Thursday, April 1, 2010
I Have A Son!
He was 10 lb, 3 oz & 22 inches long, with Apgar's of 8/9.
While I had 41 hours of natural labor, mostly in water, he had to be born by Cesarean section, because I never dilated past 3cm and labor was not progressing any further. We also found out the cord was wrapped around his head twice, which may have had a part in holding him up from moving down any further. Even though the birth did not go "according to plan", most of the nursing staff was great, and my midwife, doula, and the doctor who performed the section were all wonderful about not rushing things or forcing me into interventions or early decisions, so I was allowed time to wait for nature to move things along, and to adjust to the changes in plan when it became clear that wasn't going to happen. Overall, it was still a good experience because of the level of compassion and understanding that everyone involved showed, and because during the surgery I still felt empowered and in control of my birth experience.
I will do a more detailed birth story later, when I have time and more energy, and my doula's version of the birth story, to help a little more with the details and timeline [most of my reference points are from the tweets I sent during labor]. For now, I just wanted to let everyone know we're doing well, but not online much because I'm still getting the hang of everything and having a rough time with "baby blues" and being alone right now (mom is back home & hubby is back at work - I am alone with the baby and still sore from surgery, plus very emotional right now).
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