1. when and where did labour hit you?
It was Tuesday ng madaling araw, 12:40am, my water broke but I wasn't in labor pa. The day before puyat pa kami because my dog had a seizure at around the same time, early Monday morning naman.
2. how did you know it was really labour?
I got to the midwifery at around 1:30 because I had to pack some more last minute stuff. I wasn't into active labor yet. I was 0% effaced and not dilated yet. We started to try to induce using herbs, homeopathics and breastpump.
3. when and how did you go to the hospital?
My husband drove us to the midwifery. Around 24 hours after we arrive (early Wednesday morning), I was about 90% effaced na but only 1cm dilated and my contractions weren't strong enough to get me into active labor so the midwife advised for a hospital transfer. Fortunately, the hospital was just across from the midwifery.
4. other specifics about birth you would like to share,
like did you have anesthesia, how long was labour, anything funny happened during the mad rush, etc
When we got to the hospital (around 1:30am), they hooked me up on Pitocin na agad (pang-induce) and about 30 minutes into it, the contractions got waaayyyy stronger. I was really doubling over in pain. Then the nurses kept upping the dose every 15 minutes or so. Sobrang parang wala na ako sa sarili ko noon. I was pretty much determined to have a natural birth, meaning walang pain medications, so I didn't have any of it. Buti I had a very supportive husband plus my midwife and doula were with me sa hospital pa.
At around 7:10am, the doctor checked me and I was ready to push na. My midwife was the one who basically assisted me through it. I pushed for 25 minutes and out came an 8lb 9oz baby boy. I didn't have an episiotomy. All I had was one tear less than an inch and it took only one stitch.
I left the hospital 12 hours after because I was so uncomfortable and still anxious about my dog who had been at the doggie hospital for 3 days na. He died exactly a week after I gave birth.
Funny thing was when my baby started crowning, my midwife asked me if I wanted to touch his head and I was like.... NO!!! Haha... siguro kala nila sobrang wala akong paki. But I get squeamish easily (I didn't even watch birthing videos kasi natatakot ako) and I was afraid that if I touched my baby's head, I'll wig out and matakot ako to push.