Birth Story:  Philip

Labor started on a Saturday around 8:30am.  I woke up my husband to let him know I thought I felt a contraction.  We both figured that it probably wasn't really a contraction and decided to go to the Farmer's Market to take our minds off of it.  Once there, more contractions came reliably about 6 minutes apart.  

We were planning to have lunch with my parents that day and decided not to cancel, but also decided not to tell them about the contractions.  The contractions were close together, but I was still walking and talking with ease so we thought it was probably still early labor.  My mom had brought my baby book to the restaurant.  It was pretty amusing listening to her telling me about my birth while also squeezing my husband's leg under the table every time a contraction came.  Mom’s contractions had started 4 minutes apart, so it appeared I wasn't too different from that.  

For the rest of the day, my contractions came about every 3-5 minutes.  The timing never changed much, but they did grow a little more intense as the day went on.  We spent the day keeping our minds off the labor by watching Netflix and cuddling on the sofa.

Around 11:00 pm, the contractions suddenly became very intense and started coming one on top of the other.  We headed out to the birth center and met the midwife.  In my initial check, I was 8 cm dilated with waters still intact.  I moved to the tub and continued to labor there until the contractions started spacing out and I felt the urge to push.  Philip was born in the tub after about an hour of pushing.  Then he, my husband, and I moved to the bed for skin-to-skin time and we called our parents to let them know he had arrived.

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