I just blinked and another month has gone by. A month ago, I shared the first half of my birth story. It’s been another month since Autumn was born, so here is the second half of that story.. including the actual birth!
When I left off, I was heading back to the hospital. I had laboured at home from about 9am until about 5pm. In the morning, I had been labouring in bed at home, as well as in the tub (which was super helpful). After a while, my husband suggested that I get out of the bed, and I think that started to speed things up again. Something that the nurse who did our prenatal said was getting into the bed was bad, and I didn’t think that applied to my bed at home. It did though! Being in the bed really slowed everything down, so once I got back up and started walking around, it started up again.
When we got back to the hospital, it seemed a lot busier than it had been when we had been there first thing in the morning. I had to wait a minute before getting checked, and when they checked me… I was dilated 9cm. Which was a huge difference from when I was 4cm that morning. So, I was able to go into a room at last!!
I had to wait a little bit before we went to the room, but I did not lie down in the bed again.
We were led through some doors and down a hallway. I vaguely remember the doors (people had to be buzzed in to keep everyone safe, which I really appreciated), but I do not remember the hallway. When I left the hospital later, I marveled at how nice the hallway was. I had no memory of it, even right away.
When we got into the room, my doula mentioned that I had said I wanted to try labouring in the tub, so they asked me if I still wanted it. I said I did, so they filled it for me, but I didn’t end up using it. I was too far along to have to leave the room again to get to the tub, and the hospital didn’t let you give birth in the tub. Instead, I got on an exercise ball and bounced through the rest of my contractions until I started feeling like I needed to push.
It was on the exercise ball that I asked for the nitrous oxide (aka, the laughing gas). I went into it kind of thinking that would be the only thing I would use, and I was glad that I was only able to use it. I didn’t have it for very long, maybe 15 minutes or so, before I decided that I needed to start pushing.
I started pushing at about 7:30pm. I remember asking how long people usually push for, because I had read stories about people pushing for like 3 minutes. They said the average time was between an hour and a half and two hours.
There was a huge wall clock right in front of me as I pushed, and all I could do was stare at it the entire time. Pushing hurt, which I was expecting, but I also felt like it was going on FOREVER. I remember clearly that at 8:45, I stared at that clock and I thought to myself “I am having this baby by 9:00”
Autumn was born at 9:07pm! And she was perfect <3