubborn person she had ever met and more committed to natural childbirth than anyone she had seen in 39 years of catching babies (she said that in a "she's crazy" way to DH) but also that I was magnificent. I will write more later, but my personal take-away is that labor does hurt, is hard, and takes too long, and immediately thereafter I was like, "Let's do this again!" The pushing thing isn't painful but isn't intuitive either -- it took me 2 hours and 8 minutes. I think once I have a chance to process it I will feel triumphant. Now I feel just so in love with her. She found her thumb already and knows how to soothe herself -- my MW thinks that that's what the shooting pains in the vagina toward the end were! SHe has an extremely strong sucking reflex. She is seven pounds of perfection. I really should get some more sleep while she is sleeping...
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:36 PM
 
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Wow! And wasn't yesterday your last day of work? Congratulations on your strong little girl. You are a champ!
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Yey! Congrats!
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Congratulations!!!! Your birth sounds wonderful!

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Congrats PiePie. I am thrilled to add you and your DD to the welcome thread! Please let me know if you want me to add any additional details. Happy babymoon!!!
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Saw this under New Posts . . . Congratulations! It sounds like you had a wonderful birth. Enjoy your babymoon!

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51 hours!
You are amazing. Strong and amazing! Congratulations. Love your baby up!!

How long do you have off before you're back to work?
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Great birth story, Pie! Congratulations on your baby girl!!
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Congratulations!!! How is her name pronounced?

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Congratulations on having such a considerate baby! She waited for the diapers to arrive and for you to finish work. Well done mama and well done baby! Send some of those labour vibes my way!

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Wow, what a great story. I'm so happy things worked out for you. Can't believe you labored at trial. That's going to be a great story to tell her when she's older.

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Wonderful story, Pie! I am pretty certain I couldn't have muscled through a 51 hour labor without pain relief. You're a goddess!

Congratulations on your little girl!
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Congratulations! I'm so glad to hear the good news! (Definitely rest up...wow...51 hrs of labor!?!?)
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Congratulations mama!

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Congratulations, mama, and good work! Sounds like a great story. Can't wait to hear more details!

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Congratulations!!

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Congrats!!! I love the name!!
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Hooray for Pie and baby!!!!
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Wow - that sounds amazing!
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Congratulations!! Sounds like an amazing experience!
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congratulations!!! pushing hurt me. lol I hope your cold was gone too!!

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Congratulations!

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Congratulations!!! What a beautiful name!!

Amanda, wife to A , mama to D ('05), O ('07), and W ('10)
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Congratulations on your baby girl!!!! What a great story!!!!!

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Piepie-

I also threw up the whole time and got stalled around 9 cm and yes it huuuurt!! I can't imagine 51 hours... great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats!!!!
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Congrats Tara!! You are awesome (DH is right!) Way to go and I hope you are all doing well.

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Congrats! You are awesome, mama!
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Congratulations! What a powerful experience. I know what you mean--it took me some processing time for me to decide how I feel about my labor, but after a few days it I felt great about it. It's just such an intense experience, it takes time to come to terms with, I think.

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