Birth Story:  Catherine Ann

My water spontaneously broke while I was rolling over in bed.  I felt a burst and then water started leaking so I knew this was it.  Alex, my husband, heard me get up and asked if everything was ok.  I casually told him my water broke as he heard it pouring into the toilet.  Afterwards, I took a shower, then put a towel on the bed and tried to go back to sleep.  My contractions hadn't started yet and I knew I needed to get rest before the real work began. 

About half an hour later, my contractions started slowly.  I thought I could still sleep through them but really never was able to fall asleep.  At around 6:00AM they began to become more intense at about 8-7 minutes apart.  By the time Alex and I got ready to leave for the hospital, my contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart and very intense.  I had to lean over for each contraction and had Alex put pressure on my back to help ease the pain.  We checked in at about 8:00AM and my contractions were steady at about 3-5 minutes apart and very intense.  Once a contraction came on, I'd close my eyes, breath as naturally as possible, and realized moaning helped.  It seemed to help get me through.  Contractions lasted about 1-2 minutes each and Alex encouraged me to take on contraction at a time.

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About 1 hour after checking in to the hospital, my doula arrived and got me on the birthing ball and had some aromatherapy to help with contractions.  I was on the ball leaning over on Alex for a good while.  After this, I honestly lost track of time, I was very focused on being in the moment and getting through each contraction at a time.  I remember that for each contraction, I needed Alex or the doula to put pressure on my lower back.  I didn't hold out on moaning or making noise at all since it was getting me through.  This went on for a few hours.  Then I remember wanting to get on my hands and knees.  This really helped with that back pressure and was the most comfortable to get through contractions.  The only problem is that after a while my arms were getting tired and I felt I needed to lie down.  They helped me lie on my side holding on to my knees. 

I think it was about 1:00PM I had the urge to push.  It was extremely unconformable to move to a different position, but with the help of the doula, my husband, and the midwives were able to do it.  After I started pushing, things felt so much better.  It was like a release of all the pressure from the contractions and my cervix opening.  After about two hours, she was out and everything was so amazing.  She was perfect, and pink and alert!  She was placed on my chest and immediately opened her eyes and looked around at everyone then plopped her head back down.  Soon after, she latched on to nurse for the first time.  

I didn't have any drugs during labor but there were times when I thought, “this is why women fear childbirth and want drugs!”  I can honestly say that I wouldn't have gotten through it had I not been preparing for labor and birth. 

Overall, my labor and delivery was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to do it all over again!


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