Just wanted to share that . . .
1) My sweet healthy baby girl made her appearance Oct. 4 at 12:39 am. We named her Sarah Caroline.
2) We didn't Quite make it to a natural birth. Had a SROM at about 11:30am. Made it to the hospital by about 2:00 (I was 6cm dilated). Was in the tub, having major back labor and in transition by about 3:00 and then things got a little weird.
I progressed at a fairly normal speed to 9 cm, then it seemed like I couldn't get past it. Finally started feeling a few involuntary pushes and was checked only to find that I still had a lip of a cervix on one side. Breathed through the need to push until 7:20 or so when I was told we were ready to get out of the tub. Pushed for 2 1/2 hours or so, but baby's head was coming out at an angle and I wasn't making much progress.
Interventions begin - Doc wanted to try to turn the baby as I pushed, but I was exhausted and still having back labor. She was worried I was holding back on the pushes because of the pain and we decided to try an epidural. Pushed an hour after the epidural with no real progress because of baby's position (and found out I had NOT been holding anything back on my pushing) and ended up with a cesarean.
Even though we did quite make it to the "birth" part of our natural birth, I am still proud of our birth. Just wanted you ladies to know how much I appreciate the support and advice I found (mostly lurking) on this board. You guys rock!