Aug 31, 2020
In this episode, my employees and I discuss my second birth
story with my son Ryland!
My Birth Story:
Tuesday 8/11 I woke up at 40 weeks
and 4 days - totally was mentally DONE being pregnant at this
point, guys, and my plan for that day was to do more things
throughout the day to hopefully help prep my cervix/initiate
I had been doing stuff all week
(sex, pineapple, walking, curb walking, yoga ball etc) - and that
day I had planned to do the Miles Circuit & get a reflexology
session later that evening.
Anyway, woke up, hung out with
Walter all day since he didn’t have school, and we ended up going
over to my parents’ house for a few hours during
I had been having on and off
contractions through the day, but nothing crazy - this was also the
main reason I wanted to try the Miles Circuit, to see if I could
get them more regular!
So, after a trip to my parent’s,
I came home with a Walter and did the circuit for an hour and a
half, followed by a reflexology session.
Came home, ate dinner, and it was
about 7:30/7:45 when I started to feel some stronger contractions
pick up. Again, nothing too crazy, but they were definitely
stronger than what I had felt for pretty much the whole
I went upstairs with Walter to
put him to bed, and they were already about 3-5 minutes apart, but
only lasting 30ish seconds. I had a feeling this was the real thing
I put Walter to bed, and went
into my husband’s office where he was playing a video game and let
him know what was going on (this was about 8pm).
I went back downstairs, took a
shower, sat on my ball and laid in bed for awhile to see how things
were going to progress.
At 10pm, I put on my breast pump
to try to strengthen them even more, which only lasted about 30
mins in total. By 10:30 they were pretty strong and I went ahead
and called my mom to come to our house to stay with Walter
At 11pm, she showed up, we left
for the hospital which is right down the block, and got up to
triage at about 11:20 or so.
My doctor came to check me and I
was still only 3cm 😑 I was 3/80/-1, which was a change from my
3/50/-2 that I was in office that week, but I was totally bummed at
that point because they were pretty darn strong and I was totally
questioning what the heck was going on!
We ended up hanging out in triage
for 90 mins, and then at about 1am my nurse came to check me and I
was 6/90/0! Yay! Alllll in my back though, which SUCKED. I was
super happy that I had progressed 3cm in 90 mins though, and at
that point I was thinking to myself, “ok great hopefully this
continues to pick up and I have a baby really soon!”
So, for admitted, got out to a
room with a tub & labored in and out of the tub for a good hour
after I was admitted. At about 2am, my nurse checked again and I
was 8/90/0! 👏🏻 Also super happy that it was continuing to pick up,
BUT still allllllll the pain was in my back....and that was no fun.
By this point though, I was fairly composed, I was joking between
contractions, and really utilizing my relaxation/breathing &
doing lots of rag doll!
My doctor came to break my water
at this point per my request, and then at about 2:45 my nurse
checked again because things were seriously picking up & I was
a rim! (about 9.5 centimeters).
I was today starting to lose my
sh*t at this point, but still generally in a good mental state
because I could tell labor was still progressing well.
Wellllll...this is when I started
to stall...and REALLY started to lose my mind. At about 3:30am
(about 45 mins later) with no progress or evidence of this being
done, hah, I begged my nurse for a dose of IV pain medication which
she gave me. This helped tremendously to calm me down and help me
relax in between the contractions. I remember just being soooo
mentally done, and so angry that I was stalling, it was
So, got a dose of IV pain meds,
chilled out for about 15-20 mins with a few contractions and then
of course the medication pretty much wore off and it was right back
to horrible back labor and no signs of it being over (didn’t have
the urge to push etc).
At this point it was probably
4am, and I started to do everything I could to get him out! Lots of
position changes, trying to push past that last centimeter etc. it
FINALLY I remember I was on my
hands n knees on the bed with my nurse and I was pushing wirh her
and she finally said, “Ok Liesel you’re 10, it’s gone!” So I
flipped over and pushed for another 15 mins on my back/side and
voila....baby BOY!!! He ended up spinning from posterior to
anterior AS HE WAS COMING OUT....ow hah 🤪
I remember being SO happy that I
was done, but also being SO mad that I stalled for that long!! I
totally went into this labor expecting it was going to be a quick
labor...and overall it was definitely faster than my first, but
geez! Definitely did not expect to get stuck at 9.5cm as a second
time mom for THAT long!
Coming away from it, again, SO
happy I was done...but also SO shell shocked! It’s definitely
taught me to once again....don’t go into labor expecting
ANYTHING...even if you’re Mommy Labor Nurse! 🤣
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