Ten minutes later, I was at ten centimeters. To start the pushing, I rested one foot on the shoulder of the nurse, the other on my husband's and held on to their hands. A mirror was positioned so I could see the action.
When the top of the baby's head appeared, the nurse called the doctor and told me to stop pushing. Not pushing was harder than pushing! Even though I didn't push, the baby was still moving out. Right then, the doctor, the nurse and a medical student hurried in. One push and Alex appeared, screaming, at 2:36 p.m. They put him on my chest even before my husband cut the cord. We were all laughing -- having Alex rest on me, all squiggly and warm and wet, was the best feeling in the world.
We had a very happy ending. But next time, I think I would not have my labor induced unless there was a problem.
Lamaze Childbirth Educator Response
I was struck by your sentence, "I agreed to be induced, against my better judgment." It's always hard to go past your due date. It's easy to feel pressured -- by doctors, husbands and yourself -- to hurry things along. It takes more than a normal dose of patience to trust nature and your own instincts. Your decision not to be induced again unless there is a problem is actually what the American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends.
The cascade of interventions that come with induction make labor more difficult; but, in spite of the restrictions associated with continuous electronic fetal monitoring, you managed to move through labor beautifully. I especially enjoyed your raves about the birth ball. We think it should be standard equipment in every birthing unit. It feels great -- and costs less than epidurals!