Samuel's Birth Story By Suzanne Mogensen Print
Birth Stories - Natural Birth Stories
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 10:20
My birth story started on January 22, 2002 when I was 10 days past my due date. We went in for our weekly check-up and they scheduled me for an induction in two days. Being that we really wanted a Bradley birth, this was crushing news for me. Basically they told me that my only other option was to try castor oil and hope that kicked labor in before Thursday (my induction date). That night we went and got a bottle of castor oil. I drank one ounce and chased it with some soda around 9 o'clock that night and went to bed praying for contractions. Sure enough, I woke up at 1:45 AM with contractions and diarrhea!! I was expecting a shorter labor than I had with my daughter. She was born after 37 hours and everyone had told me that second labors are much shorter. I was sure that the extra kick of castor oil would speed it up even more.

It didn't take more than two or three contractions for me to know that this was "it". They started out really intense and got more intense by the minute. I proceeded to wake up DH and tell him to get ready for the hour and a half drive to the maternity center. It must have taken another hour for us to get everything ready and get out the door. By the time we were ready to leave the contractions were so intense I had to completely stop what I was doing and just stand through them. I tried to kneel but that seemed to make them much worse.

The drive to the maternity center was really the best part of labor. I got recline in the seat and just stay completely still. This was the best position for me. I didn't need to be touched or coached at all at this point. By this time they were coming about every two minutes and lasting about a minute. My ideal birth was to be checked for dialation once when I got to the center and not to be checked again until I TOLD them I was going to push (not ask if I could). Thank goodness this was exactly the way it happened. They checked me into triage (standard procedure)and I was measured at 4 centimeters at 4:45. They then put me into the L and D room where I sat through some more contractions for about an hour. These contractoins were the worst I had ever had. Probably because the labor was moving along so quickly. I could not get through a contraction without DH holding my hand and just letting me squeeze it with all I had. At one point I had to get up and go to the bathroom (thanks again to the castor oil). Once I got on the toilet I heard a big splash and I looked down and saw that my water had broken and my mucus plug came out all at the same time. At that point my contractions had started to get "pushy". I could have pushed with them or not...but it felt so good to push! After a couple of contractions I told DH he better call the nurse cause I REALLY had to push now. That must have been around 7:10 AM. My midwife came in and checked me and said I was complete with a little lip of cervix so I could push whenever my body felt like it.

Right after those words came out of her mouth I had a contraction and gave a big push and the head came down. The next words out of her mouth were, "ok nurse, bring the table in!". Things went really fast after that. She was really different from my last midwife who had "coached" me through all my contractions. This one basically said to push whenever I felt a contraction and just stood there and waited for me.

My husband told me it took about 4 pushes after that and little Samuel was born. He was born at 7:31 AM, 9 lb. 6 oz. and 20 inches long. He was exactly 2 pounds bigger than my daughter when she was born. I had no episiotomy and no tears! It felt so good to be holding my new little boy. All the pain was definately worth it. We named him Samuel David and we have been loving every minute of him since.