Ten days before my due date off and on all night I had braxton hicks and woke with real contractions at 3:30 in the morning. I finally got up to walk around and sit on the exercise ball for awhile to see if they increased or intensified. I waited until a little after 5 to tell Kenny and he told me to call the midwife. I felt a little anxious calling her so early in the morning even though I knew I was supposed to.
She didn’t answer her cell phone so I called her again at home and her husband answered so I was a bit worried she was at another birth. She called me back and was actually just finishing up at a birth! I was so relieved and thankful! She told me to see if a warm bath would calm them down and if it didn’t to call her back in an hour. The contractions were 3-5 minutes apart and were 30-60 seconds long.
They didn’t go away and seemed to get worse so she came around 8:30. She called her assistant around 10:30. So I labored and they set everything up in the bedroom for delivery because we thought this would happen quickly. I went from the bathroom, toilet, to the exercise ball. Kenny finally convinced me to get checked around 1 because the contractions were getting more painful and intense. I had been putting it off because I was so worried about being disappointed. I guess I just had a feeling. I was feeling so much pressure and pain so I was worried yet hopeful that maybe the pressure meant I was getting close. I wanted my second baby to come fast! So they checked me and I was only 4. The midwife stretched my cervix and moved it from back to front. I was so disappointed that I wasn’t any further along. I moped around outside for a little while with Kenny. He was holding me as we walked around the house. He helped amp me back up! It hurt so badly but I held on and lifted my chin up and tried to walk a little faster.
I came inside because my legs were getting tired and then my water broke an hour or so later in the only room in the house with carpet! So we started walking outside to help keep the contractions moving. The contractions were varying back and forth and not staying consistent especially when I got into the tub to ease the pain a little so I had to keep walking. They also gave me something to hold under my tongue that burned to help bring on the contractions. The contractions were very painful and intense, pretty much all in my back.
When I came in I sat on the toilet because it intensified them and they had me lay down for awhile which intensified them but I still managed to fall asleep haha!. I tried getting on my hands and knees to help stretch my back out and the assistant midwife put hot compresses on my back but it didn’t help and the compresses hurt more than helped. Then I got on the birth stool and would stand up to bring on a contraction and sit down to go through them. They were almost unbearable so she checked me and I was finally 9! Yay! I was getting ready to have a sugar crash so they got me fruit and orange juice which tasted amazing. This was especially important to me because I had a sugar crash during labor with my son at the hospital and I had a nice nurse that had to sneak me some snacks.
I never felt the ring of fire with my son because the doctor at the hospital numbed me because I was going to tear. But damn I felt it with her!
I was so tense in my pushing. The midwives had to keep telling me to relax my forehead and my shoulders. I was pushing on the birth stool with my hands and was creating the wrong kind of courter pressure. My hands and legs went numb and tingly. I kept shaking my hands trying to get feeling in them in between pushes. It was the weirdest feeling ever. I think my legs were numb because of how I was sitting on the birth stool but no idea about my hands.
I started pushing at 5:05pm. It only took 6 pushes or so to get her out which ended up being 7 minutes. So she was born at 5:13pm. She was posterior and turned on the way out then turned again. Then it felt like the midwife had to push her back in but I think what happened was she rotated to the right direction and I felt relief. Then she came out and straight to my arms and she actually latched on to nurse with 15 minutes! We waited for the placenta and Kenny cut the cord. I got to lie in bed and eat fruit. It was amazing, completely wonderfully amazing. She took 14 hours.