Ava Joy's Birth Story, Part 1
Ava Joy's Birth Story, Part 2
Once we got upstairs to Labor and Delivery, it only took a few minutes of paperwork and such before the doctor came in to break my water. Then, the walking began.
Lots of walking. Walking, walking, walking.
More walking than I had ever done in either of previous labors.
Probably more walking than I did in my previous labors combined.
Oh, and the gushing. The walking made the gushing happen. Lots of amniotic fluid coming out.
There was some massage and relaxation.
Even some more squatting.
Every 15 minutes, we would pop into the room and check the baby's heart rate.
And once in a while, I would have a contraction. A nice, powerful contraction.
But mostly, walking.
It was pretty
Thankfully, I had some very nice walking companions.
I guess I hadn't realized how out of shape I was from being on bedrest. I was getting darn tired of walking before too long. Thankfully, after about a 90 minutes, the contractions became more regular- about every 10 minutes or so, but very powerful. I thought we might actually be getting somewhere.
We had agreed that 2 hours after my water was broken, we would have another cervical check to see if I was making progress.. The time came and the check happened.
And despite all that waaaaaaaaalking... a whole lot of nothing had happened to my cervix.