I am SO glad to be on this side of pregnancy and birth!
We had her at home. It was a pretty fast labour and birth in the end. I woke to contractions at 11pm and we got up at midnight and called our friend to come and sleep here with Annie. We called our midwife who came over at 1am and I was just 1 cm dilated (though 100% effaced.) Off they went back home to let me labour a bit more. By4am I was having trouble coping. I had tried out the TENS machine and did well with that then hopped in the pool but I was having major back labour. When the midwives got there at 4:45 I was exhausted and sadly only at 2 and I thought I was never going to make it! I was super hot from the pool so got out and put the TENS machine back on. I would NOT have made it without the TENS machine! I ended up pacing like a mad woman and went from a 2 to a 10 in an hour At some point in that hour Merry flipped from whatever weird position she was in to anterior. I was feeling pushy and thought there was NO WAY I could be ready. But what do you know! I was fully dilated and ready to push. Pushing felt good sorta. At least I could do something other than walk away from the buzzing of my back from the TENS but man that was hard work! My water broke shortly after I started pushing. There was some meconium so they set up the suction thinger. (which wasn't needed in the end )
I didn't want to get back in the pool and after awhile the midwife recommended using the birth stool. I shifted to that and Meredith was born 2 mins later. Her cord was pretty short so they clamped and cut pretty fast. I was bleeding a fair amount so got a shot of oxytocin (wow did THAT ever make me shakey!) And that's pretty much it! Annie is much more excited than she was prior to the baby (decided that her name should be cute baby instead of stupid or dumb as she was planning to earlier.) and we all tucked ourselves in for a well deserved nap!
I'll be watching for all the rest of my 'still pregnant' buddies to join me! I wouldn't have made it through the last week or 2 without you guys to wait with!
Erin, Catholic mama to three sweet boys: Ambrose (11/06), Peter (3/08), and Joseph (9/10) and a sweet girl, Charlotte (7/12/12).Joyfully expecting #5 April 2014!
Your birth story is very interesting. I think I would have freaked out to find I was only 2cm when I was having trouble coping. Thank goodness you went from that to pushing so quickly... although on the other hand, maybe not? I remember going from 5cm to DS being born in only 45 minutes, during my last labor. It was crazy intense and not something I'd want to repeat again. But I didn't catch any of that sort of emotion in your post, so maybe it was better for you!!
Is it the oxytocin that makes you shaky? I've been super shaky after both my labors. I know I had oxytocin for my 1st, but I can't remember if I did for my 2nd. Not the most pleasant of feelings, anyway.
I'm glad everything went great! And that the meconium didn't cause any problems!! I'm loving all the homebirth stories lately, since I'm so anxiously awaiting my own! And I love the name Meredith, too. Congrats again!
SAHM to Melinda (Oct '03), Jacob (Aug '05), Alex (Apr '08), and Malcolm (Sept 29, '11)
Jill, mama to three fiery girlies and a sweet baby boy: Grace, 11.30.2005, Ayla, 3.22.2008, Norah 9.5.09, Reed 8.19.11 & dfs Gage 2.29.12 x4
It has a 9v battery in a little rectangular thinger that clips to your belt (or that you hold in your hand when you have no belt!) and attaches to 4 electrodes (like those sticky patches they use in the hospital) that you stick where you hurt (in my case the lower back) it delivers a little electrical shock (it feels like a mild buzz to a pretty good buzz depending on how high you turn it up) and works on the pain gate theory... your nerves can only carry so many signals so if you overload them with a mild electrical current you feel that instead of a pain signal from a contraction. It worked so well for me. Before sticking it on I was in agony and Jesse was pushing on my lower back with all her weight. When I had the TENS on I was able to deal with it on my own. So good! I would never do labour without access to one. Our midwife had one for me to use but also knew where to rent them if hers was out of the office with another client.
They have no impact on the baby and no lasting effect on Mom. They're also used in Physio to stimulate nerve endings I think.
At any rate, I would NOT have made it through labour without it! You can find more info at wikipedia