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The Birth of Cora Anne<br>
10-09-08<br><br>
The weeks prior to delivery were full of false labor. I was so certain I was in labor that I even called my parents nearly two weeks early and they rushed down to help us take care of our older two children only for labor to stop abruptly that night. This pattern went on every few nights for two weeks. It was very annoying. My due date came and went and finally the night of 41 weeks my water broke at 2:30 am as I turned over in bed. The fluid came rushing out all over the bed. I was amazed at how much came out. We cleaned things up, got the birth tub filled and tried to go back to sleep for a while. Contraction started up with in an hour and increasingly got closer together. By 5 am we called Juanita, our midwife, and told her they were 4 minutes apart and that she might want to come soon. We expected labor to progress as fast as it had with our second, which had been about 4 hours of active labor.<br><br>
Juanita and Carol arrived and I got up and walked around the house as the sun rose and came through our windows, it was such a beautiful sunrise to enjoy that morning. I alternated between walking around, sitting on the birth ball, and resting. The contractions continued to strengthen in intensity and by about 9 am I told Tim that I thought we would have the baby by noon because they were getting so strong and felt like what I had experienced near the end of my other labors.<br><br>
Thinking things were progressing fast the midwives suggested I take a walk around the property and then they would check me before I got in the tub. While we walked things got very painful and I thought I would be near 7 cm dialated when we returned. Juanita checked and to our surprised I was only at 4 cm. I was discouraged, but we continued walking for several more hours, stopping for rests and eating. After two more checks I was only at 5 cm, but I felt such pressure on my cervix that I couldn’t believe nothing was happening! Things went on like this for hours. I continued to labor in intensity that felt like the transition periods I had felt with my other two labors. It was discouraging, scary and confusing to me. I felt like my body wasn’t working right. I was trying so hard to relax, stay calm and positive, but my body was working against me. I feared the baby was too big and I’d need a c-section. I tried getting in the shower, but only cried and felt worse.<br><br>
The whole time Tim was a nervous wreck, he over heard the midwives calling a doctor for consultation and to arrange a transport to the hospital. He came back in to the room and asked me how much more I wanted to take. I told him I could continue for a while longer, but I was so discouraged I wasn’t dialating.<br><br>
The midwives came in and checked again and tried to adjust the baby’s position, it was agonizing! I was still only at 5 cm. They then noticed that the baby’s heart was dipping during the peak of my contractions and they wanted me to labor lying on my sides, which was torture. I couldn’t stay relaxed, I was panicing it hurt so bad. I was able to get my breathing under control, but my back, legs and body just tensed as the baby’s head felt like it was pushing hard against my unyeilding cervix. I think I labored on my sides for at least an hour. At one point I said, “I just can’t do this anymore!” Juanita said, “What option do you think you have.” Which just hurt and angered me. I was trying with all my might and nothing was working and I didn’t need a flippant response. I said, “I can’t keep laying here, I need to get up or get in the tub for at least a little bit and maybe I can keep going on.” They agreed to let me get in the tub, which is what I had felt I needed for several hours because I couldn’t relax and my labor had always progressed very fast in the tub previously.<br><br>
I got in the tub and literally in the next contraction I felt better, more relaxed and able to cope with the pain. Another contraction came and I felt the baby move down and a strong desire to push. I told every one and Juanita said, “Are you sure it isn’t just pressure, there is a difference? See what you feel next time.” With the next contraction I yelled, “I need to push!” Tim quickly got in the tub and helped support me as Juanita checked me and laughed as she said, “You are at 10 cm with just a small lip. I’ll push it back in the next contraction.”<br><br>
I went through two, maybe three contractions and small pushes and then I was ready to push. I pushed lightly and the baby moved down quickly and was crowning! I couldn’t believe it! I tend to panic when the baby crowns and push them out too quickly and tear badly, so the midwives helped me get focused and helped me hold my hand on the head as I pushed the baby out. It was amazing how easy it was to push the baby out and into the water and I was able to bring the baby to my chest.<br><br>
The baby didn’t start breathing right away, so I was helped out of the tub and onto the bed where they suctioned and gave the baby some oxygen. In all the excitement we hadn’t even checked to see if we had a boy or a girl. Tim looked and proudly announced we had a girl! We were surprised because she had a head of dark brown hair. We named our daughter Cora Anne, which means, “The grace of the Lord fills my heart.” She weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. Had a head of 14 1/3 inches around and was 21 inches long.<br><br>
It was such a relief to know that I was able to deliver my baby at home and surprising to us all that just 30 minute before I was ready to pack up and go to the hospital. What a difficult and amazing experience!<br><br>
Link to blog photos:<br><a href="http://shecanlaugh.blogspot.com/2008/10/welcoming-cora-anne.html" target="_blank">http://shecanlaugh.blogspot.com/2008...cora-anne.html</a>
 

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Congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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you did amazing mama!! I have heard stories about 3rd labour and how different and unpredictable they are...Makes me curious as to what I am in for. Your story has given me stength!!!<br><br>
Cora is beautiful!!
 

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Congratulations mama! Wow it's amazing that your body knew what you needed. Happy babymoon.
 

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Way to go mama! I love how you knew just what you needed to do there at the end by getting into the water. Very cool birth story and what a beautiful baby girl!
 

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Congratulations!!! she's gorgeous!
 

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she is beautiful!!!
 

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Beautiful story mama and it just goes to show what trusting our instincts can do~ from 5 cm to 10 in no time at all! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Wow! You are so strong! Thanks for sharing your story and your little Cora is a cutie! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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Congrats Momma! Thanks for sharing your story! Sounds like you knew exactly what your body needed (the tub) so I'm glad you were able to get in and have your baby at home!<br><br>
She's a beauty too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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