Around 5am on January 21 I woke up to a painful but mild contraction. Id been crampy the day or two leading up to this day but mostly just a general feeling then waves.
They were from then on every 15 mins apart. I had quite a bit to do that day. We had planned to get a grocery haul at superstore, my mom, kids and I left by 9am to go do that while hubby was on a work call. He also had to run out and grab a car seat and some work items after I got back but before 2pm when I had a dentist appointment. It was a lot of running around but it kept my mind busy as my body continued to do its thing regularly.
After my dentist appointment, to patch a cracked molar that had happened a few days before my mom, the kids and I headed to do a Costco trip, mostly for diapers for #3 and pull ups for #2. We also grabbed stuff for dinner, cheese and crackers and some ice cream sandwiches.
Headed home and was home around 4:30. Contractions had gotten a bit closer together but were still pretty mild. Around 10-12 mins apart. We continued on with the day our 5 year old was very excited. I kept the doula informed thru the day and let my midwife know around 6pm that things were regular and seemed to be early labour. She asked to let me know when I called over my doula.
A little after 9:00pm my contractions started to pick up in intensity I was still talking thru them but they were making me stop what I was doing and sway and breath thru them a bit. About 8 mins apart and 40-50 seconds long. Our doula came a little before 10. She got set up and we mostly just chatted while I sat on the exercise ball.
The doula and husband tried setting up the water to the birthing pool around 11 while I was in the shower. My mom got involved and they looked for tools. It was decided that we couldn’t hook up the water to the pool, so that was out. I asked the doula to set up the bathtub for me instead as things were starting to feel more painful. I got out of the shower and went back to walking/ swaying on the ball and side laying on the bed a bit before getting into the tub and then back into the shower as the water had cooled in the tub and I got the doula to put more hot water in.
At 12:17 I got my husband call the midwife, the doula had been timing the contractions for me for a bit and they were between 2:30-3 mins apart and about a min long, intensity was decently painful.
The midwife came about 30/45 mins later. I mostly was in the tub at this point. When she got here she set up and I got her to check my cervix, at the time I ask her not to tell me (I was at a 5). She listened to baby during the next contraction and then started setting up for my antibiotic IV. I got back into the tub while she did that.
Around 1:30 I started the IV and laboured on the bed. They were quite painful and I was struggling being on the bed, it wasn’t a good position for me but 3 or 4 contractions later I was finished and able to move more freely again. I went to the labour ball for a bit then back into the tub.
Around 2 my midwife called for the second midwife (one for me and one for baby). She arrived about 2:33am. I was having a hard time with contractions now and had hit transition and was puking and struggling with feeling overwhelmed. The contractions were very painful and close together. I kept telling myself I could do it, I had done it 3 times before, it was hard but I could do hard things. I started talking to her, telling her I loved her and couldn’t wait to meet her which really helped. Around 3 I got my midwife to check me, I was having a lot of pressure during contractions. She said I had a bit of a lip of cervix but Id probably get pushy during contractions. I was leaning on my husband squatting and felt I needed to go to the bathroom so I waddled over there. Finished that up and jumped right into the tub after.
I hadn’t planned on giving birth in the tub but that is where things ended up. The water felt really nice when I got in for a few seconds before another contraction hit. Up until now id been labouring in the tub on hands and knees like my other births, that felt most comfortable. However this time I kept having to move quite a bit to stay feeling in the right position. I was leaning, standing, squatting, lots of moving.
At 3:23 my water broke (I was completely unaware of this) and immediately I felt like pushing. First push baby head was born, I reached down and touched her hair, it felt like slow motion, it suddenly wasn’t painful anymore, just me and her, the next contraction she turned and the next contraction I pushed her the rest of the way out and she was born at 3:27am. She had her cord wrapped around her body, so the midwife unwrapped her and I pulled her up to my chest out of the water. The midwife put a towel on us while we waited for the placenta was born and we did delayed cord clamping. 6 mins after she was born, placenta came out easily without issue.
My husband cut the cord a few mins later and I let him do some skin to skin with baby. The midwives helped me out of the water and moved me to my bed. Monitored my bleeding a bit, checked for any tears, which I didn’t have. I got my doula to go wake up my mom and number 1 and 2 to meet baby. They were very excited and happy to see her.
Once the midwives were all done taking my vitals and checking me over. I sent the kids back to bed. They looked over baby and took her vitals while I held her. I was not into trying to nurse her yet. I took a Motrin as soon as she was born (before the placenta was born) cause I knew the after pains were going to be brutal (they are) and wanted to wait until they kicked in.
After they checked over the baby, the second midwife headed home. The doula was busy cleaning up the mess and putting away the pool and other equipment. My midwife was chatting with me about what to expect and the papers she was leaving with us, as well as filling out paperwork. Around 5:30 they headed out and we tucked into bed.
Baby girl was born 7lbs 7 ozs. Around 3/3:30 hours of active labour. Almost 24 hours after early labour started Jan 21/2022