I just noticed you were 36+1. Welcome to your lodge!! Tell us all about you!!
Thank you Megan,
Wow! Where to begin, I have been looking forward to my lodge for awhile, now that it is here I am suddenly overwealmed. To me it almost seems like a dead line. Since my ob will not let me go over due it is like an ultimatum, Have this baby in 4 weeks or else.
I guess I should start by telling you all about me. I am Thea, I'm 24, My dh is Daniel he is 28 and we have 2 beautiful children. Stephen who is 3. His birthday was yesterday. And Sophia, she is 2. They are 10 1/2 months apart. Crazy I know. Belive it or not this baby is the only one we planned on. I love being a mommy and can't wait till this one decides it is time.
My dh and I have been married for 4years, so this is our third baby in 4years.
With my first baby, I had the classic ob delivery. Induced 3 days before my due date because I was measuring big, and the dr. though he would be to big??? She was great and didn't do a pictocin induction because I was 3cent, and 80% effaced, she broke my water and 4 hrs later after having an epi, and forcept delivery I was holding my son, I hated the epi, and contribute it to having a forcept delievery and the horrible tearing, The dr stopped counting the stitches and went through 5 packs of thread, Thankfuly she doesn't belive in epesiotomys or it would have been worse.
With my second baby, at my 39 wk appointment It was 3cent, and 90% effaced, the day before my due date, my water broke, I called my mom to come and get our son. We had waited a half hour after my water broke because it was a small leak and I wasn't sure if it was my water or urine. Well when the first contraction hit it was so bad I couldn't breath through it, I knew it was time to go to the hospital, and we started gathering up the bags and getting last minute things ready. Needless to say, We got about 1/2 mile from our house and I knew we would never make it to the hospital. We called for an ambulance. They were 2 blocks from where we stopped, All this time I felt like I was holding her in and instead of pushing I was trying to suck her back in. As soon as they got me in the ambulance, and the paramedic got 1 glove on I delivered her. Total contration time was 1hr.
When I became pregnant with this one I was certin I wanted a home birth. I wanted to be home. Delivering my baby in the peace of my home, not with 10 emergency personel staring and watching me birth my baby. I contacted a midwife that had been recomended to me by a friend, but she wasn't accepting clients that were delivering around Christmas and New Years. The next closest midwife was an hour and a half away. Due to my last birth both midwives and my dh and I agreed that a home birth was not ideal for this birth.
So I went back to my ob. She was great, and understood my desire for a home birth and little medical care. Through the prenatal appointments she has given the choice of going every 5wks instead of 4, then I went 3 wks for a while instead of 2. Now I am going every week. But because of my fast delivery of my daughter, I had started hemmoraging, and stopped contracting before the placenta came out, my ob wants to make sure I am at a hospital when I deliver, and is talking about induction. I am considering this as possibly a good idea. She will do a non chemical induction again, and do what she can to keep iterventions out of the picture, including allowing me choice of laboring and delivering positions.
I know I can do this without pain meds. And I wan't to treat it as if I were home.
what I am aiming at is a gentle birth. I don't wan't to take it for granted that I will have another short labor and delivery, but I don't want to take chances of not having medical help if I need it.
Yikes. I just scrolled up and notice this is getting soooo long. If you have made it this far you deserve a medal.
Wow Thea, sounds like you are destined for a short labor! I totally understand the challenge of balancing your desire for a homebirth with having a medical safety net. While the medical model might be less than helpful with an all 'normal' L&D (whatever normal means..), they know their stuff when it comes to emergencies! So glad that you have a supportive OB...
KUP on how you're feeling! I'm due only a couple days after, but I'll put my money down that you'll deliver way before me just a hunch!
I have been crampy for the past few days. It kind of feels like AF should be here. And my hips hurt like crazy. At my dr appointment on monday I was 1 cent, and although the baby has majorly dropped, it is somehow not putting alot of pressure on my cervix. I think maby with all of the hip pain that the baby is now further down. I hope so.
I would love to go early, but unless I decide to be induce I don't see it happening.
I am trying to be patient.
Wow! I had never tried this before, but last night I tried some nipple stimulation (just to see if it worked) Talk about cramping. Almost immediately I started having painful contractions, but as soon as I stopped they fadded away. I was pretty surprised.
Does anyone know how long you are supposed to do this to start a productive pattern.
My dh started freeking out when I told him that it was working. He though it was a cucky idea and thought I was pulling his leg that nipple simulation would cause contrations. He has made me promise not to do it again until the dr starts threatening induction. That works for me.
Well my insomnia last night led to some productive thinking. One question kept comming up in my mind. Do I Trust My Body? for some reason that question scares me. I know I can have a intervention, medication free labor and delivery. I had it with my daughter. So why am I having such a hard time believing in myself this time??
It came down to the fact that my DR. scared me by telling me that I could bleed out if I delivered outside of the hospital. But you know what. I made out ok when my dd was born along side of the road. The paramedic team near my home knows what they are doing, and can get me to the hospital in 15 min.
Maby it is the convienience of induction around Christmas time. Why do I want to have a medical procedure for convienience. I am letting my hormones and emotions convince me of doing something that I orriginaly wasn't planning on.
I need to stand firm and not let my feelings and fears controll my decisions.
ITA!Originally Posted by theamclapp
Welcome to your lodge Thea! I am trying hard to have all the faith in my body and not let my brain get in the way. (in a negative way)
Homebirthing, breastfeeding, sling wearing, cloth diapering momma to 3 girls ages 7 and 6 year old twins and peanut #4 due sometime in late September
Wow, your second birth story sounds like it was wild! I hope you are able to have a little calmer experience this time around. It sounds like you have lots of things to think about as your almost to the end. I'm going to have a hospital birth this time around because of previous complications, but I feel like I will be able to have the birth I desire despite the fact that I'm not at home. I hope you can get what is best for you and your baby.