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|Thu, 03-01-2007 - 7:49pm|
She was born 2/28/07 (EDD 2/25/2007) at 10:58pm. 8 lbs 19 inches long.
My midwife told me months ago that if you take your temp. every morning then when it drops by a degree you know labor will start that day. Yesterday, 3 days past due my temp. was a degree lower, instead of 97.7 it was 96.8. I felt nothing all day and had decided it was all a lie.
About 3pm things started to change & I decided to take blue & black cohosh. You all know how nervous it made me but I thought if I was going to do it, I should commit & do it so I took 1 dropper of each in a shot glass 20 minutes apart for 2 hours. At 6:30 everything completely stopped and by 7:00 I cried because I was so frustrated as I had had so many false alarms over the last week. So I called my mom for support and while talking to her my water broke (at 7:40). I was having no contractions.
We called in the troops & at 9:19pm my midwife was there, I was having consistent contractions and I was 4 cent 75% effaced. I hate being on my back to be checked so that was the last time I was checked. It was encouraging that while my midwife was checking I had a contraction & she said she could feel the cervix stretching with the contraction. I labored on the birthing ball (my favorite), the couch, the bathroom counter (didnâ€™t enjoy that or the toilet) and the arm of the couch. I moved about every 20 minutes and was only on each thing once, except the ball twice or three times.
I started shaking early on so my sister (my birth partner) and I got blankets & that helped. At about 10:30 I had my first truly intense contraction & we started doing breating together. After a few intense â€œwavesâ€ I felt like I was going to poop & knew it was on. I also felt lots of blood & fluid moving down & did NOT want it on my brand new carpet. So we had a big parade of people trying to get me to the bedroom with no leakage on the carpet.
Then I laid down on my left side in bed. That is where is gets sketchy. But I remember my support very well. My sister & I breathed very well this time. I guess the 5th child is when you finally can breath without hyperventilating.
Then at some point I said, â€œI hate this part,â€ because I knew the pushing was coming. It really is my favorite & least favorite. Iâ€™ve done it 3 times now & all 3 times as we face it I have the same thought, â€œnow I have to do the hardest part all alone.â€ I donâ€™t know why I feel that way since my team is still there & amazingly helpful but I still feel almost stranded at that point.
Anyway, I remember saying, â€œI canâ€™tâ€ & Cara telling me I could but I canâ€™t remember what I couldnâ€™t do. And then I looked at her & she had a tiny tear fall out of her right eye. I know this is weird but it just was nice. It gave me strength.
Then the pushing/not really pushing contractions started. At the hospital this is where they lay me on my back & rush around like maniacs getting things ready while I hold on to the metal bars fighting to keep eye contact with my sister to breath & not push. This time however Cara told me to push whenever I felt like it. I think there were 4 of those. The first one I pooped forever & had to tell them because my bottom was still covered with blankets. Then the next few I could feel Eden moving down but I was still on my left side & couldnâ€™t hold my own legs up.
So I decided to get on all fours on the bed with 4 pillows supporting me as I was into the full length pushing contractions. I had read lots of homebirth stories where the women didnâ€™t push, they just let their bodies do what came naturally, but I guess what comes naturally to me is to get this â€œstupidâ€ baby out ASAP! I loved that position, though. It was very nice. As first everyone helped me moan but the reality is I like screaming so I just reverted back to it. It really does help me. Once I started screaming I felt more in control, not less. I felt her move with every push & got to relax on the pillows with the breaks.
Then the dreaded ring of fire. My midwife had told me it was my friend as long as I had it, I hadnâ€™t torn. I actually pondered that while feeling it & may have even mentioned outloud that the stupid ring of fire was coming. However, her head went back in me for one little rest & I got a bit of relief from it & that really helped. (This is also where I heard Mom & Danielle trying to wake up Lex & Siena which made me internally smile.) The next contraction I pushed through the ring & everyone started forcefully saying, â€œGently!â€ and I actually listened to them. Though I was pretty focused on at least getting to the neck. Once her face was out Marlene told me to slow it down & I did a little bit but with the next contraction her little body slithered right out & I collapsed on the pillows.
I couldnâ€™t see her for a bit since I was faced the wrong way but eventually we got the cord disentangled so I could flip around. What a cutie!
So I went from 4 cent to a baby in an hour & a half.
It was incredible & I loved not being at the hospital. It went so smoothly from one thing to another with no waiting on other people or being checked for no reason. I could just go on & on but I think this was long enough!