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Hope its ok to post mine up-even though i'm new here<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> after about a 32 hr labor-my lil one was born!<br><br><br>
I had been having contractions for days, and everyday i thought-hey this may be it! But the days kept passing and i kept getting more impatient and frustrated. Finally on Mon March 19th, I was awaken by contractions at 4am, ones that I could not sleep through, and lying down only made them hurt worse. So I finally got up around 5 am and took a shower to see if that would help. The warm water felt great and helped relax me a bit. I then went to make breakfast, and my mom who was staying with me heard me get up and got all excited lol. She was like, this is THE day! Well it was, kinda. Around 10am, she and I took a walk to see if we could speed things up. Every couple of steps I had to slow down because the contractions were making it hard to walk. We walked all the way to the lake and back, and on the way back the contractions seemed to slow down, which made me frustrated, and I thought, here we go again with the prelabor. So I decided to go back to bed, thinking inevitably as soon as i lie down, they’ll start back up. I was right! I called my Doula around 12 pm to tell her what was up, that I had been consistently contracting every 7-10 mins. My stomach was kind of upset and I was starting to feel increased pressure on my cervix with each rush. I told my Amanda (doula) about the pressure and she kinda freaked out lol, and told me to call my MW right away. So i did, and my MW was not concerned and told me to call her back when the rushes were about 5 mins apart and i couldnt talk through them. My 2 doulas came over around 3pm, and at first i felt silly for having them here, as i was handling things ok, but they insisted on coming. Graham (DH) came around this time too. All three of them are massage therapists, so they took turns working accupressure points to strengthen contractions. WOW, what a cool thing. It really does work. I labored outside on my back porch on my birthing ball for awhile, it was a beautiful day out, and it seemed that the wind picked up with each rush i had. i remember just sitting there with my eyes closed and smelling the earth and thinking hey this isnt so bad LOL...not in active labor yet! Then i decided to take a bath with DH. While in the bath my contractions became really intense and about 3 mins apart. I was really starting to feel them in my hips at this point. after my bath my mom made dinner which was amazing, i was starving and food totally restored my energy for a bit. i continued to labor n my ball-thank god for that ball-i stayed on it for hours, eventually having to lift up off of it during contraction due to the pressure i was feeling. Well it was starting to get late at this point, and while i was still having contractions, they weren’t changing, so my doula suggested i pace and lunge and squat around my apartment, and then take another bath. So i did. after my bath this time, i got out feeling really shaky, and a little faint, which kinda freaked me out, and Amanda thought maybe i was nearing a more active labor pattern, so she had my other doula Sarah call my MW and told her to come on over. Jen (MW) lives about 4 blocks away from me, so she arrived rather quickly. She got to work checking my bp (which was kinda high), and baby’s heartrate, and my cervix-which was about 5 cm at this point. She decided it was time for my first round of antibiotics (GBS)...so hooked my iv up. then she took a nap on my couch as i labored through the night in my bedroom. my doulas took turns sleeping on my floor and DH dozed on the bed beside me. it was like a labor sleepover lol. every one in awhile Jen would come in to monitor my bp and the baby. we continued to be fine as my bp went back down. Finally i decided maybe i should try out my birthing tub, so i got in, and found it was way to cold and just didnt feel right, so i got out, and shivered for awhile until i finally warmed up. My doulas decided that graham and i needed some alone time to make out and have sex LOL-um no i was NOT gonna have sex!!! i was soooo tired, it was 4am, a whole 24 hours after this had all started, and i was still 5 cms! omg i was starting to wear down, and i cried to dh about it, who was amazing and reassurring and told me i could do this, and that he was so amazed at me -that i was being a “ninja” lol. my mw came in and told me that since i had had 2 doses of antibiotics, she could break my water to help things along, or she could go home for awhile, and let me keep going. she said her intuition was telling her that i was scared of that next phase of labor and it was keeping me from progressing. she was right...i told her to go home, and let me kind of center myself, and she said she’d be back in 2 hours for my next dose of antibiotics. So dh and i took a shower, and he just kept telling me i was amazing and could do this, and i talked to my baby and told her to get ready to be born lol, cuz i was ready. Dh made me a smoothie, and i felt soooo much better after drinking that and reviving in the shower. When Jen came back, i told i was ready for her to break my water. So she gave me another course of antibiotics-and told me that if i didnt want another one, to have this baby by 12pm-lol. She checked me, and i was 6cmsm and then broke my water, which didnt hurt at all actually, and i laughed at the big gush! i then got in the birthing tub again, which my mom had warmed u for me. And active labor was instant. the rushes were stronger and stronger, and i only had about a minute in between. Dh was in the tub in front of me, lifting me up with each rush and rocking my hips side to side. and my doulas sat outside of the tub behind me, lightly massaging my shoulders, and applying accupressure. i was being very vocal at this point, and didnt care-it helped. Amanda kept reminding me to keep my voice in a low octave and nod my chin slightly and send the sound into my vagina. that helped tremendously. everything was so foggy, laborland had arrived, and even though i was right there in the pain, i was also above it, floating outside of myself somehow. i remeber my MW’s assistant Terri arriving, and opening my eyes, and everything looked so soft and blurry-i felt high lol. my mw told me she was running to starbucks, and i thought well great that must mean i have a long ways to go...but i talked myself out of that and said no we’ll show her haha! i kept feeling sick, and would just yell PUKE, and someone would put a bucket in front of my face. i heaved a couple of times, but nothing came up. the pressure was now incredible, and i said i needed to push. terri told me try bearing down on the next contraction, i did-but it hurt like hell, so i stopped and just let my body work. then jen was back and told me i had to get out of the tub to pee. OMG she wanted me to move???? no way. she said sometimes the only thing holding a baby back was a full bladder. so i obliged, slowly. dh helped me to stand and held me as i contracted. then everyone helped me t othe bathroom. i felt like i was moving in slow motion, i felt sooo high-it was crazy. i started peeing before i even sat down on the toilet lol, and then i felt this crazy feeling. My doula asked me if i was pushing and i said i guess so?? clearly the baby was coming and i was NOT moving from that toilet! good thing i have a big bathroom. so my mw had me close the toilet lid, and my doula sarah climbed on the back of the toilet to support my arms, so i was kind of haging off the edge of the toilet. jen then checked me and said i was complete and to follow my body’s lead. the urge to push was like othing i had anticipated, i had no control over it-it controlled me and i have never felt anything so instinctual in my life! i went with it, because it felt so good, so productive! with every contaction i felt her head moving down and then i’d push about 3 times w/ each rush. they were all amazed, as she never receeded back into my pelvis, she just came down. i accredit this to pilates and being very aware of my pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. i felt her crowning, and right at that moment, both my cats started meowing and all 3 of my tree frogs started croaking-its like they knew! how cool! i started yelling “My clit!” lol b/c it felt like my clitoris was going to rip apart. jen assured me i was stretching fine! so i kept pushing-and all of a sudden her head was out! one more push, and she flew out of me. DH delivered our baby!!! the whole time i was pushing, jen was instructing him to apply grapeseed oil to my perineum, which reallllllllly helped! i only tore a little. graham laid her on my tummy, and i was crying, and talking to my baby. she was here, finally!!!!! my mw walked me and baby across the hall to my bedroom where she cut the cord and delivered the placenta. my Ayla was this beautiful slimy screaming baby, and DH and i just looked at each other in amazement. we did it-and it was perfect.
 

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