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Tuesday night I started having contractions & didn't really think anything of it because I've been having them for weeks. Then they got stronger & more regular. I didn't get much sleep that night & we decided it was time to go to the hospital around 0530 Wednesday morning. We got there & were admitted. My Dr checked me & I was still only 4cm, same as at my Friday appointment.
About 10 mins after that, my water broke. They started my antibiotics for the GBS & I pushed the IV tree around the hall. I know this is completely backwards, but my contractions STOPPED after my water broke. They had totally stopped by 7 am. My Dr told me he'd let me walk & try to get them started back up again. By noon, still nothing, so I agreed to a low dose of pit. I knew since my water had broken at the hospital, I was on the clock.
The pit started the contractions right back up again. I started contracting regularly & hard. Unfortunately, it was all in my back. Wow! Mike & my doula took turns applying counter pressure to my back. At around 3:30, my Dr checked me again & I was 5-6 cm. He said my cervix was very thin & low. The contractions got really intense. About 20 mins later my doula suggested I try to use the bathroom before we got too much farther into it. Every time I would try to sit, it caused a contraction. I started to feel kind of panicky & told Mike that I didn't know if I could do this. My doula said she thought I needed to be checked... did I need to push. I said, no I just needed to catch my breath. The nurse came in just as I was sitting on the edge of the bed. I had 1 really intense contraction & was leaning on my husband. I tried to catch my breath & then another one came. My body started to push; I had no control. The nurse goes "Are you pushing?!" I told her I was, but I wasn't trying to. She had me lay down & checked me & I was fully dilated & ready to push. I had no idea the panic was transition, but my doula obviously did.
I started to push on the next contraction. The nurse asked me if I wanted them to count for me. I said no; I heard my Dr quietly tell her that I didn't have an epidural, I was going to KNOW when to push. I don't think I opened my eyes the whole time I was pushing. I just concentrated on pushing & trying to relax between the contractions. I know Mike, my doula & the nurses were talking to me, but I was barely listening to them.
I pushed for about 25 minutes & Avery Kathleen was born on July 14th at 4:27 pm. She was 9lbs 15ozs & 21 inches. She was 2 ounces bigger than Ethan, but a much, much easier delivery. I did need a low dose of pit to jump start things, but it was a totally pain-med free birth. Unfortunately, I did end up with a 3rd degree tare, but I still feel pretty darn good. My Dr was really great through the whole thing. He didn't bother me, just came in to check on me every hour or so. He told me as long as baby & I were well, it was my show.
Avery is currently 9 days old & the sweetest baby. She is rarely fussy & sleeps pretty well already. I'm feeling quite well; I think the NCB is a big part of the reason I feel so much better this time. I'm adjusting to being a Mommy of 2; I can't believe how beautiful my little family is.