What do you know... I actually finished a project for once!!
Ethan Edward entered this world on 9/29 at 1342 hrs. He weighed 9 lbs 7 oz and is 21" long, and I delivered him completely drug-free!
I started having noticible contractions on Monday night at around 9:30 pm and told Shayne he should probably stay home from work. They weren't bad, but they were regular (about 7-10 minutes apart), and something just told me that this was it. I called my doula to give her a heads-up, then tried to get some rest.
Yeah, that didn't happen... I was feeling the contractions mostly in my back, and laying down through them was uncomfortable enough that I didn't want to do it. I layed down for a while, and it was like I could just feel this gaping hole opening up inside me. I wasn't trying to visualize anything, it just felt like that's what was happening. I did the positioning exercises suggested to me to prevent or turn a posterior baby, but was still having lots of back pain. In fact, there were very few contractions that hurt all the way around. Or maybe it just felt that way because of the back labor.
By 4:30 am Tuesday morning, my contractions were about 3 minutes apart. This is when my midwife told me I should go to the hospital, but I just wasn't sure. I'd heard that you just know when it's time to go, but I guess I'm not one of those people. I called my mom, who suggested I go, then my doula. My doula didn't seem positive that I was ready. I talked to her through 3 contractions, though, and by the third, we had decided I should go and get checked. If I wasn't dilated to at least 5 cm, I figured I'd just come back home. My mom agreed to meet us there.
Once I was in my L&D room I was put on cordless monitors because they weren't seeing the accelerations in the baby's heartbeat with each contraction. My doula arrived and we agreed to try a more aggressive positioning exercise (Texas Roll?) to try to ensure that the baby was not posterior. My back labor was a little worrisome to me as my mom had had the same thing and I had been jammed against her pelvis and unable to come out. I did NOT want a c-section if at all possible. So with the first exercise, I had to lay flat on my back with a rolled-up sheet under my lower back. It hyper-extends the lower back to allow the baby more room to reposition. And it hurts like hell. I stayed there for what felt like forever, then moved to the"roll-over" position. In that one you lay mostly on your belly with pillows under whichever side you want the baby to move to. That one hurt too, but I suppose most things having to do with labor do hurt...
The nurse hooked a bar to the bed, and I tried a few different positions. I didn't feel an urge to push, though, and I wasn't quite sure how to do it. Another pelvic exam, and Kristen found that there was a lip of cervix that was holding things up. I had to lay back down on my back, back on the rolled up sheet to tilt my pelvis, and Kristen held down the lip while I tried my best to push. After a few tries, I finally got a decent one or two, and the baby moved over the lip and into the birth canal.