That birth was a marathon & the anniversary date brought tears to my eyes, that's just so amazing. You are one strong mama.
You made me cry at work! What a beautiful story about Lidia's birth, and what a wonderful day to be born. I'm on the edge of my seat to hear about your next birth.
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
I'd say in Nashville, you'd have been in the OR in about 2 seconds
The natural-birthing techniques are clearly what got you through that experience and allowed you to have a vaginal birth!
Thanks for all the kind comments. I didn't feel like I was being particularly amazing at the time, I just felt like I was doing what I was supposed to do in order to birth my baby. When my mom phoned my bro & SIL in CA to tell them that the baby was here, she mentioned to SIL how hard the process had been on me. My dear SIL, not to be outdone in the traumatic birth contest, scoffed and said, "well, she slept though transition." OK, you win! (And yes, she had an epi, but remember she was torn from stem to stern...)
The thing about the pertussis false positives really pissed me off for a while. To think of all the fear, worry and anxiety we suffered--not to mention the quarantine/special treatment--and it was all unnecessary. There are 2 tests for pertussis, and the quick test (PCR=polymerase chain reaction) has a high false-positive rate. It takes 7-14 days to grow B. pertussis in culture, and in the case of a potential outbreak they just don't want to wait that long. All's well that ends well, what else can I say.
Nicole--yes, the hospital here is great! The Birthing Pavilion within the hosp is very homey (as much as it can be) and the MW team cares for a high percentage of the healthy mamas. The hospital's stats are great: 40% epidural rate, 10% episiotomy, etc. The interesting thing is that 40% of all babies born there weren't planning to be--it is the magnet hosp for high-risk mamas in the region. So, if you take those unexpected deliveries out of the equation, the C/S rate drops from 30% (including the special cases) down to a respectable 12-15%. All the nurses are totally pro-NCB and pro-BFing (and educated about it, to boot!)
How I'm feeling: HUGE! I'm growing visibly every day. It's wild. We just bought a new dSLR camera so I need to take some pics of this belly! All is well though, still no sign of mucus plug or timeable pressure waves. And I'm cool with that.
Great story!! I am so glad you were able to make the best of bad circumstances! I hope this time you can have the NCB you want!!
OK so not to be pushy...but your MW would do a VE at your appt this week if you wanted, right?? I'm dying to know if you've made progress!
I know, I know, you have nerves of steel and will probably wait it out just like you're waiting to learn baby's gender...you patient people!!
I would happily and patiently wait it out indefinitely if I didn't have induction looming over my head in the 42nd wk. It's all well and good to say that I can refuse induction and say no in the face of medical advice but I don't want to be put in that position where I have to weigh risks/benefits and pit my lay understanding of birthing against my care providers' knowledge.
I am so afraid of going a week over w/o any progress at all again. I'm bouncing on the ball, drinking lots of RRL tea, and DTD plenty, but I'm starting to consider further action *before* I hit 41wks. I don't want to induce my labor necessarily, I just want to ripen. Maybe EPO? I'm hoping I hit close to the 2TM average of 40+3.
Today my mom, DD, and I went out for bfast and shopping all day (mainly summer clothes for DD.) I was on my feet nonstop and feeling LOTS of pressure/activity. I had to hide it from my mom since she has to ask questions if I as much as put a hand on my belly.
I think I'm going to focus on kicking butt at work tomorrow, get this last grant out, and get things set so I could feel ok going out on mat leave any day (instead of truly counting on having another 1.5wks.)