Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear all about it. Get some rest and enjoy your babymoon. BTW- my cousin is Camden and I love, love, love the name!
Congrats! What a labor! WTTW, Camden and good job momma!
Congrats! Can't wait to hear your story, you deserve a medal for 40 hours.
Carla, you are truly a superwoman!! Congrats on little Camden...I can't wait to see pics! How did the Hypnobabies work for you?
Congratulations!!!! Welcome, baby Camden!!!! I can't believe you went through 40 hours of labor...can't wait to read your birth story and see pics!!!!
Congrats! Have a wonderful babymoon!
Congrats!!! Have a great babymoon! Can't wait to hear your birth story.
Oh my! Congrats Carla! Isn't a VBAC amazing??? Happy babymoon!
We are home, after a exhausting morning, Camden is jaundiced and I am showing no signs of my milk coming in (took 5 days with the twins) so I spent a lot of time with the lactation consultants this morning and rented a hospital grade pump and we are giving Camden 15cc of formula with a cup feeder until my milk comes in. And they are coming shortly to set up a billi light at home for him.
I am tired....... but I will try to get the birth story written up soon , it is a pretty good one
Just a few minutes after birth, they put the baby skin to skin (most of my immediate post birth pics are X-rated lol) for an hour after birth, it was Heaven....
What a cute family! Congratulations!
Carla, I love the pics!!!! Can't wait for the whole story... You look great!!!!!
What a beautiful family you have! And you look awesome after that marathon labor!
I am happy for you! Your family looks awesome!! Congrats!!!
What a beautiful family you have! I can't wait to read your birth story, but take your time and take care of yourself.
Oh Carla, your family is gorgeous! I can't wait to hear your birth story.
What an angel! Congrats!
Born August 27th at 1:23p.m.
7lbs 5 oz 19inches
Saturday August 25th
We spent the day cleaning the house, I should have known something was going on as I was in a frenzy to have everything “just right” and cleaned up.
We ate Chinese takeout for dinner and Kevin and I were amused to see what our fortune cookies read: Mine: Good news of long-awaited event will arrive soon. Kevin: You will get what your heart desires
Kevin left to work at the Peanut around 9:00p.m. my contractions started around 10:00p.m. but I thought it was just from overworking throughout the day. I went to sleep around 11:00p.m., but the contractions started waking me up, I got my hypnosis tapes and put them on and listened to them most of the night as the contractions kept waking me up.
1:00a.m. I went to the bathroom and noticed I lost my mucus plug, I thought I should call and tell Kevin something might be happening but I fell back asleep before I did. I awoke again at 3:30 to more contractions, this time I called Kevin and told him he probably should get home because I had been having a lot of BH (nothing even strong at this point) and I thought something might be happening.
4:00a.m. I heard Kevin walk in the door and moments later I felt a pop and a warm gush, I yelled to Kevin my water broke and as I stood up to go to the bathroom there was no doubt my water had just broke. I started packing all the bags and called my parents to let them know what was going on. I timed my contractions at that point and they were 4-5min apart lasting 40seconds, not strong at all. We decided to lay down for a while and see if things picked up. Kevin had no sleep at this point. Things really didn’t change much at this point. I called my Doula at 6:00a.m. to let her know what was going on. At 8:00 a.m. we got the kids up and dressed for my Parents to take them to Church. Contractions still coming but not strong at all. I called my drs office and told them what had happened and was told to go ahead and go in. I took a shower and we headed to the hospital around 10:00a.m. Got to the triage room where they monitored me and then the on call dr from my group came in to talk to me and check my fluid. I had seen him before and while I was sad my Midwife wasn’t on call I really like this OB. He didn’t do a cervical check per my request and said he wouldn’t anyway and said he would see me later. For the next 24 hrs it was pretty much the same, I was contracting but not progressing, the contraction increased in strength but did not get closer together. My doula was with me most of the day/night, Kevin slept on and off and helped also, we walked the halls, we did some massage hitting the acupressure points to bring on contractions. I did my hypnosis tapes. The contractions would get together and we would get excited and then they would space back out. Generally every 5-7min they were strong enough that I had to stop and breath through them and get hip and back counter pressure. I think my hypnosis was amazing getting through the long night. At 10:30 that night the OB came back in and decided to check me, I was 3cm 70% effaced, he said they might have to do pitiocin but he was more than willing to let nature have a chance, and that was pretty much the last I saw of that OB (such an easy going guy. Love him). Baby was doing great through everything and my Bp and temp was always normal.
8:00a.m. Monday morning, my midwife came in to talk to me, at this point the contractions while strong were spacing out even more, she wanted to check me to see where to go from there, when I heard no change I was not happy I figured I was on my way to another c-section. But my midwife said that I was really really soft and she thought a little bit of pitocin and she thought I would go quick. At this point things had really stalled out so I agreed. They started on the lowest level and things started picking up pretty quickly. At first it wasn’t bad they were my normal contractions just closer together, I was able to breathe through them and use my hypnosis tapes, I spent a lot of time in the rocking chair and on the birthing ball with the monitors on, When things started getting more intense I would hang on Kevin and my Doula would press on my hips and back in between contractions Kevin would rub my back. Time sort of was lost on me at this point, the contractions were somewhat bearable but very very intense. The nurse came in and upped the pitocin one more level, After that things got a little more than I could handle, instead of a ramp up in the contraction they went from nothing to as intense as they could go and then ramped down, every minute lasting almost 2min each. I finally asked for an epidural, took forever for epidural guy to come, and then it takes a while for it to take place but finally I was able to relax. I made it about 3hrs on pitocin without the epidural, the nurse checked me about 45min later and I was complete! I requested to labor down for a while to let the baby move down on its own before I had to push, also it was a VERY strong epidural so we had to let it wear off some before I could push. I pushed several pushes and they told me I was moving the baby down well, they set up the mirror and I was able to see his head, amazing. After a maybe 15-20min of pushing they called my midwife at this point the top of the head was right there, My epidural was turned completely off so I had some feeling, just enough to feel the urge to push but not really any pain. My midwife used warm compress as the baby was crowning and soon his little head and body were out and he was put directly on my chest for skin to skin contact, I was able to announce his sex and hold him and help wipe him down, The cord wasn’t clamped until it stopped pulsing and Kevin cut the cord. The placenta detached pretty quickly and my midwife repaired a 1st degree perineal tear, not bad for pushing with a strong epidural with my feet up in sturrips. I spent the next hour just cuddling and nursing my baby skin to skin. They did some of the baby care while we were nursing and then he was taken and weighed, 7lbs 5oz 19inches, 12inch head circumference apgars of 8 and 9. Recovery has been amazing compared to a c-section. What an amazing experience.
That Rocks. I am so happy for you. I am glad you got your VBAC!!
So glad you got your VBAC! Thank you for sharing your birth story with us.
Thanks for sharing, yippee on the VBAC!
Yay for the VBAC! You are such an inspiration to me. I love hearing these VBAC stories, they give me such hope.
Congratulations Carla!!! You got your VBAC!!
Hope you have a wonderful babymoon
What a wonderful VBAC. Conrats!
Some thoughts about my birth.
Honestly I really don't have a lot of regrets, I have a few questions and I wonder if I had done things a little differently how it would have turned out but to me my birth was wonderful even if I did have an epidural right at the end.
But I want to write down and process my thoughts.
1. going to the hospital when I did, I was sort of stuck in a bad place, my water broke I was certainly not in an active labor pattern and I really didn't want to go to the hospital yet, but I was GBS+ and a VBAC and my mom and sister were both giving me a hard time about staying home, I will say I did wait 6hrs before going to the hospital and the babies movements were not what I would have liked them to be. Also I did fib a bit when they asked me when my water broke, I told them 8a.m. when it was actually 4a.m. For me at that point it was less stress to be at the hospital than to be at home. I don't really have a hospital phobia and my family and the baby movement was stressing me out more than just going. I do wonder if I had stayed home just "when" my labor would have started, I guess it could have been days.
2. I feel okay about having the pit, it only took a tiny bit to get me into active labor, What I do regret is letting them up the pit one more time, and then not asking them to turn it off to see if I would stay in an active labor pattern. I feel like I could have handled the contractions without the pit.
3. Epidural- I have mixed feelings, I feel like if I hadn't had the epidural I would have been out of it, with the epidural I was able to rest quite a bit before pushing and let the baby move down a lot on his own. I had no pain during pushing and no pain afterwards for the few stiches that I got. My biggest concern with pushing was that I would tear with my feet up. But I only had a 1st degree tear and it has barely been an issue. I feel like because of the epidural I was able to really remember every moment of my childs birth I was also able to see it all in the mirror and watch and remember everything. I am not sure if that would have been the case without it.
Some good notes.
I LOVE my drs and midwife and hospital, no one ever freaked out no one made me stay hooked up to the monitors they followed all of my wishes and pretty much stayed out of my hair as much as possible. Even when my labor was at the 24hr mark there was no huge concern, just this is probably your best option, and asked if that was okay.
Congratulations, Carla! It's hard to look back and wonder "what if I had done this...." I'm glad you feel good overall. That's fantastic! And way to go VBAC! :woohoo:
I'm so glad you were able to come out of this birth feeling so good, really that is wonderful!! I think it makes such a difference when you have good ppl taking care of you too