I so enjoyed reading others birth stories, thanks everyone for sharing theirs!
I went into labor at 6:30 pm on Wednesday December 4th the day after my expected due date of the 3rd. I had a full day that day of going to the gym and swimming early in the morning, going to work, Christmas shopping and then going home to prepare dinner. I had just barely finished eating when I began to feel intense abdominal pains. I was unsure if it was gas or contractions, but I sat on my yoga ball and after about half hour 45 minutes decided to call Matri. Dr. Wade said it sounded like pre-labor and recommended I wait it out at home and to call her if my water broke. I decided to lay down and try to get some rest and about 10 minutes later I felt a trickle of water. I called her back and she advised us to come in as I had to start an intravenous of antibiotics since I tested positive for strep b.
We finally made it to the hospital around 10 (it took us a while to get everything together......). My contractions were slow and erratic and the doctor advised pitocin. I was very much against it as I feared it would make natural childbirth too difficult so I insisted on waiting and later asked to try a breast pump to get the contractions going naturally. We tried that twice and both times it did indeed speed up the pace only to slow down again when we stopped.
Finally around 8 the next morning the doctor insisted I start the pitocin or risk harm to myself or the baby since it had been over 12 hours since my water had started to leak. Finally I acquiesced feeling defeated and upset. It had been a long night and it was decided I should eat some breakfast before being induced. I was given pitocin at about 9:30 and I started hard and painful labor within the next hour. I labored using the yoga ball mostly and the hypnotherapy techniques trying to change positions though preferring the yoga ball. Around 12:30 I asked to get in the tub and labored there in a complete hypnotic zone for about an hour. I was in such intense pain I finally told Jon I could not cope any longer and asked for an epidural. The nurse and Kristen Werner who was at that point on call tried to talk me out of it saying I had come so far. I don't think they realized how much pain I was in as I had been so quiet. I insisted and they said I would have to get out of the tub so they could check my dilation first. It seems as if they dragged me out as I barely felt I had any strength and found I was somewhere between 8 to 10 cm dilated. They urged me to wait just a bit longer and almost immediately I feel the sudden urge to push! I pushed for 25 minutes waiting to do so only when I got the intense urges and Kai Ashten Orton was born at 2:47 pm. I had only 3 small tears and was so happy I ended up doing it naturally!
Kai had jaundice but is healthy and breastfeeding very well. He was born with a thick head full of hair! One funny anecdote from the experience was that I looked out the window of the hospital while laboring to see hundreds of UVM students running around and riding their bikes around naked around 1 am, apparently its a yearly tradition before finals.
I hope to see everyone's continued progress on Facebook and participate in a playgroup when I am stronger and feeling better.
All the best to everyone and happy new year!!
Angele, Jon & Kai
Paige Tilton was born November 2nd 2013 after 4.5 hours of pushing at 41 weeks pregnant! She was 6lbs 14ounces and 19 inches long.
Caleb decided to show up early :) Caleb Nelson Gale 6 lbs 13 1/2 oz 20 inches long was welcomed into this world with loving arms Saturday Nov. 9th at 1032 am!
Scott was reading/talking to my belly as usual friday night. He told our son it was time to come out because his mommy was getting uncomfortable (I had been having edema in my ankles and headaches). A few minutes later we heard a pop (1045pm) We thought it was just him moving around but once I got up we realized it was my water breaking! It wasn't like the movies where you see a big puddle... it was small leaks every few minutes. We decided to call maitri at 1118pm. We arrived at FAHC at 1240am and I had just barely started to feel cramping aka contractions. I was thinking it would be a long night since I wasn't really having contractions yet. I was def wrong! things progressed really FAST! I used the tub, the yoga ball, soothing music, massage toy for my back and the counter pressure we learned in class =) I got to 6cm which was the first time I was even checked and was thinking i couldn't do it without medication. Scott was pretty amazing as were the rest of the staff there with me and with encouragement I pushed through and had Caleb in less than 12 hours without pain meds. Big thanks to all at Birth Journeys for helping on our journey! Made us feel empowered during our experience!
We had out baby last night at 756 pm. We were 6 days over due. I ended up having to have pitocin to kick my labor into gear after 4 solid days of contractions at 5-10 mins apart. I too got an epidural at 5 cm it was a great choice for me. I pushed for one hour and he was born. We are all doing well. Can't wait to see everyone again. After the babies arrive!