Sorry this post took so long. We finally have had some time to settle in at home, and this is the first time I have had a chance to sit at the computer!
So, we went in on Monday, November 10th, thinking that we would be expecting a baby that day or the next. I knew that my doctor would be administering a dose of Cytotec, vaginally, and then we figured it would be on to pitocin. However, after lab work came back better than it had been a few days before, and the baby and my blood pressure were looking good, he decided that we would try two rounds on Cytotec throughout the day; see where my cervix was; and then he would send us home to see how things progressed on their own. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised! Given that I was asymptomatic and everything else was looking better than anticipated, he would try and honor our wishes of a least invasive birth; however, I needed to monitor my blood pressure; come in if I had any symptoms at all; and if I did not go into labor on my own before Wednesday morning, we would be back for induction, round two.
We left Monday night, and I was having mild, yet consistent contractions. My cervix had thinned out significantly, but I was only a centimeter dilated. By Tuesday morning, the contractions had lost their consistency and seemed to disappear midday, much to my disappoint. My husband and I went out to lunch and the store, late in the afternoon, and the contractions returned for about 30 seconds to 90 seconds every five to eight minutes, but I didn't want to get my hopes up. My doula arranged for me to go to the birth center for acupuncture, and I am not certain if that was the magic contraction sticky dust or not, but the contractions stayed consistent, yet mild throughout the night and into the morning. When I we went back to the hospital Wednesday morning, my cervix was almost entirely effaced and was three centimeters dilated. We all decided to do one more round Cytotec, to move things along, and skip the pitocin since I was progressing on my own and my labs and the baby were still looking good.
All day, the contractions stayed mild yet consistent. I definitely could sense back labor, despite the modified inversions I had been doing and yoga, but nothing hurt too bad. Around 6:00, right before the doctor was going to come back to break my water, it broke on it's own and I was bouncing around on the birthing ball. I was still joking with the nurse and our doctor about it, as I got cleaned up and went into the tub. At that point I was five centimeters, so I thought it would take a while still, and slowly the contractions were starting to intensify. When my doula arrive at 6:30, I was definitely in active labor and I felt the urge to poop. However, all I could think was that it was way too soon to push, so I got out of the tub and sat on the toilet for awhile (Sorry, a little TMI!). Then a bit after 7:00 that urge just was too much ignore. I got on my hands and knees on the bed, because it was the only position comfortable on my back at that point, and apparently looked like I was starting to push. Our doula had the nurse check, and sure enough I was fully dilated and our baby's head was visible. I spent the next 30-40 minutes pushing, and at 7:50 PM, our beautiful daughter, Fiona, was born! She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long, in pitch perfect health! We felt so blessed that everything went so swimmingly, with little drugs or intervention, and that she and I were healthy and safe in the end.
I know that it was because of the support of family, friends, the medical staff, our doula, the midwives from the birth center, and the information and support I found on here, that I was able to have such a successful and happy delivery, so thank you ladies for sharing your stories! I know that I am very lucky and fortunate to have the birth experience I had, and that my baby and I are happy and well. I am now hoping that I, and friends I know who have had other experiences with preeclampsia, can work with the birth center on educating other high-risk women on things like preeclampsia and the options available to help them achieve their birth goals or to cope with their diagnoses.
Thank you again, to you ladies, this forum, and the Preeclampsia Foundation!