My birth stories
posted 9th Feb
I really wanted to post both of my birth stories. There are a few typos I still need to fix... lol. But I really had fun writing them! Oh and I LOVE reading them so if you want to share yours with me, I would LOVE to read it!!
My Birth Story #1
By Emily Leija
The pregnancy and birth of my first son was not pleasent. I know things could've gone a lot worse, but I was hoping for better. I set my expectations to high! As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started researching EVERYTHING about pregnancy, labor, and birth. I had decided to do a home birth with a midwife. I started interviewing midwives, my mother helping me and we finally came across Judith. An amazing midwife who had been delivering babies for over 30 years. The first time I met with her, I knew she was the one I wanted! She came to my home for every visit and was so gentle and loving. I had an emotional struggle through my entire pregnancy due to some bad experiences that happened early on. I was anemic and suffered from bad morning sickness. In the first few weeks I started bleeding, I feared the worst. But I was put on bed rest and rubbed progesterone on my body several times a day for weeks. My pregnancy felt so long, as it does for most mothers. Finally, my due date had arrived! I was excited, but no baby! Another day passed, still no baby. Another day passed and STILL no baby!! At this point I thought I was going to be pregnant forever! The next day as my father and I were playing cards I felt a trickle down my leg and my shorts were soaked. I went to the bathroom, silently excited thinking my water had just broke but was afraid to say anything in case I had just accidentally peed. While in the bathroom, I cleaned myself up and changed my clothes. I went back to play cards with my dad... ANOTHER trickle down my leg! This was it! I knew it! I checked the time, 3:30pm. So we called the midwife and she headed over. She didnt want to wait since she lived three hours away from me. She checked me and gave me the bad news. "you arnt dilated at all and you have a high leak." What does this mean??? I thought... It ment no baby today! I was having contractions, like I always did. From the time I hit 30 weeks I was having contractions everyday. That was the most annoying part of the whole pregnancy. Sometimes they would be 5-8 mins apart for hours! This is how they were, about 10 minutes apart but not lasting longer than 20 or 30 seconds. Unless you have been here, you could not possibly understand how irritated I was. I wanted this baby out NOW! That night I couldnt sleep, I tossed and turned from side to side, my contractions were getting stronger. The next day my mw came back to see if I had progressed at all. She checked me and I was dilated to a 2! I was thrilled to know that my contractions were working! They actually served a purpose! My midwife and I decided that since I had a leak, I was at risk for infection if we waited to much longer, it was time to finish breaking the water. At 4:30pm it was done, and just like that, they came! They kept getting stronger and stronger! I walked, bouncer, rocked... everything I could think of to speed things up. When they were no longer bearable I got in the tub. The water felt AMAZING. The pain of the contractions was still there but the hot water helped me relax. But soon, the water stopped helping. "I need out!" I said. So I sat on the toilet through a couple contractions, squatted through a few more, then went to lay in bed. My midwife checked me and I was dilated to a six! YES! progress! I knew I could handle it as long as I was progressing. I layed there in bed, the most comfortable postion for me, with a soaked face from tears and my mom holding my hand. Hours passed by with me laying in bed, crying and screaming through each contraction. Then, I heard my midwife ask her assistant how much time had gone by since my last contraction. "fifteen minutes" was her reply.... What?! did I hear her right? I knew that was not good... She came over to check me and again, delivered the bad news. "Your dilated to a 2". I started crying. I knew what that ment, off to the hospital we go. I got up and started dressing, went to the bathroom to put on a pad and noticed the amniotic fluid was green! My baby was in distress. I had had no concept of time until I stepped outside, the sun blinding me. Was it morning already? When we got to the hospital they made me sign a hundred papers then hooked me up to all their monitors and stuck the iv in. The nurse treated me like dirt. I was not in a relaxed environment, I wanted to go home. After an hour of monitoring me the doctor decided to administer the pitocin, my midwife suggested I get the epidural. They gave me stadol, which I liked, I felt drunk. I could feel the contractions but they were mild. Finally they gave me the epidural, everything was numb. Everyone was moving around me, talking about me, like an object, like I didnt have a voice or a choice. I hated it. Finally, the doctor told me it was time to push. I had nurses yelling in my ears "PUSH, PUSH, HARDER!" After 45 minutes of pushing, Tristan Ryan was out. 6:01pm, 6lbs 9oz, I finally got to hold my baby.
My Birth Story #2
By Emily Leija
The day my husband and I found out we were expecting our second child, I made it very clear to him how I wanted to do it. He backed me 100%. We found our midwife through a friend. Her name was Becky, she had been delivery babies since the sixties and was only 20 minutes from our house! My pregnancy with my second son was a breeze! It went by so fast! I was slightly anemic, but between my prenatal vitamins, iron pills, and chlorophyll we kept it up. My due date came at lightning speed! I wasnt ready to have him yet! I was enjoying this pregnancy! Thankfully he didnt come early. I was due the day before my birthday, but like his big brother, he was late. The day of my 21st birthday my mom and husband decided we needed to go for a long walk. We walked for what felt like hours! By the time we got home my feet, hips, and lower back were killing me. I went to bed. An hour later I woke from my nap feeling refreshed. I sat up and WOOOOSH!!!! my water broke, All over my bed! I jumped up and ran to the bathroom, I threw a towel in the tub and sat down. I waited for my husband to come in the house to tell him, he said "okay" as if i wasnt telling him anything new. He called my mom and my aunt pammie. We called the midwife to let her know what was going on but I wanted to stay at home as long as possible. My mom and I walked the sidewalk for an hour hoping to get the contractions closer together, and slowly, they were. Finally about 7pm that night we all headed over to the birth center. My contractions were 5-7 minutes apart but still were pretty mild. My midwife checked me as soon as I got there, I was dilated to a 3. My mom, husband, and I walked around the block, we would all squat during each contraction. After a few laps around the block I decided I was done walking. Around 10pm my midwife said we were going to have a long night and suggested everyone get some sleep. My mom, aunt pammie, and son left to give us some space. My husband and I were trying to sleep when WHAM!! A contraction hit me like a head on collision! It HURT! He decided to get the midwife. Contractions were coming less than 4 minutes apart now! I couldnt handle them, I held onto my husbands neck trying to brace myself, I pulled him down to the floor with me. My midwife ran me a hot bath, I sat in it with a wet towel draped across my body. My husband was using a cup to pour water on my stomach during each contraction. The water was cooling down, I wanted out. I got out and she checked me. With a cheerful voice she said "your at a 5." "THATS IT?!" Was my reply. I wanted relief from the pain. "IT SmUrfING HURTS!" I yelled at her. I tried to convince my husband that I was dying and begged him to take me to the hospital. He refused. I got back in the water and my husband called my mom. It felt like she was there in minutes. I needed her. She reminded me how strong I was. She told me to think about each contraction as I was going through it, and she breathed with me. Suddenly my body was pushing! "im pushing!" i yelled. "I have to stop! I cant stop!" I got out of the bath tub and walked over to the birthing stool to be checked again. I was ready! Fully dilated! "push whenever your ready" she said. With the next contraction I pushed as hard as I could. Pushing felt so good! The pain from the contractions was gone! But it was replaced by a new pain, an immense burning! Someone was lighting my vagina on fire! His head was crowning, and I felt every inch of it. With one more push he was out! My husband helped catch our baby! At 2:30am, all 8lbs 11oz of Liam Emmett was born from the most satisfying birth experience I could imagine!
If you read all of it, thanks! I appreciate it!
posted 26th Feb
Wow your birth stories were really good, pitty about having the infection with #1 and having to go to the hospital im glad the 2nd was nicer,
Well here is my birth story, i havn't shared it with many people because i had a horrible midwife and feel a lil embarrassed about it
On the 5th Sept 2011 i found out i was pregnant for the second time, unfortunately the first ended in a misscariage at 9 weeks, so of course i was very nerves the whole time, i read absolutely everything i could about pregnancy labor and birth, good and bad, and really that just made me more paranoid. From 9 weeks at our first scan the morning sickness started and it came with a vengeance and didn't subside till 32 weeks, i literary thought i was dying on a few occasions and peed myself due to the heaving almost every time, i then got the worst acid re-flux and hemeroids so as you could imagine i was not enjoying the pregnancy so much, i was delighted when we found out we were having a girl and i decided to name her Azryel Elizabeth. From around 30 weeks i started to have high blood pressure, nothing too extreme but they checked every week and it was slowly rising, at 39+2 i had my last appointment before my due date and they found high levels of protein in my urine, and from my research i new exactly what that meant, Pre-e, because it wasn't severe and i was already 2 cm dilated they decided a stretch and sweep should get things going and oh my lord they got things going, as soon as he had touched my cervix contractions started, it was like a dull period pain every 5 mins to start with for about 5 hours and then they got very very painful, i decided to have a hot shower and found it didn't help at all so i just lied on the bed and had some gas and air (which made them worse to begin with but after a while i wouldn't take the thing out of my mouth ). The whole time the midwife had only checked on me once and told me to be quiet because its a small hospital and i was making to much noise, i was like are you smurfin kiding me lady. i tried to be more quiet but the contractions were kicking my ass so once i was 5cm and after the doc broke my waters while checking me, i asked for pethadine and everything just zoomed, before i knew it i was making noises like a cow, and my body was just making me push, my So was freaking out cause he hadn't seen the midwife in hours and told me to stop pushing, i made it very clear I SmUrfING CANT, so he found the midwife and told her i had to push. She came into the room thinking i was making it up and slowly got gloves on and checked me, low and behold i was fully dialated and bubs was almost crowning, she quickly rang the doctor, while the doctor was on his way she had my push, 2 push's in and her head was crowning, i screamed like i have never screamed before and her head came out, while the midwife was yelling at me to be quiet there are other people in the hospital, needless to say i didn't give a smurf i was pushing a baby out, when the head came out my mum gasped and told me to stop and breath as the cord was so tight around her neck the midwife nearly had to rip it off to get it off her neck, with one more push she was out, a lil purple but otherwise a healthy baby girl, Born 18 April 2013, 7lbs 13oz and 21in, i was so happy to meet her and all the problems with pregnancy and labor were so worth it. She was beautiful i had her on my chest right away and was breastfeeding within 5 minutes.
We are currently expecting number 2 and this pregnancy is 100% better which make me worry the birth will be harder but i don't mind as long as i have a nice midwife and a healthy baby.
Hope you liked it, im not much of a writer so sorry if it was smurf LOL