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So i had made a post earlier in the day on march 3rd. I had been having some cramping since i woke up early in the morning and i felt super uncomfortable....but no consistent contractions. Just the normal BH every once in a while. I really didn't think it was labor. Just me in more discomfort.
I had my midwife appointment at 2:30pm and I told her about the cramping. When she checked me, i was 3-4cm and 75 percent effaced. I also had a little bit of a bloody show when after she checked me. She said that she thought it could be early labor and i should just watch it. His head was too low for her to strip the membranes but she said she didn't think i needed it anyway. After i was checked, i started having contractions about 2-4 mins apart. Some were piggy back contractions that came every minute and they got more and more painful. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't false labor so i stayed home till around 8 when i couldn't take the pain anymore. By that time, i had had over 100 contractions (was keeping track on my contraction app...very handy!).
I got to the Triage waiting room shortly after 8 and was back in triage within 10 minutes because i told them the pain was an 7 out of 10. I met the doula and my midwife there and was monitored for contractions and checked again. I was 90 percent effaced, 0 station, and only 4cm dilated. The midwife said that i was making a little progress, but after so long, they would have liked to see more. They said they weren't 100 percent sure they would admit me at that point. I was pretty frustrated since i couldn't imagine going home with that many contractions and that painful. But something told me that day would be the day, so i didn't loose any hope. They told me to take a walk and try to make more progress. I walked for about an hour till i just couldn't walk anymore. I was exhausted and having contractions consistently 2mins apart. The pain was about an 8 at that point. I decided to sit on the birthing ball in the lobby. i don't know how long i was on it, but it was for a while. Contractions still 2mins apart and pain at an 8.
After that, i asked to get into the jacuzzi tub that they have in triage. That was heaven! It was the best i had felt all day. The contractions slowed a little bit at first and the pain was much more manageable than when i was walking or sitting on the birthing ball. I think i was in there for about an hour and a half before the contractions picked back up again and the pain went from an 8 to a 9. After i got out, it was pure misery. I went back tot he room to get monitored again. As i was waiting, i was sitting on the birthing ball and i felt what seemed like a big bubble bursting. It was my water breaking . So after that the midwives let me know for sure that i was staying. That was around 12-12:30 when they finally admitted me to L&D. But i had to wait in the triage for another hour to get a room with a jacuzzi.
After my water broke, the pain went from 9 to what i would call a 10. I was in agony and in tears. I kept thinking that i made it so far without an epi and if i quit now, i wouldn't be trying. I stuck through it for another 45 mins, and then i tried to walk. I made it about 3 contractions in the hallway and i said," i can't take it anymore!". I told the doula i wanted an epi. I didn't care about the jacuzzi at that point. There was no way i was getting in it. I felt like i couldn't even walk anymore. They got me in the room about 15 minutes later and anesthesia came in to give me an epi about 15 minutes later.
I think it was a resident or someone learning who came to give me my epi because it was 2 people and one was instructing the other. I was terrified but i didn't say anything. It took her 3 attempts to put in my epidural...and 2 different times they had to numb me. It felt like it was taking an eternity for them to get it in and i actually felt the needle a couple of times. All the while, i'm having excruciating contractions 2 mins apart. I bawled loudly the whole time. I think that was the climax as far as pain goes. Once they finally got it in, i felt relief in 15 mins. That was around 2am. I was finally able to get some sleep!!
The midwife came in, woke me up at 3:15am. She checked me again and i was 8cm and his head was super low! But they also checked my pad and said they thought they saw some meconium in the water and i would not be able to do immediate kangaroo care or delayed cord cutting because he would need to be checked asap.
For an hour after that, i could feel his head moving down and the pressure in my butt. I told her i was ready to push and i was checked again. From 8 to 10cm in an hour!!!
After that, they got everything ready and i pushed for about 15 mins and my beautiful baby boy was born. He screamed like a champ! 6lbs 9oz and 19.5inches. I cried for the third time, but this time it was happy tears. I didn't expect to feel an instant connection, but i did. I couldn't stop smiling.
He checked out perfect from the pediatrician with an apgar score or 9. I finally got to hold him skin to skin after that while they sewed me up (2nd degree tear). He was already on my chest lifting his head and trying to crawl down to my chest to eat. I was impressed lol.
Even though i didn't get everthing i had planned or wanted, i got to try a majority of the pain relief techniques i wanted to (birth ball, walking, jacuzzi) and i would say my overall birthing experience was good. I don't regret anything at all
Minutes after being born
Thank You Sharon for my beautiful siggy!
Last edited by DramaFreeMama; March 9th, 2011 at 01:39 AM.
He's super sweet! I would have been super worried to have someone training on me....that makes me think, maybe I should add "only experienced Drs and nurses are allowed to administer any meds, IVs, or perform any medical procedures on me....NO RESIDENTS OR STUDENTS"
I'm glad you and baby are happy and doing good Thanks for sharing your story