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I’m still in shock from this delivery. It was so incredibly different than my son’s.
I had been feeling very discouraged. I had lots of false labor and pain… but labor didn’t see any closer. I went in for an appointment at 10 in the morning. I had not dilated any more. I was still 4cm. My doctor stripped my membranes, but I wasn’t feeling much in the way of cramping or anything. I went home still thinking this wasn’t going to work. DH and I decided to take a chance and see if we could ‘move things along’ on our own. I immediately had bloody show and went straight into labor.
It started hard and fast right at noon. My contractions were five minutes apart and lasting one minute. I ate lunch and rested awhile, and then I started getting ready. I dressed in some comfy clothes and made sure my bag was packed before going downstairs. The contractions were picking up and I was moaning through them and pacing around my living room. My son started to get nervous, so my husband took him to my mom’s house. I called the doctor to check in. I had been in labor for only 2 hours, but didn’t want to take any chances if I went fast. I was hesitant though as my son’s labor lasted over 30 hours. She took a while to get back to me. She wanted me to come back to the office to be rechecked.
At 3 we arrived and she said I was 7cm! I could not believe I was flying through labor like this. She told me to go next door to the hospital before I had the baby on her new carpet lol! I could not believe it! I did not feel like I was 7cm. I ran over to the hospital and they couldn’t believe it either. I was downright giddy between contractions. The resident did an ultrasound to check the placenta and position of the head. It was perfect. She only measured me at 6cm… but I didn’t really care. Even though I was still comfortable, I requested an epidural. I wanted to be able to labor down comfortably instead of needing to push and running out of gas.
The placement of the epidural was flawless and painless. In a few minutes I was feeling no pain. I continued to labor and felt fantastic. They checked me again to see if I needed Pitocin. I was already 8cm, so I didn’t get any augmentation. After a while, I started to feel the contractions again, just as a light pressure at first, and then stronger and stronger. Finally the pressure was so strong it was becoming pain, and I was starting to push involuntarily. The nurse sensed I was close and called the doctor. I was complete and ready. As the doctor started gowning up, I kept thinking “no way… I can’t be there already!”
She was asking me to push, and I was afraid. My last birth was still fresh in my mind, and it was when I started pushing that I really started to lose control. It wasn’t like that at all though. The doctor was very concerned with preserving my perineum. She told me when to push and kept me in control the whole time. She had me do little mini pushes and then let the head just stretch me. She asked if I wanted to touch my daughter’s head but I was too scared. I felt the face come through then got excited and asked my husband, “is the head out?” He checked and it was! Her body was another really hard push. I was still scared… birth trauma still getting me. I was in complete disbelief that my birth was that easy. I sustained a 2nd degree tear despite the doctor’s best efforts. It took what felt like forever to stitch me up while they cleaned Cora up. The stitching was really awful… and a resident was helping… I just needed it to be over. This was the only time I felt myself sinking into my previous birth. The stitching was just as hard then. When they were finished I pushed out the placenta and they cleaned me up a little.
From the beginning I was actually able to enjoy my daughter. My pain was minimal and I still had energy after my quick delivery. Cora was born at 8:56 pm on Thursday August 23rd, weighing 8lb 2 ¾oz was 19 ¼ inches long. She had dark hair and a nice round head. I could tell straight away that she had my nose along with some other features. The first few tries at breastfeeding were tricky getting latched, but she learned quickly. Nursing is already so much easier than expected. This birth was very healing for me. It was the opposite of my previous labor in almost every way. As far as time, this labor was less than 9 hours as compared with 30, I pushed for 5 min as compared with 3 hours plus vacuum, I had minor tearing as opposed to a horrible episiotomy and tearing, felt energetic and accomplished at the end as compared with tired, sore, and defeated. No back labor either. I feel so blessed and thankful for having this amazing birth.
Loved reading this. So they stitched you up before you delivered the placenta? That seems weird lol
The placenta wasn't disconnecting, so the doctor decided to just get to work so i could "be done" sooner and to take advantage of the epidural. (which i swear didn't help any during this part.... every stitch hurt) By the time they were done, the placenta was ready.