It was just over a month ago that my whole world changed. It was about 4:30 in the morning on Friday, August 5th.
I woke up to my water breaking, at least that’s what I guessed was happening. As a first time mother, I wasn’t completely certain. I called the Rose midwife on call and she told me to wait an hour to see what happened.
Sure enough, I was soon experiencing contractions. They were coming fast and furious. Before I knew it, they were about two minutes apart and I just knew it was time to go to the hospital. This baby was on his way!
I rode to the hospital with my husband and my mom coaching me through each contraction. “You can do it…just breathe…we’re almost there.” By 8:30 in the morning we had arrived at Rose Medical Center and I was sitting in a bed on the labor and delivery floor getting checked by one of the nurses. I was already nine and a half centimeters dilated. I couldn’t believe it!
My husband handed a copy of my birth plan to the nurse who looked it over and happily replied, “We can definitely accommodate you with all of these.” I can’t say enough about how amazing this nurse was. I had to wait to dilate the rest of the way and with each contraction I thought I might pass out, but this nurse was so encouraging and never made me feel like I wouldn’t be able to have the unmedicated labor and delivery that I desired.
When I asked about pain management, I was offered the hot tub to sit in, instead of drugs. It definitely helped. With each contraction that I breathed through the nurse would tell me, “You’re doing a great job, your breathing is excellent. Keep going.” My husband and mom were also by my side, encouraging me every step of the way.
Finally I was dilated to ten centimeters and ready to push. I pushed for an hour. I was starting to get discouraged.
“Am I doing it right? Why isn’t he coming out?!” I was exasperated and ready to quit, but the midwife and nurses kept my spirits up.
“You’re pushing just fine. You were made to have children. You’re doing a great job.”
Finally, at 10:33 AM my beautiful baby boy was out and put directly on my chest. I had never felt such joy and relief in my life. And I also felt such gratitude for everyone who helped me have the exact birth I wanted. My husband and mother never doubted me. The midwife and nurses never doubted me. Rose Medical Center never doubted me. It was amazing to be able to experience a positive unmedicated labor in a hospital that supported my every desire. And now, a month later, I look at my son and I am grateful for his life and the way he came into the world.
Kristel Acevedo is a native Miamian now living in Denver, CO with her husband, Alex, their son, Liam, and their schnauzer, Jaxon. You can follow their story at her personal blog: www.glowinglightblog.com