Gwendolyn's Birth Story
She was 6lbs, 15oz, and 18 1/2 inches long.
Right around 8am on the 22nd I started having contractions that made me think "hey maybe this is the real deal" tight and painful in the lower belly, and lower back. But I was also sore from coughing, and had been having lower back pain due to gas. So I didn't get too excited. I did start timing them. Around 8:40 I decided to try the heating pad on my lower back because I really needed more sleep, it worked and I slept threw most of the contractions until noon. (Yeah we keep some odd hours around here) that's when I rolled over and thought there is no way I just peed my self. Used the swab in the birth kit, and sure enough my waters had broken. So I called my mother, told my husband (who was still up even tho he had worked all night) and let the midwives know. As soon as my mom got here DH took a shower and a nap.
At 2:30 I let my midwives know they should head my way. Then woke my husband.
I did most of my laboring in my bedroom. At first on the bed, then on the floor. I was belly down, in a froggy position, hugging a boppy pillow. That was the only way I could stand it. DH and I tried a few other things as labor grew more intense but other positions only made the pain worse. I wanted my hips as open as I could get them, and to be able to fully relax. I hated laboring on the toilet, so going to the bathroom sucked but I know it helps so I just accepted it as part of it.
My body was swiftly making progress by the time my midwives got to my house. It was around 3:30 then. My world shrunk to my husband who had become part of my focus, my main midwife, and my own body. I focused on staying relaxed and using my breathing to ride each contraction out, while they both talked me threw it and offered encouragement. My midwife took my BP and listened to baby, then waited for an opening to check me. She asked if I wanted to know what she felt. 7. A number had never sounded so good.
With the more intense contractions I could actually feel my cervix stretching open. That was the most trippy feeling of my life.
I panicked a little when the contractions changed. But then came the urge to push. MW gave me some outlines and told me to go with my body.
I could no longer stay all the way on the floor. I got on my hands and knees, then squatted holding onto the edge of my bed. Then I was leaning in my husbands arms with my face buried in his neck, and went back to my knees.
I had to work hard on those pushes. I tried to pace my self, but I could not slow my body down. I crammed a bunch into the 10 or 12 minutes it took to get her out.
They handed her up between my legs and helped me sit down. I was overjoyed. I was also in shock over how fast she had come. It was 5:23pm.
(Trying to upload pic, but no luck)
Last edited by OklaFarmMama; 01-24-2015 at 12:51 AM.