I've been MIA for a while and am finally emerging now that things have settled. The last few weeks of pregnancy were hard and I wasn't expecting it honestly. The whole peeing every 30 mins, getting up and down, tiredness and on top of it I made sure I kept working out till the last day which I do not regret.
The due date came and went which was upsetting since Iver was sitting so low and they had thought I'd be early. Turns out I would be 4 days late!
Finally, on Sunday morning, my water broke and it was like the movies with a huge gush and pants soaked but no contractions followed. We did a hike, I did some curb stepping and hip openers but nothing got it going which scared me because I did not want to risk out of the birth center and end up in the hospital if I went longer than 24 hrs with no contractions. The midwife suggested I take castor oil so I did. About an hour after the castor oil, things hit and I mean ALL things at 10pm.
I labored at home for a good part of it and finally was admitted into the birth center around 3am at 6cm. I went in to the birth center at 4cm but was asked if I would be ok coming back a little later as they had another person in the other room birthing. It was a day of 3 births I learned! The shower was amazing during contractions and my husband never left my side. The doula we hired was also a great asset making sure he was fed and watered as well as massaging me in certain ways and making me change positions from time to time. Her services were worth every cent.
Labor was taking a while to progress and the midwife decided to check me to see what was happening. Turns out there was a second gestational sack that had not burst and was blocking the baby's head but she did not want to pop it until the shift change where there would be two midwives. Once the second midwife had arrived they popped it, made sure the cord didn't come down and things really started to progress to the point where I just had to push! It was an amazing sensation and I had completely forgotten about the gas I could've used to get through contractions. I pushed for about an hour thanks to the cervical lip getting stuck on his head but finally he was out and I was done!
Giving birth in the birth center was the best thing for me. I had my two favorite midwives, the staff was outstanding and I got to do things on my own terms with experienced guidance. All my midwives are ANP's with hospital privileges and the main one has been delivering babies for 30 years! After 4 hours, we were able to head home and enjoy our time together. It's also been a blessing that My husband has been home with me this whole time. I don't know how other people are able to do it without a support system in place.
So after 12 hours of labor, Iver Kvasir was born at 10:02 am weighing 8lbs 9oz on July 24th.