Ten hours into being induced, the birth of my daughter was straying further and further from the birth plan I had meticulously designed during my pregnancy.
Yep, an epidural was sounding amazing right about now.
Going into it, I had hoped to have an all-natural birth.
I had visions of soaking in the birthing tub, using various yoga poses, music and aromatherapy.
I deserved an overachiever award in birth preparation.
I read a few (five) books on natural child birth. I took classes. I met with the birth designer (yes, there really is such a career!). I signed a document requesting that no one in the labor and delivery room offer me medication unless I asked.
Things started off well enough.
Eight hours in, things stalled. My contractions were off the charts. (Thanks, Pitocin!)
My husband told me I looked like I was having seizures. My sister told me I was like a wild animal.
I’m honestly disappointed that I don’t remember any of this because it sounds incredibly entertaining. However, at the time, for me at least, it was far from amusing.
At hour 10, I was told I had at least 8 more hours to go. WTF?!
The anesthesiologist is, to this day, the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen – besides my new baby daughter of course. Sorry, Mark!
That’s the thing about plans. They change.
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While my experience wasn’t anything like what I had envisioned, thankfully my (incredibly knowledgeable) doctor had seen it all before and was able to navigate the unexpected contingencies with ease.
With her expertise, I held my healthy, beautiful little girl in my arms a mere eighteen and a half hours later. And just like everyone said it would, all the things that didn’t go as “planned” washed away from memory.
Notwithstanding, I’m already joking with my husband that a scheduled C-Section sounds pretty darn good to me for the next go around!
Amanda “Give Me the Drugs Early Next Time” Lynch Elliott