Sophia Ann born 9/16/2011 at 11:04 PM, 7 lbs. 2 oz., 18 1/2 inches llong
It all started at 6:00AM when I got up to get ready for work. I stood up out of bed and felt a gush of fluid and then realized my panties were soaked and it was running down my leg. I immediately told DH that I think my water broke so I called my mom and she came over right away to take DS to her house so we could head to the hospital.
I immediately get taken back to triage and hooked up to the monitors. It was so busy at the hospital that day. The staff was saying that they had no labor & delivery rooms available and even blamed it on the "cold front" that was blowing through. While I was there I started having some painful contractions that were about 3 minutes apart. They checked me and I was dilated to 2 CM which was the same as my last appointment. When they ruled out ruptured membranes they said that they were sending me home. They said that the fluid may have been part of my mucus plug. I asked them about the contractions that have now started and they said that I'm probably in the early stages of labor and to just go home, relax, and take a hot bath. I was beyond frustrated and just started crying especially when I found out that my OB was out of town. DH even tried to talk me into going to a different hospital, but I refused. I chose that hospital specifically because of the natural birth I wanted!
So we get home around 1:00 PM and the contractions just continue to get worse and worse. I knew something was going on when I started passing blood clots which just happened to my bloody show. I layed on my left side and tried drinking some water, but it wasn't helping. DH drew a hot bath for me and the bath actually made them more intense and closer together. I just started crying and told DH that we have to go back to the hospital because I just know I'm in labor. At this point DH just kept reminding me of my breathing and to relax and remain calm. He really was my backbone during the whole thing and I don't know what I would have done without him.
So we get back to the hospital and go back to triage at around 5 PM. They hooked me back up to the monitors and started immediately picking up the contractions. I think they knew I was definitely in labor when I had to stop talking and concentrate on breathing. At this point the contractions we 2 minutes apart. They checked me and I was a solid 4 CM so they admitted me and moved me to a L&D room. I text my birth photographer by this point and she started heading my way. The nurse looked over my birth plan and assured me that she would support my natural birth plan and would intervene as little as possible which really made me feel more secure about my decision in staying with the hospital.
My whole labor was really intense and all in my back. At one point I looked at DH and told him that I didn't want to do it anymore. I was doing all my breathing exercises and I was able to manage the contractions, but they were just annoying to me more than anything and I just wanted to be comfortable. The nurse checked me and I was dilated to 7 CM at that point. She told to not give up, that I'm almost there. By that time my birth photographer got there and we decided to move to the birthing ball which was wonderful to my back labor. Between contractions, I was talking and laughing with everybody. I was told by the nurse and my photographer that most women do not do that so that really gave me some encouragement. In fact, my photographer got photos of me laughing and she said that was the first time she ever captured a photo like that! When the birthing ball wasn't working anymore, we decided to move to the Jacuzzi tub. The nurse wanted to check me before I got in even though it had been only 45 minutes since my last check. I was dilated to 9 CM and she could feel my bulging sac. I couldn't believe it. She said I could get in the water, but not for long since I was so close. I sat in the water for a bit and that worked wonders for my back. The nurse finally took me out and had me lay on the bed. She checked me again and I was dilated to 9 and 3/4 CM. There was just a tiny bit of cervix left. She had me bear down for a bit to see if I could rupture the sac, but it didn't work.
I finally decided that I wanted them to just break my water for me. The resident came in and tried to rupture my sac, but it wouldn't pop. She said that my sac was extremely tough. She tried one more time and I suddenly felt a pop and then the uncontrollable urge to push. I screamed out that I have to push and they were all yelling at me not too, but I just couldn't help it. My body took over and she was coming no matter what. They kept calling for the doctor who was on call for my doctor. The nurse kept telling me stop pushing and I remember hearing the resident say, "she's not pushing, this baby is just coming." Sure enough I felt her head come out and immediately felt relief and then another urge to push and the rest of her body came out. The doctor never even made it for the delivery. The nurse and resident delivered Sophia. They all just stood there amazed at my labor and delivery. I didn't even have one tear. The doctor was amazed and just stood there speechless. Considering how fast the baby came down, she thought for sure I would have a bad tear. The resident said that she clocked it. From the time she ruptured my sac to the time Sophia delivered, it was only 4 minutes!!
I found out the day after that I was the talk of the labor & delivery floor. Everybody was just astounded at my recovery and how I was able to manage the pain. I have never felt a sense of empowerment in my life!!!
Everything is perfect and Sophia is doing wonderful on the breast. We had a rough 2nd day since she wanted to nurse non-stop, but she is doing much better now. My photographer said that my slideshow will be ready later on this week, but in the meantime, here are some pics: