Sorry we're a little late with this! Welcome to your lodge! I'm excited to follow your journey!
Welcome to your lodge! I'm excited to get to know you and your little one and to follow the end of your pregnancy!
Welcome to your lodge!!!
I guess I've gone crazy, I swear when I looked at a calander it was longer from your due date! Sorry about that hun. I can't wait to hear your story:)
Thanks everyone! Holy crap, I can't believe it's so close now! Guess I need to write an intro...
I'm Brittany (28 ) and my DH is Ralf (27). We got married on New Years Eve 2007, but we've been together since 2000. This will be our first baby, and it is supposedly a girl (I still occasionally freak out that the u/s tech got it wrong and we are going to have a very effeminately dressed little boy! :rolleyes:)
DH and I watched The Business of Being Born really early on in the pregnancy. It may have even been before I was pregnant, I can't remember. Anyway! It kind of set us on the path of wanting a natural birth, mainly for the reason of cascading interventions that we want to avoid. I've been doing the Hypnobabies home study course and hope to use that during birthing. DH was seriously wanting me to do a homebirth, but I guess I was nervous with this being my first, that I didn't know how things were going to go or how I would react to labor. So I ended up going with an OB and hospital delivery, but with a clear birth plan stating that I plan to go naturally and what kinds of things I want to avoid.
It has been a pretty easy pregnancy for the most part. First trimester I had major fatigue and slept a ton, second and third trimester I had/have some pretty bad allergies/congestion, and around 33 weeks I got what can only be described as Satan's hemorrhoid (thankfully that has gotten better!) Other than that, things have been fine. I was checked at my 35 week appointment and baby is head down, but I was not dilated or effaced at all. I'm debating now whether or not to be checked again, since I know it means very little. I just can't help being curious! I am kind of thinking that she may be posterior, though. I tried doing the belly mapping at spinning babies and I'm not 100% sure, but it seems like she's facing the wrong way. So I have started following some of the tips to hopefully get her to rotate around!
Thanks everyone for welcoming me here! I have definitely been more of a lurker but I love following your lodges and I'm excited to have my own!
Great intro. It's great that your DH is so supportive. I wasn't ready to commit to a homebirth with my first, so I know how you feel. Is your OB fully on board with your birth plan? Have you toured the hospital?
My DD was posterior for a lot of the end of my pregnancy, but she got into the right position before the birth. Good luck getting your little girl to rotate. I had a few cervical checks last time when I started to notice more contractions, but they didn't actually tell me anything and were pretty uncomfortable for me (my mw didn't have very small hands) This time I plan to not have any until labor starts.
Welcome to your lodge fellow August mommy!!
Welcome to your birth lodge! I look forward to following your journey.
Is your OB fully on board with your birth plan? Have you toured the hospital?
Two of the three OBs have looked over the plan, and they have both commented on my not wanting an IV and wanting intermittent monitoring. I think the best I can do is get a hep lock and hopefully not be hooked up to anything unless necessary. One also says he likes to monitor continuously, but when we toured L&D the nurse said we could go 45 minutes off and 15 minutes on.
We did the L&D tour and preparation visit on Monday. We got to sit down with a nurse and get all registered, and then she answered all our questions. It definitely helped ease some of my fears about interventions because she was very open to my birth plan and assured us that nothing would be done without discussion and consent. I told her that I was using Hypnobabies and she had never heard of anything like that, but seemed genuinely excited that there was such a method out there for people doing a natural birth. I gave her a copy of the "How to Assist the Hypno-family" handout because she seemed really interested in it. I'm hoping when the time comes I'm able to use the Hypnobabies really well and impress them all with the program so that maybe they spread the word about it!
It was a little bit scary going into a birthing suite and actually seeing where this will all take place. But I'm glad to know exactly where I'll be and what to visualize now. It's getting so close!
I am glad the tour went well. It is so exciting how close you are!
Yay!! Your so close, it sounds like your about ready!
Just wondering what's going on with you, hope all is well.
Ugh! Our cable modem died over the weekend and I haven't been able to get online! It's still broken but a neighbor seems to have an open wireless network, shhh!
I had my 37 week appointment on Friday, but it was nothing special. She is still measuring right on and everything looked fine (BP, weight, etc.) I am still on the fence about cervical checks but he didn't want to do one anyway so I didn't have to worry about my decision this time! I know I'm only 37 weeks but I'm getting kind of antsy now. I've finally gotten to the point of being uncomfortable when trying to sleep, and I keep getting fairly strong pressure waves that seem to last all night and then go away when I get up. I'm not sure what's causing them or why it's only at night, but grr! I need some sleep! Other than that, things are still going fine.
I had some family over this weekend and they helped me get the nursery cleaned up, and DH hung the blinds and curtain rod, so all that's left to do is iron the curtains and get those up! We also have this really adorable name art that a friend made us to hang on her wall, but since the name is a secret we can't hang it until after. So we are ready for her, and now all we do is wait!
That sounds like a successful weekend. Glad you got some things done and are pretty much ready for her now.
our wireless modem died several months ago and it was a huge pain -- ugh! we'd only had it for two years, and all it does is sit there. really, it should last a bit longer, doncha think? obviously our phone/internet provider doesn't care because we had to buy an expensive new one. hopefully your fix is cheaper than ours!
i'm on the fence about cervical checks, too. with my first, i don't think i'd dialated even at my 40 week appointment, which was just discouraging and, if you have dialated but nothing happens, that's discouraging too! when you plan to have a ncb, it's a good idea to get good at waiting...
glad you're feeling ready for baby girl!
I had pressure waves at night towards the end of my pregnancy with my DD that went away during the day as well. I recommend ignoring them (easier said than done). I had a few cervical checks last time because I was curious to find out if the waves I was having were doing anything, but the checks didn't really tell me anything and were uncomfortable for me...this time I want to wait until I think I'm in labor.
Just saw on her BB that her water broke at 3:45 am, so hopefully she has a beautiful baby in her arms by now! If not, sending ELVs!
ELVs if you haven't had the baby yet, Brittany!
Congratz if baby is here by now.
Still no update on her BB. I hope she is holding her baby now!
Hey everyone. Just wanted to update you all - Rory Michelle was born July 30 at 5:26 pm after 38 hours of labor! 7 lbs 7 oz and 20 inches long. She came at 37 weeks 6 days, which I was not at all expecting! I will try to get the full story and pics up sometime soon! We will be discharged tonight.
Congratulations! What a long labor! Can't wait to hear the birth story.
Congratulations on your baby girl! WTTW baby Rory! I LOVE her name! I'm interested to hear your birth story.
Love the name, can't wait for the full birth story and pictures!
Huge congrats hun, can't wait to see pictures and hear all about it!
i am so in awe of your 38-hour labor! great job!
can't wait to hear your story and see photos
Congratulations and WTTW baby girl!!! Can't wait to hear the birth story!
Ok, I think I finally have a few moments to write up the birth story!
At 3:45 am on July 29, I woke up and felt something starting to "drain" so I got up and splash went my water all down my legs. Yikes! I was only 37w5d and I thought I still had weeks to go, this being my first baby. I woke up my DH and told him what happened and he shot up into complete awake-ness
We got into L&D around 5 am, and they tested to make sure my water had broken. Then they checked me - I was only 1 cm and still really hard to reach. We asked if we could go back home but were told that since my water broke we would need to stay. Ugh. My birth plan was to go natural (doing Hypnobabies) and my water breaking first was probably the worst case scenario for that. My OB knew my plan and was willing to give me 24 hours to get labor going naturally (they usually only wait 12). By around 11 pm that night it didn't seem like things were going to pick up. I was only at 2 cm so I agreed to start Pitocin.
The Pitocin was connected and I labored on that for several hours. I was using my Hypnobabies techniques as much as I could, but they kept upping the Pitocin so much that things got really, really intense. After 8 hours or so on the Pitocin, being up all night and in labor for 28 hours at that point, I was exhausted. I asked them to check me, and when I was still only 4 cm, I decided I needed an epidural or I would never have the energy to push when I finally dilated all the way. It was really disappointing, but it ended up being the best decision for us. I was able to get in a couple hours of sleep and was at 7 cm when I woke up.
By 3 pm I was complete and started some pushing. My plan was to push without direction as I felt the urge, but because of the epidural it wasn't going to work out that way. Once the doctor came in and explained it, I think I got the hang of pushing. I pushed for about 2 hours with the nurse, and then the doctor came in and started sticking his fingers in and moving around the head and it was really, really uncomfortable. The epidural was wearing off and it felt like he was up to his elbows in me. Luckily things went quickly after he came in, and after some intense pushing and demonic growling on my part :eek:, Rory Michelle was born! They put her on me skin to skin and delayed cord clamping and tests and medicines as I requested. Once I was ready I let them take her to weigh and do their thing.
So all in all, I was disappointed that I wasn't able to go naturally, but the doctor and nurses respected as many of my wishes as they could, and Rory was born healthy which is what matters! She was born at 5:26 pm on July 30 after 38 hours of labor - 7 pounds 7 ounces, 20 inches long, with apgars of 9 and 9. We are in love!
The family gets home for the first time
She is beautiful! I am glad that the nurses and doctors were so supportive. Many around here would definitely have pushed for a C/S after the 8 hours of pitocin. Way to keep your senses and to push for what you wanted!
Congratulations! What an adorable girl you have!
congratulations! she's beautiful!
Congratulations! She is beautiful. You did a great job.
I had a very similar story--ruptured membranes, unproductive contractions, pitocin, epidural. I was with a nurse midwife and I didn't know that whatever OB was on-call would have a say in how the situation was managed, and unluckily for me, the OB on-call that day was not natural-friendly at all. I only got 6 hours after they realized my water was broken (it was just a leak, not a full break, so it was hard to know for sure) before they started the pitocin, and I had been up all night the night before with contractions that were not dilating me (I think I was 2 cm and fully effaced when I got to the hospital). You lasted a lot longer on the pitocin than I did (I got the epidural after 3-4 hours), and I'm sure you got to a much higher dose. The epidural ended up being the best choice for my situation as well. The on-call OB was talking c-section already, so that was a factor in that choice.
Bottom line is I know how you feel and I think you did totally awesome.
Congratz on your Littlr girl!!! She is so cute. 38 hours of labor!!! :udawoman: