I thought I would introduce myself. I have never posted on this board before, although I've been a member of this site for a few years.
Before I got pregnant, I always knew that I wanted a med-free, intervention-free birth. When I got pregnant with my son and told people of my plans, I got so much negative feedback! I couldn't believe what some people would say! "Oh, just wait...you'll be begging for an epidural!" Of course, that made me nervous since he was my first and I didn't know what to expect!
At 40 weeks 3 days, I went into labor. I started having contractions. I labored at home for 9 hours and then made my way to the hospital. When I got there, I got checked in and was 10cm dilated and ready to push. After almost 13 hours of labor, and pushing for 1 hour, my beautiful baby boy was born! Parker was 9lbs 9oz and 21.5 inches long. It was such an exhilirating experience and I knew I wanted to do it the same way again!
With my daughter, I knew what to expect, and since I did have a med-free birth already, people were not so quick to judge and make comments! I knew I wanted the same kind of birth as I had with my son. At 39 weeks 1 day, I was making dinner and my water broke! Totally different than what happened with my son! I labored at home for only a couple of hours, but I was feeling a lot of pressure and pinching and it scared me, so I went to the hospital and labored there on the birth ball and walked around a lot. After 11 hours of labor and 20 mins of pushing, my beautiful baby girl was born! Madelyn was 9lbs 5oz and 20 1/4 inches long.
Both of these birth experiences are exactly how I wanted them. I have a wonderful midwife who sees eye to eye with me on everything. She is very hands off and they let me do everything myself. I love being able to feel everything and be in control of everything and I plan to do it again one last time for our third baby. I'm very excited to experience natural childbirth once again.
I can't wait to get to know all of you!