Call me silly, but I love a good meme. Pair that with being a woman who has also given birth, I also love a good birth story. Therefore, I had to participate in the labor day meme being hosted by Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer.
The topic, of course, is labor. Answer the following questions for each of your children, and go over and leave at link at Rocks In My Dryer :o)
1. How long were your labors?
A~ about 8 hours from first pitocin drip to last push
C~ technically, 30ish hours, but only if you count that my water broke 24 hours before the first contraction. from the time contractions started, only about 3 hours
E~ again, about 3 hours
M~ about 4 hours, but I was pretty much keeping my legs closed the last 1 1/2 hours to keep her from coming before Glen got home :o) (she was my surprise 15 day early baby, born on her Daddy's birthday)
N~ again, about 4 hours
H~ 18 hours. posterior. ugh.
2. How did you know you were in labor?
A~ I was induced. Once they started that pitocin, there was no mistaking what was happening.
C~ Like I said before, my water had broken, but no labor for over 24 hours. By that point I was in the hospital under threat of induction if things didn't happen by early morning. Finally, around 3am, I had this sudden realization that I was having contractions that I was having to concentrate to get through.
E~ Another induction. Wish I had known more then.
M~ Woke up during the night realizing I was having regular contractions.
N~ Was rocking an intensely sick Anna, and realized I was having regular contractions.
H~ Woke up during the night again.
3. Where did you deliver?
A~ yep. First baby, induction. Those of you that can do it without drugs, you win an award.
C~ yep, even though I really wanted to not and if I'd only held out for another hour I would've made it.
E~ first natural birth. Even though I was induced, I was b/t 5-6cm going in and it was questionable whether or not I was already going into labor.
M~ nope. no drugs at home.
N~ nope. But his was my only natural birth during which I though I was absolutely crazy and next time I was definitely going to the hospital.
H~ nope. Obviously I got past Noah's birth.
6. Who delivered?
A~ Dr. Trabue. If you live around here and are going the ob route, I cannot recommend anyone more highly. He is the only that actually referred me to my midwife and graciously agrees to be my backup during my home births.
C~ Dr. Swan. Dr. Trabue missed it by a half hour coming back from vacation and I have regretted it ever since.
E~ Dr. Trabue
M~ a midwife who I didn't care for so much. A lot of people I know absolutely love her, but our personalities just didn't match very well. Plus she absconded on my sister in law during her 4th of July labor in order to go back home for a party. For a few hours. Uh uh. Not such a good idea. Plus that baby had a prolapsed cord. Although she did save that baby's life, what would have happened if he had decided to come quickly while she was gone??
N~ Susie Meeks, my favorite midwife ever and her awesome assistant, Cindy
H~ same as Noah
7. Favorite birth? (I added this one.)
Moriah. Even though I didn't get along with the midwife so much, the labor was fast and sooo easy. I was at 7cm when the midwife arrived, sat down and chatted easily b/t contractions while waiting for Glen to get home, when he got home, I got up off the chair, laid down on the bed, and pushed her out in just a few pushes. Can't ask for more :o)
That's it! Leave me a comment if you decide to participate so I can check it out :o)
Happy Labor Day!