I love reading and hearing other women’s birth stories. Each one is so uniquely beautiful in its own way, but I especially love my birth story. 😉
My chiropractor works two days a week in my OB’s (obstetrician’s) office, so I tried to stack my appointments when possible. At this point, I was 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant with seemingly no signs of labor. My chiropractor specializes in the Webster technique (perinatal chiropractics) and acupuncture so after my adjustment, he offered to do acupuncture in hopes of naturally inducing labor. I’d never had acupuncture done before but decided to give it a go! It pinched but didn’t hurt, and it definitely did the job (more on that later…).
Next we saw my OB and he did an ultrasound to check Lydia’s positioning. She was still head down – PRAISE GOD – and I was 1 cm dilated so he told me that he wanted to induce the following day.
To get the most out of our hospital stay, my OB recommended arriving at the hospital until just after midnight. The ride to the hospital was slow because it was snowy and visibility was poor. But thanks to Joe’s driving skills, we made it safe and sound!
After signing papers, getting hooked up to monitors, and having Cervadil administered, we were finally left alone. Apparently I had been having contractions and not even realizing it. I felt like things were off to a good start!
My water broke on it’s own! I actually wasn’t sure that it happened because it wasn’t too messy. I woke up Joe, called the nurse, and sure enough, my water had broken!
Since there was a strong possibility I would need to have a c-section, my OB recommended getting an epidural. I had originally wanted to try going drug-free. However, I didn’t want to be put under and miss the birth if I ended up needing the c-section. So we agreed on the epidural and within half an hour the anesthesiologist was setting it up.
They had Joe leave the room and I was so nervous. I really wanted him close by, but my L&D (labor & delivery) nurse was so sweet and supportive. It ended up hurting WAY LESS than I thought it would. Just a pinch and some pressure. 🤷🏼♀️
9:00 AM – 12 PM
Since I had the epidural I needed a catheter and let me tell you…that was probably the best part. For the first time in 9 months I didn’t have to get up and pee constantly. It was wonderful!
I was having regular contractions but they started me on pitocin to keep things moving along. Apparently Lydia didn’t like that because her heart rate dipped and two nurses came into the room to turn off the pitocin, move me onto my side, put a peanut-shaped ball between my legs, and give me oxygen.
Thankfully, Lydia’s heart rate went back up quickly, so they slowly started to increase the pitocin again.
When my OB came to check on me during lunch I was 5 centimeters dilated. He estimated about 1 centimeter per hour from there on out and said he’d be back later.
Orange popsicle for lunch 😋 I’m not a popsicle person but dang, did that taste good.
They checked me again around 2:00 and I was 7 centimeters. My parents came up to visit with us for a bit which helped break up the day for Joe and I.
When the nurse checked me at 3:00 I was 10 centimeters! Right as I was wanting a nap 😅 But the adrenaline kicked in and I was feeling ready for delivery.
Joe held one leg while the L&D nurse held the other and I started pushing! I was thankful for the epidural but probably would have been able to focus my pushes better without it. The nurse offered a mirror to help with visualizing. It helped a TON, although it was quite the sight to see! (Yes, I pooped. No, it was not a big deal. I was pretty sure it was going to happen because I hadn’t gone yet that day. 😂 MASSIVE respect for Joe and that nurse! Lydia and I made great progress quickly, so the nurse slowed down my pitocin and called my OB.
Once my OB got there things went fast. I had pushed on and off for about 45 minutes. Lydia’s head was almost out, but there was too much resistance so I ended up getting an episiotomy. I did one last set of pushes and during the final one my OB told me one more push and she’d be out. I barely had any breath left but gave it everything I had and next thing I knew…
We met our daughter, Lydia Rose Glemkowski.
6 lb 14 oz and 19 1/4 inches. 💕