Thank goodness for Facebook chat. Haha. I am able to remember so much more by looking at my conversation with Jamin from that night.

We finished up our lunch and went on a walk around the halls. My midwife suggested I do that to try and get my contractions going. It didn’t work. My nurse was concerned because we apparently walked too far. She thought I would pop the baby out in the hallway. lol. Yeah, this baby is fine where she is…
For the next 6 hours it was a lot of the same. Waiting around in the birthing suite, sitting on a birthing ball, another walk through the halls… inconsistent contractions…

At around 6pm my midwife came in and asked if I wanted to go ahead with some pitocin to get contractions going, or just keep waiting. I guess after 18 hours of waters broken and no labor they have what they call sepsis protocol. I have no idea what it entails because I didn’t ask, but I’m guessing they give you antibiotics. She did say it would mean baby staying a few extra days so they could watch for infection.
I declined the pitocin and said I wanted to keep waiting it out. She said she would come back at 10 and if nothing was happening we could reassess what the plan would be.

After she left I said I would try to nap because I was feeling so tired. Staci and Jaelan went home to get some food and bedding. Staci made me promise not to have the baby while they were gone. ha! I’ll do my best. Unfortunately, my nurse was leaving and a new one came in. She was really chatty, and I should have told her I just wanted to sleep… but I’m not always assertive like that. So, we talked for a little bit and then I finally was able to rest. But not for too long because then I started getting more contractions. I quit timing them sometime after 8pm so I don’t know the timing, I just know they were getting stronger and not going away.

9:44pm I messaged Jamin that my contractions were picking up. About that time my midwife came in. She told me she saw my contractions picking up on the monitors and was happy for me. Then, left again because someone else was in labor. My nurse left for a break and I asked her replacement to fill up the tub for me because I knew things would probably be fast from here. I didn’t want to miss out on warm water pain relief. Seriously, it’s the best. Staci rubbed my back during a couple of contractions which was surprisingly helpful. Usually it’s annoying more than anything for people to touch me during contractions. I had a few really long contractions which I’m pretty sure is when I  was going through transition. I just remember really wanting those contractions to be done.

At this point I think Jaelan was questioning her decision to watch someone give birth. I heard her mom tell her, this is what she wanted… So, I helpfully added, “It’s getting real, Jaelan”. It reminded me of Sarah during my labor with Elena. Sarah was about the same age as Jaelan is now and Sarah left the room once I was in active labor and about to push. lol.
It was about 10:45 at that time. I walked as fast as I could to the bathroom and jumped into the tub. My nurse turned off the lights. I didn’t tell her to, but I’m glad she did. It’s easier (for me, at least) to stay relaxed and focused when there aren’t bright lights.

Things went very quickly from there. I had maybe 3 contractions once I got in the tub. I told my nurse I felt a little “pushy”. That’s probably when she should have made me get out, but she didn’t and I didn’t volunteer. I turned around onto my knees and was definitely getting a push urge, so I did. My nurse came in to mess with the heart rate monitors.
Then she asked, “Are you pushing?”
“yep.”
“You need to get out.” (Not sure if I mentioned water births are not exactly allowed at the hospital)
ummm, no. I’m not going anywhere and her head is already out anyways. I didn’t say all that because I was kind of busy, but I was definitely thinking it. lol. She pulled the emergency cord in the bathroom and tried to page my midwife.
It only took three pushes and Esther was out. I scooped her out of the water. She started breathing and crying right away.
I just gave birth to a baby all by myself!
Esther was born at 11:15 pm, 17 1/2 hours after my waters broke.

Then, about four nurses came in. All with looks of panic because they had never seen a water birth and probably lots of other reasons. Like, my midwife not being there. They tried to cut her cord right away, but I pushed away their clamps and sharp objects. We all, very carefully, walked from the bathroom to the bed. They kept telling me not to pull on the cord… I promise you, it hurts to do that, so I’m not going to… Once I was in the bed my midwife walked in. A few minutes later the umbilical cord had stopped pulsing and my midwife had me cut it. Staci got a funny picture of my face trying not to get splattered with blood. Jamin usually cuts the cord, so I had no idea what I was doing. haha.

I’m really happy with how everything turned out. People say as long as the baby is healthy nothing else matters… But, I think having a good labor experience is equally important. I may have been most comfortable at home, but I was mostly left alone at the hospital so it was just as quiet. I wasn’t being checked all the time for progress. The contraction monitors were wireless, so I could move around when they were on. I only had people in my room that I wanted there. Also, most of the things that would have been standard with the birthing center I was able to have at the hospital. I just had to let them know what I wanted because their standard procedures are different.

Not impressed with being weighed… and a lot bigger than I thought she was going to be.

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