[BIRTH STORY] Part 6- Pushing 💪🏽
After not too long, the midwife said, “Just keep going with your body until you feel the urge to push.” Well! I’d been feeling the urge to push for a little while already but thought it had to be too soon/hadn’t even been checked yet so I was just ignoring it 😂 I should probably explain that when I gave birth to Mia, the epidural stopped me from feeling the urge to push, and stopped me from really being able to push at all (resulting in suction and episiotomy), so despite this being my second delivery, the urge to push and the pushing itself was a very new feeling for me! Mia’s birth was also very controlled by everyone else. I was told when to push, what to do etc. This time around, the midwife and the student midwife just stood a few metres behind me while I began pushing. I remembered all the things I’d heard and read about not pushing the baby out too fast to prevent tearing etc. But as soon as I felt him start to move down I thought “NOPE. I’m getting this baby out ASAP.” 😳😅 The biggest, best memory I have of this birth is that I was smiling as I was pushing. I was just SO happy with how this was all going. I was pushing my baby out all by myself! I couldn’t believe it! After only a couple of pushes, his head started to appear and the midwife told us something surprising- he was still in his waters! My water had definitely broken the night before, but apparently it could have been my hind waters, and sometimes a hole in the sac can seal back up 🤷🏼♀️ (my water had stopped leaking hours before) The midwife said she was tempted to break the sac, but instead she put on a visor in case it burst in her face 😂 I was still on my knees, and looked down to see his head. I was so happy and excited. This all of course felt much more intense without the epidural, but I was so thankful that my body was really able to do this!