The Hardest 10 Minutes of Labor
March 24th, 2013
I don’t mean to brag, but I’m getting pretty good at this whole birth thing. When asked how our labor went, my stand-by flippant answer is that the hardest part was the ten minutes I spent trying desperately NOT to have the baby, while the nurses searched for my doctor.
But really, it’s close to true. We’ve been blessed with two awesome birth experiences (and one that is awesome because it gave me Miss Mouse but for no other reason!).
With Holy Week pending and a history of a chunky, late baby, we made the decision with our docs to induce Little Bird. Josh and I went out to dinner last Monday night, then checked into the hospital. It was strangely quiet – even as a moderately-sized regional health facility, this hospital was waaaay smaller than the bustling teaching hospital of urban Pittsburgh!
We started a round of cervical gel meds at 4am, with my doctor optimistically positing that, since I had already given birth twice, that might be all we’d need to get the party started.
Or not. My girl is stubborn.
After two rounds of gel, we kicked in the Pitocin around noon. And then we turned it up. And up some more. The nurse kept checking on me, remarking — “Well, you’re still smiling. Guess we need more!”
Contractions finally began and my water broke around 4pm. That was my cue to get my epidural since labor can progress quickly from there on out and I wanted to be ready.
Two hours later, I was feeling a bit uncomfortable and was told I was 7 cm dilated.
Ten minutes after that, it was go time.
Really. Maybe 15 minutes. But not much more than that. We flew through the final phase of labor and when my girl was ready to come, she wasn’t messing around. The nurses went in search of the doctor and suggested I “bear down” a bit to get a sense of where she was. I did. They immediately made me stop and started looking for the doc more urgently!
At 6:54 pm, after what my doc calls “a half a push,” we had another daughter.
I can’t have asked for a better birth experience. My birth team was awesome (and included a church member as our primary labor and delivery nurse and the mother of one of Miss Mouse’s classmates as our doctor!), the hospital was lovely, and the entire experience was terrific. We are blessed!