So…This pic was in between contractions on the 18th of January. Little did I know that 5hrs later, I would birth a darling little wonton (I really didn’t birth an actual wonton for those who take my words literal).
I went in Friday the 18th for my weekly appointment at the birth center. I was 40weeks +5 days pregnant. I asked my midwife to do a membrane sweep (google it if you are wondering…oh..and it didn’t hurt at all! folks were trying to scare me about how bad it hurt..I didn’t feel a thing) because I did NOT want to go to 42 weeks (at that point, I would have to go to the hospital and be induced..things I did NOT want to do).
I bought a labor stimulation kit while at the birth center. It was a bunch of tinctures and herbal goodness along with castor oil and herbal laxatives. Here is how it all went down:
12:00~took 20 herbal laxatives as directed (yes. 20)
1:00~started the 4hr process of:
1.take tincture #1
2. breast pump for 15 minutes
3. take pill #1 after done pumping
4. take 15 minute break
5.take tincture #2
6.rub castor oil with rosemary oil on belly. put hot rag on belly. rub belly for 15 minutes
7.take pill #2
8. 15 minute break
rinse and repeat for 4 hours.
At 4:45pm, I started having contractions about every minute for a minute. They were pretty strong and I had to gently take the pump off during each contraction so I could lay on the floor and do my breathing. At around 6:00, my Prince came home from work and I told him that I think this might be it but just to be sure, I took a nice warm shower to see if the contractions would go away. They didn’t.
At 6:30ish, I called my midwife and told her that I thought I was in labour but wasn’t sure. She told me that it sounded like I was and to come into the birth center. I honestly didn’t want to because I was for sure it was a false alarm and I didn’t want to be at the birth center too early. I waited another half an hour and then had hubs pack our bag so we could go (no. my bags weren’t packed. I absolutely hate packing too early. When I did my school which consisted of 3months in Hawaii and 2 months in Cambodia, I packed the hours before we left for the airport. That’s how I roll. I have never forgotten anything major too:)
7:10ish, Prince Charming was driving like a Grandma being so careful to not hit any bumps in the road (just like I told him earlier in the pregnancy) BUT when you take 20 herbal laxatives 7 hours before (and I did NOT want another Chipotle incident) things start happening fast in the gut. I told him nicely to drive how he normally drives.
We got to the birth center around 7:30 and I ran in as fast as I could. The midwives had a look on their face as if I was crowing but I let them know quickly to get out of my way because I needed a toilet. asap.
I got to my room and it was like something out of a spa. The lights were dimly lit, there was quiet music playing..it was perfect. Quite different then my first hospital birth. I labored for about an hour before I got into the jacuzzi tub. Active labour started about 8:30pm and I stayed in the tub for the rest of the birth.
It was the most intense experience I have EVER gone through. I didn’t have a doula but a darling 5 yr old who was by my side the entire time and who got to help cut the cord with my amazing Prince who held me the whole time (I think I almost choked him several times). My wonderful sister in law was also there taking pictures the whole time (which I have yet to see!). It was perfect.
The midwife and birth assistant let my body birth the baby. There was no ‘delivery’ that night. I remember hearing myself saying things like: ‘I can’t wait for this to be a memory’ and ‘I can’t do this’ but those words were rebuked with ‘You ARE doing this’ and ‘You are almost there!’
It was so powerful.
At 11:36, Eleanor Shu came into our world (weighing 7lbs 12oz & 21”) via the awesome jacuzzi tub. They put her quickly on my chest and I became a mother of 2 girls. They let the cord stop pulsing before my loves cut it.
We rested a bit and headed home about 4hours later.
Yes. I got my placenta encapsulated and am so glad I did.
Yes. I pooped in the tub (you take 20 laxatives and then push for 3 hours and try not to poop)
Yes. I would absolutely have a water birth again.
Yes. I have the cutest babies ever.