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April 18th, 2008, 10:38 AM
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On Sunday, December 30, 2007 I woke up at about 2:00am because I had to pee. I then felt like I was leaking and when I went to the bathroom there was a tiny gush of what I assumed to be my water breaking. Turns out it wasn't my water breaking. Anyway, I started having surges that felt very different than the BH contractions I had been having a lot of the previous day or two. So, I woke my DH up (he was very disoriented and couldn't figure out why I was waking him up). We timed my surges and they were about 5 minutes apart. My DH called L&D and they said to come in. So, we finished packing up a few things and headed to the hospital. We got to the hospital at about 3:15 am. They had me sign some paperwork, asked me a bunch of questions and then checked me....I was 4 cm dilated. So, I walked around for about a half and hour and then I was 5 cm so they checked me in.
The surges were very bearable (I used the hypnobirthing method for a natural delivery) until about the last 2 hours or so. Then, I was very glad I had my DH there to keep me on track and an awesome nurse who was very pro-natural childbirth. I sat in the jacuzzi for about an hour until I got to about 9 cm....it was awesome, I would definitely recommend using the jacuzzi to everyone. I also recommend using the birthing ball...it was much more comfortable than any other position for me.
I then went back to my room and laid in bed. It took me quite a while to go from 9cm to the 10 cm which was rather frustrating. In the meantime, some of the football players from the Humanitarian Bowl (college football bowl game) came in to talk to me (which was weird but makes for a good story) and we talked football and babies and I was interviewed for the evening news.
Then, my OB broke my water and I finally got to 10cm and it was time to birth my baby. I ended up pushing for just a little over an hour before Eva Grace was born. It was really intense and I never could have imagined what pushing a baby's head through that tiny opening could feel like. It took about 4 pushes to push her head out and then one more push to push her shoulders and body out. But, then, as soon as she was out, it was the best feeling in the world.....relief like nothing I have ever experienced. And then they put her on my tummy and I can't even describe what I was feeling. It is really probably one of the most amazing things in the world. My DH cut her cord and they took her to put her under the warm light (to pink her up, she was kinda purple when she came out).
I got to breastfeed pretty quickly and she was a pro right away (we have struggled with it a little since being home). And we got to have a little bonding time before they took her to have her Vit. K shot and ointment in her eyes.
Well, that's it for now....I think that pretty much covers it. So, for you girls who are planning on going au natural, it is definitely doable...and very rewarding.

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April 18th, 2008, 02:04 PM
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Thanks for sharing your story...sounds great! I am due on Tuesday with my first child and also plan on using Hypnobirthing. I am a bit nervous and know to go with the flow. Ultimately I know I can do this as so many women have done before

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April 18th, 2008, 06:02 PM
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Thanks for posting your story. Just curious...did you do the full course? We're doing a Natural Labour and Delivery course through our chiropractor, but we read Hypnobirthing and have been listening/practicing with the CDs. I am just concerned that we're not prepared enough...I have 5 weeks to go. And I know this might be a bit personal to ask, but it the Hypnobirthing book, the perineal massage is highly regarded. Do you see it as being necessary? I have been trying, but I just find it uncomfortable - good practice for pain management though!
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