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On Tuesday 7/29 at 37wks and 5 days, I’d had an acupuncture treatment at 5pm to start labor due to pre-eclampsia. I hadn’t felt anything since we’d left the office, so I was preparing to drink castor oil in the morning. I started having contractions at around 10:30pm. I drank a quart of iced RRLT, not extra strong just my usual strength and tried to watch tv.

After a few mild contractions and suddenly I realized that we had no groceries and I decided that we would NEED groceries if we were gonna have a baby that night (midwife and doula to feed and all that). So I called up my girlfriend to find out if she was available to take us to the 24 grocery store. She didn’t answer but called me back and at around 11:45pm she, Brian and I headed for the store. I called the midwife and doula on the way just to let them know I was in early labor. We shopped for about an hour. While there I was having contractions, some strong enough to stop me in my tracks.

We arrived home about 1am and shortly after Brian started filling the pool. My water broke with a pop at around 1:30am while I tried to rest on the couch and the contractions immediately got stronger and more regular. After a few really tough contractions on the toilet, I climbed into the almost full tub at around 1:45 and told Brian to call mw and doula and tell them to come NOW! The water felt good but I was nearing transition. Brian was trying to help me manage contractions (holding and massaging me), lighting candles and otherwise setting up for the birth. I felt like I needed to poop at one point and went back to the bathroom. I realized then that I could NOT handle contractions on land even though they still hurt in the water. I got back in the water for good. I hit full transition a little after 2, complete with shaking and overall panicking, thankfully the doula arrived then (about 2:25am) because Brian was running out of ideas. At this point I told Bri to call my mom and tell her to come NOW. She took right over helping me with contractions and at one point I even asked her if this was transition, lol. I started feeling like I needed to push a few minutes after the doula got there. The mw wasn’t there yet, so I tried to hold off. There was no stopping the pushing though, so I pushed through the contractions while we waited for her. My mom and the mw arrived at about 2:40am. My mw told me to keep on pushing and tried to use the Doppler but I couldn’t be still enough so she just felt around. Brian had taken over labor support and I was howling and screaming on my knees while leaning over the edge off the pool with my face buried in his stomach. I asked the mw if the head was out, since I thought I had made some progress she said not yet but she could feel it. I guess this motivated me since I did not like pushing. I know some people say that it is a relief. Well not me, it hurt a great deal and I wanted it over with! I pushed out her entire body out with the next contraction.

She let out a few yelps immediately and then just stared at everyone and everything. I am still in awe of her beauty. I tore slightly, but my midwife said no stitches were needed. Otherwise, she is a sleepy nurser, but learning fast. I thought our lives were whole and now I realize we were missing this little girl.

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Birth Date: 7/30/08
Time:2:55am
Total Labor: 4.5 hrs
Name: Natalie Frances
Weight/Height: 6lbs, 15oz / 20 in.

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WONDERFUL!!! totally agree about not liking the pushing!: I hated it, even managed to hold off for about 30mins since I hated it so much. I was winning and snorting like a horse while standing in the doorway. I think my husband and MW though I was crazy.

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I'm so happy for you! What a perfect birth! This makes me feel so good about having Kristen as a midwife too!
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Awww, she's adorable! Congratulations to you and your family!

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you." Buddha

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was it unassisted then?

what a beautiful birth!!!! congrats! ::

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was it unassisted then?

what a beautiful birth!!!! congrats! ::
No, my mw made it in time to catch, just barely. lol. Good thing, because I couldn't move and couldn't let go of DH to let him do it either.The whole thing was just so quick...

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Not in your DDC but Congrats!! I heard about your great birth from the doula yesterday. So happy for you and your family:!

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Congratulations!! What a wonderful birth
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Congrats to you!

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What a great labour-congratulations!

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Big congrats to you! She is beautiful! What a wonderful birth!

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So sweet! She's beautiful.

Congratulations to you and your family!

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what a beautiful baby!!!
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Congratulations! I love all that hair!

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What a beautiful daughter you have! Congratulations on her birth and a great job. I hope my water birth goes just as well

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WOW! She is lovely! Thanks for sharing your story.
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Great birth story and SUPER GREAT name!
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GREAT story, and what a beautiful babe! Congrats!!!

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well, shoot. I missed this thread last week!

Congratulations! She looks so sweet! I hope all is going well.
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hi - just came to your DDC looking to see if you'd had your LO yet. CONGRATS! what a WONDERFUL birth story. (jeez...maybe I should have used THAT pool instead... ) I'm so happy for you! enjoy your babymoon.... :
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I know some people say that it is a relief. Well not me, it hurt a great deal and I wanted it over with! I pushed out her entire body out with the next contraction.
You know... it's a 'mental' relief... just the thought of knowing the baby is almost completely out it's a relief! I know when my baby's head was out wasn't a relief until I asked my mw. When she told me his head was out I totally calmed down and waited for the next contraction. but yeah, it happened just like that, I wanted him OUT!

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