Originally Posted by Belle HoneyWell ladies, it's nice to be home and trying to feel like myself again. The birth didn't go exactly as planned, but all in all it worked out for the best.
At 1:40 a.m. Monday morning my water broke. I knew right away that this would likely be a problem for my planned natural birth because I had had no real labor symptoms. We went to the hospital immediately because I had tested positive for GBS and wanted to make sure we got the antibiotics in. I was only having really mild and irregular contractions and the midwives let me hold off until about 9:00 a.m. before they started me on pitocin. Luckily it only took a very small dose to get things rolling. However, I began by being dilated only to a 1 and the baby was only at station -1. Progress was really really slow and I had a fabulous support team in my husband and sister. Everything went great until about 5 hours later when I had only dilated to a 5 and the baby had barely descended (more about that later). I was feeling really quite discouraged at that point and finally relented and got an epidural. Interestingly enough, while I was sitting and waiting for the anesthesiologist for 45 minutes, I dilated to an 8! We didn't know until the epidural was already in. However, as events unfolded it turns out it was a good thing I had the epidural after all. I kept the epidural on low so that I could still feel contractions and be very aware of what was happening, but I did manage to get a little sleep while I finished dilating. Even when I was at a 10, the baby was only at station +1, so the midwife decided to see if the baby would descend over a couple of hours. Well, I finally started feeling the urge to push, and even though baby hadn't really moved any lower, they let me start pushing. I pushed for 2 and 1/2 hours! I feel for Mommy Buga Buga because I know she pushed for 3 and let me tell you, 2 and 1/2 was definitely my limit. I thought he was NEVER going to come out! As it happens, he came through the birth canal with his head SIDEWAYS! Who knew that was possible? The midwife couldn't get him to turn, but he finally decided to right at the end and I was able to push him out. They threatened us with the "f" word (forceps) and that seemed to do the trick. :) My midwife and the hospital staff were incredible. I couldn't have asked for a better team.
Although I really wanted a natural birth, with the difficulty in pushing him out I am glad I had the epidural in hindsight. My other problem was that I was under the impression that I was being fed saline and sugar through my iv, so I didn't eat much at all and I just completely ran out of energy about halfway through. Note to self for next time: eat even if you don't feel like it.
So baby and I and DH are home and doing well. Max is breastfeeding fabulously well and I am just waiting for my milk to come in. Here are some pictures of our little guy.