Our sweet Matilda is here! She was born yesterday, on Saturday, at 2:59 a.m. and was 5 lbs 14 oz at birth (19 1/4” long). For being a month early, she was quite a good size!
My induction (because of cholestasis of pregnancy) began Thursday night. I showed up at the hospital at 9:00 pm and by 11:00 I was hooked up to a low dose of pitocin (with an IV in my forearm! It gave me SO much more mobility!) and settled in to sleep for the night. The resident on call believed I was 3 cm dilated with a very soft cervix, so I was hoping for excellent progression during the night. (A dose of Benedryl finally helped me fall asleep.) In the morning, my midwife came to check on me and found that although the bottom part of my cervix was very soft and at least 3 cm dilated, the top of my cervix was hard and only 1 cm dilated. She inserted a cook catheter which is inserted above the cervix and two water balloons are inflated on either side of the cervix to dilate it manually. From about 9:30 am until about 4 pm the catheter plus low dose pitocin did its work. My husband and I passed the time by watching shows and laughing together between contractions. At 4:00 the catheter had completed its job and it was pulled out—I was dilated to 5 cm! At this point I asked my doula to come to the hospital to help with the remainder of the birth. The pitocin was upped every 30-45 min by a number or two so that I would have consistent contractions. Counter pressure was essential for me. Mentally, it helped remind me that I wasn’t alone. My doula would take one side of my back or my knees to press on while my husband took the other. I tried to switch positions every time my pitocin was increased. Sitting in the shower on a stool was one of my favorite positions. Throughout labor I felt as if I was in the twilight zone, time didn’t have any meaning to me and seemed to pass quite quickly.
By about 10:00 pm labor started to change. The contractions were getting much more intense and it started to feel as if I wasn’t getting a break between them ... The rest of labor is a little fuzzy for me. ((Continued in comments...))