34 hours after my water broke (11:45 pm, May 15), Gemma Yvette was born weighing 5 lbs 12 oz and measuring 18 inches long. She's tiny! I thought for sure I was having a boy, too! My OB was really great about not pushing pitocin until my water had been ruptured for more than 24 hours, but at that point I was only contracting every 5-6 minutes and still only at a 3. We decided to go with pitocin and that was really hard on me, mentally. Oh, and physically. I had back labor the whole time, and pitocin, but DH and my doula were really fantastic and I still got the natural birth I was going for. My nurse was awesome, suggesting so many different positions - my birth ball (leaning on it, while on my knees) was wonderful, and the squat bar was great. My OB was super attentive and stuck with me for the last hour and a half when I couldn't move past a 9. And then there was ctx, layered upon ctx, so it felt like I just had one huge ctx for 8 minutes. And then I felt the overwhelming feeling to poop. They kept telling me not to push because I still had a cervical lip (they thought) and I think I asked them to remove it (like, "CUT.IT.OFF!") but my body was in control and it was doing the pushing. She came out pretty quickly and had the cord around her neck a couple times pretty tight. She pinked RIGHT up, though, and nursed within an hour.
It wasn't the blissful peaceful enjoyable birth I was hoping for, but I did it. And I did it naturally. And I never ever want to do it again. http://tinyurl.com/6hygez
Good luck, mamas! Can't wait to read about the rest of our babies!