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|Mon, 09-22-2003 - 1:37pm|
I could not have had a better birth experience. The day began with my 39 week appt where my midwife discovered that I was 4-5 cm dilated and 85% effaced. (I had been 2cm dilated and 70% effaced for a couple weeks.) I wasn't having any regular contractions. Knowing that I really wanted a vbac, she told me to go walk around for an 1.5 hours and to come back for a check to see if I was progressing. I was obviously not in active labor and she didn't want me to go to the hospital where the doctors could get ahold of me and intervene. No midwives were sheduled to be on-call that weekend, but she was going to make some phone calls and see if she and a fellow midwife could work something out so that I could have the best chance at a vbac.
Went to the mall, did some shopping, came back to the office and was maybe at 5cm dilated, but no cx. She stripped my membranes and told me not to go home (1.5 hr drive). So, I checked into a hotel across from the hospital and waited for labor to begin.
I started having contractions around 12:30pm. Nothing painful. I stayed on my hands and knees to ensure the best position. I was told to report back to the midwife at 4pm or sooner if necessary. Cx were 8 min apart at 3pm but not painful. They were more intense when I stood upright. At 4pm, she checked me and I was 7 cm dilated and still not in any pain. I walked around outside the office for another 30 min while she finished her other exams. We didn't want any doctors finding out what we were doing. they would have freaked if they knew I was 7 cm dilated. Then we all went to the hospital together.
I just have to say that this woman was phenomenal and if it weren't for her and another midwife, things wouldn't have gone as well as they did. Neither midwife was scheduled to work, but they really were excited to help me and took time out of their days to be with me for the birth of my son.
Got to the hospital at 5pm. By the time we got checked in and settled it was around 6pm. Walked for a little while. They broke my water at 7pm when I was 8 cm dilated. I got in the shower as the cx began to intensify. At 7:30pm I had the urge to push. I pushed in the shower for about 45 min. I couldn't move and everyone prepared for me to give birth in the shower. There was music in the background, the lights were dim, aromatherapy going, I was being massaged by my doula. It was great. I finally moved over to the bed but couldn't bring myself to lay down, the intense pressure was far too uncomfortable for me so I stood the whole time next to the bed and would squat down as I pushed. My two midwives and a med student sat on the floor behind me for intermittent monitoring. It was like a big bizarre slumber party.
My cx were coming every 2 min like clockwork, and I pushed as I felt the urge. The midwives were so great about letting me work with my own body, they were just there for the show. My midwife massaged my perineum constantly and thanks to her, I had no tears or stitches. What a difference that makes in recovery! As the baby's head came down, they helped me reach inside and feel his head, I've never felt anything so soft. Then, after two hours of pushing, my baby boy, Joshua, was born. I sat down on the floor with my midwife and held my son for the first time.
I really wish I could revisit the practice of doctors who told me I was too small to deliver vaginally. I delivered an 8 lb 3 oz baby with no problem. My firstborn had just been a case of the problems posed by a posterior position.
Thanks to everyone here for the wealth of information that helped me make informed decisions. Best of luck to everyone!
Joshua Paul (9/5 vbac!), Andrew ( 19 mos posterior c/s)