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(Kind of long, if you want the short version skip to the bottom to My Unplanned Vbac)
Labor starts: I had been having contractions throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday but they were never more than four an hour. I started thinking labor might be starting soon. Sunday afternoon around 3:30 I went to the bathroom and I thought I lost my plug. I wiped and had mucous and brown blood. I went to the bathroom a couple times after that and passed more brown blood and mucous, enough for me to know that I was probably in labor. So I call my doctor’s office (twice) and then head up to L&D.
First trip to L&D: I go up to L&D. When I get there the nurse checks my cervix and I am 3 cm 70 percent effaced. I was having cx about ten minutes apart when I arrived and they picked up to about three to five minutes apart. At this point, I am assuming the doctor will schedule my csection for that night. I am almost 37 weeks and my csection was scheduled for Friday so I had no reason to think baby moo wouldn't be arriving on Sunday. The nurse calls my doctor and he decides to stop my labor. They kept me there for five or six hours and gave me two shots of terbutaline to stop my labor. They finally call my doctor again and he comes up and checks me, proceeds to tell me I am not in labor and sends me home. Doctor and I had a major confrontation and I tell him and the nurse to take the IV out and I go home to see what will happen next.
Labor starts again: I don’t get much sleep Sunday night with all the anxiety. I tell dh not to go to work on Monday because I am concerned my labor will start up again. On Monday morning about eight am I start having contractions again. I start having them about ten minutes apart. Then some of them are fifteen minutes or twenty minutes apart. This goes on throughout the day. Every time I think they are picking up they fizzle out again. My sister comes over around noon and spends the day with me. Around four pm we decide to take a drive for some icecream to get my mind off of things. In the car I have a few contractions eight minutes apart and think, hmm maybe this is it. Then another one ten minutes apart, and then another one that doesn’t come for what seems like forever. So I think well, then again maybe not. At this point Teresa is thinking about going home because this just might not happen today.
My water breaks: Just when I think nothing is going to happen I have a contraction and I feel this big “pop”. And I announce to everyone “I just felt this big pop”. I think it might be my water breaking but I didn’t feel any wetness right away. I go to the bathroom. I wash my hands first and then just kind of feel down there to see if I feel anything wet. Well my hand was really wet but at first I think its because I forgot to dry my hands. So I dry my hands off and feel again and sure enough I am wet. The next thing you know. I am gushing water and no question about it, my water has broken. I kind of play it off to my husband because I don’t want him to make me rush up to the hospital for them to try to stop my labor again.
Contractions and trip to the hospital: Teresa and I decide to time a few contractions before I go to the hospital. Well within a few minutes of my water breaking the contractions start coming two to three minutes apart and HARD labor starts! I only timed a handful of them. Maybe ten or fifteen minutes at the longest. At this point I am getting in tears and tell Teresa and dh I need to go to the hospital. We call the doctor and head to the van. Teresa asks me twice are you sure you are going to be able to make it to the hospital and I am thinking yes, I will be fine.
My unplanned natural VBAC: I get to the hospital and tell dh he had better not try to make me walk from the parking lot. He pulls me to the door and I walk in and tell them I am in labor. They get me a wheel chair and take me and dh up to L&D. I get there and I am contracting so quickly I need the nurse to help me undress. They check to see that my water has broken (I was soaked, but I guess they still have to check). Then they check my cervix. I am five cm and 90 percent effaced. The nurse calls the doctor and tells her she needs to head up right away. I ask the nurse for something for pain and she tells me I can not have anything since I am going to have a csection. I am VERY ANNOYED with them. I keep having contractions and KEEP ASKING FOR PAIN MEDS. They keep telling me they are working on it. I knew in my head they weren’t going to give me anything and I was getting upset about it. The nurse keeps telling me to breath through the contractions and is starting to piss me off. (Not her fault, she just happened to be on the receiving end of my emotions). I tell the nurse I feel something down there and cry to her to please check. Keep in mind she just checked maybe fifteen to twenty minutes earlier. She checks and tells the nurse “uh I don’t feel any cervix, go call her doctor ASAP, I don’t know if we will be having a csection”. The other nurse calls the doctor again but she is on her way. The nurse that was checking my cervix kept her hand inside me the whole time trying to keep the baby’s head from coming out and trying to encourage me not to push. I am getting very upset because I am complete and not sure if they are going to make me have a csection still. I did not want to have a csection after going through all this. I am still asking for pain meds even when I am complete.
The doctor finally arrives and she tells me that we are going to have a vbac. They try to get me to sign something consenting to a vbac but I couldn’t sign it in the middle of contractions. The next thing you know they are asking me to push. I push through three contractions and she is out. I screamed so loud when she came out. But after it was all done I felt incredible. I still can’t believe I did it!!!!! As annoyed as I was with everyone and everything I am really happy it worked out this way. I had always wanted to have natural childbirth but always got so scared. I was only at the hospital for thirty five minutes. If I had have stayed home any longer she would have been born at home or in the car.
Lyndsey Catherine “Moo” was born on September 26, 2005 at 6:40pm
She weighed five pounds five oz and was 18 ľ inches long.
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Brings back memories for me. They didn't want to give me meds either, and when they finally gave me nubane I was complete. So I had to push with no meds. But it went just as fast and when it was over I felt like the queen of the world. So you did it Patty, a VBAC. Imagine if they would've still did the section, you would've been hurtin right now. Congrats, again.
Great birth story.. I also had a natural birth..not exactly what I planed on..But I must be touched my God because I never really was in any pain so I didn't get anything (at the end when he stated to crown. I started to kinda wish for something) I know what you mean when you said after it was all done you felt incredible.... when it was over it was just over. I was tired but other wise I was Great.... I'de do it that way again in a heartbeat....
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Mother to Shayla ~ age 3
And Cole ~ 8 months
Yea, Patty! I think it's funny we had our babies on the same day. I think my due date was a day before yours too. And you know I love the names you pick for your babies since I've stolen one (just kidding)! Congratulations!