When did you realize you were really in labor?
In some ways I didn't. I woke up at 11:45 with a nice contraction, thinking nothing of it since I've had false labor twice. Then another at 12:00, than another at 12:15. That one triggered the bowels, and then I had my bloody show...
They were pretty intense every 15 min a part, but I was having back labor because he had flipped posterior a couple days before. I called my midwife around 1, letting her know and asked when I should come in as the birth center was an hour and a half away. She said give it an hour they may slow down... No sooner I hung up they were 7 min a part. I had to go outside for some fresh air and by this time I was having to bend over, breathe, and shake my legs and booty to get through the back pain. Then they were 4 min a part!! I told my husband we gotta go right now. We had the truck loaded and I laid a towel down because I knew we weren't making it to the birth center...
Not even 10 min. Later we Are on the 15 headed south and an urge to push came over me, in denial I said nothing. Then two min. Later another urge to push with a noise that didn't sound quit like me and my husband made me call my midwife. I called, and another very strong pushing sensation and tammie said, "yes, time to push" she guided me through and then came the head. My husband had to pull over, and as soon as he put the truck in park he came around and opened the door. Time stood still for a moment; the cool desert breeze came in and the smell of sage filled the truck, the sky was a beautiful purple with stars everywhere,I relaxed lifted my leg into a "take a knee" stance, I saw my husband and then out came the shoulders and rest of Gabe! then my husband put him on my chest covered us with a towel and we were off to the ER where my midwife told us go. It was the most beautiful experience to have just us three in that moment.
What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I can honestly say, minus the back labor, I had a painless birth experience. But I had to fight for a natural birth. My first son was induced and then had a shoulder dystocia and a broken clavicle. So I had been told by multiple midwives and obs I had to have a c section or leave their practice bc there was such a risk of another one. But after research, mama natural birth course, and tammie my midwife, I was confident I could do this naturally despite what other medical professionals were telling me and I did :)
What was the most helpful thing you did to prepare for childbirth?
Research, book reading, reading other birth stories, but mainly relaxing and getting out of the way of my body's capability and not inhibiting it with my mind. We prayed so much for a painless redemptive birth and God answered!!!
What surprised you about your birth?
How fast it went and that by relaxing and breath I didn't tear at All and it didn't hurt! From my first contraction to the placenta was 2 1/2 hours at most, and I thought it would be a longer labor especially since he was posterior.
We prayed so much for a painless redemptive birth and God answered!!!
What pain relief strategies worked best?
Relaxing and breath
What position did you end up delivering in?
"Take a knee" stance
How did it feel to hold your baby for the first time?
How did the Mama Natural Birth Class help you in your childbirth?
In more ways than I could explain. You ladies put out an amazing and empowering resource, but if it wasn't for your class I wouldn't have gotten the birth I wanted! Thank you!!