Josiah Hunter's Homebirth 12-29-07
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|Thu, 01-17-2008 - 12:59pm|
Between 2:30 and 3am I awoke to go pee and had a very different, very intense contraction. I made my way back to bed and decided I would see if they kept up before waking dh. They didn't go away. I had to put much focus into them when they came, so I got dh up and he called MW and doula. They were here within 30 minutes and MW checked me, then started setting up everything.
My favorite position was side lying on the bed and did fairly well at staying focused and relaxed...in the beginning. I spent a great deal of time laboring on the toilet, per my MW's request. I didn't like it, but it was keeping me upright and allowing things to progress nicely. I got to 10 cm fairly quick, but the baby wasn't'r ready to come down....my bag of water was still intact. Eventually I had had my fill of the toilet and was giving up on myself. I said as I stormed out of the bathroom that I wanted to go to the hospital. Everyone tried encouraging me, but I realized even if I did go to the hospital, they wouldn't be able to do anything for me at this point...I was so frustrated and SO done, but I kept going thanks to my wonderful birth team. I had horrible....that is such a mild word....contraction after contraction and baby still wasn't coming down, so MW decided to break my water with my permission. She warned me that the contractions would be worse and she was right. OMG, I thought I had lost all control and I wanted out. I did not want to continue and balled and balled. I just wanted it to be over! After she broke my water the bay slammed down into my pelvis. My contractions from that point on are purely indescribable...they overwhelmed me. I tried to stay focused, but it was SO hard. Finally after pushing and pushing and pushing he started emerging and that was no picnic either! Once he started crowning I was told to stop pushing, but I couldn't and wouldn't! The pressure was way more than I could bare and I WANTED HIM OUT! I was terrified of what my perineum would look like, but I just couldn't stop pushing. Finally his head came out...It felt like a freakin eternity! and then his body came tumbling out with one more push. I couldn't believe he was finally here...At 6:49am Josiah Hunter entered the world weighing a whopping 9lbs and was 20 1/2inches long!! I was in shock! I had a 9lb baby!!! I did have a teeny tear that didn't require a stitch....what a relief! Here are a couple pics: