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Short version: I had my little girl on the 14th at 7AM in an unexpected unassisted home delivery on my living room carpet! Well, not totally unassisted--the husband was on the phone with 911 and my MIL was there watching my son and dog to keep them out of the way, but it was certainly not a midwife catch in the birth center like we'd planned. EMS arrived to cut the cord and take us to the hospital after the fact.<br><br>
Cordelia June likes a dramatic entrance, it seems! 7lbs 10ozs, 20 inches long. We are doing well and were allowed to go home the next day.<br><br>
Longer story:<br><br>
Well, I had been having some BHs that had been starting to feel menstrual-crampy, but on Thursday afternoon, my 39 week prenatal appointment check said I was 1 cm and "thick" though the cervix was soft. Disappointed, we went for a walk to try to help things along, then went to Mexican, then I tried to sleep through my increasing menstrual cramping. My last labor had the first, early stage lasting much of a day and night to get to 4 cms, so I thought maybe we were ramping up to go into labor late into Friday.<br><br>
About 2 AM, I could no longer sleep through the cramps, so I went downstairs to let my husband snooze some. Put on my TENS unit, my Hypnobabies CD, and decided after a while that this was probably the real deal, but since I wasn't getting into an "every 5 minutes or less" pattern, and it was only every third or so contraction that made me rethink the whole no-meds thing, I thought it was too soon to go into the hospital, and I'd just wake my husband to take me in before rush hour got bad.<br><br>
Somehow I did manage to get a little nap on the couch, dozing between the waves and thinking "man, this hypnosis stuff is just NOT working all that well this time!" during each cramp session, but when I finally decided that it'd gotten into the 5 minute pattern, I called the birth center to notify the midwife, called my doula, then went upstairs to get everyone up.<br><br>
By THAT time, my contractions had jumped from being every 5 minutes (it couldn't have been more than a half hour that they'd been that close consistently), to every 2 minutes. My husband grabbed the bags to put in the car and I was telling my MIL about what to feed the boy and stuff when he woke, when all of a sudden I felt the urge to bear down. I tried to stop it but could not, then my water popped, and I could feel the head coming down.<br><br>
Uh-oh.<br><br>
I told my MIL to call 911 as I dropped to my knees trying not to push, and my husband rushed in and took the phone as my MIL rounded up my son and dog to get them out of the way. He was asking me stuff the dispatcher was asking him "how close are the contractions?" "I can feel her HEAD; I don't think it matters!!" My MIL brought down towels, my husband pulled my shorts down with my growled directions (I could not move from the spot in the living room I'd dropped onto hands/knees at), and the next contraction made me grunt and push even though I kept thinking "breath, breath, let the head come out without pushing so you won't tear" (also thinking "HOLY CRAP! I cannot believe this is HAPPENING to me!").<br><br>
I could feel the head pop out, and evidently my husband was watching then too, then whooosh!, the rest of her dropped to the carpet. I quickly sat back, scooped her up with a nearby towel, and rubbed her down as I brought her to my chest. She let out an annoyed cry and pinked up, and then just looked at us a bit grumpily. My husband and I were on the floor admiring her and kind of looking at each other when my MIL let the paramedics in about a minute later.<br><br>
After that, things were really calm and routine, though I did need stitches because my old scar from my first birth tore (it never healed right), and I got some pitocin for having clots, but other than that, we were both in really good condition and went home the next day.<br><br>
It was quite a ride!
 

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Wow, what an experience! It's good to know both you and baby are doing well. Enjoy your babymoon! <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 a birth story! wow. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing.
 
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