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We woke up Wednesday morning, and DH said, as he always did, “Are you going to go into labor today, or do I have to go to work?” I told him he had to go to work. Later that morning I started getting crampy. Even later that morning the cramps turned into definite contractions. They weren’t bad at all, and I was busy getting kids dressed and fed, so I don’t know how far apart they were, or if they were even regular. At 10:30 I called DH to tell him something was going on. Two of his assistants had called in sick, so he wasn’t seeing any patients. He had “stuff” to keep him busy, but I told him since he wasn’t seeing patients, he should come home. He got here about 11. I started timing the contractions and they were pretty regularly 9 minutes apart. The doctor said I should come in as soon as there’s anything regular, as DD was born quickly. I didn’t want to go to the hospital with them only 9 minutes apart – I didn’t want to be there all day. BUT, we had contractors here, and our driveway was full of trenches and dirt piles and tractors, and it was pretty treacherous. To get to the car we had to get 2 kids, a laboring woman, and my handicapped mom through the mess. I was just sitting here freaking out about how we were going to get my mom to the car. I decided I might actually relax more at the hospital. So about noon I told DH we should go. He went out and told the contractors to make a path. Then he called the doctor. He told her they were 9 minutes apart. She asked how strong they were and he said “pretty strong.” I said “they’re not that bad – I’m still talking through them.” We packed up a few last minute items and got everyone out to the car and buckled in their seats. I waited in the house till everyone else was ready, then I went out. The head contractor stopped DH and wanted to talk shop. DH said, “Umm, I have to go, Jeanine’s in labor.” While I’m at the car waiting for DH (he had to climb in the third row seat from the back, so I had to shut him in), DS says he has to pee. UGH!!!! I’m in labor here, people!!! I told him to pee on the side of the road (living in the woods has its advantages.) Finally everyone is in the car and we’re off! My mom has to drive – YIKES! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"> Things got a little more intense on the way there (could it have been because she was tail-gating a logging truck? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"> Then she asks me if she needs to pass him on a curvy mountain road. Umm… NO!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: )<br>
So, we arrive at the hospital about 1 pm, and I go straight in while everyone else unloads. I go to the receptionist and tell her “I’m here to have a baby”. But I don’t know if I go to the registering room or the nurse’s station. So she calls the registering room and tells them there’s a patient to be registered (I’d already pre-registered). So I wait like a minute and then she says, “Well, we’ll do this later. Go on over to the nurse’s station.” So I go there and tell the nurse “I’d like to have a baby.” She tells me I’ve come to the right place. (No one ever thinks I'm in labor because I'm too happy.) The doc had apparently warned them that I was coming and had told them not to waste any time, it might go quickly. So she takes me to the room, and I change into a gown and pee into a cup and she hooks me up to the monitor to see how strong and far apart the contractions are, and they’re a couple minutes apart. She checks me, and I’m at 8 cm. This is about 1:10 pm. So I’m standing at the side of the bed for a while and the contractions are getting stronger. At some point I start to feel pressure, so I get into the bed. The doc says she wants to break the water to check for meconium so we agree. (This is a very rural and remote hospital. They are not as well equipped as other hospitals to deal with problems, so they are very cautious – they don’t want to be caught off-guard.) So she breaks my water, and there is meconium in it, so the nurse calls to alert the respiratory therapists. Soon thereafter I start pushing, so the nurse calls the RT’s again to tell them to come to the room. FINALLY I get her head out and the doc immediately suctions her, and then tells me NOT to push because her cord is around her neck. After her head was out, DH was going to deliver the rest, but now he can’t. Also, they weren’t going to cut the cord right away, but now they have to. So the doc clamps and cuts the cord. Babe had been crying, but now her chest is getting compressed, so she can’t breathe. Once the cord is cut, doc says “OK, you have to get this baby out, now!” I pushed her body out, even though the contraction was going away at this point. She was born at 2:16. She was supposed to be placed immediately on me, but now, because of the meconium, she has to be taken to the RT’s in the corner. They suctioned her really well, and only had her less than five minutes. Then I got her back. She latched on right away, and the med staff did everything else they needed to do with her on me. They had to take her to the scale to weigh her, but they waited (at least an hour) to do that.<br>
So, there were a few unexpected things that came up, and things that didn’t go according to the birth plan, but I am not at all disappointed in her birth. In my eyes, a birth plan is how you want it to go in your perfect world, but things like wrapped cords and meconium need to be dealt with, and I really feel like things couldn’t have gone better. And, in retrospect, I’m really glad our driveway was torn up, or we wouldn’t have left that “early”. With her cord and the meconium, a side-of-the-road birth could have been bad.<br><br>
FTR, if anyone is looking for some good “birthing” music, let me just say that Melissa Etheridge’s “Skin” album is NOT it. Some random lyrics:<br>
“This one’s gonna hurt like hell”<br>
“Ain’t it crazy, for a moment there this felt just like dying”<br>
“If I ached for any more I know I’d surely die”<br>
“I don’t ever want to feel this way again”<br>
Generally a good album, just not for birthing!<br>
(We brought the computer with us so the kids could watch a video. We didn't plan on having music. DH just grabbed whatever he could find out of my car. I guess I am thankful he didn't grab "The Lion King" soundtrack <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )
 

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Congratulations mama! I'm glad everything turned out well for you.<br><br>
LOL about the lyrics. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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