Sorry for the delay of postings and of pictures- I have had really good intentions to at least put up pictures- but I will get there- I promise. So here is (hopefully) the rest of the birth story with some pictures. (this all happened Wednesday 4/29/09)
After I got out of the tub with Nugs, Rich was home from work and having dinner with my parents and Nugs. She was kind of fussy and I was trying to stay hidden and let my body do it's own thing. I relaxed in between contractions with my "hypnobirthing" CD and relaxing music and that helped a ton. I started having the "toe-curling" contractions and I started to think I was a sissy- so I told Rich I needed his help.
At one point during this all I remember hearing Nugs screaming so I yelled, "Just get her out of here!" and my parents were out the door in a flash to drop her off with KJ (thanks again you guys!)
At this point Rich was a little nervous. We had taken hypnobirthing classes and one of the predominant ideas is that if you are in a relaxed enough state you don't always feel pain during labor. I am a firm believer that this is true- however, I wasn't in this relaxed enough state. :) So Rich was starting to get nervous because I was hurting. But he did a fabulous job of keeping me straight with my hypnobirthing ideas and he helped me breathe through each contraction and relax in between them all. Occasionally I would make other noises during contractions but he quickly helped me refocus and kept me looking towards the goal.
I was on the birthing ball while my parents were gone and when they got back I had my dad check my cervix. I was 5cm. This was 7:00pm.
I thought, "great, now I am in active labor- 5 more hours at the most."
I had Rich text our midwife, doula, and labor nurse who would meet us at the hospital. Just an update- just to let them know I was going to hang out at home for another hour or so.
2 minutes later we get a phone call from the midwife and here is the conversation:
Midwife: "Rich, does Brittani want a home birth or a hospital birth?"
Rich (looking at me): "Brit- do you want a home birth or a hospital birth?"
Me: "hospital birth?!" somewhat confused
Rich to midwife: "Hospital birth"
Midwife: "well, get in the car and get her to the hospital now!"
Sorry- breastfeeding break! to be continued...