When I got pregnant, we knew that we wanted a Doula and I was going to do hypnobirthing again (see here and here). Based on our experience with Logan, we tweaked our birth plan slightly. I added that I didn't want them to ask me to rate my pain and that I didn't want any coaching for pushing, as I would do it according to my instincts. I also explicitly highlighted that I would be using hypnobirthing methods.
So here's the very short timeline of Kalia's birthday...
Jan 6th, 2011
3:30 am: I wake up to pee and feel a bit "different". I have a bit of a back ache and a mild tummy ache. Instead of going back to bed, I surf the net for a bit and check my email.
3:49 am: I change my Facebook status to: "ready, set..." I have a gut feeling that I'm going to start going into labour sometime today.
4:00 am: I email my Doula to give her a heads up --no need to call as I'm not in real labour yet. I decide I'll just let her and Allan sleep.
4:15 am: I head back to bed but then think it might be a good idea to time things. Contractions seems to be about five to two minutes apart and only about 30 to 60 seconds long. So nothing consistent and technically not in labour yet.
4:30 am: I can't sleep so I take a shower, shave my legs, put in my contacts and start collecting things for my bag.
4:50 am: Hmm, maybe this is going to go faster that I was expecting. I decide I should wake up Allan: "Allan I need you get up." Allan mumbles and rolls over. "Allan, it's time. I need you to get up" His eyes get big and he's ready to go! He takes a shower and gets his things together.5:10 am: I get Allan to time my contractions on his phone and they are still irregular -between two to four minutes and still only around 30 seconds. Regardless I feel like it's time to go to the hospital --we are only like five minutes away and worse is they could just send us home. While I don't really meet the criteria for going to the hospital yet, Allan trusts my instincts and is supportive of the decision. He calls the hospital and let them know we're on our way.
5:30 am: Luckily my parents were still at our place -they were planning on leaving after morning rush hour. I realize I don't have any recent belly shots so I ask my mom to take one before we load up the car. Ohhh and check out the baby mobile --I made that!! This facial expression is me listening to Logan, who just woke up, saying a billion and one things to me, while I simultaneously wonder why it's taking two minutes for my mom to press the button on the camera. LOL
5:50 am: We get to the hospital and call Doula Joanne from the parking lot and ask her to join us. For each contraction I stop and hug/lean on Allan, I picture my beach from the hypnobirthing CDs very vividly and when the contraction is done, it's like it didn't even happen -I feel refreshed, happy and excited. I remember having one contraction as we pull into the parking lot, one in the parking lot and one just inside of the emergency/after hours entrance.
6:00 am: We go to the triage room and I'm told I'm only 2cm and "paper thin". The nurse asks me a few questions about hynobirthing. She says if I want to avoid interventions, I should just walk around and come back in a few hours to be checked since I'm really only "borderline" for being admitted at this time. I just know that this baby is going to be here before lunch and asked to be admitted --I'm GBS positive and although my water hasn't broke yet, I want to get in some antibiotics.
6:40 am: In our room and waiting for the nurse. Here I am putting my hair up and getting ready to go! I've got my "birthing outfit": (1.) My own pjs; same ones from Logan's birth, although with Logan I had time to change into a gown when I knew it was time to start pushing. And (2) slipper boots which were really handy ---they kept my feet warm and I could go from bed to floor without them falling off or loosing them. As you can see things are going good and very relaxed!
Allan practicing his breathing techniques! LOL
7:00 am: Joanne arrives! Just in time too since I feel like I'm really in labour now. Joanne helps to adjust the lighting so it's dim and cozy. I have a bit of an achy feeling in my lower back so I ask her to push on it as we had discussed -counter pressure on my hips. I'm leaning on Allan for each contraction, which I know is going to get tiring for him. I ask Joanne for suggestions for something else. She gets us a birthing ball and I sit on it and lean on a pillow on the raised bed. This is very comfortable and lets me stay rested between contractions. When a contraction was on it's way, I would just say Allan's name and he would place his hands on my shoulder or stroke my hair and Joanne would apply the counter pressure and help keep me focused on my hypnobirthing imagery.
7:30 am: I tell Joanne and Allan that I'm "transitioning to the next stage" and want to be checked. Just as I tell them this, Dr. Hall walks in for my first checkup. He said that he was guessing I was around 8cm but checks and I'm "only 6" or a "tight 7" cm. He says my membrane are bulging and asks if I want them ruptured. "No, thank you", Allan and I both say, so off the doctor went. Joanne praises us for advocating for ourselves and helps me get back to focusing on my imagery.
8:30 am: My water breaks. I think: "Oh, okay. So that's what I was moving towards". With Logan's birth my water broke as the first indication that labour was starting. And it was a small leak last time and really uneventful. This was very different. I had a contraction and it felt like a water balloon exploded between my legs. I had another contraction and felt the same feeling. This was actually a pretty cool part of labour and I was actually kind of excited that I got to experience my water breaking this way. LOL And I thought I was so smart the day before wearing a maxi pad for our walk around Ikea "just in case my water breaks". Gosh, I'm so glad this didn't happen in public. Allan said as soon as it happened a nurse was there to clean it up. I just remember opening my eyes, seeing water going across the floor and thinking 'oh, neat!' and then going back to my focused hypnobirthing imagery.
12:30 am: I'm ready to go home but we're told our family doctor wants to see the baby before we go home -she's off at 3:30 and will come afterwards. The nurses and the peditritian that comes by all say that normally you should stay for atleast 24 hours and maybe even 48 hours but we live so close and I want my own bed and to see Logan. If nothing is wrong, I want to be home for supper. I'm determined to get my timeline.
1:30 pm: Kalia's Auntie Steph is at the hospital picking up paperwork for her nursing placement and stops by to say hello. I eat all my lunch that they bring to me, text message friends and take a bit of a nap.
3:30 pm: I get changed and get Allan to put our suitcase on the bed and pack things up. I want it very clear when our doctor comes by that I want to checkout as soon as possible.