A Fast Hospital Birth with an ObGyn and Doula

In April 2012, we had an unmedicated hospital birth with zero interventions, save for a single dose of antibiotic that I wish I had refused.  I spent the day shopping with hubby, got a manicure and pedicure, a massage, went out to dinner and visited my best friend who had just delivered her son. I did all this without a single sign of labor.

Then, surprise!  My water broke 30 minutes after returning home, I labored there for a bit then headed to the hospital where I labored in the shower.  I dilated from 4cm to 10cm within an hour. I pushed squatting, on hands & knees and eventually felt most comfortable propped a bit on my side.  I was loud! I may have asked for an epidural more than once, I may have scared the on-call OB a little, I definitely scared the other patients down the hall, but RAWR! This first-time momma did what she set out to do!  At 39w3d, 7lbs 11oz, 20 3/4inches, compound presentation with a sweet little fist clenched up by her face, my daughter was born.

My husband, nurse & doula were amazing. We will have a homebirth next time.

Things happened so fast (less than 5 hours total) that we were lucky our doula, who is now a certified nurse midwife, remembered to capture these shots.  Pushing, seeing her for the first time, & sheer happiness is how I describe these moments.

Shannon's fast hospital birth

Shannon's fast, natural hospital birth

Shannon's fast, natural hospital birth

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