That's a great birth story! Brittany, yes, you had an epidural, but in my opinion, you used it when you needed it, when it would help you. It served a worthwhile purpose. While I know you wanted something else, keep in mind that the goal isn't necessarily unmedicated birth but as few interventions as possible for the purpose of preserving a gentle birth. Despite the epidural, you had a beautiful, gentle welcome for your baby.
What a great story & beautiful little girl. I think a lot of women hit the point where they feel they can no longer do it without pain meds (I did) but sometimes those meds give the needed rest and physical relaxation your body needs to help progression. You did wonderful!
Congrats again Brittany! Your little girl is beautiful! Remember that you made decisions that were the best for you and your baby at the time. Try not to beat yourself up about needing an epidural. By getting one you may have avoided a c-section since your body got a chance to rest, relax and dilate!
Congratulations!!! Your little girl is so precious! Made me Awww out loud!
Thanks for your support, everyone. I really do feel that I made the best decision for me for this particular birth. That doesn't mean I admit that it's the best decision for everyone for every birth. I will try again next time and hopefully next time my body will figure out what it needs to do faster so I don't get so tired with long labor. I'll also have more time to prepare and I'll know better what I'm preparing for. I will also fight even harder to avoid pitocin next time now that I know from experience how hard it was for me to deal with.
I did really need the rest the epidural gave me. Mindy told me that if my membranes hadn't been ruptured, she would have given me something to help me sleep and sent me home, but she had to keep me there and she had to give me the pit. She could only give me 6 hours, but I'm almost postive that my membranes ruptured on Thursday morning, so it's not like I didn't have time to get things going on my own. I'm kind of glad that even if my membranes were ruptured when I was checked on Thursday and Friday, that the tests didn't pick it up, so that I got the experience of laboring at home on Friday.
I'm loving motherhood so far. It's been so nice to have my mom here so that breastfeeding and recovering have been my only responsibilities for the last 2 weeks. My mom is leaving on Monday, so we'll see how things go when it's just me and DH with her. Here's some more pictures: