i’m in labor! my water broke early this morning, just after 2 o’clock. i called my midwife to let her know and fell back asleep until a little after 8. i had a few minor contractions throughout the night, but nothing regular or strong. this same pattern continued throughout the morning and early afternoon despite walking, bouncing, and using the breast pump to stimulate oxytocin release.
after 12 hours of nothing, i called the midwife again. she told me to head to the hospital. shortly after arriving, she checked my cervix again. i was still 4 centimeters dilated, but my effacement was complete at 100%. she suggested starting a low and slow pitocin drip to see if it would help jump start contractions. i have been contracting regularly since then, but nothing too painful.
i’m still determined to do this without an epidural. my midwife was very reassuring and said that she’s seen it done many times. apparently, the fact that i had made a fair amount of progress unassisted bodes well for getting through the pitocin unmedicated.
that’s where we are now. i’m hooked up to a portable monitor so i can change position at will, and i have my birthing ball ready to go. we’re well past the point of no return! we’re having this baby tonight one way or another. please keep us in your thoughts. the next time i make a post i’ll be a mother.