Matilda Olivia (Mi Ryung) Aguero was born on February 15, 2007 at 5:32 am. Her weight was 6 lbs 9 oz and she was 20 inches long.
My water broke on the 14th at 3:30am. We tried to go back to sleep but the labor pains came on pretty strongly so I moved to my birthing ball to bounce around a bit. Pablo started packing and contacting clients and friends to let them know it was time.
At around 7am, I got tired and decided to nap while Pablo watched a program about Archimedes and Greek weapons! I woke up every 3 minutes to have a contraction and in between fell into a very deep sleep.
Around 9, the contractions were getting regular and longer, so we called our doula, and packed to go to the hospital. We got there are 10:30, but I was only 3 centimeter dilated and I needed to be 5 centimeters to get into the birthing center. Unfortunately, due to the blizzard that was going on, we could not go back home. We labored in the diner across the street and the lobby of the hospital until 6pm. When I was 5cm, I was admitted to the hospital.
The birthing center was fantastic. There was a beautiful jacuzzi tub and the lights were turned down low. We got into the tub and the labor was just amazing. I was so moved by the power of my body and Pablo was in the tub with me helping me through the contractions. The jets of the tub and the white noise of the water moving helped to focus me and made the pain almost enjoyable.
Sadly, the water was causing the baby to have a rapid heart beat, so we had to get out. I labored some more on the bed but after 3 hours or so, my cervix got stuck at 9.5 cm and my contractions were no longer productive. I was too exhausted to deal with any more contractions so we made the decision to move to a standard labor and delivery room and have an epidural with pitocin to get things moving and allow me to rest.
After three hours on the pitocin and a very welcome nap, we were ready to push! They brought in a mirror and Pablo, Jocelyn (our doula), and my mother held my legs and encouraged me to push our baby out. After around 20 minutes of pushing, we could see her head crowning. I gave one last push and she came out all at once! The doctor put her on my belly and cleaned her with warm towels. I breastfed her soon after and we all fell into a deep sleep.
The birth was a total of 26 hours long, but it was worth every second. I am so glad that we went as natural as we could for as long as possible and I am so grateful to the women who helped me achieve our birth. Penny, our lamaze teacher gave tons of advice. Jocelyn, who is training to be a doula, was amazing. My mother was an inspiration. My sister kept us well fed. Dr. Playforth was so calm and comforting. And the nurse, Tamara, was an amazing help who anticipated my every need.
Well that concludes the pregnancy part of our baby blog. I will keep this up to date with Matilda news in the future!
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