BHBBC: What type of birth were you hoping for? How did you prepare? Did you take a class?
Tiffany: I was hoping for a natural, unmedicated birth. I took the Black Hills Birth Boot Camp class from Donna Ryan. I tried to prepare by exercising throughout my pregnancy and practicing relaxation.
BHBBC: Tell us a bit about your pregnancy.
Tiffany: This was my 3rd and hardest pregnancy. I had a lot of lower back pain that made it hard to sleep and take care of my 2 older children. I was nauseous the 1st trimester and has heart burn the 3rd trimester.
BHBBC: How did labor begin? How many weeks were you?
Tiffany: Labor began spontaneously at 39 weeks.
BHBBC: What did contractions feel like?
Tiffany: Contractions started out feeling like Braxton-Hicks contractions where my stomach would tighten up. As labor progressed they became more painful and they eventually turned into back labor. The pain in my lower back was very intense and painful. The pain is hard describe. During contractions my lower back felt extremely stiff and like my spine was being squeezed.
BHBBC: What did you do during your labor?
Tiffany: In the beginning I tried to relax by listening to relaxation clips on Youtube. When that wasn't working anymore I walked circles in my living room. It really helped to just walk. Once we got to the hospital I tried to move around a lot. The laboring position that I liked the most was standing and swaying back and forth while leaning over the bed when contractions would come. My husband would rub my lower back and tried to apply counter pressure on my hips and lower back during contractions.
BHBBC: Tell us about your birth team. Did you have a doula?
Tiffany: No doula. My birth team was my husband Brian and the nurse. The nurse was very knowledgeable and helpful during labor.
BHBBC: What did you think about during labor? Was certain imagery helpful? What helped you cope?
Tiffany: It was hard not to focus on the pain. In the beginning of labor I was able to listen to relaxation clips on YouTube that helped me get through the discomfort of contractions. Towards the end of labor I was screaming out in pain, and Brian and the nurse would remind me to groan and make deep noises from my throat. That seemed to help and it helped me focus on groaning instead of the pain. Brian also reminded me that the pain had a purpose and we would be meeting our baby very soon.
BHBBC: How long was your labor? How long did you push?
Tiffany: Labor lasted about 8 hours and I pushed for about 5 minutes.
BHBBC: What will you do different if you have another baby?
Tiffany: Exercise more and be more consistent with practicing relaxation techniques.
BHBBC: What was your favorite thing about birth-day?
Tiffany: Holding my brand new baby!
BHBBC: What advice do you have for expectant parents?
Tiffany: It is very important for the father to be involved in preparing for labor and birth.
A special congratulations to the Farrers on your sweet baby girl!
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