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June 7th, 2012, 05:55 PM
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I went into the hospital November 11th with contractions 4 minutes apart. I was dilated to 3cm and 80% effaced. Babyís head wasnít engaged, so I wasnít dilating any more, and they sent me home after 3 hours.

November 12th, I was all by myself because Nate was working and the kids {and dog} were at my parentsí. I got up to go to the bathroom when my water broke! I was so surprised because #1 I never had my water break at home before and #2 my contractions at the time were 7 minutes apart and very tolerable. I called Nate at work and when he was on his way home, I called the hospital. My midwife said to come in soon, but we didnít have to rush {as long as we didnít take hours and hours}.

Nate came home, grabbed the few things that we needed that werenít already in the car, and we were on our way. Once we got to the hospital, I had my IV of penicillin started, as well as had the monitors hooked up to me. They needed to monitor Babyís heart rate for awhile because it kept dropping.

After all that, I got into the waterbirth tub. Relief! I felt so much better with the warm water over me. The contractions were pretty painful by that point and after a little while, I needed to get out so the nurse could do a quick ultrasound and make sure Babyís head was down {they kept getting the heart beat very high up}. It was!

I got back into the tub, and the contractions just kept coming. I told my midwife that I was feeling lots of pressure and sure enough, I was 100% effaced! I was dilated to 5cm at that point, but it didnít take long to get to 10. I pushed for 10 minutes, and Tristan Seth was born at 2:30pm! He had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck THREE times, but luckily the midwife and nurse could get it off with no problems. That is probably why his heart rate kept dropping.

I had him completely natural, in the waterbirth tub, just like I wanted. He is 7 lb 9 oz and 21.5 inches long. He is so absolutely perfect!

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