our daughter’s birth story

I wasn’t sure how much of this I wanted to write down and share because it does feel like an extremely personal experience, but after having written so much about my pregnancy, it felt only right to give closure to the experience by writing about the birth itself. So here it goes, the birth of our daughter, C:

Baby C at 5 days old.

As regular readers will know, I ended up waiting and waiting for labor but nothing was happening. I got to 41 and a half weeks and still no labor. After discussing it with my midwife, we decided it would be best to start contemplating some natural ways to induce (my plan all along was for a natural, midwife-assisted hospital birth).

I wanted the induction to stay as true to my birth plan as possible. There are two ways of inducing birth  without the use of pitocin. First, by breaking the mother’s water (to trigger contractions) and second, by using a hormone releasing insert called cervidil. Cervidil doesn’t start contractions but softens the cervix to help it dilate, which in turn starts contractions. (Breaking the water is only possible if you’re already dilated to around 3 cm. In my case, the cervidil was intended to help me get there).

My midwife explained that I would get the cervidil in the evening, rest and allow it to work overnight, then hope that I was at least 2 cm dilated by morning in order for her to break my water. She warned me that sometimes nothing happens, in which case we could consider another 12 hours of cervidil or discuss other options.

Thus thinking that we were still some time away from labor, T. and I packed our hospital bags and, together with two good friends who were in town, went to the hospital. We just assumed that a long night was still awaiting us and that we would have to do our best to stay happy and relaxed.

Arriving at the hospital

On our way to the hospital, we stoppped at our local movie rental and picked up a couple of movies, instructed our friends to get pizza and beers and told them where to meet us in the maternity ward. I looked hugely pregnant at this point and so, when we arrived to check in, the welcoming staff assumed I was in labor and needing to be rushed to a room. Imagine their looks of surprise when we walked in calmly with snacks, movies, and, um, adult beverages.

And that is how we came to spend the last hours of our childless life watching a bad Liam Neeson movie, laughing over pizza and beers, while awating the arrival of our daughter.

(To be accurate, I didn’t get any pizza until after my monitoring was complete and it was deemed safe for me to eat, and – this goes without saying I hope – I abstained from beer altogether).

Pre-labor party at the hospital Pre-labor party at the hospital

Getting started

{just having a good ol’ time at the hospital}

A note on the cervidil: once I was given the hormone, I had to stay connected to an exterior heart monitor to make sure the baby was reacting well to it. This required that I stayed in bed or near the bed and moved very little as to not disturb the monitor. I hated this part because every little move caused the nurse to have to readjust the straps across my belly. This was the very reason why I had wanted an umnedicated birth with the freedom to move around, walk, change positions, and not worry about cables, wires, and other monitoring devices. Fortunately, after they had a chance to confirm that the baby was reacting well to it, I was able to move and use my birthing ball to make myself more comfortable. And, more importantly, eat that slice of pizza finally.

Getting started

About two and a half hours after I’d been given the cervidil, active labor set it. Suddenly, I could not only feel the contractions but also an intense pressure and pain in my lower back. At this point, at 9:30 pm, my friends said goodbye and left us alone in the room; things were about to get serious.

Shortly thereafter, the nurse checked me and I was already at 3 cm. I asked for the cervidil to be removed and the nurses and my midwife agreed that my body seemed to have taken over and was laboring on its own. As soon as the cervidil was out, they were able to unhook the last of the monitors and I was finally able to labor like I had intended.

I used my deep yoga breaths to work through contractions and moved around the room. T. was the only other person in the room with me and he was an amazing support person. He kept asking me what I needed, stayed calm and reassuring, and offered me backrubs and massages like we’d learned in our partner yoga class and at the hospital birthing class. I did not like being touched and prefered to move around on my own and eventually even labored in the bathtub for a while. As the contractions and pain increased, I got increasingly loud in my moaning and remembered what we’d learned in my prenatal yoga class about vocalizing the pain and letting sounds come out as they wanted to.

Although I never doubted my decision to stay medication-free, I did get really nervous and scared while in the tub and laboring. The pain got pretty intense and I just couldn’t imagine how I could carry on until morning like this. The nurses had warned me that removing the cervidil could slow my labor down and that I might not progress much past 3 cm before the next day. My only thoughts were, if this is what 3 cm feels like, how in the world can I survive 10?

Fortunately, it turned out that I was already at 7 cm by 11 pm. My labor was progressing very quickly and I was in so much pain because I had moved so fast into active labor. My contractions were coming one on top of another and I barely had time to catch my breath or talk inbetween. I moved back to the bed and started laboring on hands and knees, which took the pressure off my back. And then before I knew it, I got the irresistable urge the push. From that point on, everything became a blur. The pain got so intense that I could barely take in what was going on around me. I remember seeing more nurses come in and I could tell that T. was nervously pacing the room. He later told me that he feared the birthing supplies would not get set up fast enough.

My midwife arrived and checked me again and was surprised to see that I had gone from 7 cm to a complete 10 in a matter of minutes. Not wasting any more time, she told me to push. (Also, she finally did break my water sac, which never ruptured on its own). The pushing stage was by far the most painful part but only lasted 9 minutes (!) for me. Despite it being so short, after the first few pushes I thought I had reached my limit and couldn’t imagine carrying on. But then I heard T’s reassuring voice telling me that I was almost there and it gave me that last surge of energy to push our daughter out. My midwife told me to look down and I opened my eyes to see a redish-blue baby placed on my belly. The moment was too surreal for me to even cry, I felt like I was in shock. I looked over at T., who had been right by my side the whole time and saw him tear up and that’s when it really hit me.

Our daughter was born.

This was at 12:38 am on August 4th, crashing our wedding anniversary.

Being born

Although it was by far the most intense pain I have ever experienced, it was also the most empowering and amazing event of my life. Being able to feel every aspect of the birth is something I can hardly express with words, it was just incredible and made me feel so strong afterwards. The rush and thrill of it easily competed with the adrenaline rush I had felt after running a marathon and the sense of accomplishment and gratification following the birth was beyond anything I had ever previously experienced.

Three hours after the birth

With papa, three hours after birth

Three hours after the birth

When I first became pregnant, labor really scared me. I had no real convictions about having a natural birth or using a midwife. But the more I read about labor and birth, the more I knew that this was the right choice for me. You have to choose what’s right for you and you also have to allow that your best laid plans may go awry during labor. Ultimately, I just wanted a safe and healthy delivery for me and the baby and I would have done anything to ensure that. But I was happy to have been able to carry out my intentions of a natural birth and I encourage anyone interested in the subject to read more about it. There are many benefits to the mother and to the baby when laboring without medical intervention and those advantages to the baby were what resonated particularly strongly with me.

I found these books and the following documentary helpful in educating myself on this topic:

I also found these bloggers’ natural birth stories encouraging and inspiring as I was preparing for my own: here, here, here, and here.

 

I also found hypnobirthing meditations and mentras to be soothing and comforting when picturing the birth process ahead of time. I had some of the guided relaxation tracks on my iPod and would often listen to them before bedtime during my third trimester. I credit my yoga class with teaching me great breathing techniques and also putting me in the right frame of mind: being in the moment and accepting the pain and seeing it as pain with a purpose. And lastly, I was very fortunate to find a great community of women in my prenatal yoga class with whom I shared many of my intentions and who were a great source of support and encouragement as they planned for similarly intervention-free births. And once I started discussing my plans with more and more friends, I found an increasing number of women in my life who had had natural childbirths or were planning on having one and their support was tremendously helpful as well.

 

Newborn baby C.

I decided to write this all up because I hope to encourage other women to inform themselves about the birth process and to research all options before deciding on a plan. An unmedicated birth can be very painful but also incredibly empowering and beneficial to the baby in many ways. Like I said above, this was the right choice for me and may not be right for everyone.  I also went into the process aware that I could only set my intentions but not control the situation or predict the outcome. Ultimately, only the safety of both me and my baby mattered. But I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to carry out my intentions for the kind of birth I wanted to have and to be blessed with a beautiful and healthy baby in the end.

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44 Responses to our daughter’s birth story

  1. Alli says:

    So beautiful, you made me all teary. You’re baby girl is just lovely. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  2. Apple A Day says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your labor story. It is really great for other women to hear. Your daughter is so beautiful. Congratulations!

  3. Jaimee says:

    Thank you for sharing. We are considering children in the near future, and with Academichic, it was really heartening for me to see women who didn’t ignore their bodies and appearance while pregnant. Reading this has given me hope that I might be tough enough one day for birth too.

  4. Sarah says:

    I love this birth story! I am a million weeks pregnant with my third baby, and your birth experience sounds like the one I had with my #2. I am planning a med-free birth this time around, too, but for some reason, I have been incredibly anxious about it these past few days. Thanks for helping to ease my fears, and congratulations on your beautiful little girl!

    • simplybike says:

      Hi Sarah,

      congrats on the pregnancy and being so close to the end! I wish you all the best with the birth! Glad to hear that #2 went so well, hopefully #3 will just get easier :)

      S.

  5. Kelly says:

    Academichic reader here.

    Beautiful story; it brought tears to my eyes. Childbirth truly is an amazing thing.

    Knowing that things do not necessarily go as planned in labor is something I learned with my 2nd child. I had an epidural for the 1st one and had planned to do so for the 2nd one, however, it did not completely work and so I felt most of the pain. Luckily, my pushing for that one was also only 9 minutes. There were many things that were different about the 2nd one in general, but this is not the place for my story!

    It also seemed that I felt better more quickly afterwards the time the epidural didn’t work as opposed to when it did. It is something I’ll have to give a lot of thought to if I ever have a 3rd baby. It may not be my choice, though, as with my first son my labor was about 8 hours and it went down to 4-5 with my second, so if it continues at that rate there may not be time for an epidural.

  6. Kara AP says:

    Happy to hear that your baby is here and that you had such a positive experience! I’m so glad you were able to do it naturally, the way you wanted. I’m hoping you have lots of time to rest and enjoy these first few months!

    - From Academiachic

  7. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I am into my 39th week and getting anxious (and excited) about labor and delivery. It has been very reassuring and informative to hear how it went for others. Congratulations!

  8. Dave says:

    Your daughter is beautiful, I’m so happy for the three of you :) What a wonderful thing, to see a new, healthy child born to parents who love each other, and who love the baby. There is, unfortunately, far too little of that in the world. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Rafael says:

      Apologies, I didn’t complete my pvireous post.So, as I was saying, I was told women don’t tend to go onto labour after 42 weeks (nevermind the fact that women are generally induced before this point so there is no supporting evidence for this). I wad also then told that they wanted to check for gestational diabetes as this would explain the baby’s size (and warrant the unnecessary c-section now planned for Monday). This suggestion completely threw me! This was being suggested to a woman with none of the associated risk factors, with an extremly healthy diet, had walked, swam as well as practiced yoga 3 times per week up til 40 weeks and has only put on 11kgs. Nevermind, that not a single one of my routine urine tests had showed any positive signs for glucose. Thankfully only after very brief consideration did we decide to refuse the test, to continue with my original plan and to be discharged. They agreed, but this means both the baby and I are subjected to daily monitoring for 30 mins and today I have to see my consultant’ the one who I saw for 3 mins and inaccurately ordered a ceasarian. It is obvious she is very pro-intervention, so I am trying to regain my slightly shattered confidence to go into battle. I can’t emphasise enough how stressful this is and how disempowering it feels to have someone making blanketed decisions about me and my baby without considering our case individually.But, this article has given me back some of my confidence and I am ready to ask for the evidence, to be informed of induction risks and to have my due date re-estimated. So, many, many thank yous for this!

  9. m says:

    Thank you for your willingness to share your story and some helpful resources. I read this while my toddler was playing in the same room as our computer. He looked up, saw the photos of baby C., and exclaimed, “Baby!! Hiiiiiiii baby!!” He then repeated it about 10 times. :) Welcome, baby C!

  10. Julie says:

    I just nervously read this at my most full-attention. I hope I can be like you!

    I too watched “The Business of Being Born” and I swear it changed my life. I am begging my pregnant friends to watch it. I think it’s a really important film and I also think they should show it to junior high girls to scare the hell out of them. ;)

  11. Kara says:

    You are a wonder woman. Your daughter is amazing.

  12. Patsy says:

    I followed you here from Academichic and I’m so glad that I did — this story is so fulfilling, maybe because it reminds me so much of my own birthing experience! I was 13 days late with what turned out to be our son, who is now 3 months old. My husband and I had taken a Bradley class and really wanted a natural and unmedicated birth, for all of the reasons that you mention — wanting to work with my body (and baby), and wanting to feel alert and empowered. My pregnancy went really well, but as I got close to 42 weeks, my midwives got nervous and insisted on scheduling a membrane-stripping appointment and an induction for the next day, just in case. I tried every home remedy I’d heard of to get labor started, including two acupuncture session on the same day — a Wednesday, the day before I was due to get my membranes stripped. At about 3:30 Wednesday night (well, Thursday morning), I woke up with cramps, and in dizzyingly short order my water broke, we called the midwife, and were on the way to the hospital. I was 4 cm when we got there, and from the moment we were set up in the room, the contractions were just ON, with very little time between. I had shivers in those brief intervals and felt like I couldn’t catch my breath, though I tried to do my abdominal breathing like we learned in class. I also panicked in the tub (which I thought would save me, but which just made me feel uncentered), and ended up doing most of my laboring clinging to its edge instead. After only a few hours (though it felt like long enough, and I remember thinking that there was no way I could keep up with such rapid-fire contractions much longer), I felt like I had to push, but the nurse said that I probably wasn’t ready. Luckily, the midwife said I could give it a try, and when I did, she took a look and was like, “Hey! You’re crowning!” So I waddled over to the bed and pushed, and like you, in less than 10 minutes, the midwife was telling us to look down at the head coming out, and then she had me reach under the baby’s armpits and hoist him onto my belly. It was completely surreal! I couldn’t believe how fast and furious the whole thing had been, and how, in retrospect, I had overpacked for the hospital, with books and playing cards and crossword puzzles, and oils for massages that I barely had time to get.

    Sorry to blab so much in your comments, but I find it really exciting to hear other people’s birth stories, and to find common strains across what is such an internal experience (in every sense). It helps me remember the best parts of the labor and put the most surprising parts into better perspective. Thanks so much for this story, and also for the gorgeous photos. One thing that we don’t share is how wonderful you look under hospital lighting!

    • simplybike says:

      Hey Patsy,

      thanks for sharing your experience! I used the same term to describe mine: fast and furious! But in retrospect, I’m so happy that it went that way. Hearing friends talk about 24-48 hr labors and as much as 6 hours of pushing, I am happy that mine was intense but over so quickly at least. And then I got to enjoy my baby. :)

      S.

  13. Anne says:

    S, I followed you over here from Academichic, and I want to tell you how impressed I am with you and your beautiful girl. I had an extremely fast natural labor (2.5 hours!) six weeks ago, and it was very difficult to process mentally. It was so fast that I had no chance to employ any of the techniques that I had been learning about and practicing during my pregnancy. And, like you, when they put my son on my chest I could barely understand what had just happened. Reading about your fast first-time labor experience has helped me better understand my own. Congratulations to you and T!

  14. Hannie says:

    Unmedicated births (and home births attended by a midwife) are very common in the Netherlands. We planned an unmedicated birth at home but ended up with a C-section. But if we ever have a second baby we plan to go for an unmedicated birth again.

    What a beautiful baby girl, wonderfull story and two glowing parents! I think it’s great you told your positive story about unmedicated birth. Well done!

    • simplybike says:

      Hannie,

      that’s one of the things that is part of the “Business of being born” documentary: how in so many other countries, natural and unmedicated births are the standart and how interventions occur much less than in the US. For some reason, the birth and delivery process here has gotten very medicalized, treating pregnancy and delivery like an illness that needs to be managed by a doctor.

      S.

      • Maria says:

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  15. Erin says:

    I am so happy that everything went so well for you! It was nice to see A and A2 were able to be there with you for part of you labor. Congratulations again on baby C’s arrival! She is absolutely precious!

  16. Nikki says:

    Wow, awesome story! I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I am excited to keep up with your blog!

  17. Nadine says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! Birth stories are always fascinating. And it’s great to write them down, because you DO forget . . ;)

  18. DM says:

    Congratulations to all three of you!! My second birth experience was very much like yours, fast and furious, though not induced. I was also lucky to achieve an unmedicated labor, since I am very aware that you often can’t choose your childbirth story. Even more importantly, I didn’t think I could make it without an epidural. But I did, and I agree that it was one of the most powerful and positive experiences of my life. Makes everything else seem possible in comparison.

  19. Lucky Cup says:

    beautiful! she’s so very very beautiful!

    yes, it is empowering – and even more so (for me) is being a mother.

    Blessings to both of you!

    (and now, not that you’ll have time, but get your hands on another book, Mama PhD :-) )

  20. simplybike says:

    Thanks for your comments, everyone!

    I also just want to add, for anyone reading this and considering a natural birth: only 2 weeks after the event, I don’t rememeber the pain. I remember knowing that I was in pain, but I have no physical memory of how that felt. But I do remember very distinctly the feeling of my daughter moving down in me as I was pushing, it was such a unique and interesting sensation. I remember being so excited because I could tell that was her actually moving down and out. I love that I was able to feel that and once she was out, I felt like I could conquer anything, like I was on top of the world, as cliche as that sounds.

    I think the best thing I learned in preparation was to focus on it being pain with a purpose. (And we subject ourselves to that all the time, be it when training for sporting events, altering our body with piercings or tattoos, etc, so it’s nothing that we as humans don’t already do).

    S.

  21. Laura says:

    Beautiful baby and story indeed, thank you for sharing it. I’m not a mother and I’m not sure if I will be, but I find stories like this very enlightening. Besides, you write so well, S., and so simply too that I look forward to every post of yours. I look up to your positive attitude and energy, as well as to your determination, your view about life, and love for little things. Many best wishes to you and your family on this new journey.

  22. madam0wl says:

    Hey! Congrats! So crazy that I just decided to check in on you and here I find your birth story just published today. :) And yay for unmedicated labor! I agree, Ina May’s Guide was so helpful for me during my 2nd & 3rd. My first had to be induced with pitocin (yuck) after my water broke a month early, but I labored the rest of the way pain med free. The second (probably in same hospital you were in) was with a midwife and completely natural. The third (same hospital) I labored naturally until the last minute when we had to do an emergency decision for a c-section. Yes the labor pain for all 3 was unimaginable – but you are right, such an empowering experience! So happy for you! Best wishes.

  23. T. says:

    My first-born will be 14 years old next week, and I remember his birth like it was yesterday. It was unmedicated and with a midwife, and I was (still am) so proud of myself. I have never, ever forgotten the feeling of that little body moving down and out of me. I enjoyed reading about your pregnancy and birth preparations because it reminded me so much of my own experience. i am so very happy for you that you were able to have the birth experience you hoped to have! Congratulations!

  24. Kristin says:

    So beautiful. Congratulations!

  25. Rita says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this story.

    Don’t know why it evokes such strong emotions in me that it makes me tear. I haven’t had children yet but have always been so scared of the unknown that I just always thought I wanted to be put to sleep and woken up when it was over. The “unknown” I am referring to is not the process itself but more how I would feel about it.

    Your story and recent life experiences really make me reconsider my entire position on the matter. I now am more interested in learning as much as I can about my options, hear real stories by real women and just make an informed choice. At this point I am more inclined to live the moment as fully as possible.

    We all descend from women who successfully gave birth in what we may call “natural” circumstances. So we are definitely equipped to do the same (to more or less extent; so thumbs up to medical progress!). Maybe at the time we think we don’t have more energy or breath or won’t handle a little more pain, but it just goes to show how little we sometimes know about our own limits. And it must feel great to push our own limits to points we couldn’t even imagine we would be able to reach! I am drawing these conclusions from my own experience with running but hey, it’s a legitimate strategy ;)

    Anyway, this was great! You’re such an example in my life. Thank you. Your baby is beautiful! All the best to you guys! xo

  26. paige says:

    wow, what an amazing birth story! it made me tear up!
    as i near my own due date, i’m filled with many emotions – fear of the pain, excitement, apprehension, determination…
    i’ve done this before and i DO remember the pain (not the sensation so much)…just the idea of how painful it was. so yeah, that’s what makes me nervous.
    i had an epidural with my son, but it was too late when i finally got it, so i felt all of the contractions and pain. the pushing part was the hardest for me though…at one point, i stopped…like you, thinking i couldn’t go on. but one last push and he was out! it was such a huge relief! and obviously so worth all the pain. :)

    i’m very happy for you and your husband. your daughter is beautiful. and she has such a brave mommy!

  27. Melinda says:

    Wow, what a great birth story. You are braver than I am – I reached my limit 15 hours into my labour and had a epidural. Although I had intended on having a natural birth I don’t regret it at all – it seems amazing to me that women can go through such intense pain and not actually die! My second birth was a c-section at the midwifes recommendation – bubs was expected to be 11 pounds at birth but arrived early weighing 9.11oz bless her).

    She is absolutely beautiful and you are such lucky parents. Dad looks so chuffed in the photo -such a proud Dad.

  28. Sue says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I wish we had blogs back in my day. Even though we had our Mom’s to talk to and books to read – I believe a certain strength comes through when someone writes about and shares their experience in real time for women who are about to go through the experience of giving childbirth. It’s an old adage, but in a sense it feels more real.

  29. kathy says:

    What a beautiful baby and I’m so happy you had the experience you wanted and that you shared it with us.

    Considering the information you learned about the baby before she was born (I can’t remember what it was exactly, but some sort of condition, correct), does she have any medical problems or was everything fine with her?

  30. Amy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I followed you over from Academichic and was eager to see baby C! She is beautiful and I am so glad your labor went well. I appreciated reading about your experience, since the mere idea of birth scares me. I’m newlywed and while we’ve talked about kids, the consensus is not for several years, which is fine with me since the thought of having a person growing inside you and then the trauma of birth freaks me out! You seem to have had a great experience, even your hospital room is cheerful! What made you decide on a midwife? I know very little about it, but am curious. I personally know I am too wimpy to go without the pain meds, so I am very impressed by your courage. Congrats again!

  31. Deidra says:

    I’ve read this a few times now. There is just something about birth stories that give me hope. I delivered naturally, with a midwife at the hospital, too. I loved the experience, and love my baby girl even more!

    I once heard a story on NPR about human’s inability to relive physical pain. We can relive emotional pain, but we can’t think of a physically painful experience and feel that pain again. We can only know that it hurt. I know giving birth hurt, but the pain is gone and replaced with a sweet baby!

    • Sevim says:

      Donna and Gabe, I am so happy for you both and your beautiful famliy to have such a precious bundle of joy join you all. I only wish that she had come into the world a little sooner so I could have given her some Colorado lovin’. I’m sure the rest of the gang are totally tickled pink. Congrats She’s absolutely GORGEOUS!!! (And Donna you look FANTASTIC I don’t know how you do it?!?! and Gabe, you look mighty handsome too! Love to Everyone!!!! Later Dee

  32. Thanks for sharing! I’m a big proponent of natural childbirth and recently wrote about my two birthing experiences. Love the blog! Simply Bike is now on my blog list!

  33. Nicole says:

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    I have been committed to a natural, unmedicated birth since learning I was pregnant.
    I have read every book under the sun, all of Ina May’s and everything in between, as well as every documentary on birth I could get my hands on.

    I feel totally confident in the fact that I want to bring my baby into the world in as natural, positive, calming way as possible.
    Learning so much about the cascading affect of interventions has really opened my eyes.

    I am 40 weeks 2 days today and have started to think more and more about the reality of induction if I go beyond 42 weeks.

    I was googling ways of induction and came across cervidil, which is how I found your blog.
    It doesn’t seem like you had much of an issue with the only med you were given throughout your labor, other than the fact of not being able to move around of course.

    I am currently living in Sweden and they seem to have a pretty relaxed way of handling labor and childbirth, but have still informed me that after 42 weeks induction is inevitable.

    I have tried a few things to naturally bring on labor but so far, no dice.

    Thanks again for your inspiring story.

    Btw, your daughter is beautiful!

    • simplybike says:

      Good luck with your birth, Nicole! The cervidil worked really well in my case to just start my labor but nothing more. I only had it in for 3 hours and after it was removed, I labored naturally and without any medication for the remained of the birth. It was an intense and exhilarating experience and I’m glad I did it that way. I wish you all the best with your birth story!

      S.

  34. Bobbie says:

    I read this a long time ago and it made me tear up. I thought it was simply pregnancy hormones as I was (still) pregnant at the time. However, I re-read it today and it still brought tears to my eyes. It’s amazing that it can make you cry 6 months later!

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