For the Love of Oils
On Tuesday, July 30th my water broke at 7:20, just before getting up for the day. At first I wasn't 100% sure but after a few minutes I had more liquid come out and continue to come out. I spoke to my midwife and we set up a check in for 10:30 at the clinic.
We assumed things would be well on their way by the time we got there. Unfortunately nothing had progressed by then and she sent us home. That day I did ALL the things to try and get things moving. Nipple stimulation, a long walk, stairs, red raspberry tea, clary sage and spicy food. I'd get dull "contractions" here and there but nothing worth talking about.
We were all hoping some rest would get things moving in the night. I had some decent sleep that night but was still concerned for baby every time I woke up. By morning I decided I would like to be induced so my worries could turn into baby snuggles. I also had gone through tons of pads due to the constant leaking going on so I was a little over that part. We dropped the boys off at Tim's sister's place (PTL for her) and headed to the hospital for 10:30. Our midwife had a room reserved for us already and we got straight to work. We set up my essential oils and Maggie our midwife set up the oxytocin for induction. At this point I was having zero contractions. Shortly after setting up, our secondary midwife arrived and they began the drip.
During the day things started very slowly. I was having contractions but nothing substantial. At around 5pm I finally had to start breathing through my contractions. By 5:30 things were moving quickly and I was having strong contractions very close together. The secondary midwife said "I'm not lying when I say you're almost ready to have this baby". At 5:55 I started feeling the urge to push so I did a few short slow pushes. I quickly felt like I wanted to be off my knees and moved to my back. As soon as I did that I was urged to push harder and longer. I didn't want to, I didn't feel strong enough yet and it felt like things were happening too fast. I was barely done pushing when another contraction started and I was told I NEEDED to push. Little did I know Avery's heart rate kept dipping and they wanted him out and safe. I started to panic and all the great breathing I'd been doing went out the window. The amount of pressure and pain I was feeling felt nauseating and I wanted to give up. The secondary midwife all of a sudden appeared in front of my face, put her hand on my chest and told me to breath. I heard myself gulp for air and then she said , now PUSH. Pain, so much pain. I said "please tell me something came out". Tim told me to look down. There was my little babies face. Then I pushed 1 more time and out came the rest of my perfect boy at 6:08. I felt in shock by what just happened and I had to take a minute to register there was a baby on my chest, let alone MY baby.
I couldn't stop crying. I probably cried for 20 minutes. I felt in shock, blessed and in awe of what my body had done and so thankful God gave me the strength for what I just went through. We cuddled for about an hour before they weighed him and checked him over. After cleaning things up a little Avery started rooting so we got him latched and he did so good. After a good feed we packed up and headed home. We were home around 9pm. I fed him again and then we all headed to bed. He had an amazing first night. I napped the next day before the boys came home and met their little brother.
I felt a little defeated by the power of the birth but I think it taught me my strength is not in myself but in the God who made it all possible. When it felt like I had no strength to keep going He is who I called to and He is who gave me the power to birth our beautiful boy.
Hi, I'm Kim, a believer in all things Jesus, including the oils he's provided us. I love yoga, it's what gets me on the right path every morning. I have a part time job, which is perfect as I have more time with my 2 boys, Desmond and Dallas. I have an amazing husband who shares all the happy in my world and holds me through the not so happy. We love the simple life and strive for a little more simplicity every day.