Maeser Evans Cannon
February 7, 2012
After my experience giving birth to Colin, to say I was terrified to go into labor again was an understatement. With Colin it was a nearly 30 hour event at 42 weeks pregnant that included: being induced with pitocin, forceps, and lots of stitches. I wanted to give birth again without an epidural and I wanted to go into labor on my own this time.
As my “due date” got closer I remembered that my friends Julie and Matt had mentioned that they used accupressure when they were trying to induce labor. Julie sent me the information and on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I used the techniques suggested to induce labor several times throughout the day. I didn’t do the pressure points as diligently as recommended, but I did start to have several contractions on Sunday and Monday.
Monday night my good friend Shanna came by to see if some clary sage oil would put me into labor. Shanna rubbed the oil on my feet (she’s a saint), and focused on pressure points on my feet. I rubbed some oil on my belly and that night the baby was moving like crazy! I had many contractions that night and Tuesday morning. I could tell things were moving in the right direction but I was hoping that I wouldn’t go into labor until Wednesday because that was the day that my favorite midwife would be there.
Tuesday morning while I was out grocery shopping and at a Primary meeting, I noticed that I was having a lot of contractions. The contractions were not very painful, just enough to notice them. At 2:00 I started to time them, they were 2 minutes apart. Still not painful though. At 4:30 I decided to go to the midwife and see what she thought I should do. She checked me and I was 3.5 cm dilated. She said to go home for 1-2 hours and then head to the hospital. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening!
We called my mom to come down and stay with Colin while we had the baby. I told her not to rush, but that we’d be going to the hospital that night. I figured I had many hours ahead of me and the more I could do at home, the better.
7:15– My mom gets to our house. My contractions were stronger but still manageable. We loaded up and head to the hospital 7:45– Check into the hospital and now the intensity of my contractions had increased dramatically. I was checked and dilated 5.5 cm.
8:15– Taken to the labor and delivery room and they monitor babies heart rate and contractions for a bit. Stephe helps by pushing on my back during contractions.
9:00– Get into the tub hoping to relieve some of the pain. I’m shaking uncontrollably, the nurse tells me this is a sign of progress.
9:20– Start to panic and want to give up. I’m handeling things ok, but don’t think I have the endurance to keep laboring at this intensity for the next possibly 7-10 hours.
9:30– Out of the tub and leaning over the hospital bed while both Stephe and the midwife press on my back and hips. I want to cry but they keep telling me how great I’m doing and that the baby is almost here.
9:45– I’m starting to bear down a little durning contractions and it makes me feel a little better.
9:50– Decide to lay on my side up on the bed. I feel hot, sweaty, and claustrophobic. Trying hard to stay calm.
10:00– Now I’m really feeling like I need to push. Midwife looks and tells us that I’m fully dilated and the baby is ready to come. I push with more determination.
10:05-- Midwife breaks my water to determine if there is meconium in there, sure enough there is. Stephe gowns/gloves up to get ready to catch the baby and cut the cord.
10:11– I hear Stephe say, “It’s a boy, Mac, it’s a boy!”
Measer is beautiful, he has a full head of brown hair and the sweetest little face. Colin calls him “my baby” and is adjusting to sharing the spot light fairly well.
Measer Evans Cannon is named after:
His Great (X4) Grandfather, Karl G. Maeser
Great Grandmas: Margret Maeser Cannon, and Jean Evans Forsberg
Grandfather: John Maeser Cannon