Thank you Jasmin for sharing your VBAC birth story! Such an amazing story. Congratulations on your amazing birth.
I had a super positive appointment with an OB on the Thursday, had sexy time Thursday night because I was in such a good, positive mood. Thursday night I had irregular contractions, but enough to keep me awake all night. All day Friday had contractions about 8-11 minutes apart and Friday night they continued.
Saturday we got down to 6-10 minutes apart and by Saturday night they were 3-6 minutes apart. I was so over it by this stage, so we headed to the hospital and I was 4 cms dilated.
Saturday night they left us alone to rest and hubby slept on the floor most of the night. About 3am I was in the shower crying (mostly because I was exhausted, going on 3 days no sleep).
On 6am Sunday we did another VE and I was 6cms. I was quite positive. At 10 am I met the doctor on for the day and he was a bloody jerk. I was still 6cms and he wanted to break my waters. The midwife and I had already discussed this and She was amazing and supportive. I told him I wanted 2 more hours to see what happened. At 12pm I had not progressed so he broke my waters and I cried, so so much. Couldn't handle my vagina being violated anymore lol. He said I had until 2 to progress or we would do syntocin.
I was determined not to have this so Hubby and I walked a fair bit. Contractions did pick up and he checked me at 2 and I was at 7cms. Cried my eyes out again. I was so tired! Something must have been said because this check he came with 2 other people and they were very much on my side. So he agreed to give me 3 hours instead of 2.
It's all a bit of a blur from here. But sometime before 3 (my midwife I had since the morning was finishing) the real shit started happening.
I ended up the shower for a long time, I think 2 hours. Crying my eyes out and Hubby holding my hand. He and the amazing midwife convinced me to have gas (I really wanted to have nothing at the start but by 7cms I was struggling)
Towards the end of the shower I was convinced I couldn't do it, and wanted to give up. Begging hubby to let me have a csection. He was THE most amazing support, he knew I didn't really want it and kept saying no.
I think about 4:30 I said I needed to push. Hubby and midwife basically carried me out the shower and onto the bed on my knees, with my head over the bed head.
Well the next hour I pushed with contractions and my freaking gosh I didn't think I would make it! No one tells you just how bad it is!
I was pretty much falling asleep in between pushing. Hubby said I didn't open my eyes the whole hour.
They wanted me to lay down because baby just wasn't making it through, so we tried in my side and I couldn't handle it. They put me on my back and I immediately freaked out because rule no 1 is don't go on your back lol.
Well her heart rate dropped quite badly and 7 people were in the room (not that I remember this, hubby told me).
She needed to come out now. At this stage the jerk hole doctor comes in and says 'oh she's actually pushing' 'I'm just gonna have a look in there' I apparently said something like 'don't f*~King touch me' and then had a big push and he decided it wasn't necessary haha. My new midwife gave me an episiotomy but there was no time for drugs so that bloody hurt. I apparently said some choice words to her but apologised later. Anyway out she came and that was that.
I can't believe that I'm going to forget about the pain anytime soon! Everyone says you forget and no one tells you just how bad it is.
I'm so happy I only had gas and I pushed a freaking human out of my vagina!! And my gosh I can't imagine loving my husband anymore than I do now. Changed us in ways I didn't know it could.
Aria Elizabeth born on 14-8-16 at 530pm weighing 7.1 pounds and 49 cms.