Liliana Harper's Birth Story
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|Wed, 02-15-2012 - 2:21pm|
Out of five birth experiences, Lily's was the most interesting, by far. I've had 3 c-sections and two vaginal births, Lily being my second vaginal. I was 7 days overdue with Lily when my water finally decided to break. I had wanted a home birth but because of my previous c-sections and history of early labor, I had to use the hospital's birthing center, but had a doula and went natural with the whole process, with DH and my amazing doula, Nina's help. My water broke at 7:30 a.m, while getting my oldest ones fed, dressed and ready for the day. I kind of had a hunch the previous evening that I was going to go simply because I felt off. Not bad, just different. I asked DH to stay home in the morning just to see how I was feeling. I was so glad he did! I finished getting the kids ready for school/my bestie's house (my oldest is in public school this year, the other two are homeschooled) and then called her to come get them all. I was feeling minor cramping at home, but no "real" contractions yet, so I called Nina and decided to head to the hospital. When I got to the hospital around 9:30, I was starting to feel the pain. Nina got there just after we did and we got into our birthing suite. Because my doc knew my birthing plan, no one tried to do any medical intervention and they were great about just coming in to see if I needed water or anything else and then quietly left. After using a birthing ball, getting into and out of the shower/tub several times, I finally decided to just walk. Dax, Nina, and I walked the halls of the hospital for several hours, bracing for contractions and breathing through them. At around 2:15, I decided I wanted a hot bath. I hadn't been checked for dilation (at my request) and didn't think I was getting too close, I just wanted the relaxation of the warm water. Pretty much as soon as I sat down, I started feeling pressure. At first it felt like the pressure to push, then it turned into PAIN! I screamed for Nina to get the nurse or doctor, and the nurse came running. It felt like the baby was trying to push her way out of my former c-section incisions and it hurt! I felt like I was ripping everywhere. After the "once over" from the nurse and Nina, I was reassured that I was okay, but was fully dilated and it was time to push.
I tried several times to push in the tub, but I had a "lip" on my cervix that wasn't letting it happen. I'd push and she'd come down, but then go back up as soon as I stopped. It was so frustrating and SO painful! After what seemed like forever (in reality, only 20-ish minutes), they wanted me in bed to do the pushing because they thought it might help. By this time, I was ready to lie down. I stood up to get out of the bath and immediately felt like she was coming. Now. I squatted right there in the tub, gave one big push, and out she came. I sank down into the tub (with both exhaustion and extreme relief) and just held her, cord still attached, to my chest. We didn't know the gender beforehand, so I got to check and was ELATED to find out I had my baby girl. We waited several minutes before we cut the cord, then she was taken by the nurse.
Right about now, the doctor came in ("Well, I guess I'm not needed here! Haha!" was his comment, lol) and helped get me to the bed for all the "other stuff". Really, everything after she came out was a blur. I was so euphoric and thrilled to have a daughter that I didn't think anyone existed but her and me. I kept my eyes on her the whole time they were cleaning her up and getting Apgar scores and when they wrapped her up and handed her to me, I just couldn't believe it. She was so pink and perfect and crying this adorable little cry. I wept, of course. She was ready to nurse, so I got to nurse her and she latched immediately. Here she was, my beautiful little Lily. Long awaited daughter. It was love at first site. She weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz., 21 inches long and made her entrance at 2:52 p.m. on December 14, 2011.