moroccojade: Acupuncture to start labor!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 6:58 PM
I was due August 17, 2007. I didn't want to deal with the possible complications of being past due and I certainly didn't want to have to contemplate a medical induction, so my TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctor offered to get things rolling with acupuncture. My midwife said this was fine. So I had an appointment on August 14 at 10:30 AM.
Several hours earlier at 2:15 in the morning, I felt a gush of fluid. I thought it could be amniotic fluid and called my midwife. I met her at the hospital and she tested the fluid and said it was just my mucous plug. (Who knew it could be like pink/orange tinted water!) She also said I wasn't yet dilated at all. She said to go home and rest. It could definitely take several more days - not only was I not dilated, I was contracting very sporadically.
I went home to sleep, then went to see my TCM doctor. She said she never needed more than 2 sessions to get a woman to go into labor, so I was quite excited. As soon as the last needle was in, I felt nauseous, broke into a cold sweat, and my contractions were exactly 7 minutes apart. I went home and after another hour, my contractions were 5 minutes apart. Time passed, and they were getting closer together. Our doctor taped seeds into my ears to press and she also taught my husband some acupressure points to keep things moving. It all worked!
We let my midwife know things were coming along. Evening came and my contractions were getting very difficult. My baby was head down but facing transverse, so the back labor was painful. Once it got to be too much, my midwife came to our apartment to keep an eye on us and to help me through. I was 4 cm when she arrived.
To The Hospital
After a few more hours of laboring at home, my water broke (in the kitchen - so glad it wasn't on carpet! Unfortunately, there was some meconium in the fluid, too.) We had to go the hospital as I was GBS+. By this time she thought I was getting close to transition as I was sounding 'pushy'. And yes, I could feel myself pushing with every contraction. We'd originally hoped to come back home after I got my first round of antibiotics, as I was open to a home birth... but things were getting too intense. Something didn't feel right. I couldn't help but to push and push and push with every contraction - which made my poor cervix swell up terribly - so I was stuck at 6 cm.
The Unplanned Epidural & Emergency C-Section!
I'd really wanted a med-free birth, but my cervix was not going to improve with me pushing so prematurely. So there was talk of an epidural so I'd stop the spontaneous pushing and hence my cervix could open further as the swelling would be given a chance to go down. I agreed to it - it seemed I had no other choice. By the time I got it, my baby was having considerable decellerations. My midwife called an OB in, and the news wasn't good. My baby's only chance was to be birthed by caesarian. I was so afraid, and didn't care about anything in the world except for my baby's safe arrival, so we agreed to it immediately.
Our daughter was born less than an hour later at 4:30 am. She weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 inches long.
The reason for the decelerations and my premature pushing was due to a double nuchal cord. The weeks leading up to my due date, I knew that my baby was not in the correct position. So my TCM doctor was trying to turn her with moxibustion. After a treatment, I would feel my baby trying her best to move anterior, but it was impossible for her to do so because of the cord wrapped around her neck not once but twice.
I'm glad I went med-free as long as I did, I just wish I could have finished what I started. I'd taken a WONDERFUL prenatal class based on Birthing from Within which was extremely helpful. I'd also been practicing hypnobirthing, which wasn't helpful for me at all in labor - although it was a nice and relaxing thing to do during the second half of my pregnancy.
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