So I'd like to share my birth story with my second baby girl. My birth plan was to have an all natural birth with no pain management. So on Monday 1/25/16 I had my 39 week appointment (I was 39w1d) so they called me to come in early if possible and to bring my hospital bag just incase. I did just that after getting my toddler up, dressed and fed. Thankfully my mother in law stayed with me over the weekend and that Monday during the first winter storm and she could take me to my appointment. We loaded up my toddler and bag and headed to my appointment. (11:30am)
Once my dr called me back he asked how I've been feeling which I told him the past few day I had bad back pain but nothing too unbearable. He then checked me for dilation and effacement. To all of our surprise I had my bloody show and I was 4cm. Great! So I headed to L&D because miss Everlee was going to come into the world that night. I gave Chris's work a call so he could meet me. I then I had to say my goodbyes to my amazing mother in law and my sweet girl Aubree. Chris was still on his way to the hospital. So around noon they checked me again and I was 6 cm and 80% with very little back pain and contractions.
Chris finally came later that after noon with time to spare. My back pain was getting worse but nothing I couldn't handle. Around 6pm they checked me again and I was 7cm 100%! Good! The dr popped my waters and have me a little bit of pitocin to speed things up. Eventually my back labor got worse and contractions progressed. I knew this natural birth was something I wanted so badly. I got on my feet. I rocked my hips, I bounced on a birthing ball, I had Chris push on my spine to relive the pressure. It helped but wasn't enough. Chris was such an amazing, supportive coach. He did not leave my side when I needed him the most. He pushed me to go further when I felt I couldn't. He was amazing!
Eventually my contractions got so bad I was so tiered and just wanted to sleep. Clearly that wasn't happening. I asked for the epidural I didn't think I had the energy to push. The nurse then asked me if the dr says I can push would I try to push without the pain MEDs. I agreed in hopes I could push! Well dr said I could do that is exactly what I did. As soon as I was pushing my back labor was gone and I was that much closer to meeting my second baby girl. I pushed through the pain and at 10:45 pm we welcomed a beautiful 7lb 14oz 21.5in baby girl into the world on Monday 1/25/16.
I could not do it without he support of Chris and our good friend Alice who was a big part of documenting our birth story and labor. Thank you both. You have no idea how much you helped me.
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