While I was pregnant I enjoyed reading a lot of positive birth stories which in turn inspired me to write my own. A story to look back on when all the beautiful, painful, hard, exciting and crazy details become a long term memory. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed writing this. The labor and delivery was so amazing. So I want to share it with the world.
We mark 2 months today, and it seems like only yesterday. Up to this day I still can’t believe that I did it. I wasn’t 100 percent sure I would be able to push through. To my amazement, I did it! Our princess came into the world on June 24, 2019, completely alert and free of drugs. Here is my natural birth story, I hope it can inspire you!
“Gratulerer, du er i ferd med å ha en jente!”. My baby girl was born in Norway! In the country where prenatal care is completely covered under the healthcare system. That means you pay exactly 0€ for medical appointments during and after pregnancy. Isn’t that amazing? 99% of norwegian women giving birth, give birth naturally. I did it too, and I feel like a superwoman.
I woke up around 4 am on the 24th of june feeling some small menstrual- like cramps but I continued to sleep because they were not that uncomfortable. Two hours later I woke up again and since this is my first baby and I did not know how the real contractions were supposed to feel like, I decided to go to the hospital. As they checked me they told me I was only 2 cm dilated. I couldn’t believe that actually the day had arrived. They sent me home, and told me to wait for some stronger contractions.
As I was travelling back by car more contractions were occuring, but they were not super painful, so when we finally got back I tried to sleep some more, drinking water in the meantime. I was so calm and excited at the same time. Around 2PM my contractions seemed to be getting more uncomfortable. They kept coming and I told my partner that it was time to go back to the hospital.
To be honest, I was mentally prepared for everything that was happening, and that’s what kept me going.
I didn’t have any birth plan, but I read ” The Positive Birth Book” which motivated me a lot. I was open for anything, epidurals, meds, drugs, meditation and even a c-section if it would be needed. However, I definitely wanted to give a natural birth.
At 2:30PM we arrived at the hospital and the midwife immediately came in to see how I was doing, checking my cervix among other things. This time I was 6 cm dilated and they told me that from that moment on I had to get ready for the active labor! I was free to walk, sit on the birthing ball, whatever I needed to do. I still wasn’t really in “pain” so I spent the next hour walking back and fourth in our room and bouncing on the ball. It was pretty chill during this time. It was just me and my partner. The midwife was coming from time to time to monitor the baby’s heartbeat, I loved the freedom of letting my body just do its thing. Around 3:30PM the midwife checked me again and asked if I was ready to push because I was already 10 cm dilated. That was impressively fast! WHAT! SHE’S COMING ALREADY?! I couldn’t believe that she was coming, and I wouldn’t even get the epidural. The midwife was amazed that I was still up and talking with being so far along in the labor process.
Suddenly I felt the urge to start pushing. I could tell the exact, right time to begin pushing through the contraction in order to get the baby down as much as I could. After many big pushes which seemed like pooping on the toilet, the head became visible to the midwife, few more pushes they said she was about to come out!
I will never forget that first cry. We were a family of three, I couldn’t believe it!
When they placed her on my chest I literally felt like I was in heaven. It was the most magical and surreal feeling in the world. I couldn’t stop crying. 3665 grams of love. The pain, the burning sensations, the bleeding, and all the waiting faded away as I was holding my little princess for the first time.
I knew that with the right mindset , my strengths are much bigger than my fears and I can conquer anything. I am forever grateful for the experience of laboring my daughter naturally.
I was over the moon and so grateful that my daughter and I were both safe and healthy through our delivery process.
At the end of the day, don’t forget that every birth story is a NATURAL birth story and all that really matters in the end is that your little baby will arrive safely.