Let's talk birth stories, shall we? Click away if this is not your cup of tea, but all of my mom friends and I can discuss labors until we are blue in the face...it's such a bonding experience. Here's a quick (emphasis on quick) history of my last 6 labors:
Induced at 35 weeks because I needed to have my gallbladder removed. In labor for 36 hours, got an epidural, barely pushed (my midwife told me to "laugh the baby out") and JP was born on my 24th birthday.
6 pounds 5 ounces.
Went into labor 5 days early. 24 hour labor, got epidural and a few pushes later Andrew was born.
8 pounds 4 ounces.
Went into labor 10 days early. After 12 hours, a scary epidural (blood pressure drop for me and baby) and a couple pushes, Eamon arrived.
7 pounds 11 ounces.
Went into labor 5 days early, contractions came fast and painful, Maggie was born 2 hours later in the jacuzzi at the hospital (against hospital rules - whoops!) with no drugs.
7 pounds 13 ounces.
Went into labor 5 days early, Alexander was born 3 hours later after maybe two pushes with no drugs.
8 pounds 14 ounces.
Went into labor 10 days late, got to hospital at barely 2 cm dilated, Declan was born in a couple pushes 2 hours after arrival, drug-free again, though I asked for some IV pain meds but didn't get them in time.
8 pounds 4 ounces.
8 pounds 4 ounces.
Soooooooooo, those last three labors were FAST. Sometimes people think that fast labors are a good thing, because who wants to be in pain for a long period of time?
Unfortunately, they have their own set of challenges. The nerves and anxiety of making sure you get to the hospital on time is a big one. Not going to the hospital for a "false alarm" is hard to judge because after having a precipitous labor, you are told to come in with the very first contraction. (Got sent home with my fifth baby - embarrassing). The pain of labor is so intense because your body goes from normal to pushing out a baby in a couple hours, with no break or relief. The choice of having pain medication is usually taken away because there's not enough time. My babies have had jaundice because they were born so quickly. It's a very hard and chaotic and traumatic way to have a baby.
Honestly, the first precipitous labor I had with Maggie was awesome in hindsight. It was scary going through it and not trusting myself to know if I was in hard labor that fast or just being a wimp. But once she was born, it was like "Oh, that's it? I'm all done now?" And if she had been my last baby, all would have been wonderful. But, here we are three babies later and now fast labors get me all nervous because I know what will happen.
For Baby Martin #7, I have decided to change up my birth plan to see if it will help ease the anxiety of impending labor. For starters, I have switched from my midwife (who only allows for natural labors) to a doctor who will give me the option of pain medications if I want them. I have changed hospitals from one that was 30 minutes away to one that's about 7 minutes away to allow me to get there faster when things start up. I am hoping that as delivery day gets closer I can talk to my doctor about options for controlling the speed of my labor...maybe a planned induction so that this baby isn't born in the car in the middle of the night ;) But I'm not sure what he'll suggest and I'm trying not to worry about it until August and we all have a better sense of the health and size of this baby boy and can make informed decisions then.
In a perfect world, my ideal birth plan would be to have an unmedicated water birth, but the hospitals here don't allow that, and I don't want to have a home birth because I'm much more comfortable in a hospital if medical intervention was necessary. I also know that anything can happen, and a healthy mom and baby are the ultimate goal and I'll do whatever it takes to ensure that. I also know God has already planned out this little boy's birthday and I'm praying and hoping that everything works out smoothly, but not too quickly. And that we can come up with a name in time :)
|Girl you know it's true.|