Labor was intense and very empowering. I was able to stick up for myself at the hospital and avoid any interventions. I still can't believe I had the natural childbirth of my dreams (thanks to my awesome DH and fantastic nurse).
Now for my mini vent:
While I was still in triage, not even admitted to L&D yet, the on-staff CNM was already telling me that I needed to start pitocin immediately because my water had broken! I told her that I didn't want to discuss it at all until the 12 hour mark. She proceeded to tell me (in an irritated tone) that I was putting my baby at an increased risk of infection and that if I wouldn't be willing to talk about pitocin until 6 PM "hopefully I wouldn't be too exhausted to get through labor at that point." : I think there is a time and a place for pitocin, but it shouldn't be pushed on every patient who walks through the door! Why are hospitals such pitocin peddlers?
I agree that the nurse pushing pitocin as soon as you walked in the door is both annoying and weird. Good job on standing up to her!
I don't know why they push pit so much.. but I had an adverse reaction to it with DS1, and am so terrified that they would do it again if I was transferred to the hossy!
The Hippie & the Marine
My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
Proud Mama to DS1 09/07 , DD 07/09 , and DS2 06/11 . Feeling more and more blessed with each day!
I've heard that around 80% of births are now Pitocin augmented. Good job sticking up for yourself. I did have my water broken for 48 hours before my baby was born and there was NO infection problem at all, so it is possible.
Congrats on your birth. Hope your recovery is going well.
I am so impressed with your personal strength-- you had the birth you wanted and now you also have a lovely addition to your family, what a great celebration for you!
Flo, SAHM to a fearless, crazy, off-the-wall DD (7/22/09) and Power Yoga Instructor the rest of the time Expecting #2 in July 2012
Aren't CNM's suppossed to be more "naturally" inclined towards birth?!
I had the same experience with my first birth-- the doc was very irritated that I refused pitocin right after my water had broken. I did go into labor on my own and had my daughter naturally, in a similar time span. The doc seemed surprised that such an outcome was possible.
good for you for sticking to your guns an having an awesome birth!
Angela , married for 14 1/2 years to DH, mother to DD 8-5-97, DS 8-5-09 , and SURPRISE!!! due 2-17-12
Sorry about the pushy nurse.
There is always at least one person who tries to push protocol in everyone without really knowing what they are talking about. Ignoring them is the best one can do.