I had my daughter nearly 4 months ago (4/26). She was 2 days early, weighing in at 8lbs11oz and 21 inches. A wonderful, quiet, and fast delivery in a hospital with my widwife (who I prayed would be on call, and not one of the OBs!). My 2nd baby, but 1st natural delivery.
I labored at home for awhile. Real labor hit at 7am (I had prodromal labor for 3 days prior...) The contractions were pretty strong, but not coming any closer to 5 mins apart. I eventually decided to go in, incase all of a sudden things moved quickly. DH and I arrived at the hospital at 1230pm. I was 6cm. Contractions were very strong and all in my back. I labored in the dark in the room w/ music. Midwife would stand by quietly and offer support when needed. She offered to bring in a lady to give me accupuncture on my lower back -- they inserted water under the skin and it took the edge off my back labor. The contractions were starting to make me lose my concentration. I started to feel "out of control", not handling it well like I had been all along. It was around 330 and I hadn't been checked since admission. Widwife asked if I had the urge to push. I had been waiting for that urge to happen, but the pain in my back was so overpowering. So, I told her I wasn't sure. I finally laid down (I had been sitting on a birthing ball hunched over the bed inbetween contractions and stood up hunched over the bed during a contraction) and she checked me. I was complete, aside from a lip of cervix left. I got ready to push and when I finally did push, that's when I did have the urge. When I pushed, my body took over and it was... crazy! Amazes me that our bodies can do that. But I am now wondering if the back labor made me not recognize the pressure and urge to push? Or do some woman not get that initial urge?
Also, do some of you forget the pain of delivery? I rememeber my labor and the intensity of it. I remember most of the delivery and know it was painful... But I was on such a high... I can't remember how that pain felt. I know I was in pain, but forget the pain. After she was born, I realized I had screamed during a handful of times while pushing. But I wasn't realizing I was doing it at the time. I'm not sure if any of this is making sense or if any can relate? Lol.