Some days, it is hard to remember what my son like as a baby. He is so grown up and independent now. His little hands are almost as big as mine now. Other days, I can clearly remember the first time I held him.
From the time I found out I was pregnant, I knew I was going to have a natural birth. I found a doula early. I spent many hours practicing my breathing and labor techniques. I had my mom and husband on board. They both knew what the game plan was – no matter what, I was not to have an epidural or any drugs. I was ready to for the long haul.
At my 39th week office visit, the doctor had an alarmed look on his face. I immediately knew something was wrong. He called in a nurse and then the scheduling coordinator. They told me I was going to have to go to the hospital tonight to be induced. I looked at him like he had three heads. Umm, no I was having a natural labor – and that meant I was waiting for my water to break and so forth.
Unfortunately, it didn’t quite happen that way. A few hours later, I found myself in the hospital with a Pitocin drip. Labor pains came fast and furious, and by 8pm that night I was in labor.
I made it through most of the night without wanting to injure anyone. The morning came and my labor pains became very intense. The only problem was, I wasn’t progressing.
I made it through most of the next day without any meds. I do remember kicking my husband a few times. I was however, happy that I made it this far with no drugs.
At 3pm the next day, my entire delivery plan was shattered. The doctor came in and could barely hear a heartbeat. Everything went crazy. I had an emergency c-section and Evan was literally born within 30 minutes.
It turned out that the cord was wrapped around Evan’s neck. It took a little bit for him to cry. When I was laying there waiting, it seem like an eternity until I heard his little voice.
My delivery did not go as plan by any stretch of the imagination. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to have a natural delivery. In the end, I had a healthy baby boy–I couldn’t ask for anything more.
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