Posts Tagged ‘labor’

Another Campbell Has Arrived! The Birth Story of Baby Snowflake

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by by

‘Baby Snowflake’ is our little “drama” queen! She really knows how to play tricks on her mommy! After 2 bouts of false labor, she finally decided to come at the last minute before 2011 was over – our New Year’s Eve baby!

Here is the full story of her birth:

On Saturday, Christmas Eve – the day before my due date – I started having contractions about 7 minutes apart around 1pm. The night before, I had been having contractions on and off, which really hindered my ability to get a good night’s rest. Friday morning, I nested like crazy, cleaning the whole house thinking baby would be here soon. Daddy C was feeling sick, like he might have the flu, which made me even more anxious. Between all the cleaning, I tried to feed us all good, nutrient dense foods and supplements to ward off the sickies. By 1pm, the contractions had returned with regularity. I went on a walk, and they got stronger and closer together. I decided to call the midwives and tell them to come at 4:30pm. Daddy C took Peanut to a relative’s house just in case, and the midwives arrived around 5:30pm, by which time the contractions were now coming 5 minutes apart. They were not really painful though, and since I had back labor with Peanut, I wasn’t sure if this was just what regular labor contractions felt like. (more…)


Labor – as demonstrated by Gaby

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 by by

Nitrous Oxide for Laboring Women, Coming to a Hospital Near You?

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by by

I mentioned briefly in a recent post on my views that Nitrous Oxide would be a wonderful option for women who wanted some pain relief during labor but didn’t want an epidural.  Good news! It is making a comeback in the US!

In the US there are only 2 hospitals that currently offer Nitrous Oxide as pain relief for women in labor, but decades ago this was common practice.  Other countries that use Nitrous Oxide include: Canada, Australia, Finland, Sweden, and the UK.  Many homebirth midwives in these countries even offer this as an option.

Since Epidurals came into fashion, with their complete pain relief (i.e numb from the waist down) the Nitrous use waned and eventually disappeared.  But why?

With so many known side effects and possible risks for the fetus that we know come from (more…)

Choosing the right Hospital for YOU.

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 by by

My second birth experience was a homebirth and I wouldn’t change a thing. But I also had a hospital delivery in what I believe to be a wonderful hospital. At the time I was looking for OB GYN’s (I never considered a midwife, it was so far off my radar you wouldn’t believe it.  I was quite a different person then and not educated in childbirth, breastfeeding, or AP anything) based on the recommendations of my husband’s co worker’s.  I switched OB’s early on because my first doctor would see us for 5 minutes after the nurse did all of the heavy lifting.  He criticized me for gaining too much weight too quickly, frankly, he was right, but it wasn’t in the nicest tone.

We picked a new OB GYN based on the hospital he delivered at and the fact that his office was 8 minutes from my house.  St. Joseph’s Medical Center was touted as a wonderful place to give birth.  They even had The Birth Place, an epidural free zone meant for low risk, natural birth deliveries that was more like home.  I wanted to give birth there but didn’t get to (I was “high risk” with Gestational Diabetes). (more…)


Everett’s Homebirth Story

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 by by

Everett made his way into the world on October 20, 2010 at 6:44 am. This is how it went down.

At around 1:30 in the morning my son, Fletcher, who is 23 months old, was yelling for “Mama” from his bed. I went in to give him a cuddle and get him back to sleep. I had mild contractions which are were more uncomfortable with 25 pounds on my lap but I had those often at night. He went to sleep right away and I crawled back in bed. I may have dozed off, or may not have. I remember feeling a contraction with a little pain at 2 am. I laid in bed and waited for more but I had a feeling this was it. I had 2 more that felt around 5-7 minutes apart so I got up to begin timing. I sat on my birth ball, turned on a DVRed soap from over a week ago and used my iPhone App to time. I was getting them every 6 minutes, and they lasted for 1 minute. Some came closer. Then very quickly they went to 4 minutes apart and I was already having to breathe through them. I went back into my bedroom and told my husband I thought this was it! I wanted to take a shower to relieve the pain and also see if they slowed down at all before calling the midwife. A few nights prior I had irregular, but painful contractions, for a few hours. The shower seemed to slow them back down so I wanted to test that.

They kept up through the shower which made “showering” more difficult. I wanted to shave my legs but I gave that up. I did try to do a little personal grooming since I knew there would be an audience seeing my goods soon. That was a joke too since I couldn’t see a thing. I did my best, as I always tried to do.

I called my doula from the bathroom and told her to come over since things were moving quickly. I still kept saying I “think” this is it.

I got dressed, did my makeup, dried my hair, and went back to my birth ball. By then I was really feeling things and told my husband to call the midwife. She asked a few questions. My husband answered as best he could but (more…)

Potential early labor – hospital here I come!

Saturday, June 5th, 2010 by by

I woke up at 1am with weird diarrhea-like pains, but I managed to sleep on and off until 5.45am. I woke up still with the pains, but worse. While I lay in bed worrying because Emersyn wasn’t moving, I realized slowly that these pains were coming somewhat regularly, and that whenever I had them, my whole uterus was hardening. I decided to start timing them ‘just in case’ – and it didn’t take long to notice a pattern!

I got out of bed after I’d had 4 contractions, 5 minutes apart, to see if the change of position would help, but it didn’t. I rang my midwife, who advised me to take some paracetamol and see what happened in an hour, or to ring her before the hour if things got worse. I then rang my parents and put them on potential-baby-arrival-warning. The pains did get a bit worse and started being closer together, so I rang the midwife, and she has asked me to meet her at the hospital at 9am… Which is RIGHT NOW… But my Dad is taking his sweet time getting ready, so they still aren’t here!

The pains are still here, and still regular. I really have NO idea what is happening, it’s not as bad as I imagined it would be. Then again, (more…)


Monday, August 17th, 2009 by by

A year ago today, I went to the doctor for my 39 week check up. I had already been to the doctor twice that week to monitor my blood pressure, which was high. I had left my job at the preschool a week earlier than planned because the doctor was concerned about the blood pressure issue, and even though I only worked three hours a day at that point, and pretty much sat in a rocking chair feeding babies and rocking them to sleep, she felt that just my getting up to get ready and driving and walking around once I got there, was causing my blood pressure to rise. My blood pressure is usually lower than the typical woman’s, so the fact that it was shooting up beyond what is considered “high” for a typical person was even more of a concern. At least, this is what I was told. I’m trying to keep this memory in positive light, so I will skip all of my skepticism and dislike for my medical care at this time.

So today was my 39 week appointment.  The nurse came in and took my blood pressure and the doctor came in very quickly after, which was not normal at all.  She told me that my blood pressure had been very high for the past week, and she was concerned about it going higher.  “What are you doing tomorrow?” she asked.  “Lying in bed, like you told me to” I said. “I’d like for you to (more…)