Hello everyone! I finally had my baby @ 37 weeks. I was planning on unmedicated VBAC for a while and received much support from all of you and some great advice. I really appreciate all the information you've given me, because it really helped.
The staff during my l&d was just exceptional, i had my own nurse throughout the whole time and I had 2 for delivery + OB and intern.
for those who are interested in the outcome, more details below.
My Ob released me from modified activity, I came to work on Monday 3-7p and worked the floor for the first time in months - it was great.
I got home exausted, ate dinner and just as I was falling asleep I got a stomach cramp. Rolled over and my water broke.
Got to the hospital at 11 pm, walked all night like a maniac and nothing happened - my contractions were still 5-10 min.
at 11 am my OB started pit, increasing every 30 min. I was so against pitocin, i don't really know why i went along with it..
I really had no idea that pit contractions are so painful. I bounced on the birthing ball, I stood, I walked, I did anything and everything.. After 3.5 hours of hard labor I was still 3 cm and 25%
At this point, I was exausted, in a lot of pain, very hungry and on top of that pit increase gradually put me into some very odd emotional state, I was just crying uncontrollably and I could not rationally explain why. The pain and the exaustion was definitely not the main reason for the way i was acting - i've been through worse times.
I got an epidural - i was told that it is very likely i will be laboring for another 7 hours with 2 hours of pushing. I felt like I really wussed out on the pain, but I was just too tired at that point from all the bouncing and rocking and walking. CRNA got there immediately, did her thing, they put a foley in, checked me - I went from 3 cm to 8 cm in 40 minutes.
From there, it was very quick. I almost immediately finished dilating and the baby came down within minutes.
18 min of pushing and she was out. Then, of course, there was about 15 minutes of "quilting", while my OB was teaching the intern to sew me back up.
My total labor was 6 hours and, strangely enough, our city newspaper was doing a story on VBACs and I just happened to be there with a successful story. I got interviewed, and the next day the photographer took some some pictures of my baby, my son and myself for the article. it is due to come out tomorrow - great piece of baby memorabilia for my daughter's picture album.
We are both doing great, my daughter was small - 6 lb 10 oz, 19 inches, but perfect and wonderful. i named her Antonina, Toni for short.
thanks again for everything!
Thank goodness for people like you, who are there through all these ours of labor and postpartum. Keep up the good work, because it is most certainly appreciated.
I am going to bring in something nice for the l&D staff at my hospital as soon as i can walk normaly lol