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My water broke at 7:40am. There were no contractions prior, or right after so we headed to the hospital (at our doctor's request).
Once we arrived, we were admitted and we got settled into my birthing suite. It was lovely! At 8:30am I began having "tighting", but it didn't feel at all like the contractions I experienced with my first child 6 years ago - so I thought nothing of it.
I should mention that when we were admitted to the hospital, NO IV was inserted at all because I tested negative for Hep B, and my doctor doesn't believe an IV is necessary.
After about 30 minutes of these "tightings", I began feeling quite uncomfortable. They were about 5 minutes apart at this point, and I was easily able to cope by melting into the bed, and squeezing my DH's hand.
These continued for an hour, and then they got nasty. They quickly went from 5 minutes apart, to 2 minutes, and then they were right on top of one another. I was very reluctant to believe that I was any where close to delivery though - because my first took over 20 hours. My wonderful nurse came in to see how I was feeling, and she decided to check me (I hadn't been checked at all since arriving) because she could see that I was in a lot of pain. I was 7 1/2 cm dilated!!!!! I immediately asked for an epidural - I figured I'd be in labour another few hours at least, and I really wanted something to get me through. My nurse explained that it was too late - too late!!!!!
Two minutes later, I started moaning in pain. Around the same time, the nurses and staff began moving things into my room (baby warmer, etc). My nurse decided to check me again, and I was 9 1/2 cm!! I started feeling the urge to push, but because I wasn't 10cm yet (and my Doctor hadn't yet arrived) she had me blow for a minute or so. My doctor arrived less than a minute later, and I began pushing. I pushed twice - and the head was out. With the final push (along with some tugging on the shoulders) I gave birth to our son. My doctor did ask if I wanted to pull him out - but I was so wrapped up in the pain at that moment that I declined. My DH also said no - I think it was a bit much for him!
Trent was born at 10:36am. His cord was not clamped right away (our doctor waited 5 minutes). Our doctor believes strongly that waiting a few minutes before clamping provides huge health benefits to the baby. We also had our cord blood banking done at this time.
Trent was rested on my belly for my DH and I to marvel at, and then after his cord was clamped and cut (but my DH), he was taken over to the weighing machine, and cleaned up before he was quickly returned to me.
I had a 1st degree tear that needed repairing, and I birthed the placenta.
Trent was nursing within 10 minutes of being born.
Awesome birth experience - one I wished I had experienced with my first.
If all births were this easy, I'd have more babies for sure!