The Birth Story: Part 1 of 2
I am really proud of my birth story. I had prepared for a natural unmedicated birth and even had a birth plan, and while it didn’t go the way as planned, it really could not have been a better experience. Here is my story.
On Thursday morning I started having contractions around 4 am. I wasn’t 100% sure it was the real thing, but like Beth told me it would- it definitely felt different. By around 9 AM I had been spotting a bit and contracting regularly so we knew it was the real thing. We let our parents know so my dad could start making his arrangements to come from RI. I was having contractions every 5-10 minutes and managed them by sitting on the ball hunched over with my head on the couch. I also took a bath which felt really good.
At lunchtime I had been in labor for a solid 8 hours. I had eaten an english muffin with peanut butter and banana, an apple, 2 scrambled eggs, a slice of toast, and a grilled cheese from 4 am until then. We decided it was time to head to the hospital as I was starting to get pretty uncomfortable. When we got to the hospital I thought I would be already 4-5 cm but I was only 2-3 cm and almost completely effaced. What a disappointment after all that work! They gave us the option to labor for an hour and see if I made progress or to go home and come back later. The idea of getting back in the car and going home was torture, so we opted to stay and labor. The nurse told me the best position to dilate a bit more quickly is to stand and rock my hips back and forth. So that’s what we did for an hour. I stood the whole time and Trig pressed on my back during each contraction. I was bossy about him pressing as hard as he could. It provided much needed relief. I also told myself to relax my face and just focus on opening up. When they checked me again I had gone from 3 cm to 5 CM with a bulging bag. We were admitted and so excited over our good work!
When we finally got to our room hours had passed and I knew I needed a break. The hospital was very accommodating and supportive of my desire to go med-free and gave me a room with tub. I hopped right in. I stayed there for way too long but I NEEDED it. My contractions slowed down a bit but it helped me to relax which I thought was good. The surprising thing about contractions that I didn’t know is that I felt completely normal in between them. When I finally got out of the tub 4 hours after the last check I was still only 5. Another disappointment! The hospital was really great with intermittent fetal monitoring and being patient with me and supportive of me going unmedicated, but at this point the doctor came in and suggested pitocin or breaking my water to speed things along. I asked to be given another hour to labor to see if I could make more progress on my own. They agreed and actually gave me 2 hours. I was working really hard and stayed standing the whole time. The contractions were so painful but I was working them.
2 hours later… still a 5. I was really discouraged as it was now 6 hours with no progress at all…
Part 2 coming soon!