3.16.2010

natural birth story part I

"that's one bulgy bag of water."

not big on reading? here's the condensed version:
i had a baby, med-free.

want more? got a comfy place to sit?
got a morsel or two to keep your energy up? good. let's begin.

Russ and I went to my 37 week appointment on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. [As I'm sure you recall, the appointment the week prior to that we learned I was dilated 4 centimeters and 80% effaced. Our doctor said he'd be surprised if Hayes lasted two more weeks in the big house (my uterus.)] We were so anxious to hear if I had progressed further, and Russ said a few times on the way there "I bet you're a 6 now."

He was right. The doctor checked me and confirmed that I was now dilated to a 6. The doctor looked shocked, I tell you, you never get used to that reaction. He and the nurse questioned me about my contractions. I told them, truthfully, I had false labor contractions the night before for a couple hours, and I thought I felt like what might have been a contraction waddling through Old Navy the day before, but I wasn't sure. Everyone says, "you'll know" and I didn't, yet.

The doctor said it was time to get to the hospital. He let me know that I also tested positive for Strep B and that it was imperative I get a treatment of penicillin before the baby was born. He said the treatment takes four hours and at this point we've gotta get down there and get it started. He told us to go home get our gear and to not take more than an hour because-- "that's one bulgy bag of water you've got in there." Three weeks early or not, Hayes was on his way.

Russ and I drove home to get our bags. He gave me a blessing of comfort, stamina, strength, and the will-power to do this according to my goal -- naturally.

<------- we got one last picture and headed out.

At 3:00 we got to the hospital. The admitting nurse stared at me blankly... "So, you're not having contractions, but you're dilated to a 6?" Yeah yeah lady, I know, it's not normal. By 3:00 I had heard PLENTY of non-believers express the utter impossibility of it all.

They monitored my contractions for awhile... they were coming consistently but once again, they're standing there puzzled because I am sitting there smiling, talking, and cracking jokes and shouldn't I bet yelling like an Amazonian woman by now? They FINALLY start my round of penicillin, and tell me that it needs to run its course for 4 hours [4 - 8 p.m.] At this point I am dilated to a 7, and my water is still hanging in there.

getting hooked up // trying to get a baby out the pioneer way

By 8 p.m. the penicillin treatment is done. My contractions are starting to pick up on their own by now, but I had only dilated to an 8 since 4 p.m. I think we all knew this would take all night if I didn't get some pitocin. I know it was probably the worst decision for someone planning a natural delivery. But, every half-hour Nurse Kami came in an upped pitocin until I was at 7mL, which is nuts, I should sue. Then in comes Dr. Wolsey (LOVED HIM) with a crochet hook.

The moment my water broke, I felt what I had been waiting for: a crampy, wringing-out contraction. I had definitely had contractions before, but holy smokes, this is what "you'll just know" about. Time to breathe. For the first hour of full-blown contractions I felt pretty good, I was staying on top of them, resting in between, staying relaxed. Yeah, just wait a sec.
At 9:00 p.m. the nurse checked me and I was now dilated to 9 cm and 90% effaced.

sometime between 9-10 p.m. and 9-10 cm
The second hour of contractions are causing the worst pain I have ever experienced, thirty seconds at a time, each a minute apart. They are coming down on me like waves, every time I get pushed under and can't find enough time to come up for air before the next. I can barely hold my head up in between, I'm so tired. So, Russ holds me.
The baby's oxygen is dropping so they make me wear the mask.
I feel completely defeated.

Russ and my mom are saying "hee hoo hee hoo hee hoo." and I am saying "heehooahheahahoahaouchhh." I say a prayer.
All the sudden, with my trusty coaches' help,
I am able to breathe and relax through the rest of my contractions.

10 p.m.
BANG. Every muscle, bone, and vein in my body tells me it's time to push.
Nurse Kami confirms that I am now at 10 cm then says,
"Dr. Wolsey went home but I just paged him and he'll be right back"
•••
[That's called a cliffhanger, what I just did there.]

39 comments:

iamahoneybee said...

congrats on being about to stick to your natural plan.

nice cliffhanger....

iamahoneybee said...

congrats on being about to stick to your natural plan.

nice cliffhanger....

iamahoneybee said...

congrats on being about to stick to your natural plan.

nice cliffhanger....

iamahoneybee said...

congrats on being about to stick to your natural plan.

nice cliffhanger....

iamahoneybee said...

umm clearly there was a glitch....

Megan B. said...

I'm a lurker brought over from your SIL's blog. I think it's amazing you had a natural delivery with pitocin. Congratulations of the beautiful birth and baby.

Regan and Michelle said...

congrats girl!!! So excited for you, russ and the new addition!! Can't believe you did it natural, your stronger than i am!

rebecca said...

holy cow! you went natural! good for you girl... cant wait for the rest of the story!

matchgirl said...

that picture of you and russ with the oxygen mask brought a tear to my eye. Isn't it a wonderful thing to have such a wonderful priesthood holder as your husband? It sounds like you were all troopers (you especially) Dr. Wolsey was my Dr. for Elliott up until a month before he was born. He was called away on an "emergency mission" but he was great.

Uncle Collin said...

(Aside) Collin and Russ's brother Mitch sat anxiously in the waiting room eating Wendy's fries and watching reruns of The Office, while the nurses badgered us for having the volume too loud.

Angie said...

I also went without pain meds- but I had some other complications so I had to be induced from starting point all the way to delivery. Pitocin is a biaaatch! It makes your contractions much worse and breaks up any natural rhythm they would have on their own. It's harsh! So congrats for sticking it out! I know how painful that I was- I did it twice!!

Annie said...

you're inspiring, to say the least. and hayes is just so beautiful!

Trent & Emily Davies said...

You did it without drugs!!! You are amazing!!! Can't wait to read the rest of the story...nice cliffhanger...now I have to wonder for the next day if the baby comes or not!!

Kelsey said...

Don't you feel like you can do anything now that you had an unmedicated birth+ pitocin? Wonder woman! So so happy that you acheived your goal of a natural birth and had a wonderful Dr. (Wolsey was conveinently still on his mission when I delivered). Again, a big congrats to you and Russ.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

oh my gosh, I am so emotional when it comes to births. I don't know why, but I started to cry and you didn't even get to the best part yet. I would love to have my kids naturally, but I am so scared of the pain. If you could, would you do it natural again or go for the meds? was it as bad as they say?

Nakita Ellis said...

Wow! Good job going natural! That is how I want to go with the rest of mine, medicated was a big mistake for me personally. Good job, you are amazing! This post made me cry a little bit. Brought back so many feelings.

Gretchen said...

au natural?! you go girl

Lindsay said...

I shouldn't start my comment out this way, but im going to. the floors look awesome! good job Russ.
you already know how amazed and proud I am that you did it natural. Actually I am just really proud of you in general.

Ashley and Chris Miles said...

YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!! Congrats emily you woman warrior!!!

Bethany said...

Hayes is adorable! I'm so very happy for you! And the floors do look great. Russ did a really good job.

kELLO! said...

i want to have it natural, too!
so hurry up with the rest of the story! :)

Lacey Jane said...

Amazing that you went natural! I am all ears when it comes to birthing stories right now, so I cannot wait to hear the rest!

Kirsten Sue said...

I don't know why I want to cry because you haven't even gotten to the best part yet but every birth story is amazing to me. I had to wear the oxygen mask too. Jett's heart rate kept dropping. It was so scary.

Michelle said...

oh my! that's so intense! You are my hero!

I kind of think I would want to go natural for the birth, but am totally intimidated. Plus, I am not pregnant, or married.

Jene and Megan said...

Wow! Great story even better the picture of Russ holding your face..so precious!

Emma said...

natural!! you go girl. i am currently rotating through labor and delivery and it confirmed i must get an epidural. i admire you so much! and i'm jealous of your baby. i want one.

Meagan + Michael said...

You are one tough woman! Contractions are beyond painful.

Hayley Anderson Photography said...

You need a Super Woman cape.

Kathy said...

Congratulations on your natural child birth. In my opinion it's the only way to go. Kudos to you and congrats!

kara jo haught said...

ohh emily i have the chills... charlotte's med free (not by choice) birth is too recent!! You really are a real woman!

Stacey Sargent said...

This is the sweetest thing! I love the picture of Russ holding your head. It actually made me teary-eyed! So happy for you and Russ and little Hayes!

Becky said...

Congratulations!!!!!

I am hanging on!! Mean just mean to leave us hanging.

I would love to know what camera you use and what setting you have it on to take pictures inside like that. :)

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The Howards said...

Wow em amazing!!!! Super women you! Hes darling!! Congrats Russ and em love you both!!

Ashlee said...

HOLY MOLY! I couldn't imagine! Look how pretty you look during your WHOLE birth. I did not look that pretty. I looked like death! Congrats on your sweet sweet boy! xox

chari-o said...

oh how I love this. I can't wait for the second installment! this is better that after I finished New Moon and was waiting for Breaking Dawn to be released!

love you!!!

teamkc said...

I am a stalker through Lindsay Swan...anyway, CONGRATS! I am SOOO impressed you did it non-medicated WITH pitocin - you are awesome! Non-medicated is the way to go! Enjoy being a momma!

teamkc said...

P.S. I wanted to say that I totally understand the "not normal" for being at a 6 with NO labor - that is how mine was (100% effaced, dilated to a 6), but the minute my mid-wife broke my water, my labor began and the baby was born in about 1.5 hours! Next time, have the break your water w/o pitocin and see how that goes...just a thought...

Cassandra Laine said...

You're incredible. You don't know me, but wow you write a good story. This brought me back 16 months to the birth of my first.

Such a magical, spiritual, incredible experience it is! Thank you for sharing! Wow you're brave!! Good Job! and CONGRATS!!!!!

p.s. sleep when your baby sleeps - just incase no ones told you yet ;)

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