The Monday before Abby made her grand entrance earth side, I had my last midwife appointment. It was at 4pm and I was dilated about 2 cm and about 90% effaced. I was 39 weeks and 1 day along and we decided to strip my membranes. This pregnancy was more difficult on my body and I was ready! My body was too apparently. I left the office close to 5 pm and had 2 contractions on the drive to get my daughter, Imogene, from daycare. It was a 10 minute drive.
By the time we got home, I’d had a couple more contractions. They kept coming regularly about every 5 for a few hours. Shane got home from work around 7:30 and by that time I was confident we’d be having our little Abigail that night or the next day, so his sister came and got Immie for her 2 day slumber party. She was excited about that. I called our doula, Althea, around 9:30 and she headed over to our house. By the time she got there, I was ready to go to the hospital. I have to say…even though I was in quite a bit of pain, I was not having panic attacks. This was quite a difference from my labor with Imogene, during which I had several panic attacks. I just wasn’t scared this time…of having a baby, or of the pain. I credit this difference with a few things: being a 2nd time mom, having an awesome doula, and hypnobirthing. I already knew I could birth a baby, and I was able to work through each contraction with the techniques I learned in hypnobirthing. Having Althea there by our side was calming to both me and Shane.