Thank you for sharing the beautiful story of Hudson's Birth.
The moment I found out I was pregnant I had an Amazon Prime order in for the top pregnancy books so I could prepare for pregnancy and birth. I’m a Project Manager by profession, so needless to say I’m a meticulous planner. We took the Blooma Birth Class, did classes with our midwives, and I constantly read blogs and birth stories. I had, what I thought was, the perfect detailed birth plan. I wanted a natural water birth with the midwives at my hospital. Little did I know, my sweet baby boy had a different plan for me.
My due date came and went, and I wanted to avoid induction if at all possible. We had friends and family constantly reaching out, asking for updates and wondering why the heck I hadn’t been induced yet. It was the longest two weeks of our lives. After trying every natural way to induce labor I learned that baby will come when baby is ready! I also learned that maybe we shouldn't have shouted our due date from the rooftops to family and friends - post due date was such an emotional time to get through.
Had it been my choice, I would have waited even longer. I simply didn’t want to go through the cascade of interventions that can oftentimes lead to a c-section. But, at 42 weeks, we went in to the hospital for induction and I was only 1 cm dilated. My midwife was supportive of my birth plan, and tried to stay true to it as much as possible following the induction. Thanks to our classes and preparation, we felt educated to make decisions as things progressed forward.
After 36 hours of labor, I was exhausted and, in my mind, “gave in” to the the epidural. Within 2 hours of the epidural I went from 6 cm, to fully dilated and ready to push. After 3 hours of pushing, the OB came in to check the positioning of our baby. He was face up and after a flip and 3 additional hours of pushing, it was determined that he was stuck. I was devastated to find out that a c-section was my only option after 40 hours of labor.
In a blink of an eye, Hudson was here, and I completely forgot about all of the exhaustion and pain. Along the way, I listened to my body and the excellent health care professionals surrounding me. Do what you can to prepare for your birth, but be ready to adjust your plan based on what is actually happening. Go with the flow, and listen to your support team, this will be the key in getting through it all. Be your own advocate and surround yourself with people you trust. Labor and delivery is a beautiful experience - even if it doesn’t follow “the plan”.
Written by A Blooma Mama.
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