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Stephanie and Josiah
Vaginal Delivery, No Drugs

My pregnancy went pretty smoothly. No complications, just the normal stuff: morning sickness, heartburn, backaches, lack of sleep from going to the bathroom a lot, etc.

My labor started on Tuesday morning, August 29, 2006. The day before I had what they call "bloody show". I called the doctor and was told to go about normal. If my water broke or if I started having contractions every 5 minutes for an hour then I should call again. All day Monday I timed my contractions, but I was only having them once or twice an hour. By that night they were about fifteen minutes apart and I lost more of my mucous plug. I woke up at about 2:00 A.M., not able to sleep because of the contractions. They weren't unbearable, but painful enough to disturb my sleep. I lost even more if not all of my mucous plug and by 2:45 A.M. my contractions started coming every 5 minutes. I called the doctor at 4:30 A.M., and he said it was up to me. I could go in to the hospital to be checked or I could wait till his office opened up that morning and go in. I didn't want to be one of those who got sent home a hundred times with false labor, so I waited. By 5:00 A.M. the contractions were pretty painful and I decided I wanted to go in. So, I called my mom and she came over to watch our 3 year old son.

We got to the hospital around 5:50 A.M. I was 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced. About 25 minutes later it felt like I had peed on myself so I told my husband to call the nurse to see if my water had broken. Sure enough it had, but I was still only 3 cm dilated. Then, we called my friends, Chrissy and Jeanne to come. Chrissy needed to bring us our camera (long story) and Jeanne was going to assist us in the birth. It turned out both Chrissy and Jeanne helped us A LOT!

Chrissy got there at about 7:00 A.M. At that point, I was 5-6 cm dilated. I said I wanted an epidural. Chrissy knew that I really wanted to try to go naturally and encouraged me not to. They gave me the IV just in case I decided I did want one, but told me I needed to decide soon. If I dilated too soon, I for sure wouldn't be able to get one. Jeanne arrived about 30 minutes later. I honestly don't remember when I got to 7-8 cm, but it went pretty quickly. The contractions were so painful. I had pain in the front like really, really, really bad cramps and back labor. I didn't know if I was going to make it.

Jeanne and Chrissy took turns rubbing my back and legs, while my husband helped hold me up during contractions. I labored mostly standing because I found it was the least painful. It hurt pretty bad no matter what position I was in, and I tried a lot of them. I was on my side when all of a sudden felt the urge to push, so they told me to turn on my back. My whole body was pushing. I felt like I had lost control. My husband said that the doctor and nurse were changing the bed for delivery but were not moving very fast. Then, all of a sudden the doctor looked over and there was the head! They snapped into action and told me not to push. I heard something about the cord being around his neck. I actually sucked in because I knew if I breathed at all pushing was inevitable. I just couldn't control my body. My husband said that as soon as they removed the cord from around the neck he just shot right out. I felt it all. It was amazing. I don't think I even technically pushed him out the last bit. I pushed for the head, and the rest just came out. I didn't have any drugs whatsoever. Josiah Dean was born at 8:38 A.M. after about 6 hours of labor with only 2 1/2 hours of active labor. He weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. He is absolutely beautiful and I couldn't have asked for a better birth. I could never have done it naturally without the help of my wonderful husband and my friends.

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