I was struck by your sentence, "I thought pushing would be fast and painless." Pain during labor is actually protective -- a good thing. With each contraction, the baby rotates and descends through the birth canal. The pain you felt was a signal to move, to change positions, to scream. The result is that your response to your pain during pushing protected your baby and the birth canal as he made his way into the world. What a great job!
For more birth stories, please read:
- Birth Stories: What They Tell Us
- "I Gave Birth Standing Up"
- "I Used a Variety of Comfort Measures"
- "I'm Happy I Had an Epidural"
- "The Medical Staff Didn't Listen"
- "I Gave Birth at Home"
- "I Had Preeclampsia, and My Baby Was Premature"
- "I Gave Birth to Twins Naturally"
- "I Had an Emergency Cesarean"
- "I Regret Being Induced"
- A Day You'll Never Forget