My first baby was a c-section due to breech presentation. I labored for 5 hours after SROM until I was 8cm, then it was discovered she was breech and I was off to surgery.
This time around I was planning a drug free hospital VBAC. I had to switch providers to a practice that would "let" me VBAC, and planned to deliver at a hospital an hour away, driving past 2 closer hospitals (including the one that I delivered DD at). I practiced the hypnobabies home study course, and picked out a doula.
The short story: Alaina ("Lainey") was born Saturday, Sept 25 at 3:40 am. I had a 2 hour labor from first contraction to delivery. I delivered her in the car on the side of the road on our way to the hospital, and her daddy caught her just as the EMTs arrived. I guess I got my drug free VBAC! lol
The long version:
6 lbs 13 oz
I still feel a little bit like my birth story happened to someone else. At my 37 week appointment, my blood pressure was a bit elevated. I had pre-e with DD, so they decided to be proactive. I had to do a 24 hour urine and turn it in on Friday, when my BP was 144/94. We decided to do bedrest for the weekend.
Saturday at 1:30am I woke up and felt a bit crampy. I went to the bathroom and back to bed. I laid in bed and thought I might be having contractions, and sort of started timing them. They were happening every 2 minutes but not lasting very long. I thought I might be getting some sort of stomach bug. At 1:50am I got out of bed and told DH I thought I might be having contractions. I went downstairs and he went back to bed. I found an online contraction timer and started timing my tightenings. They were happening every 1 1/2 minutes but only lasting 30-45 seconds. I thought maybe early contractions, because I thought they weren't strong enough, & they weren't lasting long enough. By 2:15am I was leaning on the couch breathing deeply through them and thought it was time to wake up DH. I still thought I was in early labor, because I was just breathing and swaying through them, and they weren't really painful, just uncomfortable. I had been using Hypnobabies, but didn't even think about getting out my mp3's. Maybe I was subconsiously using relaxation techniques? DH and I worked on finishing packing, called the doula, my midwife's office, and my mom to come stay with DD. By 3:15am ish we were ready to go. I went to the kitchen, had a contraction againt the counter, then walked around to the other side of the counter and had another. I knew then that we weren't going to make it. We got out to the garage and I couldn't get in the car. Contractions were one on top of the other and I couldn't sit. Thankfully we called our doula and she recommended kneeling on the front seat facing the back of the car leaning on the seat. That worked, but it was very hard to hold on while DH drove. Within 5-10 minutes, I felt the baby move down during a contraction. My body was totally in charge, I was not in control at all with the baby's movement downward. I told DH I was pushing and couldn't stop. He drove for about 5 more minutes before my blowing through contractions turned into grunting/loud vocalizing and I told him he HAD to stop. He pulled over and called 911. My body pushed the baby out within about 10 minutes total time from that first push. A state trooper arrived pretty much as the baby crowned, and just watched while I yelled to DH that the baby was coming. My water broke somewhere in there, then DH caught the head and with the next push the body was out. None of it - the contractions, the pushing, the ring of fire or the delivery were really that painful, just intense. I think it was my hypnobabies training, even though I didn't get to actually listen to the program or even consiously use the training.
The EMTs arrived just after she was born. They clamped the cord and DH cut it. Alaina and I rode in the ambulance to the hospital while DH followed with the car. (I should add that the hospital and practice that ended up providing my care were the ones that I had to switch from because they wouldn't allow me to VBAC (haha!), I never made it to the further hospital).
I tore pretty badly in two places, and the repairs actually took longer than the labor and delivery, and I am pretty sore and swollen. Thank goodness for our doula during the repairs - she was awesome and really helped me focus and relax (no drugs then, either - just lidocaine injections to numb). I HIGHLY recommend a doula - sooooo worth it in every way. We are both doing very well, so far Lainey is a good sleeper and nursing ok, although her mouth is small and we are having some issues getting her to open wide enough & I'm a bit sore.
I was so happy to get my drug free, all natural VBAC, it was awesome! Other than delivering in the front seat of the car, I wouldn't change any of it! The car is a mess, the front seat looked like a murder scene but most of the stains came out.
Not the VBAC you or DH envisioned, but the results seem perfect! How is DH doing?
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
OMG, what a great story! I'm so glad you had a good birth, even if it was on the side of the road. You should send that to the hospital that "wouldn't let you VBAC." They put you in a really risky situation, feeling that you had to drive past them when you knew you couldn't make it to the other hospital. That's bad medicine, and they should be ashamed.
Peroxide is the best at getting blood out of anything, it kind of eats it away.
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
Maybe you could plan for a homebirth next time? Your story is awesome, and I agree that you should send your story to the doctor that wouldn't "let" you push a baby out of your vag.
Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
Mindie and Mark, 5/16/09
Wow, amazing story! I'm so glad you got your VBAC even if it was in a different situation that you envisioned. What a great story to have for the future.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Wow! What a great story! You and DH must both feel like super-people! Delivering on the side of the road isn't for wimps! Congrats on your little girl!
Mara & Joel, 2009