It was Saturday the 26th and while we impatiently awaiting the arrival of our little one we still knew we might have close to 2 weeks to go as we were told by many first time moms often go over their due date. The night before we had visited the hospital just in case to check I wasn't in labor. We had had a good relaxing afternoon and when I got up a I felt a gush of fluids and it kept trikling for a while. So Andrew called our doula and I took a shower and we started getting ready. We went by subways to get dinner since I might not be able to eat for a while. I was still not having any contractions so we weren't in any rush. After dinner we went to the hospital, my doctor was on call and was already there checking on another patient, so she checked me. I was not dialated and did not test positive for aminotic fluids, to make sure my doctor took another sample and put it under the microscope and while she was during that I got a non strees test, we were then told that it was negative and it was not my water that had broke and I didn't have any contractions, baby looked fine so we could head home. We informed the doulas that it was a false alarm.
A few minutes later I got up to go home a even bigger gush of fluids came, and I called the nurse who just tested the puddle on the floor and it was very clearly amniotic fluids. The doctor came back in and said now we had to talk induction options. I already got nervous there. We choose that I would wait a few hours walking around trying to see if contraction would start and if not I would be put on Cervadil.The doctor also informed us that me not having any contractions, not being dialated, having a hard cervix and being a first time mom, my risk for a c-section was 40-50%. After a few hours I was still not having any contractions and we started the drugs. The next 12 hours i started having irregular contractions, kept being giving the pills and waited patiently trying not to stress more and more (I did stress a lot). With every hour I felt I got closer to ending up with a c section. We walked, we sat on birth balls. I felt time stood still as my pain got worse and worse and yet I wished for more time and hoped my body would catch up. They stopped the pitocin at one point, as my contractions were getting to close, but I still wasn't responding as I should. I don't remember the exact but after around 24 hours my sweet doula arrived. She was such a helped. Prayed for me, and kept giving us renewed energy. She got me to walk up and down the stairs. Helped Andrew to relief my pain and kept reassuring me that I could make it through this (at the time I doubted it). My memory gets very blurry around here.. and there are several hours that kind of blend together in what felt like endless contractions.
Then next really clear memory I have is wanting to push. But I didn't understand what the pressure was.it must have been around 35-36 hours at that point, my body was so exhausted and I felt I couldn't cope anymore, so I said I wanted a epidural. While they were preparing that the weird pressure became extremly strong. I remember the anesthesiologist was there and I just laid down knowing it was it. I had to push NOW. So many hours of labor and it was finally the time to meet our little boy. The only thing the anesthesiologist did was take my glasses. So I guess he did help out haha. I pushed once or twice and then our baby was finally here. The first thing I asked was if the baby was OK. The dr asked what gender we were expecting. It turned out we had a little girl. My heart was so full. My little girl was put on my chest and I felt a love I never knew existed. The past two days of pain were a faint memory and the joy filling my heart was great. All my pregnancy I had a feeling it was a girl, but I felt crazy. The long labor, the unusual way my labor progressed, and the fact that the gender wasn't what we expected made this so memorable. Nothing went as I planned. But I got more than I could ever wish for. I am very certain my doula carries a big part of me avoiding a c section. God put such helping and good people by my side through this labor and I wouldn't change a thing.
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