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#1 of 35 Old 08-06-2008, 07:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Born in the water, 8/5/08. All natural birth, at a hospital birthing center with my midwife and husband, and my nurse who was totally awesome, she's in mw school.

Amazing.

Isabel, 7 lbs 10 oz, born in the afternoon after oh, about 14 hrs total labor.

LOVE.

I'd wait again for her.

Babybel 8/5/08. Growing her sister: ***4***8***12***16***20***24***28***32***36**40*
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Congrats to you! Sounds like a nice, peaceful birth!

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Woo hooo!! Congrats to you! Sounds like a good birth! Welcome Isabel!!

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That is SOO awesome! CONGRATS!!

Mommy to 6 year old dd and almost 2 year old ds, working to become happy every day and healthy along the way!
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Oh Michelle, that is wonderfully amazing news!!! I'm so so so happy for you mama!!! You waited for a long time for her, and I'm so glad she's finally here!!!

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Congratulations I'm so excite for you, you're a mommy now!

Jenna in love with my DH Jon, loving our 2.5 year old, Caroline Tulip, and expecting another little one in August!
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I've been watching for your announcement. Congratulations! So happy that you finally have a babe in your arms after the tough time you had last year.

Welcome Isabel!! :

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Welcome baby Isabel!
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yay! so glad for you!
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Congrats!

Welcome Isabel!

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I'd wait again for her.
welcome Isabel
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I'd wait again for her.
That gave me flutters!

SO happy for you!!!!
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: Glad she's worth the wait! Welcome Little One!

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: Congratulations!

Helen mum to five and mistress of mess and mayhem, making merry and mischief til the sun goes down.
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Congratulations!! I love her name - my Isabel is a delight!!

Blessings to your whole family!! :::

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Had to drop in when I saw this on the main page....Fiberlover I'm SOOOOO happy for you! Congrats, mama!

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I couldn't be more thrilled for you, FiberLover! :
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YAY!!! Worth the wait :

Lucky wife to DH and mom to DS (10/02) and sweet DD (7/08) and DSD (3/93) and assorted animalia
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Congratulation! Sounds like a great birth!
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Thank-you so much everyone!

The birth was great. I'm so amazed still about it all, I really need to write out my birth story.

I was in such a zone, so much my "animal self" it really still makes me tear up thinking about that pure power and innate knowledge we have. I really did listen to my body.

Isabel is her name, I have some pics of her/me up here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/19675535@N00

The birth was a hospital birth, but man, with the right support, it totally was awesome. I was pretty much left to labor on my own with my husband for most of the time. My mw spent the last 3 hrs with me, just helping. I got to catch her.

Now we're working on being a family. She loves the boobs and sleeping only on us...

Babybel 8/5/08. Growing her sister: ***4***8***12***16***20***24***28***32***36**40*
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She is just so pretty! Congrats again! I am SO glad you go tthe birth you wanted!!! I have had all three of mine in the hospital and, aside from the c-section this time, the first 2 were perfect for me. Even the c-section wasn't a "bad" experience as far as it goes...

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What a pretty baby!

Jenna in love with my DH Jon, loving our 2.5 year old, Caroline Tulip, and expecting another little one in August!
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Congratulations on a beautiful little girl, and a wonderful birth!!

Mom to sweet DD 8/08, and adorable DS 10/20/10
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Congrats, mama!!! :
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: Congratulations, that is wonderful! You deserve this after everything. She's beautiful and you look so happy.

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birth story:

On Monday 8/4, I went to the mw for an appointment, I was almost 41 weeks. My blood pressure was high, 145/90. It had slowly been creeping up over the past 2 weeks. But there was no protein in my urine or anything else that might indicate pre-e, it was just hypertension, likely from late pregnancy. She called the consulting Dr., and he said he would recommend induction. I didn't want induction, so we came up with a plan that I'd take home a bp monitor and check it at home and if it stayed lower it was ok, I would come back Wed. for another visit. She also swept my membranes a little.

Fear of induction is a powerful motivator. I had my friend who is a masseuse come over that evening and work on my pressure points, Nate also gave me a nice long back rub. That night, we went to bed around 10, and by 11, I was having contractions that I had to get up and move around through. I waited about an hour, then woke Nate up. We started timing them, and they were 6-7 minutes apart by 2 am, so we called the mw. At 3 am, she said to head to the hospital.

Around 4 am, we arrived at the hospital. I was indeed in labor, but they said I was only 2.5 cm dilated and the contractions, though 3 min apart, weren't regular enough, so they encouraged me to walk around for a couple hours then come back for a check.

I was freezing. We didn't bring a sweater or anything, so we ended up going, ugh, to WalMart when I was in labor to buy a sweater. Labor in WalMart at 5am is...not aweseome! I did buy a box of tic tacs that kept me sane for the next 1.5 hrs though. Focus on mint and shaking the little box. So, walking around kind of sucked. I had no sleep for 2 days, and I was doubting my ability to go into full blown labor so tired. Walking I couldn't find an inner focus to get my mind out of/into it either.

We got back to L/D and they checked me, I was at 5.5 cm, and fully effaced, the nurse said, want to try the tub? I hopped in!

The tub. Saved my day. Seriously. From the moment I was in, I could focus on my body, and the lack of gravity let me float and relax and breathe into myself and actually visualize the opening, baby moving down, and relaxation.

I got into a zone. I was in my head and out of it at the same time. I let my body tell me what to do and kept thinking about "relaxing my bottom" and "smiling" to relax those muscles. I made noise. MmmMMmmmaaa, Waaaaa, Maaaahaaaa...anything that came out I went with it. It was crazy, like it wasn't even me chosing the sounds.

Time warp, no idea how much time passed, but I labored like this, with my husband with me, holding my hand, and the nurse intermittantly coming by to check on baby with a Doppler. I had one dose of the antibiotics for GBS, but hardly noticed since she put the IV on the back of my forearm and it was out of the way.

Then. I started feeling pushy. I remember my body sort of involuntarily jerking. At one point I think I got a bit scared and asked for the midwife. Heidi, the midwife arrived.

A few pushy parts later, I reached down and touched my bag of waters and I think I broke them myself because I felt an explosion.

Then, the contractions strengthened. I got more in my zone.

Pushy-ness continued and I totally relaxed between contractions to the point that I could hear my mw and nurse saying they thought I was asleep between contractions. I wasn't asleep, I could hear them but they seemed literally, 1,000 miles away.

Then, the baby was Right There. I could feel a smidge of her head. Pushing took a LOT of work. I have no idea how long I pushed. But it seemed like it took a while, yet no time at all.

Then. One big push. And her head came halfway out. Halfway. Then the contraction stopped. And I had to wait. This I think was the craziest part, waiting to be able to push her out finally. Then. It came, and I felt rubbery and burning, and pain, but no pain. And I yelled and she felt like she squirmed into the world. I reached down and finally met my baby. She was all purple and covered in wax and crying and so perfect I cried too. And I just laid there, amazed that I DID it. I birthed my baby in the water, all us. It was I think, the coolest moment in my life. It makes me cry now too.

And I gave her to her dad and we just were.

Then, out of the water. Placenta, stitches, just being with the new baby for a few hours. Amazing stuff.

Honestly, I can't wait to do it again some day. I'm sore down there, and even with the "perfect" breathing, waiting to push til baby was right there, etc. I still tore a 2nd degree tear, but hey, it isn't that bad.



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