On the process and effect of having an asynclitic baby.
Mikko’s head was tilted, since he had his arm wrapped around his (humongous) head (thanks, hon). With that and his size, my labor with him was quite long and irregular — lots of contractions that kept seeming to be leading to something, but then backing off with no seeming progress: 42 hours in all. Still, only 1.5 hours of pushing and no pitocin or pain meds needed, only minor tears, so it all worked out. The midwives told me afterward that having his head tilted for so long meant he wasn’t putting even pressure on the cervix to open it, and this article illuminates that he also was probably looking for the space he needed to maneuver through. It’s good to keep in mind that asynclitic can be just fine, only longer.