First...I got my completely unmedicated VBAC!!
Abram Linden was born on Sunday June 10th at 1:43pm at 8 pounds, 20.5 inches long.
What an intense ride but the recovery has been incredibly different from DD's birth. I was able to walk immediately, I wasn't heavily medicated from surgery, and I got to hold Abram first and for quite a while!
6am on Saturday morning, I lost quite a bit of blood and figured it was labor gearing up. Contractions were sporadic and not really painful. We stayed around the house all day and finally I chalked it up to a false start. Saturday night around 9pm, Kaylin and Wes went to bed. I thought I was having contractions but they were spaced out. By 10:30pm, I decided to start timing them and realized they were coming at 4-5 minutes. They weren't painful but uncomfortable, I walked the house in circles until midnight. The contractions were regular and lasted 1 minutes in length, so I woke up Wes. We got Kaylin to my parents house and called the Doula who met us at the hospital. It was 1:30am on Sunday when they checked me first, I was 5cm and 100% effaced at a -1 station. Since I was a VBAC, they wanted me on the monitors for 30 minutes and then I could get off for 30 minutes. I knew I didn't want to lay in bed because it made everything more intensified so while I was on the monitors they let me labor on the birth ball (lifesavor)!
Everyone commented on the focus that I had, I walked the room in a circle which seemed to help distract the pain. With every contraction, I pictured DD's smiling face and visualized my cervix opening. By noon, I was moaning and swaying thru every contraction. They were getting pretty intense at this point but not unbearable. I never thought one time that I wanted an epidural or pain relief. Wes was a huge help, He let me lean into him and sway everytime a contraction hit. I honestly am not sure what I would have done without his support or the Doula. The birth really would not have had the same outcome. The OB finally came in around noon and I was between 8-9cm's with my water still intact. I consented to breaking my water since I had been at an 8cm for a couple hours prior. The pressure release was incredible, in a good way - I felt like it actually made things feel better. The contractions picked up and were coming 1-2 minutes but the intensity I felt was less.
By 1pm/1:20pm, I felt the urge to push. They had me do some practice pushes and the nurse stretched everything. It was very painful but I knew there was only one way to make it better. Of course they want you to quit pushing while the OB comes in and sets up, that is near impossible. My body was pushing and I still had a small cervical lip on one side that they had to stretch over Abram's head. I pushed about 6 times and his head was out with the rest following shortly after. By the time he was born, I had been up for almost 48 hours with no sleep but the rush was incredible! It was the most intense thing I've ever experienced but completely manageable as far as pain. The nurse said it was her first unmedicated, natural VBAC that she's seen although she had been a labor/delivery nurse for years. I have a couple 2nd-degree tears, one up into the uretha and the other down. I found that the stitches afterwards were far more painful than actual labor. Total reflex, I kicked the OB with the first stitch bc the local they gave wasn't working. He laughed and said he's not used to patients not having an epidural.
Here are a couple pictures: