I haven’t posted here in many months, but I really enjoyed reading birth stories while I waited for my babe’s arrival, so hopefully this can help someone still waiting! Official announcement with name and stats and photos in the announcement thread.
At my 40 week appointment I was measuring more behind than is considered acceptable, and I’d been measuring behind but within the normal range for weeks. My midwife offered a fetal assessment ultrasound early, since normally I’d wait until 41 weeks. I agreed. At 40+4 I had my scan, and all the nurse told me after consulting the dr was that baby was in 20-25th percentile and then let me go. I knew they wouldn’t let me leave and would induce if her size or anything else was a concern. The next day, however, my midwife called and told me although baby was perfect on the ultrasound, the blood flow from the placenta to her body and to her brain were showing at different levels, which could indicate my placenta wasn’t functioning properly and was overcompensating flow to the brain. Because of this, the dr advised I was not a candidate for out of hospital birth and should give birth in the hospital under constant monitoring. The plan was for me to birth at the birth centre with intermittent monitoring. I wasn’t high risk, since nothing was wrong with the baby, but the risk was that labour could make baby deteriorate quickly. My midwife wanted a second opinion and second scan before making any decisions. She called me back a short while later and couldn’t get me a second scan, but got a second opinion and that opinion was I should be induced and monitored right away. Since my midwife knew I didn’t want to be induced, she suggested we try some natural methods while we put my name on the induction wait list and hope for the best. So I went for a sweep and then came home and took the “midwife cocktail” at 4:30. I also took that induction method with my first when I was two weeks over, and it worked, but created an intense labour (all contractions were 1 minute apart the whole 24 hours) but I figured it was less intense than medical induction. By 5-5:30 contractions had started, by 6:30 they felt “real”, and I was starting to have difficulty talking and walking through them. 7:30 we called the midwife and I started to have the shakes (had these with my son too, seems to be the way hormones affect me) which was a sign things were ramping up, and we agreed to meet at the hospital at 8:30 so baby could be monitored. On the way to the hospital I received a call to come and get induced and let them know I was already on my way!
Baby was monitored for about 20 minutes and was totally perfect, and when the midwife checked I was a 6 or more, so I was able to be admitted and moved to a delivery room at 9:15. When we got there, contractions ramped up as I went from the bed to the toilet and back a few times. I felt like I constantly needed to pee, and peeing made the contractions ramp up and become closer together. This labour the contractions were all 2-3 minutes apart from the start and were becoming more like 1 minute. I found that standing was not comfortable during contractions, but being on all fours and leaning into the bed or to my husband was ok, while someone massaged my back/put pressure on my sacrum. After maybe 15 minutes in the delivery room, I started to feel like maybe I couldn’t do this natural birth I wanted if I was going to have hours of these contractions ahead of me, but didn’t say that out loud and tried to be strong. A few minutes later I had a contraction that had me yelling “no no no” and I should have known I was transitioning. Back to the bed, my midwife did some belly sifting between contractions and I said that I felt like my water needed to break and that I was getting a sensation to push to break it, but it was like I had to pee, not the feeling of needing to poop you’re told about that means baby is coming. She said to go with it, I pushed maybe three times through that feeling and suddenly just started screaming as I could feel baby go through the birth canal and she was coming out. I tried to find words to say what was happening but just kept screaming and felt her head come out! Once her head was out I had a break and said “she is coming” and the midwife said yes I am here, just lower your screaming because she is ready to come all the way out and you need to slow down. So next contraction I growled really low and pushed and she was out! I got to grab her from between my legs and pull her up right away! She was totally perfect, and 6 lbs. I couldn’t believe how fast that happened (she was born at 10:02) and just sat there saying “oh my god did that just happen” for a while. One first degree tear on my right labia that extended internal, and one “scratch” on the left side. I have zero disappointment over not being in the birth centre, and am so thankful my midwife was confident in my body to be able to do this. It was totally the birth I hoped for!