Hi Everyone! It has been over a year since I posted last. And I realized I left you guys hanging – which is something I hate about the online community as a whole… But I wanted to give you an update. I am writing this while breast-feeding a very squirmy 13 month old and watching Yo Gabba Gabba, which is the most fucked up, trippy show I’ve ever seen. It makes no sense but my kid loves it. And secretly I’m waiting for DJ Lance to “break it down” at the end of the show. It’s a sickness.
So a quick update – I kept up acupuncture the entire way through until the end of my pregnancy. 2 times a month until the last trimester, when I went to every week. I stopped herbs until the last week of my pregnancy. My husband and I took all of the Lamaze and Hypnobirthing classes we could take. I was praying for one of those orgasmic births that Gisele says she had, just laughing and smiling while pushing a human out of your body. I listened to those damn Hypnobirthing CDs nightly, praying to God that my experience would be quick.
But when my completely pro-intervention practice told me that if I didn’t give birth within a week of my due date they were going to put me on a pitocin drip, I went nuts. At that point, I had seen all of the Ricki Lake documentaries I could handle. They weren’t going to intervene with me — at this point I had done everything without meds, and I didn’t see why I should do anything different now. I went to see Pin Lady and she hooked me up with some needles in the ankle combined with electrodes and told me I’d be in labor within 48 hours. Boy was she right. At 5AM the day after I was due, I started feeling a little funky. And by 9AM I was feeling full on contractions. I’m not going to front – there was nothing glorious or orgasmic about it, but it was not as awful as everyone said, or I had hyped myself up that it was. My husband was amazing, encouraging me to keep breathing and reminding me of all the shit I didn’t remember. He called my doula, who said she’d be there shortly, but didn’t show up until hours later because she assumed I would progress slowly like the other first time mothers she had. Active labor started at 9AM and by 1PM my water broke and I was leaving the house to go to the hospital.
I gave birth like a boss. No medicine. No epidural. I got there 8cm dilated, and baby boy was born within 20 minutes of coming in, with 2 pushes. Afterwards I felt like I could run a marathon (and carb loaded like I had…) I felt amazing. And most of all I felt amazing about what my body could do. (Now dealing with a postpartum body is another story…)
I don’t want to bore you with details, but if anyone is curious about natural birth, doulas and how to avoid interventions, let me know. I did everything except for castor oil. I am still breast-feeding at 13 months, and have dealt with bad baby blues, a retained placenta and thrush. So any questions, let me know.
I hope this last post gives you all hope that start to finish, your body is amazing. It may just be a little confused right now. As Pin Lady says – “it has temporarily lost its way.” Wishing you all the best of luck in your journeys. Off to see Pin Lady in the morning.