Birth story #3

webjockeywebjockey Registered Users Posts: 2,786
I am a very lucky lady.

For the past four days or so, I have been having contractions anywhere from 20 to 7 min apart for about 30 sec to 1 min for at least 4 hours at a time. Just when I thought I was ready for action, things would then go caput. It was frustrating, but with my history of going closer to 42 weeks, I tried not to be so discouraged.

Yesterday I made homemade bread and took it out of the oven too early. I was gummy and unedible. I think that was the universe's way of telling me to chill out.

Midwife came by to do a home visit and to do some sort of hip shaking technique to coax baby into optimal position.

So late last night I finally had some progress and contractions progressed to 5 min and 1 min long, which is when my midwife wanted me to call her.

Thanks to crappy AT&T service, she didn't get the first message.

Hubby was awesome and set up the birthing tub, ozonated the water, and basically it was just him and I handling things with only the sounds of nature and my grunts in the background. After four or five pushes with a break in between He caught the baby, and...

It's a girl!

Carmen is her name. 7lbs. 9 oz. 19.5 inches long. No complications.

I admit that in my head I was a little panicky about not having the midwife there, but my hubby provided the confidence I needed to get through it.

Midwife rolled up minutes afterwards and took care of the rest. She was awesome.

Placenta is on its way to be ground into capsules.

All is good. I am sore but happy and feeling very blessed.
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  • anonymous_22139anonymous_22139 Registered Users Posts: 659 Curl Neophyte
    Wow, great story. You are awesome too.
  • Like.AustraliaLike.Australia Registered Users Posts: 2,544
    Wow! Congratulations! Pictures please! :mrgreen:

    Question on the placenta encapsulation if you don't mind - did you have to get out of the pool/tub to deliver it for them to "collect" it properly? Have you done this before with other pregnancies? Did you notice a difference in how you felt with taking the capsules?
  • webjockeywebjockey Registered Users Posts: 2,786
    I can't figureout how to post photos from my iPad. When I get to a computer (hubby's sleeping and I need to watch the boys) Ill post. Since I didn't know how to handle that part, I wanted to wait for the midwife.

    I delivered the placenta on dry land. After she inspected it, she put it in a large ziplock bag and waited until it stopped doing its duty to cut it from the baby. I think she then put it in the freezer.

    I buried my first and ate the second one. I did have some baby blues but not huge ppd my first which is why I decided to eat the second one. The capsules also have ginger in it. And frankly, the last thing I want to do is chowdown on placenta casserole.

    I had no ppd with my second. I just don't want to chance it.

    Im also doing herbal baths, taking a special postpartum tea and a tincture to help with uterine contractions. Breastfeeding is doing a number on my uterus.

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  • Like.AustraliaLike.Australia Registered Users Posts: 2,544
    I'm considering the encapsulation, but haven't decided yet, so thanks for the info. I'm not sure if the placenta woman (not sure what her title is...) my midwife uses adds ginger or not. I'll ask her next time I'm there. I actually just got a tincture called "Afterease" that's supposed to be good for after birth pains. Is that what you're using?

    Hope all continues to go well for you and the new baby girl. :)
  • webjockeywebjockey Registered Users Posts: 2,786
    I'm considering the encapsulation, but haven't decided yet, so thanks for the info. I'm not sure if the placenta woman (not sure what her title is...) my midwife uses adds ginger or not. I'll ask her next time I'm there. I actually just got a tincture called "Afterease" that's supposed to be good for after birth pains. Is that what you're using?

    Hope all continues to go well for you and the new baby girl. :)

    Yup. I am using after ease. I also took some ibuprofen.
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Registered Users Posts: 7,135 Curl Novice
    Congratulations, Webbie! I love the name Carmen. You and your hubby are awesome. :)
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  • SigiSigi Registered Users Posts: 2,379
    Congratulations!
  • webjockeywebjockey Registered Users Posts: 2,786
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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Registered Users Posts: 2,671 Curl Neophyte
    Congrats and welcome to baby Carmen. She is just beautiful.

    Have fun learning all about being mom to a girl after two boys!
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  • Like.AustraliaLike.Australia Registered Users Posts: 2,544
    webjockey wrote: »
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    Beautiful! Congratulations again!!
  • SarahMarieSarahMarie Registered Users Posts: 901
    Congratulations! She is beautiful!
  • rileybrileyb Registered Users Posts: 1,975 Curl Connoisseur
    Congratulations!
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  • cosmicflycosmicfly Registered Users Posts: 1,814
    Oh wow, congratulations! What a beautiful baby!
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Registered Users Posts: 5,844 Curl Neophyte
    What a perfect little baby girl. Congrats!!! Happy everything went good.
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  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,169 Curl Virtuoso
    Congratulations, sweet looking little girl.
    3b in South Australia.
  • ruralcurlsruralcurls Registered Users Posts: 2,574
    Congrats! She is beautiful. :love4:
  • webjockeywebjockey Registered Users Posts: 2,786
    thank you, everyone.


    @Like.Australia

    I didn't know if you were doing the placenta encapsulation for PPD or not, but I wanted to mention that my midwife recommended me to take lots of vitamin D to help with mood and other stuff, and that there have been studies about african american women specifically having significant vitamin D deficiencies after giving birth.

    I haven't had a chance to verify this on my own but wanted to throw that out there for ya.
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Registered Users Posts: 4,938 Curl Connoisseur
    I am just seeing this. Congratulations, she's lovely!
  • Like.AustraliaLike.Australia Registered Users Posts: 2,544
    webjockey wrote: »
    thank you, everyone.


    @Like.Australia

    I didn't know if you were doing the placenta encapsulation for PPD or not, but I wanted to mention that my midwife recommended me to take lots of vitamin D to help with mood and other stuff, and that there have been studies about african american women specifically having significant vitamin D deficiencies after giving birth.

    I haven't had a chance to verify this on my own but wanted to throw that out there for ya.

    I've just been reading about placenta encapsulation and it was mentioned at my birth class, as well as at my birth center, so it's available to me. I just can't decide if it's "for me" or not. My midwife said I can pretty much decide at the last minute if I want to do it, so if I haven't decided for or against it by that point, I guess I'll either give her the yay or nay on the spot. This is my first pregnancy, so I have no idea if I'll be affected by PPD. From what I've heard/read, it's more common than most people think though. I've been taking D3 all throughout pregnancy as rec'ed by my midwife, but I wasn't aware that it was beneficial for mood. I'll have to read up on that. Thanks for the added info. :)
  • sarah42sarah42 Registered Users Posts: 4,034
    Congratulations! Baby is beautiful. Glad to hear everyone is doing well.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    You are amazing!

    CONGRATS on your little girl! She's beautiful!

    And thanks so much for sharing your story.
  • goldygoldy Registered Users Posts: 5,463 Curl Connoisseur
    Congrats!!!
  • PoPo Registered Users Posts: 2,607
    She's beautiful! And I love the name.
    3c/4a
  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Registered Users Posts: 2,954 Curl Connoisseur
    I just saw this!! Congratulations! She is beautiful!

    What do the boys think of her?;
  • subbrocksubbrock Registered Users Posts: 8,212
    Congratulations!

    Blame it on the cell phone...
  • webjockeywebjockey Registered Users Posts: 2,786
    I just saw this!! Congratulations! She is beautiful!

    What do the boys think of her?;

    While for the most part I had a great birthing experience, I'm a bit bittersweet that they slept through the birth. I have very fond memories of my oldest being right next to me when #2 was born and being a very important part of that process.

    At first they were indifferent. Now (4 days later) they speak and interact with her as "the baby" and not as "Carmen". They really enjoy gently stroking her hair. My youngest is more in tuned to react to her and try to soothe her when she is crying or fussy.

    I picked up my placenta pills yesterday and the midwife had this as a keepsake - her placenta cord:

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    It has this interesting amber-like quality. I'm thinking of burying it under a fruit tree.

    Also I treated myself to a Mayan Abdominal Massage yesterday. Supposedly its a special massage to help with postpartum alignment and other stuff. I feel like an emotional cloud has lifted from me (maybe the onset of PPD - unsure) and I feel taller and stronger in the midsection.

    Admittedly, I haven't been resting like I should so it could just be having those two hours for just me. vs doing childcare and housework.

    Here's a nice article on the importance of rest: The Undervalued Therapeutic Power of Rest | Gloria Lemay
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  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Registered Users Posts: 2,904
    Congratulations!!
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Registered Users Posts: 7,578 Curl Neophyte
    congratulations on baby carmen!! i've been around here for all your births so i'm happy you had a girl. what a wonderful addition to your family! thanks for sharing your story.

    i don't know much about placenta, eating it or any of that. is there a link you could share? i'd like to read up on that. i suppose the only way you could get it is if you use a midwife. i'm sure the hospitals won't give you your placenta for consuming later.
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  • Like.AustraliaLike.Australia Registered Users Posts: 2,544
    luvmylocs wrote: »
    congratulations on baby carmen!! i've been around here for all your births so i'm happy you had a girl. what a wonderful addition to your family! thanks for sharing your story.

    i don't know much about placenta, eating it or any of that. is there a link you could share? i'd like to read up on that. i suppose the only way you could get it is if you use a midwife. i'm sure the hospitals won't give you your placenta for consuming later.

    I'm not sure about other areas, but around here (DC metro), there are people who specialize in placenta encapsulation and from what I've heard, they will allow this person to take your placenta out of the hospital for their preparation. You have to let the doctors/nurses on staff know ahead of time. I don't have experience with this personally, but I don't think it's unheard of, especially if your hospital supports natural birth.

    And, for what it's worth, I can't recommend midwife care enough. I've been really happy with mine so far.
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Registered Users Posts: 7,578 Curl Neophyte
    I'm not sure about other areas, but around here (DC metro), there are people who specialize in placenta encapsulation and from what I've heard, they will allow this person to take your placenta out of the hospital for their preparation. You have to let the doctors/nurses on staff know ahead of time. I don't have experience with this personally, but I don't think it's unheard of, especially if your hospital supports natural birth.

    And, for what it's worth, I can't recommend midwife care enough. I've been really happy with mine so far.

    so are you using a midwife and a traditional doctor or just a midwife?
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