Bruce Alexander's Birth StoryI recorded this under birth events "Went Into Labor" if anyone's interested. It was sort of dramatic. Haha.
Thrilled baby boy is healthy and thriving. We are still getting to know each other. Big thank you to my husband, Josh. Who stuck with me through labor and kept me going strong.
So, apparently the prodromal labor on Friday was the start of real labor. Water broke at 7 pm. I wasn't too sure though that was it. My mother over the phone felt we better get to the birth center. Light cramps started up. We went out for Mexican food with some friends as cramps quickly became much, much worse. I noticed spotting. I texted the midwife, who asked us to come in to get checked for dilation and to see if my water really had broken.
I was pretty much in denial. By the time we got home, contractions were 15 minutes apart and my back was killing me. My husband and I packed the car, stopped at the grocery store for snacks, and drove up. Contractions became very intense on our way in. By the time we got there, I was in agony. The midwife informed me I was 4 cm dilated and 80% effaced. She timed contractions as five minutes apart or less and lasting 3 minutes or more each, and cheerily informed me that this was back labor.
I didn't actually believe it and kept apologizing for being there. I was pretty confused by the pain. I started vomiting and bawling at that point. I vomited for the next 5 hours. They got me through IV fluid and antibiotics, found I was at 7 cm (only an hour and a half after I got there.) Then got me into the pool which was wonderful for a while. But baby wasn't in the best position coming down into the pelvis and got a bit stuck at a wonky angle. I ended up pushing for 3 hours and was begging to die and screaming my head off. They don't do pain meds there, and I really regretted that.
Baby boy came out thrashing and kicked me in the crotch on his way out. Lol. He was 7 lbs, 4 oz, 20 inches long at 37 weeks +6 at 4:07 am. I had a 2n