I had been having contractions that started the evening prior, but they were still about 15-20 minutes apart. The doctors and nurses agreed to go slow on the pictocin to see if it would jump start my natural contractions. I did have to have an IV for this, as well as the antibiotics for Strep B. They started the pictocin around 2:30pm. My husband David left the hospital just after so he could run home and get our bag, cord donation kit, and car seat (we had taken the El to the appointment). While he was gone, my OB came in and ruptured my bag of waters to jump start the process.
Around the time he returned, the contractions started to become more intense. We worked on a few different positions. The IV was annoying, and the monitors kept slipping as I moved around. But the nurses were very supportive of our needs and came into adjust without complaint.
Tricia arrived soon after. She dived right in and worked with Dave to get me through each wave. Dave was by my side the entire time, lightly rubbing my back, giving me sips of water, and wiping my forehead and neck with a cool rag. Tricia provided calming words that helped me to visualize getting over each contraction. She made sure I kept my shoulders and neck relaxed and my breathing slow and deep. She also brought lavender oil which was very soothing.
For a few hours we labored with the contractions 2-3 minutes apart. It was hard, and exhausting, but because the pictocin was kept low (I never had it above level 4) I could rest in between. At some point, however we all began to notice that they were slowing to sometime 4 minutes apart. I was at 6cm. At this point I felt that the pictocin may be increased and that scared me enough to start talking about an epidural. Tricia suggested that Dave and I try some time alone under a warm shower to see if we could get the contractions to increase. The dark, warm shower did the trick! By the end (I think it was around 2 hrs) I was at 9.5 cm and felt ready to push!
Our little one took his time coming out. He was pretty low to start, but it still took me about 3 hours to push him out. Tricia and Dave were wonderful and encouraging. Thomas Michael came into our world at 2:22am on May 21, 2009. He was perfect - screaming his head off. He came to my chest before getting cleaned off and weighed. Soon after, his daddy was able to hold him and calm him down.
Despite the unplanned induction, we both felt that the birth of our little boy was so special and perfect. Because we had Tricia's support and had taken the time to educate ourselves on the type of birth we wanted, we felt able to keep control of the challenges labor presented."
Hi Tricia -
I received your wonderful text message, but haven't had time to reply (wonder why?).
Thank you so very much for attending the birth of our beautiful baby boy. Despite the induction, we couldn't have asked for a better birth. Your calm words helped us so much. Family has asked both Dave and I if it was worth going with a doula, and we both have given a very positive YES! You were able to give Dave the confidence and support to just be there for me. He is so appreciative of that. Your calm voice and suggestions helped me through the worst of my contractions. And through the pushing (which was hard work!)
One of the things I was most afraid of was to look back on our birth and feel disappointment or regret. We have none of that - just awe and respect (and a little bit of pride).
I will give you a call soon. We have family in until mid week next week. So far breast feeding is going well - he has gained 6 oz in the past 48 hrs!
We can't thank you enough!
Heather, Dave, & Thomas Michael