Now that our little man is 2.5 month old, it’s time to finally tell his birth story! John has already told me that his version of the birth story is 1000 words long, so I’ll try to keep my version short! (edited to add: mines not short – buckle up!)
Background information since I didn’t blog about as much as my pregnancy as I did with the other two boys:
- The plan was to birth at the natural birth center attached to the hospital. This is different than the birthing inn (the labor floor) because as it sounds, you can only have natural births without intervention at the natural birth center. You have to meet certain criteria to use the facility and I was really looking forward to having a birth like this, after I had natural birth with Lincoln (failed epidural).
- I had X and L at 38w2d… Eli followed suit at 38w4d
- I was really sick leading up to the birth of Eli and even on the day of his birth I still couldn’t hear out of my right ear. It was kind of comical at some points!
- The day before E was born, we thought we were in labor and got sent home. I was 2 cm and 90% effaced they said “see you in a few hours” and it was a whole 24 more hours!
Okay now that some background information is out of the way… let’s get to it!!
I woke up around 2:45 am to contractions on March 14th. Since the night before I had false labor, I wanted to labor for a little bit / try to fall back asleep, before waking up John and getting everyone else (via text) excited. The contractions persisted and no more sleep was happening for this mama. I woke up John around 4:30 and we started our texts and calls! We got our friend Amy over to the house and my dad and step mom started their drive down from PA. They were on “big boy” duty.
We arrived to the hospital around 5:15 am and were triaged there before heading over to the natural birth center (NBC). No one was over there at the moment, so they wanted to make sure I was staying before getting two nurses over there and turning on all the lights, etc. It was to my pleasant surprised that I was being triaged by Allie, my former neighbor!! I was like “you look really familiar” and she’s all “I was your neighbor!!” Pregnancy duhhh moment right there! So that was exciting but she would only be my nurse for a little bit as she was actually getting off work early that day! Anyway, when I got triaged my contractions had actually slowed down to every five minutes apart and I was 4-5 cm and 90-100% effaced.
We walked over to the NBC, stopping for contractions as they came, and then got settled in. The NBC is basically a fancy master bedroom – huge tub, huge bed, sling if you want it, living area, etc. There’s also a common area that has a full kitchen should you need it as well as a playroom for the siblings. The NBC is truly the best kept secret of Northern Virginia!
As we settled in, I met the nurses who would be coming in and out, had a check in with my midwife, and we started filling the tub. My midwives were actually swamped this morning so John and I were left to ourselves for a decent chunk of time as they called in a back up midwife… and the nurses came in every 30 minutes for fetal checks (that they did right in the tub). I actually had a male labor/delivery nurse named Eric, a student nurse (they asked our permission first), and a fabulous female nurse named Marie. They were all LOVELY and the student nurse became invaluable to us!! (I feel so bad that I forget her name!)
I started laboring in the tub pretty much immediately. We had brought swim trucks for John but realized that I was doing great in the tub myself. John hooked up his phone to spotify to utilize the built in speakers, which was really nice. At some point during tub time (I think around 8 maybe?) my midwife, Paula, came in to let me know she had made it in as the back up and she would be in soon.
Contractions started to intensify and then I realized I needed to go to the bathroom. Like #2 bathroom. It was kind of an awkward transition from tub to toilet with contractions in between. I’m sooo glad my body let me go before birth because that could’ve been bad while pushing!! Anyway, after the bathroom trip, my contractions were really getting painful. I decided to stay out of the tub at that point. With each contraction coming, my body starting shaking, my back started getting back pain, and John and I were doing a love of focusing and breathing. During this time is when we also let the student nurse become hands on because I needed the counter pressure on my back and needed John at my face at the same time. I used that sling above for most of this.
When the back pain became even MORE intense, Eric brought me a ball and said some ladies liked using it and leaning over the bed. Well that made it worse for me. So he brought me a big peanut to see if babe could rotate a bit into a better position. At this point I got onto the huge bed and laid on my left side with the peanut between my legs. John was at my face and the student nurse still at my back. Paula came in and asked me if I was starting to struggle, I replied with yes but I don’t think Marie and Eric were convinced. She checked me and I was 9 cm!! She said, “ohh I better go change into my scrubs! Let’s have a baby!” At this point Marie starting rushing around getting things ready and Eric was manning the computer.
When Paula came back, I got through a couple painful contractions, she broke my water, and then said that if I feel pushy, we could push! I said “do I need to get to 10 cm?” And she said no!! So no sooner than did she give me permission to push that I said I felt like I needed to push. I had another contraction and went for it. We got baby to the perineum in that first push and then I just wanted baby out!! The next push where he was crowning was so so painful. Paula told me to put my vocals to bearing down and soon enough we had a head, then shoulders, and body! It was a BOY!!!
John said that I had put my hands between my legs to pull Eli out hahah and we really didn’t know he was a boy until a couple minutes because he was laid on my chest so wonderfully quick! Eli was a whopping 9 pounds and 21 inches long! My big boy!!
I needed no stitches or repairs, just a shot of pitocin in my leg to stop my bleeding, which I’ve needed after every pregnancy (the other ones were delivered via IV though – which I needed need at the NBC!)
We are absolutely smitten with our third little boy and our family feels whole. Elijah George, we love you so much!!!!!
Come back tomorrow for John’s version of Eli’s birth story!!