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Deborah’s Birth Story
The birth of my daughter was a wonderful experience for me. I was so overjoyed and blessed to have a safe delivery with a special surprise!
It all started at 11PM when I woke up to use the bathroom. On my way, liquid started running down my leg… my water had broken! Contractions started coming but not close together. I labored in the bathroom on my yoga mat for the next five hours. Having contractions around every 20 minutes and having to use the restroom quite a bit!
I was so excited, but also quite scared. This was my first time having a baby and my dream was to do it all-natural with no pain meds. My mom lives overseas and she was already on a plane to come and see me, and hopefully be with me through labor. She has had 6 babies all naturally without any medication, so I really wanted her by my side! She was due to arrive the next morning, so I started praying that the baby would wait for my mom to come and be with me!
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As I labored in the bathroom, I let my husband sleep… I wanted to make sure he was able to help me later on when harder labor came. By about 4AM I had called my doctor who suggested that we go ahead and make our way to the hospital. Because my water had already broken, she wanted to make sure that I delivered within 24 hours to avoid infection.
I was a little uneasy with going to the hospital because my mom was not there yet! But, as soon as we arrived I was relieved to know that we were there and that everything would be alright even if my mom didn’t make it in time.
But, wouldn’t you know it, about 20 minutes after we got settled into our room, my mom walked through the door! This was a HUGE encouragement to me and totally surprised me! I think I had lost all track of time because of the labor, so I was not expecting her to come in.
I labored through the rest of that day with my mom. I had to be on and off Pitocin just to keep things going. For a while I felt bad about that, but now I have no regrets. I think that it helped to move things along and kept my head in the right place during labor.
During the day I labored in the hospital, walking around the halls, laying in the bed, and in the shower (which was my favorite!). My husband was a great helper, always giving me counter pressure on my back for each contraction. He was totally new to this birth experience, but he was a trooper. He made a few jokes and I only had to tell him to be quiet once. Ha!
As the night rolled in, my labor was finally progressing. And at around 8:30PM, it was time to start pushing! And then in just under an hour, my daughter was finally here. I had waited months and months and now almost a whole 24 hours of labor to see her. I remember being so relieved and happy that she was finally in my arms. And, I was able to go through the whole labor without pain medication, what a blessing!
I couldn’t get to sleep that night, and I remember holding my daughter on my chest, looking over at my mom sleeping on the bed next to me, and thinking, “I did it. We did it.”
And that is how this crazy adventure of motherhood started for me. It was such a great experience I really can’t wait to see what my next labor will be like if I am blessed with another child.
And, yes, I gave birth in a very conventional hospital without any pain meds. I did get some grief from a few of the nurses, but overall, they were very encouraging and very happy that I accomplished my goals in labor. If this is something you are looking to do, I would say, “Go for it!”.
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