Wonderful, wonderful story. I really enjoyed all the detail! Thank you so much for sharing.. .what a beautiful little family
Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006
Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13
You've written such a beautiful and engaging birth story! I moaned a little bit with you when Judy mentioned a transfer to get some pitocin. I'm so so glad you were able to birth at the birth center and in the big room, nonetheless! At our first visit to the center I fell in love with that room. I squeezed DH's hand and whispered, "this is where I want to have our baby." I'll be perfectly pleased if ours turns out just like yours in the end, blissed out on baby and eating tasty sandwiches. Congrats to you and Porter! WTTW Adair!
Wonderful birth story, Leigh! I'm always amazed by FTMs who have long, slow labors and birth naturally because I've been there and I didn't do it and I used to wonder if anyone ever does. You did awesome!
Oh, and I remember eating a sandwich after DD was born that was heavenly at the time, LOL!
TFS your story! My 1st birth was very similar. It was a very long labor 32 hrs. starting out at a BC, but required transfer due to PROM and of course I was on the clock. I'm so happy even though your birth was long and exhausting like mine you got your natural BC birth! I love the photographs too btw just precious.
Thanks, all, for reading and appreciating my long story. I really wanted to record everything I remembered, for posterity It's already getting confusing to remember exactly how things happened, not even two weeks later.
1. Having learned SO much about NCB through hanging out on here, going through Hypnobirthing classes, and all the research those things sparked. My commitment going into it was 100%. One iota less and I'm not sure I'd have made it.
2. Porter. Truly, he was my rock. Just having him right there with me, totally committed to doing whatever I needed (often when I didn't even know I needed it), made me feel less alone with the ordeal, even though I was the only one going through it physically. I quite honestly could not have done it without him.
3. The Birth Center. If I had been at a hospital or with any care provider who brought up pain medication as an option or tried to push it even a little bit, I'm really not sure I would have said no by the end. I was strong enough not to ask, but I may not have been strong enough to turn it down if someone tried to convince me. Fortunately, I was in the hands of people who are equally committed to NCB, and committed to helping women achieve their birth goals. I said I didn't want to be offered pain medication, and they took me at my word. I could not have done it without them.
Thanks for sharing! What a great story. I have to give you a big hand for laboring so long and staying committed to the natural birth you wanted. Totally inspirational!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
You are a trooper! Great job making it through such a long labor & she is absolutely adorable!