I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant that I wanted a completely natural birth.  I was due on November 26th but had a feeling early on in my pregnancy that I would have him earlier than that.  I had read somewhere that a more accurate due date is to count 5 months from the first time you feel baby kick.  I felt him kick on the 16th of June so that’s the day I picked (Nov. 16th)

I had an appt. on the morning of the 16th and my Dr. checked me to find out I was dilated 1/2 cm and 50% effaced.  She said that it was pretty normal and it would still be a little while before baby came.  I left and went on with my day.  I walked everyday of my pregnancy and that didn’t change the closer I got to my due date so as usual, I went out for a 2 mile walk at around 1:30.

I had to work at 3 so I went straight to work after my walk and I sat down on the floor when I got there.  I felt kind of funny, like I had a stomach ache.  My boss joked that I was in labor.  I started work at 3 and continued to have these wierd feelings about every 7 minutes or so.  My best friend (and doula) works with me and so we started timing my “feelings” at about 4:00 and found out they were coming about every 5 minutes or so.  I still wasn’t convinced I was really in labor.

I went to the bathroom to pee and had bloody show and that’s when I was pretty sure it was labor.  I still wasn’t in pain at all so I figured it was just really early labor and I still had awhile.  I finished my shift at work around 6:30 and called Josh on my way home to let him know what was going on.  We lived with his mom at the time and we didn’t want anyone to know I was in labor until we got to the hospital and knew for sure so we didn’t say anything to her.

Josh and I decided to go out to eat so we went to a local restaurant.  Josh ordered a burger and fries and I ordered a salad and couldn’t eat any of it!  We continued to time contractions and they were about 3-5 minutes apart.  We left the restaurant and went back to my work (which was closed; I work in a coffee shop and my best friend owns it) and continued to labor there.  We called Ashley to come back into town (she lives about 25 min. away) and meet us at the coffee shop.  She met us there around 8pm.  My contractions were getting stronger but still not very painful.  We called the hospital and let them know I would be coming in and the nurse on the phone wasn’t convinced I was in labor.  (since I was a FTM [first-time mom], and my pain number was about 3 out of 10)  We told her we would come in anyways just to get checked.

We arrived at the hospital around 9:30 and I walked to the room to be checked.  I was 5cm and 100% effaced!  Who knew!??  I couldn’t believe how easy this was!

After a few more hours things started to get very intense.  I had a wonderful support team; my husband, an amazing friend, and a phenomenal nurse!  My husband rubbed my back the entire time I was in labor.  I tried many different things to ease the pain: labor tub, birthing ball, lying down, etc.  I was dilated to 8 cm and stuck there for 3 hours or more.  For some reason, I just wasn’t moving.  The nurse thought the baby was sunny side up.

When I was in the tub at around 4:30 am (still 8cm) my water finally broke.  I instantly had a contraction and felt the urge to push.  The nurse checked me and said I was 9 cm.  They called the dr. and got me out of the tub.  I had a contraction just as I stepped out and my nurse held me through it.  After that one we walked to my bed and she checked me again while I pushed through a contraction.  9 1/2cm.  I pushed once more and the Dr. came in.  He said I could push at 9 1/2.  I used the squat bar which really helped.  I never really felt the burning sensation of crowning.  After about 4 more pushes out came the baby all within the same push.  They instantly put him on me and I fell in love!  My husband told me to check the sex and it was a boy!

Jack was born on November 17th at 6:03 am weighing 8lbs 5oz. and took to nursing right away.  I tore pretty bad and needed quite a few stiches.  I was in more pain following the delivery than throughout the entire labor or birth, however, it was the most intense, amazing experience of my life and I cannot wait to do it again!!!

Bethany