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<p>Hope this will be encouraging!</p>
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<p>For weeks I'd been having "prodromal" pattern labor.  At 38.7 weeks I was 50% effaced, 0 cm.  At 39.7 weeks I was 75% effaced, 4cm dilated.  How we got to 4 like that?  No idea. </p>
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<p>I agreed to a membrane sweep but after a lot of cramping and contractions there was no "Active Labor".  At 40.3 weeks I was back down to 2cm, but very stretchy, and agreed to another sweep.  The midwife felt very strongly we needed to get baby out sooner rather than later, and I agreed. </p>
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<p>So yesterday we walked about 4 miles, took a prenatal yoga class, DTD, and started on EPO, vaginally and orally.  I was EXHAUSTED by bedtime!</p>
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<p>At various points in the night I was wakened by the strongest ctx to date, and had to get up to urinate to deal with the sensation.  Finally at 3:00 am I could not stay in bed.  Around 3:45 a strong pattern emerged.  At the same time the ctx were so intense that I was vocalizing, but they were anywhere from 4-6 minutes apart.</p>
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<p>MW wanted us in there as soon as we had this kind of labor.  We arrived at the birth center at 5:30.  I had one ctx on the toilet, and had bloody show.  I told the MW that I felt lots of pressure on the perineum.  She got me on the bed to check, and said, "Um, I'm not feeling any cervix!" </p>
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<p>Between 5:30 & 6 the waters broke all over the floor!  Another MW came in and wanted me on the bed in this crazy position.  I was side-lying with one leg in the air.  Baby's heart tones were dipping a lot during the pushes so they put me on O2 for the rest of the time.  I ended up doing a butterfly pose on my back in the final pushing.  I had to blow through every other contraction which was hell! </p>
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<p>Baby was born at 6:53am - praise God!  The pain was excruciating at times but because of the incredible level of care I received we made it!  I still cannot get over how different the experience was from my firstborn - and still is.  Without all those drugs in his system baby was able to nurse immediately like a champ.</p>
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<p>Baby measured just shy of 9 lbs - a half pound heavier than the first.  (My first was an emergency c-section after 24 hours of back labor and 2 hours of pushing with no progress/CPD.)</p>
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<p>Thanks, God!</p>
 

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<p> Congrats!</p>
 

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<p>That was quick, and I'm so happy you got your VBAC!!! Rejoicing with you. <span><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/banana.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>CONGRATS!  I love reading birth stories like this - they give me so much hope I'll get the VBAC I want when I have my baby.  Enjoy your new baby! </p>
 

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<p>Congratulations!</p>
 

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<p>Wonderful story!  Thank you so much for sharing!  And many many congrats mama!  YIPPEEEE!!!!</p>
 

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<p>Hooray!  Congrats, Mama.  Welcome Baby!!</p>
 

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<p>Congrats! Happy birthday baby :)</p>
 

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<p>Strong work, Mama!  :)  And Welcome to the World, Little One!  That was a quick journey!</p>
 

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<p>Congrats <strong>mizznicole</strong>!  Your birth gives me so much hope.  What a great job you did!</p>
 
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