Each week we share real birth stories written by women from across the country and the world. If you're interested in sharing your birth story....we'd love to hear it! You can fill out this simple form here: http://www.cordmama.com/submit-your-birth-story/
When was your baby due? : 6/1/2010
When was your baby born?: 5/14/2010
Where did you decide to have your baby? Why did you choose this delivery location?: After contemplating a home birth and doing research I decided a hospital birth would be best for me for my first birth. I am a self-admitted hypochondriac and I thought being close to medical equipment and doctors would make me feel better. Little did I know that birth feels so natural. It's not a "medical" event at all. I couldn't have cared less about those things when it came down to it.
What did you do to prepare for your birth? : My husband and I took a natural birthing class. I do think this helped prepare my husband for what was coming. I noticed him using the techniques we had learned when I was in labor. We also hired an amazing doula (who also happened to be my best friend). I read Ina May books over and over and prayed about my birth and baby.
Tell us what happened! Please feel free to write as much or as little as you'd like about your birth story. : I had a CNM whom I adored and trusted implicitly. At my 34 week appointment she had not been in and her partner had put me on bed rest for preterm labor (contracting and 4 cm dilated). That was not at all expected! I thought I had just been having Braxton Hicks contractions. I went home and started what would be 3 weeks of "horizontal bed rest."
At 37 weeks my regular CNM took me off of bed rest with orders to still try to take it easy. I went back to work the next day on light duty. While getting out of my car heading in to work I felt a pop and gush. At first I thought maybe I had peed myself (haha) but quickly realized my water had broken. I had to go in and tell my male manager that I wouldn't be working that night.
I called my midwife and she told me to hang out at home and eat and rest. Contractions hadn't started yet so my husband and I went for a walk in the rain. It was such a perfect moment. My parents came over and my husband and father went to pick us all up some dinner. While they were gone I decided to try some nipple stimulation. At this point my water had been broken for several hours and I was starting to get antsy. I used my breast pump for about 30 seconds and immediately felt the first twinges of contractions. Within 20 minutes I was telling my mom that I thought we should call the guys. My husband got home and I decided I wanted to go to the hospital. I felt defeated because I had wanted to labor at home for as long as possible.
The drive to the hospital was like something out of a movie. It was raining and lightning and thundering. My husband was...nervous (to say the least) and I was screaming. I later realized that I was experiencing transition in the car.
We got to the hospital and my doula met is there. I tried to use the restroom in the lobby but my experienced doula quickly realized that the sensation I was feeling was not the need to pee. This baby was almost here.
The nurses reluctantly checked me in triage ("first babies don't just fall out") and said "we need to get you to a room. You're 10 cm.!"
Twenty minutes of pushing later and my beautiful 6 lb 1 oz baby boy was here! Everything was such a whirlwind. I was kind of shell shocked. Even now, looking back, I can barely remember his actual birth. Just the moments leading up to it.
What surprised you most about your birth? : How fast it was! From the first contraction I felt to him being caught it was only an hour and a half!
What are you glad that you did during your birth? : Didn't ask for meds. Although I didn't really have time to!
What would you do differently? : I would have vocalized more productively. I did with my second baby and it was much better--and much more quiet!
What's the best advice you received about birth? : To not get too attached to a "birth plan." I had ideas of what I wanted but every baby has their own ideas and staying open to other situations and options worked well for me.