Blue and black cohosh? I was wondering if black cohosh would be kosher for inducing stronger labor. My old midwife mentioned it once...but I doubt that my new nurse-midwives will recommend it for me if I go overdue (I may just call my old midwife and ask her what she thinks if they don't recommend it ;-)...though I wouldn't do anything without consulting someone first, of course :-)....)
I hope this helps! Good luck. I'm sure you're more than ready at this point!!!
How are you feeling Sharon??
Ok, so still nothing. My MWs are keen to have me give birth soon because of the distance between us of 45 minutes to an hour and because I have PCOS. Saturday, if nothing happens by then, the MWs are coming to my house to work with me. Yesterday I tried one herbal tincture to progress labor and it didn't work. Today I've tried another. Plus, I've done the nipple stimulation. But there is nothing consistent to report. The baby still won't move into the anterior position despite all of my time on my hands and knees (I even hand mopped the kitchen today). In Sheila Kitzinger's birth book, she mentions that posterior babies can cause the mother to be in labor for several days with sporadic contractions. The baby is moving much less as I'm sure there is no room left inside of me.
Anyway, I'm frustrated and just want to hold my baby.
Sorry you're having a rough time. At least you know there's only a handful of days you could still be pregnant right? Hang in there, I'm sure you'll be able to figure something out with your midwives' help.
Hi Sharon, just checking in to see how you're doing and sending you (((ELV))) so that baby will get into a good position for you. :goodluck: tomorrow w/your MW in case things don't happen today. KUP when you can You're almost there :bighug:
Thank you for the wishes. The MWs called this morning and they decided to wait until Monday, when I'm at 42 weeks to come to my home. In the mean time, I'm to continue doing everything I can to try and get labor started. If I don't go into labor by Wednesday, they said I will need to be induced. They believe that I could safely give birth at 43 weeks. But the medical/legal/political climate is such that they don't want to compromise my baby, their practice, or my health by letting me give birth naturally at such a "high risk" time (for if something awful should happen, they could face big problems). I do understand their concerns because midwives practice around the law in Ohio. These are the most loving and wonderful women and I respect their honesty and concern. So, I have two days to go into labor this weekend. Then on Monday the MWs will try their special techniques. I'm trying to schedule a massage for this weekend to help me relax. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I really want to go into labor on my own.
Wishing you the best of luck!!!!!! Hope you go into labor naturally this evening!!
Have you tried the Shiatsu points???
I'm a licensed practitioner, so here are some points that should help keep the energy flowing downward and out:
LI4: Located on the dorsum of the hand in the web between the thumb and first finger - very powerful!
SP6: located 3 fingerwidths (abt 3 inches) above the medial maleolus (ankle bone on the inside of the foot)
GB21: located at the top of the shoulder, imagine drawing a line directly from your nipple to the top of your shoulder.
The uterus and ovary reflexes are located in the exact same place on the outside and inside of the foot. in the groove underneath the ankle bone...
The most important thing with these points is intention. So if you are doing it, or you are having DH or someone else do it for you, remember that it is not how hard you press into the point, but what your intention is.
So imagine flushing the baby's energy out of your body, allowing your body to open up and let her out, things like that...
I gave birth to our daughter at 12:30 pm on 2/8 via c-section after 48 hours of trying to go into labor via natural methods and then 16.5 hours of labor, including going through transition three times, spending a few hours trying to push the baby out twice, and dealing with a cervical lip which swelled up and prevented the baby from descending, and lastly the baby turning into the wrong position during the third transition. Nothing about the birth was what I wanted and after I went through transition the third time, I felt that I couldn't go on. I made it to the hospital and the doctor stated that the only way he would help me give birth was an immediate section. I'm now holding my beautiful daughter and am so happy she is healthy and here safely. But I have so many regrets and disappointments about the process. I'll write more later about everything.
I'm so sorry you're disappointed with your birth Sharon. It does sound like you worked REALLY hard for your little girl, though. Congratulations on your daughter, I'm sure she was worth all of it.
Wow, I am in awe of how hard you tried for your vaginal birth...how amazingly strong of you to go through transition 3x. I am sorry it didn't work out and you ended up with a c/s, but glad you have a healthy, beautiful daughter. Can't wait to see pictures.
WOW!!! You tried so hard!!!! You did a great job!!!
I'm sorry for the disappointment and I am so sorry it didn't turn out the way you hoped. (I would feel the same way you are, and I'm sure I would have made the same decisions you did given those really tough circumstances!)
Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!!!!
We named our daughter today.
I have a lot of saddness about the birth. I wish I would have told my MWs that I didn't want to go into labor until my body was ready. I think there was a reason that with all of their efforts, I didn't go into labor until my water bag was broken. Simply put, my body needed more time to get everything right. Everyone has so many expectations about the proper course for birth and labor and I simply didn't fit into the mold, even for the midwives. This wasn't recognized by anyone except me. I prayed and prayed before all of the interventions and I kept getting the answer to wait on the birth. But I listened to everyone else and didn't wait. Moreover, I'm finding that people don't want to understand my regrets. I'm getting the answers that everything happens for a reason, or that my body wasn't made to give birth normally. I'm feeling rather isolated, especially since I'm home only with my mother and the baby and every time I express an emotion, my mother blames it on my hormones.
The thing is I never felt the desire to push the baby out, even in full labor. Yet the clock was ticking away for everyone else involved. I had people come to the house during the birth that I didn't want there and no one made them leave. In particular, I instructed my mother that my father was not to come with her. He came and she explained to me later that she didn't want to break his heart and crush his dreams. So much for my heart and dreams. The stress levels of everyone else played havoc on me. Now my mother is staying here to help me out until Friday because I can't move around very easily with having gone through surgery. This feels like my only outlet for dealing with all of the regrets. DH is sympathetic, but he has so many emotions about the whole experience as well. He cried each time I went through transition. He held my hand as I was operated upon. He slept on a wooden plank of a couch in my hospital room three nights running.
I now have a gorgeous and wonderful child in my arms and I know that is the most important thing. I'm just having a hard day and a hard time with all of this. I wanted a homebirth more than anything and I had all of the interventions I fought so hard against.
As soon as I figure out how to post some pictures, I'll attach them.
Sharon, I'm so sorry for your disappointing experience. I feel for you, because my daughter was born at nearly 42 weeks. That could have been me easily if my daughter had waited much longer to be born. I would like to do more research on declining interventions when post-term, because with my 1st baby being born so close to 42 weeks, who knows what could happen next time around?
Don't beat yourself up for what you did or didn't do. You worked hard for your daughter and did a great job. Now get some rest if you can. HUGS
Huge hugs to you, sweetie. I can't even imagine what you're going through.
Try to enjoy that new baby.
Remember, we're all here for you as your virtual "shoulder," should you need to scream, cry, giggle uncontrollably, you name it. I'm sorry you had such a difficult time.