Anita’s Birth Story

Eva-Graciela-inPJs-400Eva Graciela arrived on 7 Nov. She was two days late. But, those two days I felt pretty good and energetic. The 6th I went for a 45 minute walk around my neighborhood with my mom and felt totally fine! I was lucky, labor and delivery went super smoothly and i could not have asked for a more perfect situation. I wanted to share the story with you… so here goes:

Period-like cramps started around 2:30 am and woke me up even though they weren’t that painful. They were regular, but around 8 minutes apart. I woke Bill up just to let him know that I thought this could be the beginning, but then we went back to sleep. My water broke at around 5:30am- I had woken up to go to the bathroom and it came in a huge gush. I was surprised because initially I thought I had peed involuntarily. After that, the contractions – or cramps I should call them- subsided completely. I called the midwife who said she thought I should get up, walk around and have breakfast. She wanted to see if I could get to active labor myself. So we got up and had a full breakfast. I walked up and down the stairs a couple of times and then, at around 7ish, full-on contractions started and very quickly escalated in frequency and intensity. By 8:30, they were 3-5 minutes apart and I called the midwife who said I should try to labor as long as possible at home, but to be at the hospital by 11:30 am. I had tested positive for strep B and they wanted to have 4 hours prior to delivery to give me the antibiotics. As I was laboring, standing up, and leaning on the bed or couch seemed to feel the best. Bill was massaging my lower back like we learned in class, and I was using the “let go trigger” and just trying to stay concentrated and positive.

By around 9, I was not sure I would make it in the car (where I couldn’t stand up through the contractions) and we decided to get to the hospital. I think I transitioned while I was in the wheel chair and they were checking me in at the labor and delivery section of the hospital. This was around 9:30. The contractions shifted from just shear intense crampy pain, to a completely involuntary pushing and pressure that was totally beyond my control. My body was doing it by itself and i had no choice but to push. That was the most other-wordly sensation I have ever felt. They sent me to the triage room and checked how dilated I was. I was 9 cm dilated and they sent me directly to a delivery room. Once there (actually before) I was pushing immediately. I was thankful to be pushing and it felt more like intense pressure than pain. Like someone else had expressed, I was relieved to be able to do something, and not just relax and get to the next contraction. Eva Graciela was born at 11:33. Delivery went super smoothly. She was 6 lbs 12 oz and totally fine!

I also wanted to share how we used the techniques we learned with you. I think first and foremost, I was confident my body would do what it needed to do. I definitely used the let go trigger and the pain management images (mostly focusing on color and dialing down the pain), but knowing that the contractions would eventually subside helped immensely. But, I think beyond remaining concentrated, the most helpful awesome thing was that Bill was talking to me the whole time. He was repeatedly reminding me that “I could just get to the next contraction, that it would all end very soon”, that “I could do it”, and that “with each contraction our baby’s arrival was closer and closer”. These were things we had written out and practiced with you and I think helped tremendously. By the end of the whole thing, i felt great and now I don’t think back on a tremendously painful or negative process in any way. Rather, I remember things really vividly and positively. I couldn’t have asked for a better labor and delivery experience! I didn’t consider even once asking for an epidural (not that there would have been time anyway!) and I never really had in my mind that I was in pain, rather that I just had to make it to the next contraction. It was crazy and amazing and I feel like I was prepared.

Your class, the constant reinforcement you gave us that our bodies were made to go through this process, and that we can reframe how we understand the whole process in a positive, more grounded way really, really helped me feel prepared and confident. I am really grateful for having taken your class and I feel like Bill and I wouldn’t really have been able to work together the way we did had we not been as prepared as we were.

I am interested in the new moms group and would love to reconnect with people if I can. Could you send the details regarding time and place? I will try to join.

I hope all is well and I hope the story and/or the way we used the techniques is good feedback/material for you!


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