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I started having contractions a few weeks before I went into labor. I was dilating little by little, and contracting constantly! The contractions were regular and painful for the last week before Kiana was born. I was having terrible back pain along with it. Kiana was posterior and I was constantly doing everything I could to get her to rotate. She never did turn. We made many trips to the birth center and L&D. On October 2nd I was still 4cm and 80% effaced. Where I had been for days. I was contracting like crazy about every 6 minutes and couldn’t get any sleep. My midwife was afraid that I was reaching the point where I wouldn’t progress any further without a little bit of help. She decided that if Kiana had not come by Wednesday the 4th she would strip my membranes to try to move things along.
On October 3, 2006 I woke up and wasn’t having nearly as many contractions, they were very irregular and manageable. My back hurt still, but I was getting a much needed break from the contractions. I got a great night’s sleep. On October 4, 2006 I woke up at about 6:30 in the morning with the worst back pain in my life. I figured it was from Kiana’s position (which in actuality, it was)! But I took my shower, got dressed and went to work. I was at work for about 3 hours, and I couldn’t stand the pain. Nothing was helping the pain. I left work and came home and tried to nap a bit. It didn’t work. I got online and was posting a little on JM, and was also IMing with a few people. I mentioned that I was having the worst backache and someone said maybe it was back labor! DING! It was like a light bulb went on in my head. I read a little on it, but I wasn’t sure so I called my Midwife. She said to have my husband come home and massage my back, try a warm bath, etc. and see if any of that helped. Well about a half hour after that (my husband was half way through his hour drive) I was standing in the family room leaning over the couch to take some of the pressure off my back. I felt a weird pop and before I could think about it, my water was gushing ALL over the floor! It was 1:30. I immediately felt her drop down further and the pressure was so intense. The contractions were insane. I was feeling them in my belly and my back. I couldn’t believe the pain By the time my husband got home and we were on our way, I was feeling like there was no way I could do this! We got to the Birth Center and I could barely walk! They got me onto a bed and checked me…I was 7 CM!!! It was 3:00. I immediately got into the tub. I was able to relax a little more. My husband, midwife, and labor assistant were amazing! I was leaning over the back of the tub and they were taking turns massaging my back and applying counter pressure. Things got really intense and she checked me. I was fully dilated and they wanted me to move to the bed to deliver since she was a little early. It was 4:30. As soon as I was about to get up I had the uncontrollable urge to push and there was no moving for me. I pushed 3 times through the first three contractions and it felt great! But it was so much pressure on my back. It hurt so bad, and she was against my sciatic nerve which was causing horrible pain in my leg. I pushed through a few more contractions, but not effectively. They turned me over so I was against my husband and it only took one more contraction to get her out! The midwife used perineal massage and supported my perineum when I was pushing the head out. I didn’t tear at all. Once her shoulders were out they had me reach down and bring her to my chest! It was the most amazing feeling to finally hold my baby girl! I nursed her right away in the tub. We got out and moved to the bed to deliver the placenta which was a piece of cake. The contractions continued since I was nursing. Kiana Aleise was born October 4, 2006 at 5:03 PM. She weighed 6lbs 9 oz and was 20 inches!