I wanted to thank you for the great classes. I am very happy with the way my labor and delivery turned out. My labor was only 2 1/2 hours long. The mood was calm and I never needed any interventions. I attribute the speed and ease 100% to being relaxed and calm. The breathing and filling my belly like a balloon totally helped each surge. My husband did a few visualizations with me. They helped, all except at the end I was so hot (I think I was at a 10 and ready) and he kept having me visualize warm sun on the beach. I can laugh now, but I just kept telling him, ‘cool, cool’ But he didn’t get it for a minute or two. He finally clued in and had me visualize cold things. I tease him about that.
After about 2 hours I started to wonder if I could keep doing it. I didn’t dare tell my husband that I wanted to give up already. The nurse came in and I told her that the surges were on top of each other and that I felt like I needed to go potty. ( I had been sitting on the toilet already because it was the most comfortable, so I knew there was no pottying that needed to be done) Because I was so calm, she thought I still had more labor to do. So she said, ‘Good that is what we want to keep happening. I will come check you in an hour or so.’ My husband and I had to basically beg her to have me checked. Just then the doctor came in, so she checked me and said I was at a 10. She saw on my birth plan that I did not want to be coached how and when to push, so she was trying to ask me if she should go and come back when I said I was ready. I was on my side and I felt my body kind of convulse. I told her, ‘No, he is coming now!’
I turned onto my back, it made the convulsing stop, but made me want to push more. So they hurried and got the room ready. I did my own breath down and push combination. It felt good to push a little, but I breathed calmly as I did so. (Instead of the 3 10 second purple pushes they have you do with each contraction.) I breathed as I gently pushed through the whole contraction. A 15-20 minutes later, My 9 lb 7 oz baby boy Daxton was placed on my chest. He nursed immediately. It was a good experience. I am just very happy that I did not introduce any chemicals to my baby boy. He was much more alert than my first baby that I had pitocin and and epidural with.
The biggest difference I have noticed is the recovery. HOly COw!!!! I was immediately up and around, ready to go home the next day. I never got psycho emotional, never needed any pain killers like I did with my first baby. My friends and family have been amazed at how easy coming home and dealing with life has been for me. I tell them it is because my body was allowed to do what God made it to do. No drugs confused it.
THANKS AGAIN for such a great class!
~Jana and Brett