“How I Came to Love the Hospital Birth That I Didn’t Want”: a birth story

Four hours after I took Misoprostol, the doctor suggested that we add Pitocin to my IV drip. My cervix had dilated to 2.5 centimeters with the help of the Miso, and Pitocin would likely continue that process. [...] She made this suggestion at 2:00 am.  My partner, A, asked her if we could start the Pitocin in the morning, after more sleep and some breakfast. “Sure,” she replied, casually.  And with that, he earned me 4 hours of sleep and a big plate of eggs, bacon and toast to fuel my labor.

Go check out the parts 1 and 2 of this gorgeous birth story over at An Honest Mom.

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  1. RG
    Posted 19 July 2013 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

    This is perfectly timed for me! As I am about to have my third baby, but my first with an OB instead of a midwife because midwives are basically illegal here. Am struggling with fury over my lack of choice, am frightened of irritating the person responsible for my well-being in a vulnerable time, but trying to stand up for myself and fend off all of the myriad interventions that are coming my way. I’ve always had a hospital birth, but never with an OB – coming to a place of acceptance, as this woman did, will be helpful to do before I get to L&D.

    • Molly
      Posted 19 July 2013 at 2:03 PM | Permalink

      Oh wow, what a huge thing to process, and how frustrating to face limited options: I’ll be thinking of you. Let me know if I can offer any support, resources, a listening ear …

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