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My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

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CaMacho
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My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

I just want to start off by saying that giving birth is really indescribable and until you experience it yourself you can't even begin to understand what it's going to be like. I am lucky enough to have had a quick, natural drug-free birth that I can look back on as a positive experience and amazing accomplishment! It's a life changing experience... NOTHING compares to giving birth!!

Ok now onto my story (really long)... Chat Icon

I had a dr. appointment on Friday 8/7 and the dr. said I was 1.5cm dilated and she was VERY low. His exact words were, "You shouldn't have a hard time." And he was right!

Almost a week later on Thursday 8/13, I woke up like every other morning and got in the shower to go to work. When I got out I went to the bathroom again and saw I was losing my mucous plug. Finally, I was waiting for that for a while. I also noticed I was having some cramping that felt like mild menstrual cramps in my back and stomach. I called into work at around 8:30am and told them I was going to lay down for a while and if it went away i'd be in later.

I called my parents (who are in NY, i'm in FL) and told them they probably needed to get on a flight today, but it could also be nothing so I told them i'd keep them updated.

By 10am they had increased in intensity and I was able to time them. I used contractionmaster.com which is so easy to use and the contractions were anywhere from 3 to 6 minutes apart. I decided to jump back in the shower to shave and then I got in the tub to help with the back labor. At this point I KNEW this was the real thing and told my parents to get their butts down here. Chat Icon

I called the dr.'s office and they said to go to the hospital right away. I didn't listen! I knew they would say that and didn't even know why I called. I wanted to labor at home as long as I could b/c I really didn't want drugs!! I know i'm strong, but WOW contractions are no joke and I wasn't sure I could say no to pain meds once I was at the hospital.

By 11:30am I had to get out of the tub, it did nothing for me and I couldn't get a comfy position when a contraction came. They were pretty much all in my back at this point and radiated to my stomach as well. I told DH we had to go to the hospital b/c the contractions were now 2 mins or less apart! I had to lean over the counter and rock back and forth when a contraction came.

It was only a 10 minute drive to the hospital but it was an absolutely horrible 10 minutes! I had probably 4-5 contractions in the car and it was just awful not being able to stand up and rock through them.

We got to the hospital around 12pm and they had me change into a gown and lay in a bed in triage. By 12:30pm the nurse checked me and said I was 6-7cm dilated! I was THRILLED! This is exactly what I was hoping for and it really motivated me to go drug-free since I was that far along already.

At this point the contractions were incredibly painful and I didn't know what to do with myself when one came. I'd tense up (which they said not to do in lamaze - by the way lamaze is total b.s.! lol) but it felt better to tense my shoulders and arms and push into the bed with my fists. I also had to move my legs around constantly during a contraction. I had hardly any time in between to get ready for the next one b/c they were so close together. DH was amazing though, he watched the monitors to let me know when it peaked and started going down.

By 1:30pm I was in my own labor/delivery room and MIL and SIL had arrived to be there with us. By 2pm I felt the urge to push with each contraction and since my dr. was there at the hospital she decided to check me and said I was 10cm! The nurse said "well I guess it's too late for me to ask you if you want any pain meds!" I said I didn't want them anyway and she said well you have no choice at this point, you're going natural! DH and I were actually excited... he knew that is what I wanted.

Even though I was 10cm my dr. wanted me to labor a little bit more without pushing to get her a bit lower first. But by 3pm the urge to push was more intense and the dr. came back in and said I could start pushing.

PUSHING. It's intense. It's like you're pushing your entire upper body out of your lower body! It felt so good to push through a contraction though. But it was the hardest thing i've ever had to do in my entire life. Every time a contraction came during pushing I braced myself and pushed with all my might (usually 3x for 10 secs each per contraction) and by the end of a good push my body was basically doing it all on it's own. It was incredible.

They actually hooked up Pitocin to me about 10 minutes before she was born b/c my contractions were spreading out and they didn't want her stuck that low for too long, but it never even had a chance to kick in!

Once she crowned my dr. said to reach down and feel her head and when I did that I couldn't believe she was coming out of me! It was surreal. She said I would feel burning once she crowned and I did a little bit but it wasn't bad.

My dr. was awesome, she was so calm and so supportive. I couldn't have asked for a better dr. and nurse! My dr. was there through the entire time pushing and was massaging me so I wouldn't tear and so she didn't have to do an episiotomy. I ended up with a tiny tear inside that only needed a couple small stitches.

I pushed for almost an hour and at 3:58pm little Sienna was born!

Everyone was crying when she came out. DH got to cut the cord. She was perfect! Scored 9 on apgar.

DH was amazed and still is. My MIL still talks about how incredible it was to see me do that naturally. And I was honestly so proud of myself.

Delivering the placenta was a breeze, my dr. told me to push one more time and that it wouldn't even hurt b/c it had no bones or anything in it. As I pushed she pressed on my stomach and pulled on the cord and out came the placenta.

After that I started shaking uncontrollably and felt really cold. I got nervous but the nurse and dr. said it was totally normal and that my body just went through a lot and it's a normal reaction. They got me hot blankets and a few minutes later it calmed down.

Shortly after birth Sienna went right to breastfeeding and it's been going great ever since. They let us keep her with us for about an hour before taking her away to bathe her.

The contraction pain goes away immediately once you give birth, it's crazy. And just like most women say... you totally forget the pain b/c of how much of a miracle your little baby is. I would do it all over again tomorrow if I had to for her.

I had a wonderful experience and couldn't have asked for a better pregnancy, labor or delivery... or baby! She's an angel. Chat Icon

Sienna Charlotte
8.13.09 (3 days early)
7 lbs. 14 oz.
20.5 inches

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Posted 8/26/09 2:42 PM
 

angnick
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

I am SOO Happy for you that you got to do what you wanted! Drug Free- and only pushed for an hour, that is so fantastic.

When you were talking about the rocking back and forth with the contractions, it brought back lots of memories and for me that was when i needed the pain meds!

Congrats- Welcome to the world Sienna!

Posted 8/26/09 3:03 PM
 

MrsA714
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

What a great birth story! Congratulations to you again! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

Sienna is absolutely precious! Chat Icon

I can only hope that I can have a similar birth story too (I'm hoping to go drug free as well).

Message edited 8/26/2009 3:25:07 PM.

Posted 8/26/09 3:14 PM
 

Shelleybean11
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Wow! You story is amazing and inspirational! Congrats! Chat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 3:21 PM
 

RandiG
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

You make me second guess drugs!!! Great story, congrats again!

Posted 8/26/09 3:27 PM
 

nadia
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

I'm really glad you had a great experience. I love Sienna's name Chat Icon Giving birth is definately an amazing part of life. Congratulations on your blessing and continue to enjoy herChat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 3:30 PM
 

chelle
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

AMAZING!!! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 3:30 PM
 

mishka
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Thanks for sharing!!! I'm hoping to go drug-free too (but a bit worried about the pain) so reading stories like this is great! Chat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 3:50 PM
 

Nik211
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

That was a great read Jess!

Very inspirational Chat Icon I want to do all natural myself one day and reading stories like yours are always amazing and beautiful....

May I ask who was in the room with you when you delivered? Was your MIL & SIL there with you guys? I'm curious b/c I think it would be wonderful to share that experience with our Moms - but at the same time part of me thinks I would want it to be just DH and I - I have lots of time to think about that though Chat Icon I'm not even ready to be pregnant yet hahahaha! But it sounded like you had some people in there with you and I thought that must have been really nice....

Your daughter is adoreable!! Congrats again!!! You have a beautiful family! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 3:58 PM
 

maybeamommy
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

amazing and inspirational birth story! Chat Icon

thanks for sharing and congrats on your beautiful little girl! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 4:01 PM
 

Lisa982006
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Amazing story!! Congrats!! Your DD is beautiful!! Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 4:15 PM
 

pinkandblue
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

great story....way to go mommy Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon she is a cutie pie Chat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 4:31 PM
 

CaMacho
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Jess

Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Posted by Nik211

That was a great read Jess!

Very inspirational Chat Icon I want to do all natural myself one day and reading stories like yours are always amazing and beautiful....

May I ask who was in the room with you when you delivered? Was your MIL & SIL there with you guys? I'm curious b/c I think it would be wonderful to share that experience with our Moms - but at the same time part of me thinks I would want it to be just DH and I - I have lots of time to think about that though Chat Icon I'm not even ready to be pregnant yet hahahaha! But it sounded like you had some people in there with you and I thought that must have been really nice....

Your daughter is adoreable!! Congrats again!!! You have a beautiful family! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon



Thanks! You know what, I didn't really plan on having certain people in the room with us, but it just happened that way. My MIL has been SO excited for this baby and when she got to the hospital she stayed in the room and my FIL went to the waiting area. My SIL left work and came right when Len texted everyone that I was 6-7cm! She barely made it but when she got there everything happened so fast so she stayed and actually held one of my legs when I was pushing. At that point I really didn't care if everyone and their mothers were in the room (I was just focusing on getting through the contractions/pushing) and since my Mom didn't make it from NY and my sister wasn't coming until the weekend it was nice having my MIL and SIL there with us (SIL is due in dec).

Posted 8/26/09 5:39 PM
 

twinkletoes807
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Fantastic story! I am so glad that you got your drug free birth!! Congratulations Mommy! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

Message edited 8/26/2009 6:17:56 PM.

Posted 8/26/09 6:17 PM
 

waiting4ablessing
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

awwww your story totally just made me tear up jess. its so great that you were able to go naturally!

congratulations!Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 6:39 PM
 

4PsInaPod
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D

Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

GREAT story!!!!!

Posted 8/26/09 7:32 PM
 

Alli06
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A

Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Posted by CaMacho

Posted by Nik211

That was a great read Jess!

Very inspirational Chat Icon I want to do all natural myself one day and reading stories like yours are always amazing and beautiful....

May I ask who was in the room with you when you delivered? Was your MIL & SIL there with you guys? I'm curious b/c I think it would be wonderful to share that experience with our Moms - but at the same time part of me thinks I would want it to be just DH and I - I have lots of time to think about that though Chat Icon I'm not even ready to be pregnant yet hahahaha! But it sounded like you had some people in there with you and I thought that must have been really nice....

Your daughter is adoreable!! Congrats again!!! You have a beautiful family! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon



Thanks! You know what, I didn't really plan on having certain people in the room with us, but it just happened that way. My MIL has been SO excited for this baby and when she got to the hospital she stayed in the room and my FIL went to the waiting area. My SIL left work and came right when Len texted everyone that I was 6-7cm! She barely made it but when she got there everything happened so fast so she stayed and actually held one of my legs when I was pushing. At that point I really didn't care if everyone and their mothers were in the room (I was just focusing on getting through the contractions/pushing) and since my Mom didn't make it from NY and my sister wasn't coming until the weekend it was nice having my MIL and SIL there with us (SIL is due in dec).



So true about having people other then DH in the room. I wouldn't of cared who came into the room at the point of pushing. You just want to get the baby out.
You make me not want to get any drugs when I have my next baby. I made it to about 7cm and asked for a epidural. I know I could of made it, but I caved. The pain was crazy!
I'm glad you had a great labor and Sienna is beautiful!!

Posted 8/26/09 8:29 PM
 

munchkinfacemama
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Jess, I will still tell you how amazing your story is and go you for having a natural birth! Sienna is an angel! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 8/26/09 8:48 PM
 

Nik211
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Nik

Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Posted by CaMacho

Posted by Nik211

That was a great read Jess!

Very inspirational Chat Icon I want to do all natural myself one day and reading stories like yours are always amazing and beautiful....

May I ask who was in the room with you when you delivered? Was your MIL & SIL there with you guys? I'm curious b/c I think it would be wonderful to share that experience with our Moms - but at the same time part of me thinks I would want it to be just DH and I - I have lots of time to think about that though Chat Icon I'm not even ready to be pregnant yet hahahaha! But it sounded like you had some people in there with you and I thought that must have been really nice....

Your daughter is adoreable!! Congrats again!!! You have a beautiful family! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon



Thanks! You know what, I didn't really plan on having certain people in the room with us, but it just happened that way. My MIL has been SO excited for this baby and when she got to the hospital she stayed in the room and my FIL went to the waiting area. My SIL left work and came right when Len texted everyone that I was 6-7cm! She barely made it but when she got there everything happened so fast so she stayed and actually held one of my legs when I was pushing. At that point I really didn't care if everyone and their mothers were in the room (I was just focusing on getting through the contractions/pushing) and since my Mom didn't make it from NY and my sister wasn't coming until the weekend it was nice having my MIL and SIL there with us (SIL is due in dec).



I think it's nice that they were there....I always tell DH that I would LOVE to witness a birth (most people think it's weird and gross and they don't understand why I would want to see someone being born Chat Icon) but I just think it would be beautiful and amazing to see - life is a miracle after all :)

So because of the way I feel about it, I always think maybe it would be nice to invite our Moms in if I have a regular delivery if the hospital allows it.... DH thinks that when the time comes he'll want that moment to be for us only....so I don't know, I guess I have to get pregnant first and then I can really start thinking about that stuff Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon but I think it's really nice that you shared those moments with them! It must have been especially moving for your MIL to see her grand-daughter be born!

Posted 8/27/09 9:42 AM
 

Finally1108
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Angela

Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Amazing story. Good for you to go Drug Free.... def. an inspiration for when the time comes!

She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

Posted 8/27/09 11:18 AM
 

JldDolphin

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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Jess, what a beautiful story. Very inspirational! And your daughter is just beautiful. Congrats again! Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 8/27/09 3:00 PM
 

theburbshereicome
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

No drugs??? Go you! Thanks for sharing your inspirational story and Sienna is beautifulllll !Congrats!Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 8/27/09 11:05 PM
 

JsWife
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

You are so courageous! Congrats!

Posted 8/28/09 12:44 PM
 

DayDay
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Oh Jess She is Beautiful!!!!! Congrats on Sienna's birth and your great birth story!! Way to go going all natural!!!

Posted 8/29/09 9:12 AM
 

jennyb
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Re: My Amazing Natural Birth Story (drug-free) - Sienna Charlotte 8.13.09!!!

Inspirational and great story!! I enjoyed reading it Chat Icon
Welcome Sienna! Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 8/30/09 4:09 PM
 
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