Tabitha Campbell R_______s was born last Friday, the 19th at 7pm, 13
days late. My painful, irregular contractions started Wednesday at
3pm, but I was examined Thursday morning and told it was prodromal
labor and remained at a 2-3cm w/ no progress. My induction appointment
was confirmed for 41 weeks & 6 days, Friday. But I could not stay
at home waiting for my 9am induction because the pain was too much, so
we arrived at 7am. I had decided at that point that I could not
withstand 7min+ apart contractions for any longer w/out an epi even
though I had gone med free w/ DS. His was a fast 8 hour, consistently
progressive labor that began w/ water breaking @ home.
L&D was crazy that day and since I was still considered to be in early labor I got skipped over and left in triage till 3pm! Still w/ same slow contractions, no pitocin, no epi. Ouch! And annoying! But kind of a blessing in disguise because when I finally got a room and they examined me at 4ish I was a 7-8 and baby's head was low enough that breaking my water might be all that was needed, no pitocin : ) So I am a good sport and let the MW student break my water. No water comes out, and my contractions don't speed up, but hurt a little more. Weird but they just figure the baby's head is blocking or something. So by 6 the MW looks herslef & it turns out the student didn't quite break both membranes that are needed. MW breaks my water correctly, and baby is here in 20 fast minutes! I pushed for 10 minutes through maybe 4 contractions. No stitches, no tearing.
And I can't believe I had a baby girl- was Team Green! Things are great, bf'ing seems to be going well this time. w/ DS it was an epic fail and I pumped for 4 months! I just can't believe how different my two babies labors were!Hope my story is encouraging to those Mamas wanting a natural birth and bummed about being late/impending induction- there's still time for your body to kick in!