Friday, July 14, 2006

Small correction

(Originally posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006 by Cathy)

Ok, so I made it down stairs, at least briefly. (We had to take Dalton in for a lactation consult, more about that later, but things are improving, even if I'm having to pump some of his meals...)

I was actually in labor for somewhat less than 24 hours, although it sure FELT like a day and then some. I thought I was maybe in labor by 1pm, was pretty darn sure by 5pm, at which point Tim headed into the kitchen to make dinner and I called the midwife. By around 7-8pm, I was in active labor. Dalton's stuck shoulder and arm put in an appearance at 8:50am the next morning, and we were done with the placenta about an hour later. So it was 21 hours if you count -everything-, and more like 14 if you just count the active labor and pushing.

It was hard, because I had a lot of back labor (and thus a lot of pain, even between contractions). Apparently Dalton's stuck hand had a similar effect to a posterior baby, without any of the approaches used to turn a posterior baby actually working, since he wasn't actually posterior. In total, the labor time wasn't all that large for a first birth, it's just the pushing time that was waaay above average. I feel very lucky to have been at home, since I do NOT think I'd have gotten the five hours of pushing required if we'd been in the hospital.

And on that note, it's time to go pump again. MOOOOO.

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