I Had Been In Labor Since Sunday, It Was Now Wednesday

This week’s birth story comes from the amazing couple Kelly and Nate who gave birth to Thomas James after attending Hypnobirthing sessions with Katie Daibess of Your Birth and Becoming, covering Troy, Michigan in the USA.

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“I went in on a Sunday to start my scheduled induction with cervical ripening. I was checked after being admitted and was 1cm dilated. Over the next 12 hours, I was given Cytotec which started some very mild contractions. I was checked again the next morning and had not progressed at all, so the Dr decided to try Cervadil for the next 12 hours. That sent me in to some fairly significant contractions, but nothing that I couldn’t handle with the breathing techniques that I learned in Katie’s class. I was checked again after the 12 hours of Cervadil and had still not progressed at all.

They started me on low dose pitocin overnight, then bumped me up to increase the pitocin every half an hour. Pitocin contractions are no joke! I topped out on the pitocin and was having heavy contractions for hours, got in the tub and tried that. It was horrible. Through the breathing techniques and affirmations that I learned, I was able to go deep within myself and get in to a “zone” that helped me get through it. I was given pitocin for over 24 hours, 12 of those hours at the highest dose. All with no epidural. I was checked again the following morning and had still made zero progress.

By this time I had been in labor since Sunday, and it was now Wednesday. I was mentally and physically exhausted. The dr suggested breaking my water and starting pitocin again, but at this point, I wasn’t sure I could go through it all for much longer. After talking it over with my doula and the dr, we decided to have a C-section. There was no way my body was going to respond well to more pitocin and I was very likely to end up with a C-section anyway. Luckily, everything that I learned from Katie paid off and I felt mentally ok with having to make that decision.

While this isn’t the labor that I had hoped it would be, our beautiful son, Thomas James was born on August 31st. We are all so happy and healthy, and I feel that without the information given to us in Katie’s class, this could have been a very traumatic experience for us! I can’t thank her enough for her knowledge and for checking in on me in the days and weeks following the birth.”

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