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Michael Alton was born 1-24-07 (also my birthday!) at 12:11 p.m. He was born at home after less than 5 hours of labor! Only 21 minutes of pushing and no tears (or 'roids! YAY)! Woohoo!<br>
He was - 10 lb, 1 oz<br>
- 22 1/2 inches long<br>
Basically I woke up at 7:15am after Michael punched my bladder REALLY hard, went to the bathroom and saw I'd totally lost my plug and had been feeling a few contractions.........<br><br>
DH left for work at 7:45, I called him at 8:10 and told him to get back home.... He got home at 8:35 and we left for my midwife appt. that was at 9AM.... When I got there, I was already at a 4cm and 100% effaced and working REALLY hard through my contractions (I really don't remember much of the visit even though we were there for almost an HOUR!)...... on the ride home, I was in TRANSITION already! (Yeah, less than 3 hours after starting cx!)......<br><br>
When I got home, I tried the birth ball and was yelling out stuff like "JESUS, OPEN IT UP - OPEN UP MY CERVIX! LORD HELP ME THROUGH THIS CONTRACTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br>
!!!" as loud as possible and wouldn't let DH help me at all... my mom came and got our 20 month old DD, I took a quick shower and then stationed myself on the toilet.... then I had DH call the midwives to go ahead and come over...<br><br>
by the time the first midwife got there, I was pushy feeling..... but not pushing yet... Eventually, she convinced me to get off of the toilet at 11:45... I started pushing at 11:50 (on the edge of my bed with one leg up on the side of the box spring and the other on the floor) and pushed for 21 minutes.... and out popped little Michael! It was NOTTTTTT even close to as bad as I thought it would be at ALL!! In fact, on the video, a few minutes after the birth I said "Oh my gosh! I thought that was going to be so much harder! Is that weird?!" lol<br><br>
I felt like pushing my placenta out within a few minutes after the birth and my midwives obliged. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I did faint momentarily when trying to go to the bathroom a while after the birth and as a precaution, my midwives gave me oxygen and a shot of pitocin to get my uterus to do its thing after the birth (I didn't hold the baby a whole lot right after I fainted, so my uterus wasn't contracting like it would've been if he'd been nursing).... Anyway, all was well and the midwives were FANTASTIC!<br><br>
Anyone in the west Texas area should certainly seek out the services of Motherly Way Maternity Services! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Kelli and Shanna (and their apprentice Mel) were absolutely WONDERFUL!!!)<br><br>
This has been a healing and surreal experience! My DD was born via C/S after 42 hours of labor (water broke prior to cx) due to posterior positioning and a cocked head (she was an attempted natural birth center birth, so the C/S was very disappointing to me!)...... so we were shocked that this one went off without a hitch and SO quickly!<br><br>
Here are some links to some pics!<br>
Here he is moments after birth:<br><a href="http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/8977/dscf0001zv9.jpg" target="_blank">http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/8977/dscf0001zv9.jpg</a><br><br>
Here we are a few minutes later!<br><a href="http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/8049/dscf0005ay2.jpg" target="_blank">http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/8049/dscf0005ay2.jpg</a><br><br>
Here he is with his grandma (my mom) and big sister Grace later that evening when they met him for the first time!:<br><a href="http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/1875/dscf0007fd1.jpg" target="_blank">http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/1875/dscf0007fd1.jpg</a><br><br>
and here I am with DD and DS today!:<br><a href="http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/5166/dscf00134ym7.jpg" target="_blank">http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/5166/dscf00134ym7.jpg</a><br><br>
-Jenn
 

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Beautiful family! Thanks for sharing!!
 

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Thank you so much for sharing. I'm so happy for your family! Congrats on the beautiful healthy boy.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Your story is beautiful! It's great that you were able to have a home birth, this is not possible in our state. Great pics - You have a beautiful family!!!
 

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Amazing! Beautiful baby, congrats!
 

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What a great story -- congratulations! Your family is absolutely beautiful ... happy babymoon!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I have to say this gives me hope. My first birth was more than 30 hours long (also had a posterior baby with acynclitic head). I managed to pull it off and birth her vaginally with the help of my doula who used to be a midwife, so she used every trick up her sleeve to help me get the baby to turn. I didn't think I was going to make it, but about 8 hours before she was born she <i>finally</i> turned and straightened out, and I started progressing more normally (I nearly cried with relief!). It was a very difficult experience, however. I am thinking of ttc later this year, and have been hoping like crazy that my second experience will go better than the first! I will keep coming back and reading your story <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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My girlfriend just had a six-hour hbac after a long failed-induction labour with her ds, so I also think it is amazingwhen HBAC babies come so fast!
 

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That's one I haven't heard before! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Your ds is beautiful. Mine has a very similar birthmark on his forehead - some called it "stork tracks" or "angel kisses."
 
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