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Hazel’s Birth Story

By Nanette On December 27th, 2015

We’ll pretend like it hasn’t been a year and a half since I last posted. Blogging is always on my list of things to do, but apparently it takes something huge like having a baby to motivate me to get around to it! Hazel was born on December 16th, 2015. Here’s the story:

Hazel’s due date was December 9th, but like her sisters, she was in no rush to come. Her due date came and went without her showing up, but luckily this time I wasn’t surprised to go past my due date. On Monday the 14th I was a little concerned by the evening because she hadn’t been moving much. At about 10 p.m. Jared and I went to the hospital to make sure everything was okay. At the hospital they monitored her heart rate for about 3 hours, and weren’t very happy with how flat her heart rate was. They did an ultrasound and everything looked okay, but my midwife wanted me to come in the next morning to check again.

At the midwife’s office on Tuesday they monitored Hazel’s heart rate for about another 3 hours and there was still some concern about some decelerations. They weren’t bad enough to do anything right away, and so I was given the choice of being induced that day or waiting until the weekend for my planned induction and monitoring her in the meantime. It was a really hard decision for me, because I was really hoping to have her without any pain medication, and I felt like the longer I waited the better chance I had to avoid Pitocin, which would make a delivery without pain medication even harder. I finally decided to be induced that day since I was worried about the risks associated with waiting. I was scheduled to arrive at IMC at 6 p.m. to start the induction, but at 5:30 they called and told me they were too busy. They kept postponing the induction, and by 8 pm I was getting concerned that if I went in so late I’d be too tired. I talked with my midwife, and we decided that I would go in the next morning and be more rested.

I arrived at the hospital around 7 am on Wednesday morning. The hospital forgot that I was there, and so when my midwife came to break my water at 8 they weren’t ready. However, by about 8:30 everything was ready and Julie broke my water. My contractions started slowly, and like with Nevie, I didn’t really have contractions unless I was up and moving. So, from about 8:30 a.m until 2:00 p.m. I would walk for 45 minutes, return to be monitored for 10 minutes, and then go walking again. At 2:00 I had the nurse check me, and I was dilated to a 5. I was pretty happy with the progress. I called my doula at that point, and she showed up quickly. I continue my walks until about 6 PM when my midwife arrived. I had her check my dilation, and I was at a 6. I was pretty discouraged that the 4 hours of walking from 2pm to 6pm had only dilated me 1 CM despite the strong contractions that I’d been having.

At that point, I was pretty tired from walking, and laid in bed for about a half an hour. Unfortunately, as soon as I stopped moving, my contractions really slowed down. I didn’t want to do any more walking, and found that if I knelt on my hands and knees and moved back and forth, my contractions became stronger. So, for about an hour and a half I stayed in that position encouraging the contractions. I was getting so, so exhausted. My legs and hips were really tired from walking so much, and the contractions were getting really strong. The hardest thing was that I had to be proactive in order to keep having contractions. So, although all I wanted to do was just lay down and forget about the pain, I had to keep moving if I was going to avoid having Pitocin. Through all of this Jared, my midwife, and my doula were amazing. I had two doulas; Raven and Ashlie, and every time I had a contraction they would squeeze my hips. It helped so much. Jared was really good about making sure that I kept eating and drinking.

Finally at about 7:30, I was done. I was convinced that even though my contractions were really strong, they weren’t doing anything. I was sure that I’d be in labor for hours longer, and I just didn’t have the stamina. I had my midwife check me again, and I was a 9.5! I couldn’t believe it. That gave me the strength to keep going, and within about 15 minutes I thought I might be ready to push. I didn’t feel a strong urge to push, but I was pretty sick of the contractions. I asked my midwife if I could start pushing. She started to check me, but it hurt to much, so she told me that if my body was telling me to push I should listen. Really, the only thing I could think about was how hot and in pain I was and how I just wanted to quit. So, I started pushing hoping that it would finish things. I was at a really low point then, and for some reason was still convinced that the pain would never end. I pushed with all of my strength, and my midwife said she could see the head. I couldn’t believe it. I gave a few more pushes, and Hazel was born at 8:03 PM. The amazing difference with this labor compared to Nevie’s was how in control I felt. It was empowering but overwhelming at the same time. I had a lot of control over when I had contractions, and when it came to pushing, I felt really, really strong. I was rock climbing up to the very end of my pregnancy, and I think that keeping my core muscles strong made pushing really easy. The midwife was telling me when and how hard to push, and I was able to do exactly what she asked.

As soon as she was born, Hazel was placed on my chest. It was incredible. As soon as I looked at her face, I thought “you look just like Nevie!” She looked so familiar. I was able to hold her for awhile as her cord was clamped and cut. I handed her over to Jared who was able to hold her for a few minutes, and then they weighed and measured her. She weighed 7lbs 4 oz and was 20 inches long.

A few minutes later, Jared went to the waiting room to get my parents, Lily, and Nevie.  Jared said that when he went out to get them, Nevie said “I’m a big sister!” and Lily said “I’m a big big sister!”  Lily and Nevie came running into the room and were so, so excited. Nevie almost had a tantrum because she wanted to hold Hazel right away. They were so sweet and enthusiastic about their little sister.  Jared’s parents arrived a few minutes later, and they were all able to hold Hazel.

Hazel Wila Hosenfeld

Lily made the little elephant stuffed animal for Hazel. It was Hazels first present.

Coloring at my moms house while waiting for their sister to be born

That guilty look on Nevies face is because she had just pressed all of the buttons in the bathroom. She pulled the help cord next to the toilet, and it took the nurses 20 minutes to figure out how to shut off the alarm.

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Hazel’s Birth Story

By Nanette On December 27th, 2015

We’ll pretend like it hasn’t been a year and a half since I last posted. Blogging is always on my list of things to do, but apparently it takes something huge like having a baby to motivate me to get around to it! Hazel was born on December 16th, 2015. Here’s the story:

Hazel’s due date was December 9th, but like her sisters, she was in no rush to come. Her due date came and went without her showing up, but luckily this time I wasn’t surprised to go past my due date. On Monday the 14th I was a little concerned by the evening because she hadn’t been moving much. At about 10 p.m. Jared and I went to the hospital to make sure everything was okay. At the hospital they monitored her heart rate for about 3 hours, and weren’t very happy with how flat her heart rate was. They did an ultrasound and everything looked okay, but my midwife wanted me to come in the next morning to check again.

At the midwife’s office on Tuesday they monitored Hazel’s heart rate for about another 3 hours and there was still some concern about some decelerations. They weren’t bad enough to do anything right away, and so I was given the choice of being induced that day or waiting until the weekend for my planned induction and monitoring her in the meantime. It was a really hard decision for me, because I was really hoping to have her without any pain medication, and I felt like the longer I waited the better chance I had to avoid Pitocin, which would make a delivery without pain medication even harder. I finally decided to be induced that day since I was worried about the risks associated with waiting. I was scheduled to arrive at IMC at 6 p.m. to start the induction, but at 5:30 they called and told me they were too busy. They kept postponing the induction, and by 8 pm I was getting concerned that if I went in so late I’d be too tired. I talked with my midwife, and we decided that I would go in the next morning and be more rested.

I arrived at the hospital around 7 am on Wednesday morning. The hospital forgot that I was there, and so when my midwife came to break my water at 8 they weren’t ready. However, by about 8:30 everything was ready and Julie broke my water. My contractions started slowly, and like with Nevie, I didn’t really have contractions unless I was up and moving. So, from about 8:30 a.m until 2:00 p.m. I would walk for 45 minutes, return to be monitored for 10 minutes, and then go walking again. At 2:00 I had the nurse check me, and I was dilated to a 5. I was pretty happy with the progress. I called my doula at that point, and she showed up quickly. I continue my walks until about 6 PM when my midwife arrived. I had her check my dilation, and I was at a 6. I was pretty discouraged that the 4 hours of walking from 2pm to 6pm had only dilated me 1 CM despite the strong contractions that I’d been having.

At that point, I was pretty tired from walking, and laid in bed for about a half an hour. Unfortunately, as soon as I stopped moving, my contractions really slowed down. I didn’t want to do any more walking, and found that if I knelt on my hands and knees and moved back and forth, my contractions became stronger. So, for about an hour and a half I stayed in that position encouraging the contractions. I was getting so, so exhausted. My legs and hips were really tired from walking so much, and the contractions were getting really strong. The hardest thing was that I had to be proactive in order to keep having contractions. So, although all I wanted to do was just lay down and forget about the pain, I had to keep moving if I was going to avoid having Pitocin. Through all of this Jared, my midwife, and my doula were amazing. I had two doulas; Raven and Ashlie, and every time I had a contraction they would squeeze my hips. It helped so much. Jared was really good about making sure that I kept eating and drinking.

Finally at about 7:30, I was done. I was convinced that even though my contractions were really strong, they weren’t doing anything. I was sure that I’d be in labor for hours longer, and I just didn’t have the stamina. I had my midwife check me again, and I was a 9.5! I couldn’t believe it. That gave me the strength to keep going, and within about 15 minutes I thought I might be ready to push. I didn’t feel a strong urge to push, but I was pretty sick of the contractions. I asked my midwife if I could start pushing. She started to check me, but it hurt to much, so she told me that if my body was telling me to push I should listen. Really, the only thing I could think about was how hot and in pain I was and how I just wanted to quit. So, I started pushing hoping that it would finish things. I was at a really low point then, and for some reason was still convinced that the pain would never end. I pushed with all of my strength, and my midwife said she could see the head. I couldn’t believe it. I gave a few more pushes, and Hazel was born at 8:03 PM. The amazing difference with this labor compared to Nevie’s was how in control I felt. It was empowering but overwhelming at the same time. I had a lot of control over when I had contractions, and when it came to pushing, I felt really, really strong. I was rock climbing up to the very end of my pregnancy, and I think that keeping my core muscles strong made pushing really easy. The midwife was telling me when and how hard to push, and I was able to do exactly what she asked.

As soon as she was born, Hazel was placed on my chest. It was incredible. As soon as I looked at her face, I thought “you look just like Nevie!” She looked so familiar. I was able to hold her for awhile as her cord was clamped and cut. I handed her over to Jared who was able to hold her for a few minutes, and then they weighed and measured her. She weighed 7lbs 4 oz and was 20 inches long.

A few minutes later, Jared went to the waiting room to get my parents, Lily, and Nevie.  Jared said that when he went out to get them, Nevie said “I’m a big sister!” and Lily said “I’m a big big sister!”  Lily and Nevie came running into the room and were so, so excited. Nevie almost had a tantrum because she wanted to hold Hazel right away. They were so sweet and enthusiastic about their little sister.  Jared’s parents arrived a few minutes later, and they were all able to hold Hazel.

Hazel Wila Hosenfeld

Lily made the little elephant stuffed animal for Hazel. It was Hazels first present.

Coloring at my moms house while waiting for their sister to be born

That guilty look on Nevies face is because she had just pressed all of the buttons in the bathroom. She pulled the help cord next to the toilet, and it took the nurses 20 minutes to figure out how to shut off the alarm.

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