When did you realize you were really in labor?
I was 41+2 and I was thinking I'd never actually have this baby. I woke up 6/4/17 at 1:30am with a pop! My mucus plug & bloody show starting coming. I knew by 2am that things were progressing rather quickly. I realized I was in labor because the contractions were able to be timed, and I had to focus/breathe my way through them.
What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The ring of fire!! I felt I handled my labor / contractions well. The ring of fire came during pushing, and that was the most challenging part! I wanted the baby OUT!!!!
What was the most helpful thing you did to prepare for childbirth?
Taking natural childbirth classes! Learning how to focus, how to breathe, and how to keep level headed!
What surprised you about your birth?
How short it was!!! 9hrs 40mins. Pushed for 14mins. I never knew my strength as a woman until that day!!
Do it! If you get to the point where you say "I CANT" just keep pushing/working for it!
What pain relief strategies worked best?
Focusing on myaffirmations hung from the bed. Also, saying "down" in low tones during my contractions worked wonders to push through them!
What position did you end up delivering in?
I delivered on my hands and knees. I tried side lying, and sitting in a birth swing. I distinctively remember yelling "I NEED TO GET ON MY HANDS AND KNEES!"
How did it feel to hold your baby for the first time?
It was beyond emotional. This is my rainbow baby. 9 months long of worry came to an end when they passed her between my legs. The photo you see is after they helped me roll over and get her skin to skin. She opened her eyes at me and I lost all control of my emotions. Just overwhelming love and gratitude! I remember crying "my baby, my baby!"
What advice can you give to other mamas who want to go natural?
Do it! If you get to the point where you say "I CANT" just keep pushing/working for it! You ARE doing it! You CAN do it! That baby is so close! Its the only pain that brings the greatest joy!!