Who had a c-section?

Angela - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 46 moms have responded )

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I was induced at 39 weeks, labored for 23 hours,and never dilated past 7. The epidural kept wearing off so I went through 2 hours of full pitocin contractions with NO pain meds, and finally went in for a c-section. My daughter was 9 lbs 6 oz, but her head was turned where she was coming out ear first so that's why my labor stalled and there's no way she could have come out that way. By the time my daughter was born I had been awake for almost 2 days, and I was so worried but I was SOOO out of it I look like I'm drugged in all the pictures we have. I'm still struggling with the disappointment somewhat because I feel like I was cheated out of my birth experience. I wanted to have the baby placed on my stomach after birth, breastfeed immediately, etc. I didn't get to see my baby for 4 hours after I had her :( I know that 50 years ago my baby and I would have both probably died and I'm thankful for modern technology that saved us, I'm just wondering if any other moms feel the same way.

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Carrie - posted on 07/23/2010

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i had csection wit both my boys. wit my oldest i was induced then was in labor for 12 hrs n he wasnt budgin so we decided to do csection n wit my youngest i had emergancy csection bcuz he was 12weeks early i was put completly under cuz i had just ate like 3 hrs bfore i wasnt able to c him b4 they took him to a differnt hospital due to i couldnt wake up from the meds n didnt get to c him for 3days after that. but im grateful for the csection bcuz if i hadnt it mite of hurt my youngest to have him natural since he was so early.

Kyla - posted on 06/29/2010

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I was induced at 38 weeks. I was dilated to 4 cm when the doc broke my water after that my sons heart rate started dropping so they said since we know he is over ten pounds we are just going to do a c-section. After he was born he had low blood sugar due to his large size ( he weighed 10lbs 3 oz) so I wasnt allowed to bf him for his first feeding. Then after that he had jaundice so he had to stay in the special care nursery I got to see him for 20 mins every 2 hours so I could feed him. He stayed in special care the entire time we were in the hospital

Kandace - posted on 06/29/2010

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i had a c-section and i have found it painful. it is not that u have been cheated out of the birth experience cause i felt that way to but have found that if you can have a natural labor and the only way to have Ur child is through a c section. just think about it this way at least it was a good choice to have a c section and that you baby was born and is healthy and growing strong

Andrea - posted on 06/29/2010

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I had a c-section with my 3rd child after 3 day of labor starting and them stopping it and them sending me home. They kept try to stop it because he was a month early. The last time I came back they had found that his heart rate kept falling dangerously low every time I had a contraction So they told me I had to have and emergency c-section. They prepped me got me all ready. It was the scariest thing ever. Once in the operating room they numbed with spinal narcotics to numb. I did not like having a c-section exspecailly an emergency one. You can feel them cut you open not the pain of it but the pressure of the knife going across your belly once they started pulling my so out I felt them taken from clear up in my chest. Once they got him the out they told me that his umbilical cord was wrapped around his body from the top of his head to his feet and every time I had a contraction the and the cord would squeeze him shutting of his airway. Once got him out and told me he was ok I was still mental flipping out. I was breath rather deep and they asked my why I was breathing like that and I said cuz I'm mental flipping the f@#@ out right now I have my guts wide open and I know it they ending up putting me to sleep because they told my mom that they was afraid that I was starting hyperventilate. So I didnt get to hold him for a few hour because of it. This was my 3rd kid my daughter that was born on September was also a c-section only because the closet doctor to me that would preform a v-back was over 3 hrs away. Personally no matter how bad that first c-section was to me I wasnt going to take the chance of having my baby in a car.
This c-section was scheduled for her due date September 2nd 2009 (which was so cool that was 3of my 4 kids due date) I made it to my due date and had her at 9:15am that morning. The c-section with her went smooths as could be. Which I thankful for because after 4 kids it was kind of nice to be able to look in one of my childs eyes as soon as they were born. I didn't get to hold her but they did allow me to give her a kiss. Which was assume I started crying was so happy after all the issue with my first 3 kids is was great to have that moment.

Sarah - posted on 06/29/2010

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yes i ended up having a c section with my first child as she got stuck in my pelvic after me being in labour for 2 weeks. se ended up being 2 weeks late as well then after that i have ha 2 more child and i ended up having c section with them as well and me and my partner are talking about having a other one so that will be a c section. but i was worried about this as i have heard stories about 4th csection but i have found out that there is no number limte for c sections now so u can have as many as u want but i an not have a normal birth dues to small pelvice and having 3 c sections to.
i did feel te same way i felt depressed that i did not gve birth normaly and that i could not breast feed i have ended up breast feeding only for about 3 weeks then butting my kidson formula as i could not get enough milk throw.i felt like a very bad mum n i have had to go on anti depressions but im hoping to get off them soon.

Tressa - posted on 06/24/2010

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My baby was too big for me to have Naturally. I didn't know yet if it was a boy or girl, but she was a girl. My doctor scheduled me for a C-Section at 39 weeks. I was happy to just get her out, I couldn't sleep anymore or do much of anything. She was born Sept. 16, 2009 at 7:37 p.m. and she weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and 20 1/2 inches long. My doctor actually came to get me and took me to the OR himself. I am special I suppose. He is the best doctor that I know. My c-section went fairly well, the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice. but she was okay. The staff were very nice and they were like "I wish we had more patients like you, very nice and thankful." I kept thanking all of them during the C-Section.

Cheron - posted on 06/24/2010

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I was due on september 2nd my water broke september 6th.. when they checked to see how much i dialated his butt was down the did a ultra sound to confirm it but before they did that my epideral didnt work son when they saidthey had to do an emergency c-section at that moment i didnt care cause i was in so much pain i was like as long as this pain goes away i dont give a care what yall do lol well ahour later my baby boy was here at 2:42pm it was great until my meds wore off it was very painful especially trying to make it to the bathroom but 3 weeks after i was walking around at the mall the only thing bad is i have this ugly scar i wish i knew how to get rid of it but it was all worth it i love my son sooo much..i hope i get to push with my next kid

Susan - posted on 06/23/2010

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I can honestly say I don't feel cheated with haviang an emergency -section. My water broke at 12:13am on Sept 7...LABOR DAY..I had decided ahead of time that being I was 40, I was nobodys hero and drugs were just fine with me. I was doing well until , while I was sudo-asleep, the babys heartbeat dropped and the dr. and nurses rushed in. They were able to stablize me for another 5 hrs but by 9:15pm I still was only dialated 2cent...and had been that way for over 12 hrs. They said I could wait but at that point I was done..I said..lets go get him...I got to see him right away but couldn't hold him for 1 hr...Apparently it was a good call..he never went into the birth canal and was a large baby!! I was lucky with my recovery too...I healed VERY quickly and have a minimal scar...I don't regret it or feel I missed out on anything.

Kirsty - posted on 06/07/2010

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I had to be induced at 38 weeks 2 days as Maysen was showing up as really small. Also I had a few CTG's to monitor him and his heartbeat every day a few days before and one day his heart rate started to decelerate but normalised after a few seconds. They decided I needed to be induced the next morning to lower the risk of anything going wrong. I had a sweep which was horrible and basically went into labout straight away. I was in labour for only 5 hours and 4cm dilated when his heart rate de celerated again, they decided to keep an eye on this, it happened a few times in a couple of hours and then it went down and didn't come up for what seemed like forever, that was the most scariest moment of my life. At that exact same moment I started to hemorrhage aswell, so I was rushed in for an emergency c-section. I was put to sleep and my partner wasn't even allowed in for it. I got to hold him after an hour of his birth, after I came round from the anaesthetic, but I was so groggy I barely remember it, sadly. Afterwards he was rushed off to special care because he was under 5lbs, and I was put up on a ward for a night, without him. It was gutting. He stayed on special care ward for a week before he got to come up on the ward with me, and we went home after 8 days in the hospital!!! :( I am glad for the c-section however, as without it Maysen probably wouldn't be here right now. I hate my scar though.

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I had to have an emergency c-section at 28 1/2 weeks. I was pregnant with twins. We were scared for me and the babies. Luckily everything has turned out great for them and me. They had to stay in the NICU for two months though, which was rough. I couldn't go see them for 48 hours, because I couldn't get out of bed and they had to stay in the NICU and I couldn't hold them for a week. It was horrible and I felt so cheated....cheated out of a third trimester, the whole birth experience, holding/seeing your baby after they were born, feeding them (they didn't start eating for a couple of weeks, because their bellies were not ready). It was really hard, but In the end I have to look at the bigger picture, about how lucky we are, things could have been a lot worse.

Jennifer - posted on 05/08/2010

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I had a c-section and I felt the same way you did. I was induced at 38 weeks and I was dilated 5 cm about 4 weeks prior. I went in and everything was going good I labored for about 5 hours before they had me start pushing and my son would come all the way down and then go right back up (almost like a yo-yo). The doctor finally said we had to have a c-section, I was so scared but like you I was so out of it I was just ready to have it over with. They did the c-section and I am super glad they did because they found a tumor about the size of a small soccer ball that they never documented in my files from my ultra sounds. But everything was fine and now I couldn't be happier that me and my son are happy and healthy.

Kylie - posted on 05/08/2010

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i went into labour naturally a week overdue , and after 30 hours of full labor i was put in for a c-section. my son was in the wrong direction aswell. I had no pain killers until the last 2-3 hours before my opperation. my son's heart beat was very high for a long time but i had such a huge change over in staff no one noticed how long it was elevated for. i was the same, on so many painkillers for my week in hospital, plus being so tired (as i went into labor at 1am so not long relax and not been able to fall asleep) Plus my son never fed well so never slept for more that 1/2 an hour, stressed from the labor aswell. Was a horrible time, and i felt robbed aswell, i wanted so badly for it to happen naturally, but thankfully we are both safe and well now and that is what i have to be thankfull for.

Chloe - posted on 05/07/2010

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I had all intntion of my labour being all natural, however baby had other plans!!

i went 6 days over... my waters broke on the Tuesday with no contractions, so was induced on Wednesday i was having contactions, not that i could feel them (i didn't have pain relief they were just painless lol). After 10hours of nothing i was only 3cm dialated, the surgeon came in and suggested a c-section as baby's heart rate had started to peak. My midwife said i could go longer as i wasn't tired etc. After having a moment to pull myself together (i was a mess a c-section was the last thing i wanted!) and discuss my options, i went with the surgeon's plan. I was given a spinal block, which started working seconds after i had it. The whole procedure felt like it took 15mins, but in fact it was just over and hour. My daughter was born 09-09-09 at 8.43pm (o so close to 9!!) weighing 6lb 12oz. The reason why i wouldn't dialate was that baby's position was asinclitic (back to back) and her head got stuck.

Before i went in to surgery my mother said 'Just remeber c-section babies come out looking beautiful, as their heads aren't squashed coming through the birth canal!' .. my poor girl came out with a severly swollen cone head, it took around 6months for it to lok normal again!

I am now pregnant again and will try my best to do a natural birth, however i won't be so worried if i end up with a c-section.
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Sheri - posted on 05/07/2010

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I still feel the same way and I think I always will. Almost everyone that I have told this too just says 'hey c-section was SO much easier!' which, isn't true. C-sections recovery is much harder on your body, I sat in the hospital for four days while the lady across from me was in after me and out a day before me.

Also I went through 20 hours of labor (most without pain medicine), pushed for an hour and then they decided to give me a c-section. I like the idea of giving birth naturally, it is what our bodies are made of. It's just hard to think that if I hadn't been so tired then maybe I could have pushed him out. I want to try for another one some day and try naturally but a lot of what I read says that your doctor will just c-section you right away.

I didn't even get to hold my son for the first time, I looked at him and then he was rushed out and I was in recovery for 4 hours. They told me he might have to go to the nursery for 24 hours which, thankfully he didn't!

I am happy that my son is now happy and healthy but it still the feeling of disappointment that haunts me.

Dana - posted on 05/07/2010

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I was having contractions for about 14 hours when I finally went to the hospital because I started bleeding, and my contractions were 10 minutes apart. I was "lucky" enough to get an intern, who apparantly had no idea what she was doing. She checked me and said that I was only dialated to 3, so I should walk around for 2 hours and come back... Same thing after 2 hours. Only 3 cm. walk for 2 hours and come back... and again. Finally, the third time, (still she's telling me I'm only 3 cm.) my contractions have been 4 minutes apart for 3 hours... The intern 'consults' with the attending doctor, and tells me that I should just go home "Maybe you're not really having contractions!" I live almost a half hour from the hospital, and by this time it's almost midnight, and I refused to go home. This "doctor" tried to MAKE me take something for pain- which made me freak out. Since I was freaking out, the nurse decided to move me to a private room. When I got to the room (about 10 minutes after the intern telling me to go home), they strapped me to a fetal monitor and the nurse checked me, and I was actually 7 1/2 cm. and my baby's heartbeat was down in the 50's (the cord had wrapped around her neck). 20 minutes after "being sent home" they were ripping cords out of the wall and running me to the OR. I had to have an emergency c section, so I was put to sleep (and did I mention that since I was being sent home, I still had MY clothes on, so they had to cut off my bra and shirt!!) I never even had the opportunity to push one time, and had I gone home when that idiot told me to, my Reaghan would surely have died, and possibly me too. I thank God every day that the nurse decided to check me, even as this doctor was saying I wasn't in active labor. I do feel like I was robbed of a wonderful experience. I, like you didn't even get to see my baby until about 3 hours after she was born...

Mary - posted on 05/07/2010

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I went in to be induced at 6AM. They started giving me pitocin and by 2:00PM nothing had happened. I didn't have one contraction and I never dilated, so I opted for the C Section. My daughter was born at 2:44PM. My husband got to hold her and go with her to get weighed and cleaned off. It took 4 hours for me to hold her. That was the most devastating part. I wanted to be the first one to hold my baby. With that being said, I do not at all regret the c section. She was 9lbs and 2 ounces!!!! A friend of mine had a baby a month before and he also weighed over 9lbs. They had to use forceps to get him out and it made him bleed in his brain. He was at Children's hospital for 2 weeks! My daughter is the most amazing little girl and I love her more than anything! I don't feel cheated for not going through labor because at the end of the day I have a healthy happy baby and that is ALL that matters to me!!!

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2010

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My doctors decided to schedule me to be induced 4 days before my due date because the ultrasound showed too much fluid. I went in at only 1 centimeter dialated, so they put me on cervadil which is supposed to soften the cervix. After being on that for 8 hours they switched me over to petosin to help get me started on dialating. After staying on that for another 8 hours and no pain meds, i only reached 2 centimeters. The doctor came in for her last exam for the night thinking i would be there overnight with hope of some progress.. While she was giving me my exam my water broke and there was way too much fluid, the cord started to come out while wrapping around my babies neck. So instead of a nice natural birth that i was expecting, i had to be rushed into the or with the doctor elbow deep in you know where.. They didn't even have time for me to get an epidural they immediately put me to sleep in order to get the baby out as quickly as possible. Needless to say after almost having to receive a blood transfusion from losing so much.. I was blessed with a beautiful baby boy and my life to enjoy it. He was born at 9:06 pm on 9/06/09. Which is also my birthday..:)

Charitie - posted on 05/07/2010

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My daughter was going feet first and her cord was wrapped around her foot. My c-section was planned a week before my due date and it was the day after a routine check up. The day I went in my doctor had trouble finding her head so she sent me down for an ultrasound, that's when they saw how she was positioned and I was sent to another doctor who told me I could try to have him turn her around and see if she'd stay like that until my due date or I could just have a c-section. At first I was afraid to have it because of complications, but then decided on doing it anyway because I'd rather not risk the chance of something happening with the cord and stuff. I was disappointed at first that I didn't have her naturally, but I'd rather have her out safe than risk losing her.

Kelly - posted on 05/07/2010

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I felt cheated because by the time he was actually born I had been awake and having contractions for like 3 days and they should have known how big he was and that it was gonna be hard. So then after all this leaving me for 2 whole days before a section really irritated me. Also I had no sleep for my 3 days hospital stay and was very low. My recovery time was also quite long. The most dissappointing thing for me was not being able to hold my baby or give him his first feed, this also interfered with breastfeeding and I believe thi sis the reason he wouldnt latch on. Next time round I will go to a different hospital if I get better care and would defo try for a Vbac.

Glory - posted on 05/07/2010

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i had almost the same experience, at almost 41 weeks, my dr recommended i be induced. i had said i want it all natural, no epidural, no cutting..all natural, i wanted to feel every pain that was to be felt. the Dr had told me the baby was too big for my body and suggested a c-section, but i did not approve. as i was waiting to be induced, a nurse in the hospital also suggested c-section saying the baby was too big and that chances are, i would end up in theatre anyway, i had not dilated not even 1 cm at 41 weeks, so opted for the c-section there and there. i went in, without any drama my baby was born, ohh what a beautiful day that was. that first cry, he was so beautiful. i got to hold him after about an hour or so, but it was beautiful, the wound healed beautifully, and we were discharged a day before we were supposed to go home. at first i felt cheated of the experience, but then holding my baby, knowing he grew up inside me, it makes it all okay, i am okay, he is okay, that's all that matters :)

Brie - posted on 05/06/2010

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about four weeks before my due date i had an ultrasound done and it showed that my son was transverse (sideways) but that was ok because there was still a possibility that he could turn so they ordered an ultrasound for the next week and when my appointment came it showed that he had turned to be breech... at that point the doctors had decided that he was too big to turn himself so they scheduled a c-section... i wasn't sure how i wanted to give birth i was afraid of the pain of a natural birth but i am also terrified of needles so the spinal block scared me to death... i was ok with them cutting me open but don't give me the needle lol... a couple days before the c-section he was still breech so we went on ahead with it... everything went great the needle i never felt but i did almost have a panic attack on them lol!! the biggest thing that made me mad was not being able to hold my son until i was stitched up and back in my room... i got to see him because they let my husband hold him and he was sitting right next to me... i couldn't even touch him because i was strapped to the bed/gurney thing! my mom and my husband got to go to the nursery with him and i would say after about 15-20 minutes of being stitched up and about 5-10 of sitting in my room they finally brought my son in... i wouldn't trade it for the world and yes i would do it again... it was so easy for me... i wish they could make it though so i could at least have touched or held my son as soon as he was born...

Gisselle - posted on 05/06/2010

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My water broke at 4 a.m. on my 38th week. Since the baby was lying oblique on my last ultrasound, that was the first thing the attending doctor looked at. Since he was still lying oblique and i was already 3 cm dilated, the doctor told me we'll have to prepare for a C-section. I did not argue. My mindset from the very start was ....I'd simply want to have a healthy baby in my arms the safest way possible, "how" was not much of an issue. I didn't feel like I missed out on anything, just ecstatic to hear him cry when he came out.

Alicia - posted on 05/06/2010

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you shouldnt feel disapointed or cheated at all cause you gave it ago and tried and experienced labor which some ppl dont even get to experience.i had a c-section after 10hours of labor as bub was to big and wrong way i wanted to try natural aswell which im happy i tried but happy i had c-section.In the end you needed what was best for the both of you as complications in labor not only bad for you but would of been unplesant and not good for your little bub aswell.Try not to worry bout what you missed out on just be happy and enjoy that you finally got your little bub and can bond as much as you want now :)

Haily - posted on 05/06/2010

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Yikes.....my story is waaaay different than all of yours. I CHOSE my c-section!!! I believe in this day and age, there is no medical reason to go through all the pain and suffering of a natural birth...not to mention endless complications that could occur making a c-section necessary anyway. Everyone is different. I respect other Moms decision to want/have natural childbirth. I would never preach to someone, or argue about it; this is just mu own opinion. It was a good thing I chose a c-section, my son, born 9-23-09, was 9 lbs 2oz. During delivery, my Dr said,"Good call, MOM! He is huge!" lol! Then the other dr said, "I think he could walk to the nursery." lol! It really was a great experience for me....I hope Moms out there aren't too disapointed if they are forced to have a c-section, because in my opinion ITS THE WAY TO GO!!!=)

Donna - posted on 05/06/2010

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i started natural labour at 8pm and i was so excited i was 12 days over due i waited in anticipation for it to kick in enough to ring the mid wife but everything went very slow i didnt get much sllep trough the night and the next day nothing really happened just slight contractions. so day 14 overdue they broke my waters at 8am. things went so slow and bye 1pm i was so tired i hadnt slept for days and my midwife said i think u should have an epidural so i did that was great i slept of and on and i was only 4cm dialated and had a ling way to go. the babies heart rate went right down and didnt really come right at abot 3 pm so they called in the obstitrician and i was still only 4 cm dialated he say they would give it another hour and hour passed and nothing and baby was destressed so an emergency c section it was, at 5.15pm my baby girl was born with what looked like a massice cone head she had been well and truely stuck and i was told then that if they had waited it would of been a more serious emerngce c section later on, also that i wouldnt be able to ever give birth naturally. baby number 2 2 years later a planned c section at 38 weeks i was nervous this time round knowing what was going to happen and it was a terrible experience right from the start i was very sick during procedure it was horrible igive me back the emergency one any day!! i now have 2 beautiful daughters and dont think i will be going back for number 3 :)

Kelly - posted on 05/06/2010

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I was 11 days overdue before they induced me even though all the signs showed my son was abit on the big side. I feel that noone cared and my consultant wouldnt even scan me, I always feared an emergency csection and that is what I got! ): Started with contracts on wed night every 5 mins, then thurs morning i had appt to be induced and was only 1cm so they gave me a pessary after 8 hours was 3cm. broke my water fri morning and put me on drip. had epi but didnt work and they topped it up 6TIMES!! so only had gas and air, around 9am fri morning after 9 hours on drip (ouch) they told me I was 5cm and if I continued not to progress I would end up with section. 14.24 that day, that is what I got, with my big son and getting everything I predicted even though docs wouldnt listen!! :@ my son was 11lb 3.5oz and to be honest I think he got stuck. Really unimpressed with whole experience!

Lisa - posted on 05/05/2010

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My water broke at 3 am at my 36 week mark. The doctor said we had to induce and gave me pitocin in a low dose for a couple of hours, but I was not dilating, so they started to jack the dosage up. Then the baby's heart stopped and 5 doctors came running in and made me sign a surgical agreement. Then his heart came back, but when they started the pitocin back up he started to show stress again so they put me on oxygen and took the pitocin down. After a couple of hours and still no natural dilation they started it back up slowly and my OB recommended I get the epidural just in case something happened and we had to have an emergency c-section because if the epidural was done then I'd be conscious for the c-section, but they'd knock me out if it wasn't because there wouldn't be time for the epidural. So I had that done, but still wanted to deliver naturally. He was still doing fine so after the epidural they took off the oxygen and jacked up the pitocin again. Of course this caused him to flat line and this time we did rush down to the ER. However once we got there he was fine again. I was given the option of going back up to L&D to keep waiting, even though I'd not dilated past 2 cm even with the pitocin, or just having the c-section since I was down there. So after talking with my husband we decided to just do the c-section. At first I was disappointed too - it was all completely wrong, not at all what we'd planned. But I accept it now, and have no regrets.

Jennifer - posted on 05/01/2010

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I would have KILLED someone if i had to wait FOUR hours to see my baby!!! I went in to the hospital 3 days before i delivered. My contractions were 2 minutes apart lasting about a minute. They were off the charts, but i wasnt dilated so i was sent home. By the end of the third day, I couldnt take it anymore I went back to the hospital and was admitted for overnight monitoring. This was the 6th time at the hospital for "labor" I had to start taking terbutaline and hydroxyzine at 26 weeks to stop contractions.They kept asking me if i wanted pain meds, but i was afraid of slowing her heart rate down so I refused. I really wanted an unmedicated birth. The next morning my doctor check me.. still not dilated. my cervix show no sign ripeness, softness, etc. he did an amnio (since it was the first day of 37 weeks) to make sure her longs were devoloped and then a couple hours later we were in the OR.Her cord was wrapped around her neck. And the doctor said even if he'd given me cytotec and pitocin I would have been able to deliver naturally. She was too big. I got to say hi to her then my husband took her up to our room for my mom to meet her. I was in recovery for an hour. Then Matts parents showed up. So about 3 hours after i had her, I kicked everyone out of the room so I could breastfeed her and have alone time with her. It wasnt my ideal experience, but I have had a handful of miscarriages, so in my opinion, any birth experience is better than losing a baby.

Michelle - posted on 05/01/2010

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My water broke at like 11:00 at night, I wasn't having any contractions and there was hardly any fluid leaking out so I went back to bed. The next morning, I called the doctor's office and they told me to go to the hospital to be checked (I still wasn't having any contractions). I got to the hospital at around 9am, they checked me and told me yes I was in labor. They put me on petocin, and I labored all day with almost no contractions. When I finally asked for something just to take the edge off, they had me start pushing right after that. Then my son's heart rate started dropping, so they were flip-flopping me all over, trying to make him happy. I was on all 4's for the most part, he had a monitor on his head. They finally put me on my back to start pushing (at least I thought) then started unhooking all the machines and throwing the cords on my bed. The next thing I knew I was being rushed to the OR and being put under (I didn't get an epidural). I remember waking up and asking if he had all his fingers and toes. Everyone had already held him except me, he had already been given a bottle. I remember being really dissapointed that I didn't get to BF him for his first feeding. But I knew he was ok, and that is all that matters in the long run. I still have my moments when I think back and wish it would have gone perfectly though. I really wanted that natural birth experience.

Tracy - posted on 04/30/2010

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my first born was by emergency c section, i was induced as i was 1 week overdue and had high blood pressure. for 12 hours i had mild contractions but not much was happening. slowly the intensity picked up and dialation didnt match up to expectation buy 24 hours i was in full labour and nothing was moving by that time i was asking for an epidural. they had trouble trying to get it in so i was rushed to another hospital 30 km away. by this time i was in agony and not really thinking that clearly. finally 36 hours had passed and my son was born via emergency c section he was 9.5 pound and had a head circumfrance of 36 cm. they cleaned him up and did all his vitals then gave him to me to feed. i was so glad it was over and that he was ok but looking back at the birth i understand the trauma of complicated births. they told me there was no reason i couldnt have a natural birth next time around.it took me 9 years to fall pregnant again and at my last ultrasound at 34 weeks my dr recomended i have a c section before natural labour occurs due to the fact my second son also had a big head this meant alot less stress on us both.i was hoping for a natural birth but overall an elective c section is far less stress than an emergency one and i got to meet my baby 2 weeks before he was due to come into the world.im more glad at having healthy boys than the worry of natural birth. im hoping to have 1 more and i will not hesitate this time it will be another c section.

Jessi - posted on 04/28/2010

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I had a c-section with both of my children, First was an emergency and second was planned. My september baby was planned. With my first, i labored for 18 hours, stuck at 5 centimeters and her heartbeat started slowing down when they decided to do the c-section. I got stuck at 5 centimeters and i was so tired by the time they were done, i spent maybe a half hour with my daughter before I passed out from exhaustion. I didn't get to nurse her until the next day and had problems nursing and had to get A LOT of help getting that started. I wasn't disappointed, our hospital classes heavily prepared us for the possibility that she may be born that way and sure enough she was. It was the best for her and i'm so glad i have her. With my son, i had a choice vbac or c-section. I chose c-section because from asking other moms, planned c-sections are soooo much easier. it totally was. I still didn't get to nurse my son for a couple hours after i had him, which was disappointing (hospital rules) but we did much better with the nursing and the healing time was SO GREAT!! i felt perfect in a week and a half, unlike wiht my daughter, it took about a month before i felt great.

so, I don't regret my decision and the only disappointment was the nursing situation, which was fixed. i would much rather have a baby than have the experience!

Andrea - posted on 04/28/2010

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I had gone to the dr on Sept 18th and they did ultrasound and my daughters chest movements weren't what they should have been and so they decided to induce the next day. I told the dr, can't we just do it now, I have my bags and I am already here. She said no go home and get a good nite sleep and we will see you in the morning. Yeah right, good nite sleep did not happen, I didn't sleep a wink. Got to the hosp and they started pitocin at 100. They came in at 1 and checked me and broke my water. I was only at 2 cm. They came back in at 6 and checked again and was only at 2 1/2 cm. In between this time my husband and I talked about it and had decided if I hadn't dialated much to go ahead w/a c-section b/c I knew that after not sleeping for well over 24 hrs there was no way I would be able to make it thru the nite and into the next day possibly and have the energy to push. They took me into surgery at 7 ish and Madison was born at 7:56pm. I didn't get to see her for probably 15 min. They didn't even hold her up over the sheet so I could see her. However after it was all said and done it was a blessing in disguise b/c the cord was wrapped around her neck twice and my uterus was extremely thin and could have very bad for both of us. Dr told me due to my uterus being so thin I will NEVER have a natural birth. I finally got to hold her in recovery and she was perfect, no problems at all thank the Lord. Michelle is completely right, God does everything for a reason. It is still hard for me sometimes b/c I wish I would have gotten to see her right away and had her laid on my belly but I am just so thankful that she is a healthy little girl. She is now 7 1/2 months old and has not been sick once, only one diaper rash and is a very happy little girl, even thru teething. Blessings come in many forms and we have definately been blessed.

Jennifer - posted on 04/27/2010

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i had a c section because i had diabetese so i had a really BIG baby. the docs said she would get stuck so i would have to get a c section. i was upset because i thought if im having a baby then i want to have it the right way and i was ready for all the pain and stuff. i was afraid of the c section. plus the c section was scheduled 10 days before the due date(thats how it is in germany where i live) so i was supposed to have the c section on the 15th but leonie decided she wanted to come into the world one day before the planned c section. i didnt see her until much later too. they didnt even show her to me when she came out my stomach which im really mad at

Katherine - posted on 04/27/2010

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I feel the same way. My son was born after a looooong labor that, all in all, extended over four weeks. My labor had to be stopped with drugs several times before they put me on Brethine from 33 weeks to 37 weeks. Then after I came off the meds, I never went into labor. I slowly dilated to 1 1/2 cm and then stopped. The day of my last doctor appointment, at 38 weeks, my doctor told me to go to the hospital the next day to get things started. When I went the next day, I went into light labor all day, and had to stay on my back. At about 3 pm that day my doctor ordered an ultrasound to check for the baby's position and they found out he was head-down but hadn't decended into my pelvis yet. However, he continually kept moving as I was laboring, and even after my doctor broke my water at around 7pm he still didn't drop down. I tried laying on my side, walking around, and squatting on the bar to get him to drop but he never did. After I got my epidural, I was at 5 cm and I was able to sleep. Then my labor stalled at 6 1/2 cm. They gave me pitocin for several hours and put a hot pad on my chest to stimulate the let-down reflex to release oxytocin, but nothing worked. I finally had a c-section at 6 in the morning, and my doctor had a bit of trouble cutting me open because I was still contracting. Raven had his cord wrapped around his neck, and my doctor believes that's why he never dropped. Nobody knew because there was never any trouble with the heart rate or anything. I heard my little man's first cry at 6:51 am on September 16, 2009. He weighed a whopping 9 lb 12 oz and was 21 1/4" long. He's now seven months old and 20 pounds and healthy as could be.

Cinys - posted on 04/27/2010

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My water broke when I was 38 weeks in the middle of the night. I wasnt sure if I accidentally peed myself or if it was in fact my water breaking. So I called telehealth and woke up my husband to drive me. I had no contractions. When I got there, I stopped leaking and they sent me home. In the car it started back up but at this point I was tired and cranky. Decided to just lay down and not move. Then again, I started leaking, so around 11, they took me in, my water had broke and the baby had not turned. So, they couldn't induce me and my only option was a C section. I was more afraid of the catheter then the c section itself.

The pain meds they gave me were awesome, until they wore off and I had to go on Tylenol. Oh the burning! But I would do it all over again.

I am still numb where my stitches are and if I need to pee, it starts to ache.
But other then that,
baby girl was born on labour day HAHAHAHA 6 pounds 7 oz and now, almost 8 months later, 24 pounds.

I say, the reason my baby girl did not turn, was because she wanted to be closer to my heart...

Kirsty - posted on 04/27/2010

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i was 11 days over due wen they induced me they broke my waters at 10am monday in within an hr or so the pains started.they werent to bad to start but as time went on they increased in pain. i started with just gas n air but eventually it got so bad i got a drug called remiventalin (dnt no if thats spelt rite) it seemed to go on for ever i got as far as 9cms n just wouldnt go any futher the baby just didnt want to come out. he wasnt stressed or anyfing but he was lyin back to back with me so the doctors thought i would be better hvin a section i was devastated wen they told me i was there for so long i was ready for the hard part. so they took me for a section n my son was born at 00:03 on tuesday i just hope with my next baby everyfing goes ok n i get to experience what every woman sud. xx

Jennifer - posted on 04/27/2010

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Wow. We had a very similar labour. I was induced at 39 weeks, laboured for 21 hours, including 2 hours of epi free contraction ( with pitocin also) I ended up having a C as well, and my son was born 9lb 8oz! I also feel the same, I wanted to feed straight away etc, but unfortunateley it didn't happen :( I had Gestational diabetes which caused him to have low sugar levels and he had to spend 2 days in the nursery and cos I had the C, I couldn't see him. It resulted in me being un able to BF :( I feel the same way as you do

Kristy - posted on 04/26/2010

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I went in on the day that I was due (Sept 24th) to be induced, I was induced at 8 in the morning, and after 40 hours of labor (with only nubane as pain meds) I was only dialated 6 centimeters. So I was told that I had to have my daughter by c-section. My daughter Laney Elizabeth Lahr, was born Sept 26th 12:02 a.m. 18" 7lbs. 7oz.

Danyell - posted on 04/26/2010

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I went over a week past my due date so they decided to induce me. I labored for 21 hours, 16 of them with no drugs, and I never dialated past 4cms. I ended up having a C-section. the only part of it that I regret is not being able to hold my son right away. but, all in all, it was the best thing, and we were all healthy and that's the only thing that matters in the long run. My son will never know the difference. He is happy and healthy.

Sarah - posted on 04/25/2010

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On my due date the did an ultrasound and told me that my son was weighing in at 9lb 8oz and senvce I was not dialated at all and not having contractions they werent going to induce me for 2 WEEKS! (note: I was a size 3 befor I got prego aka no hips) I was like are you kidding me I dont think I could push him out now let alone 2 weeks from now. So the topic of c-section came up and the doctor agreed to it cause the baby was a risk factor because he was so figure. (Go figure) I had 4 days to till I went in for my c-section and it was the scaryest thing. I had just about evey side affect you can have with the spinal block. I throw up could talk hard to breath the hole 9 yards. I did get to see my sone about 2 houres after he was born b/c I was brestfeeding but I only got to hold him for like 10 min. then it was a good 5 houres befor I saw him again it killed me. Altho my doc said It was good we went this way cause I would have ended up in one anyways (And he wanted to wait 2 weeks) But I did feal guilty for a long time. But now I feal that it was the best decition for me and my son and I dont regret it :)

Michelle - posted on 04/25/2010

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I had felt that way for a very long time. I wanted a natural birth experience as my family always had and to breastfeed for a year. I was induced early due to preclampsia. After 2 days of drugs in bed I was relieved to have a c-section, although I hallucinated during it because of the drugs. Because he was early and my body "gave out" I was never ever able to produce enough milk. With the hormones going crazy I felt like I missed out on my birth experience and breastfeeding. I had to go through the grieving process with those experiences. First the denial, anger, sadness and such. Now I know for the next child a c-section it is and I won't have to be in bed for 2 days before my procedure and will be able to experience my baby without hallucinations and being exhausted. I firmly believe that God does everything for a reason.

Lacy - posted on 04/25/2010

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I know exactly how you feel. I went to the hospital at 36 weeks with back pain and ended up having a emergency c-section 2 hours later. His heart rate had dropped and was not coming back up. I didn't get to hold him for the first night because he had to go to the nicu. I was very disappointed I missed having a normal birth experience and that everything was so rushed and scary. Though I am very grateful that my son turned out to be healthy and everything turned out fine.

Kellie - posted on 04/25/2010

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Ugh! I pushed for a little over 3 hours. He was born posteriorly meaning he was looking up instead of down. She eventually used a vacuum to pull him out. After hour 2, I would have jumped at the chance for a c-section. I do not have any regrets in my birthing experience, I just wish he was born regularly. I"m sorry you feel the way you do, I hear it happens a lot though...you're not alone.

Betty - posted on 04/25/2010

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I went in to labour at 38 wks and 6 days. (So 8 days before my due date). Lucky for that too cause I had my daughter on the Tuesday and only finished up work on the friday.



Labour started at 4am and went into the hospital at 8am. I went in hoping for a natural birth and minimal intervention (pain relieve). My progress was really slow and my water didn't even break. I was on gas the whole time. Then the doctor advised to break my waters manually to speed things up a bit. That's when the pain started.



I said I'll hold on to try to give birth naturally so refused pain relief and just stayed on the gas. By about 3pm, I said I needed some Epidural which did not have any effect on me, at about 5pm, I was given a top up of Epidural which still didn't have any effect. Then I was told to push around that time as I was fully dialated and she can feel the top of my baby's head. I pushed and pushed and nothings happening. By this stage, the pain was really getting to me.



The doctor said, most likely I'll need an emergency C-Section but will have to wait and hour before making that decision and see my progress. (AN HOUR). The hour pass and no progress has been made, they made to decision to operate. I was soooo relieved after the spinal block. (Pheewwww, no more pain).



I actually made a joke, as my husband was in the theatre with me wearing the gown, booties and hat. Haha I said you look so funny.



My daughter actually was really frustrated and agitated and ended up turning around and swallowed some water and did a poo. She ended up coming out bottom first. She had some problems breathing and had to be taken away to help breath with the oxygen tank and clear out her lungs. I didn't get to see her the the next day afternoon. (I was terrified thinking something had happend to her)



When I saw her little face, everything I went through was worth while. I love her so much. She was born 7.53 lbs which is average weight. But her head circumference was 34cms, that's 3 cms larger than average. Apprently she had a bit of a sore head. (Poor baby).



I was told the next day that I will have to have a C-Section again for my next baby as I have a narrow birth canal.



Even after all that, I wouldn't think twice to have another baby. Can't wait. Planning on the next one hopefully when my daughter turns 2.

Adrienne - posted on 04/24/2010

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I was a week over due when my doctor had me induced. We did the full 12 hours with the cervidil which cause TERRIBLE contractions but I didn't make any progress past 1 cm so I never even got to the pitocin. My options were to either do another full 12 hours of cervidil with only stadol to take the edge off and not even trying the pitocin yet or a c-section. Considering I'd made no progress and, if I decided to try more cervidil, I couldn't change my mind halfway through the 12 hours, I went for the c-section.



I do feel like I missed having the experience of delivering naturally. My doctor told me I'll have to wait until my son is atleast a year before conceiving again if I want to try for a v-bac.

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