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At five mon, Jan 14th, I woke up to take DH to work (car is on the fritz) and was having pretty regular mild contrax and a little bloody show.... So at 9 I started keeping track and they were pretty consistent at 5-10 minutes apart, and started getting stronger. I left work a little early, and came home and started cleaning my house and getting ready. I was worried that I wasn’t going into active labor and that it would stop, but it didn’t.<br>
I was doing good, and at about 9pm I laid down and listened to my hypnobabies. I was doing pretty good, they were strong but definitely doable. The midwife came about 9:40 and I went downstairs. Suddenly not listening to the tapes it was a lot harder to keep on top of things. She checked and said I was at 8 (I was so scared she'd say 3 or something like that!!). I got in the pool and talked to her about my anxiety about transition, and suddenly I was in it! I didn't have any trouble staying sane, but I was groaning like a moose! Jason turned the pushing stage hypnobabies cd on, but all I heard was her saying "peace" and "open". Just that helped a ton. After only a few contractions I felt myself push, and after a couple pushes my water broke. I reached down and put counterpressure on my perineum and my midwife told me to touch wherever I felt the burn and give myself a little support. When her head came out she told me not to push, because her fist was up by her face, and she tried to move it so I wouldn’t tear on her elbow. I felt another “pop” and then she was out. The midwife said I probably tore some, but we would check in a little bit. I felt myself and could tell it wasn’t another 4th degree, and I couldn’t tell where it tore. She laid on my chest and we sat there for a bit. I only pushed for about 7 minutes! I moved to the couch and we snuggled and after a while she checked my perineum. I was so scared of how bad it would be. She said I had a small one by my urethra, and a completely INTACT perineum!!! I got all teary and she got goosebumps!<br>
It was so crazy how well this one went compared with Dennis’ hospital birth. His was a 24 hour terrible induction with every intervention and a 4th degree tear after 2.5 hours of excruciating purple pushing. I was told I couldn’t have another vaginal birth because I would tear again. With Lucy I didn’t even have much pain until an hour before she was born, and after 7 minutes of pushing I was holding her. She was only 4 oz smaller than Dennis, weighing in at 9 lb 10 oz.<br>
I highly recommend looking into homebirth for anyone with low risk factors. I also highly recommend hypnobabies and Birth Pool In a Box from Waterbirth International. The both worked really well for me. Seriously, I never even thought about how pain relief would be nice until transition. My last recommendation would be to touch yourself in labor! It made a huge difference in how I pushed, and I knew exactly how tight everything was and could back off or push harder as needed. I think it really helped in not tearing. Well, enough rambling! I’ll post pics of her when I can!
 

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Both of your children's birth stories sound nearly identical to mine -- my first was a two-day induction which ended in a 4th degree tear. With my second I hardly push and ended up with a minor scratch on my old scar. It was such an empowering experience.<br><br>
Congratulations on your amazing birth!<br><br>
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Congratulations on your wonderful birth! And thanks for sharing. It's very encouraging to read that you barely tore after having torn badly with your first birth. With my son's birth, I had a bad tear all the way around the labia and ever since, I've been worried that I'll have to deal with a similar tear and healing process with any subsequent births. This gives me new hope.
 
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