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This is a belated posting of my UC story. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I woke up at 2:33 on Sunday morning (Oct. 12)thinking I had wet the<br>
bed. I stood there shivering telling myself that it couldn't be my<br>
water. It was too early. The baby wasn't due for a few more weeks. My DH<br>
woke up as I rolled out of bed and asked what I thought. I told him I<br>
didn't know. I really did though; I just didn't want to believe it. I<br>
went to the bathroom, took some vit. C and then climbed back into<br>
bed. I wasn't having any contractions and I decided to try and get<br>
some sleep. I told my DH to sleep as well. I started shaking and I asked<br>
my DH to make me some herb tea. The contractions started, they were<br>
anywhere from 3-7 min. apart and only lasting 20 or so seconds. They<br>
didn't hurt either. I could feel my belly tightening and my back hurt<br>
though. As DH was making my tea I threw up. I remember thinking that<br>
woman throw up during transition but I couldn't be there yet. I had<br>
figured on a long hard labor and hours of pushing. This was my third<br>
baby but first vaginal birth. My first two little ones were born by c-<br>
section and I never labored. I was told I was basically a first time<br>
mom so labor would be long. Also, I have a messed up back and the<br>
doctors all told me that to deliver a baby vaginally would be<br>
extremely hard and would take a lot of pushing. I decided to labor on<br>
the toilet for a while, as my back was so sore. I drank my tea and<br>
then threw it up. I got in the shower and let the hot water run on my<br>
back. My contractions were still very erratic and only lasting 20-30<br>
seconds.<br><br>
When I had envisioned my labor I thought I would squat through the<br>
contractions. I also wanted to labor at night while my little ones<br>
were sleeping. I labored at night but I instinctively went to my<br>
hands and knees. I labored in the shower for about 30-min. and my DH<br>
brought me some water to drink, then the hot water ran out. I went<br>
out into the living room and had my DH lay a bathmat and some towels on the floor.<br><br>
The poor guy hadn't known what to do so he had swept and mopped the<br>
kitchen floor and done the dishes! By this time my back felt like it<br>
was going to come apart. Contractions were still the same. I had DH<br>
press a heating pad on my back. He asked me if I could tell how<br>
dilated I was and I told him I didn't want to check. I didn't want to<br>
be disappointed. I remember thinking that I couldn't take hours more<br>
of this. I drank a gallon of water in 45 min. I was so thirsty! I started moaning through the contractions and I felt my body push with the next contraction. I felt the baby move down and I told my DH that my body was pushing. I felt inside myself and could feel my sweet baby's head right there! My body continued to push with each contraction and I just let it. I didn't push at all. I kept my hand on the baby's head and was pretty vocal. It was so intense. My body did what it was made to do. Tobias was born all at once into my hands sunny side up. The time was 6:04 am Sunday October 12, 2003.<br><br>
I brought him to my chest and told my dh to get a blanket or towel to<br>
wrap the baby in. He grabbed one of his flannel shirts and I wrapped<br>
up the baby. His breathing was a little raspy so I told dh to get me the "sucker thing" and waved my hand towards the bookshelf. As dh was getting it I instinctively put my mouth on my babe's and sucked out the phlem. I connected with Tobias on such a deep level. I didn't even have to think about what to do. I just did it. I believe this is because I followed my instincts throughout the pregnancy and birthed him alone. No interference. About 20 min. after he was born we looked to see what we had been blessed with. "It's a boy!" dh announced. He weighed 6lbs 5oz. and was 19 inches long. He was absolutely perfect!<br><br>
A few hours after Tobias was born dh cut the cord and tied it with a piece of wool yarn I had in my knitting basket. We hadn't ordered the birth kit yet so we just used what we had. Worked great!<br><br>
I had thought I wanted to birth solo and my Dh was fine with that. I<br>
labored pretty much alone until the last half hour? and am grateful for<br>
that.<br><br>
I can't explain the emotions I felt. Giving birth to Tobias was the<br>
most intense, amazing and spiritual experience of my life. He is just<br>
beautiful and we love him more each day. We were so blessed and I am so thankful for our sweet baby.
 

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absolutely beautiful aurora! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><br>
waiting anxiously for our own uc baby to make an appearance!
 

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What a beautiful birth story!<br>
Thanks so much for sharing it with us!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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What an amazing birth story! Its very inspiring! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">
 

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Thank you for posting your story Aurora. Just beautiful. What a wonderful story to read while awaiting the birth of my own uc babe!<br>
Brandi <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Beautiful! Congrats mama. I love reading UC birth stories!
 

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Inspiring story <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">
 

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Such a beautiful story! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> <----(good tears)
 

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What a beautiful name, Tobias. I have that name on the top of my list for my little one. Your birth story is very empowering for women who have had 2 cesareans. And it's great that you did it unassisted. I'm expecting to have my 1st UC baby soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Thank you everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">'s to all of you awaiting your own UC babies!<br><br>
Mamajaza-Thanks! I love ds's name too. We had planned to name him Joshua if baby was a boy but when he was born we knew it wasn't his name. 12 hours later the name Tobias was HIS. I can't explain it. We just knew it was supposed to be ds's name. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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thanks for sharing.<br>
It is a wonderful story. I am planning my second VBAC in September - and am nervous about it (again). You are far braver than I would be!!<br><br><br>
(call me an idiot, but what is UC?)
 

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UC stands for unassisted childbirth (giving birth without a doctor or midwife).<br>
Laura<br>
(author of Unassisted Childbirth, and owner of unassistedchildbirth.com)
 

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Thanks Laura! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
soontobe3-don't feel bad. I didn't know what UC stood for when I read my first UC story either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Like Laura said, UC stands for Unassisted Childbirth. I had no "birth attendent". I gave birth to my baby by myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Thanks for sharing your story!!<br><br>
It's so wonderful that you gave birth to this baby after two C-s. Way to go!<br><br>
I love that you followed your inuition during pregnancy, delivery, and even afterwards...and with the name. I'm haoping the name will come to me like that, as I've not "chosen" one yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks so much (crying here after reading that). It is truly inspirational and my own wish for my next pregnancy.<br><br>
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Welcome to the world little Tobias!
 
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