Duncan Creed

by Leslie Lytle on May 23, 2010

My husband and I welcomed our son Duncan into the world Sunday, May 23, and I wanted to share our birth story with you.  I started having contractions on Duncan’s due date, Saturday, May 22, but they were very mild and irregular until late that evening.  By 9 p.m., contractions were 12 minutes apart so I prepared for bed and a long Sunday of labor.  Jason and I were excited to know we’d be welcoming our little guy into the world soon!

At 2:30 a.m. I woke up inexplicably, but as soon as I got up I realized my contractions were much stronger than when I went to bed.  It didn’t take me long to realize that the contractions were very regular and pretty strong and were definitely the real thing.  I decided to time the contractions again and found they were now 7-8 minutes apart.  I let Jason sleep while I hung out with the dog, rolled around on my yoga ball, and tried to get some rest.  By 5:30 a.m. I couldn’t ignore the contractions anymore and woke Jason to let him know they were now 5-6 minutes apart.

This is where things started to get interesting.  We knew in the weeks leading up to his due date that Duncan was LOP.  I’d been encouraging him to turn, but at my 40 week appointment he was still face-up.  When we called our doula, she explained that although my contractions were 5-6 minutes it could be misleading in terms of dilation–my body needed to turn the baby and it was possible that my contractions were doing just that instead of dilating my cervix.  She’d told us of a position to try that would open my pelvis and help the baby rotate so we hopped into bed to give it a shot.  This was the most challenging part of labor!  I had to spend 20 minutes on each side with my leg resting on my husband’s thigh–I never realized how much being mobile helps with the pain of contractions!  By the end of the second 20 minutes, I was in tears and convinced I couldn’t continue without some sort of pain relief.  As soon as I could move, I hopped right back into the tub and felt immediate relief.  Jason was on the phone with Sara and my doctor and realized that my contractions were no longer 5-6 minutes apart, but more like 2-3.  Jason told Sara he knew it was time to head to St. Mary’s and told the doctor we were heading out.

My biggest fear was getting to the hospital and finding out I wasn’t nearly as far along as I thought I was.  We arrived about 9:30 and I was immediately checked–I was already in transition!  By this time, I was definitely in Labor Land.  I don’t have a clear memory of all that went on once we arrived. I vaguely remember being on the monitor for a while and then was finally able to get into the tub.  I spent about an hour in the tub and then had to get out to be monitored again.  My doctor did a check and I was already complete.  She said whenever I felt the urge, I could start pushing but did tell Sara and Jason that the baby still needed to turn. Now he was LOT so he’d turned some but still had to rotate more.

I had no idea that yoga would come in such handy!  Sara had me doing lunges and squats to turn Duncan, just like we practiced in class!  It was excruciating, but did the trick.  I started pushing at 11:30 and he had rotated to anterior!  After an hour and 16 minutes of pushing, Duncan Creed made his grand entrance! He weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 21 inches long.

Although I was met with challenges I’d never faced before, my childbirth education and yoga practice prepared me to get through them.  Combined with the support of an awesome team (my husband was amazing!), I had exactly the birth I’d planned!  And in less than 12 hours of labor!

I’ll look forward to introducing Duncan when we start our Baby and Me yoga in a few weeks!

Lisa G.

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