After some time I had a shower and got ready to go home and Nathan got his vitamin K shot and right before we left the ointment put in his eyes. He was born at 1:18am and we left the hospital just after 3am.
The morning of the 7th (when I was 9 days over due) my midwife came to the house and checked me. I was 4 cm and 50% effaced so she swept my membranes then gave me some castor oil and lemon verbena to mix with juice and peanut butter to drink. You’re supposed to take a dose then a second one 4 hours later. It wasn’t the worst thing to drink but it wasn’t very pleasant. I had contractions about 20 minutes apart but then after 2 hours I suddenly threw it all backup. I decided then and there that I wouldn’t be taking a second dose or eating peanut butter for quite some time!
I went about the day continuing to have sporadic contractions but by later afternoon, they were starting to fizzle out. At 4:30 one of the other midwives came by to check me again. I hadn’t changed so she swept my membranes again and planned to go to the hospital the next day for pitocin if nothing happened.
Around 5 pm the contractions kicked in again and continued to get stronger. At 7:30 Nilesh and I went for a walk and by the time we came back they were about 5 minutes apart. We put the boys to bed at 8:30 and I lay on the couch hoping to relax a bit. By 9:15 I knew the baby was definitely coming that night and got in the shower to try and have some relief. I asked Nilesh to call the midwife and let her know I was almost ready to go to the hospital.
Just after 10pm we got in the car and made our way to the hospital. The contractions were getting pretty painful (meaning I was starting to make quite a bit of noise) but in between I was totally calm and it didn’t seem like real labour.
We went up to the room and I put the gown I had made on and Nilesh went to register me. The midwife checked me and I was 6 cm. I sat on the birth ball for a while and we discussed whether to put a saline lock in or not. We decided it would be the safest thing due to he blood thinners I was on so after two pokes it was in. I spent some time labouring in the bathroom then decided around midnight I wanted to lie down. The second midwife showed up shortly after and she started getting things ready.
I must have started getting really loud because the midwife asked to check me again. I made a quick trip to the bathroom first and could feel the baby move down. I was 8 cm so she asked if I wanted my water broken which I said yes. As soon as she did that I started pushing. It was taking a bit of time so the midwife checked me and I was 10cm but had a bit of a lip left on the cervix so she suggested I try pushing on my side. I was still having trouble pushing him out so she ended up holding the piece of cervix out of the way while I pushed.
Nilesh said I was pushing for about 20 minutes total but it felt like much longer. I was very loud and holy crap did it ever hurt! But out he came out eventually with the cord wrapped twice around his neck.
He was placed on my tummy and I got the first look to see if it was a he or a she. Nilesh and I were pretty surprised because we were both pretty sure he was a girl!
I was given a dose of pitocin via the IV as a precaution and the placenta was delivered a few minutes later. I had a small tear but didn’t need any stitches.
When the cord stopped pulsing Nilesh cut it. After some bonding time and a few latching attempts, he was taken to the warmer to get checked out. He ended up needing a bit of suctioning but got 8 out of 8 on both of his apgars.
Nathan’s birth was SO different that Joshua or Tyler’s. I’m glad I was able to have the drug-free labour that I had wanted and that I was able to stay with the midwives. Little things like not having people coming in and out of the room or being hooked up to the fetal monitor or even not having to put a hospital bracelet on really made such a difference. Nilesh and I spent the drive home in total awe of what a positive and calm (except for my yelling) experience Nathans’s birth was. We’re so glad he is here and healthy!