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My almost natural birth!

I was due on January 23, but little man was in no hurry, although I was have TONS on Braxton Hicks contractions, I was barely effaced and not dilated at ALL! I went in on Thirsday January 24 for a regular visit and prenatal monitoring I had to do weekly non stress tests due to Gestational diabetes although it was diet controlled. Little man passed the NST with flying colors, but my MW sent me for an ultrasound just to make sure all was well and they found that my amniotic fluid was a tiny bit low. They had the doctor who was over the midwives come in and tell me that he suggested I be induced just because the risk wasn't really worth him staying in there for a few more days. I was devastated. I was induced Cervadil and Pitocin with DS1 and wanted to go into labor on my own, as I figured that would make it easier for me to have a medfree delivery. Anyways, my husband and I prayed about it and decided to go ahead with the induction so I went home, finished packing my bags and headed to the hospital.
We arrived at the hospital at 7pm on Thursday night and by 8pm, they had placed my Cervadil. I was hooked up to the monitor and could see and feel some contractions. By 11:30, I was REALLY feeling contractions, but I was so discouraged because they said that Cervadil doesn't usually send people into labor and that they weren't going to check my dilation until 8am the following morning! Anyways, I knew I was in labor and it wouldn't be long no matter what they said, so I called my mom and doula and they both arrived around 12. When my MW saw my doula was there, she came into the room to see what was going on around 1:15 and my doula convinced her to check me. I was a 7!!! My MW removed the Cervadil and left the room. 15 minutes later, I told my doula I needed to push and so I did! My MW barely made it into the room to catch DS2. He was born at 1:41am at 6lbs, 18 inches on January 25. He was absolutely perfect and I had the delivery I had hoped for besides the cervadil. My doula was absolutely invaluable helping me cope with pain with massage and counter pressure. I was so proud of myself for doing it all I could say after he was born was "I did it! I did it! I can't believe I did it!"
It turns out that induction was definitely the right choice for us because little man had both a true knot in his umbilical cord, as well as it being wrapped around his neck twice. These are not necessarily problems but compounded with my lowish amniotic fluid could have really been a disaster. I'm so thankful I got to experience his birth and honestly, can't wait to have another in about 5 years! lol

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  • Your story reminds me a lot of my son's birth story.  Isn't it funny how the trained professionals don't believe you when you tell them you are in labor?  Congrats on your baby!
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  • Congrats and thanks for sharing! I'm FTM and pursuing a natural med-free birth but I love reading good induction stories in which the famous "cascade of interventions" didn't happen! You never know if you will need to be induced so thanks for reassuring that even when induced, you can go med-free and have a great birth experience!
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