Birth Stories

Jen - posted on 05/03/2011 ( 77 moms have responded )

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I figured I'd start a thread for all of us to share birth stories! :)

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Jen - posted on 05/10/2011

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Since you're leaking you may want to look into the milk savers. They are these plastic things that you can put in your bra to catch the leaking milk. They're not something I would wear outside of the house, but I bought one for my non nursing side and I've already been able to put 12 ounces in the freezer. :)

Merry - posted on 05/09/2011

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Oh and if you really want to make it breastfeeding then really try not to give any bottles until 6 weeks. They have to lean how to suck well, and sucking from a bottle is so different then sucking from the breast. Most babes have an easier time with bottles because it practicly drips out, but the breast makes them work for it.
So while most babies prefer bottles if given the choice early on, the breast builds up stronger jaws and promotes straighter teeth so it's worth their efforts!
Pacifiers some say can also confuse babies, but sometimes they manage, Eric had one from day one and still bf well, but I've heard some babies need only the breast.

Miranda - posted on 05/17/2011

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Emma Jeane was born on May 13th at 3:45 am. She weighed 6 lbs 5 oz and was 18 1/2 inches long.

We were planning a c-section which was scheduled for 7 that morning.

I went to my OB the day before for a normal appointment and she told me my belly was measuring big, so she ordered an ultrasound and we found that the baby was sideways (transverse position), so we scheduled the c-section for Friday because we didn't think she'd turn on her own. I had some contractions while doing a tour of L&D, but thought nothing of it. I got home and they started getting worse.. I decided I wanted to wait it out, but at 3 in the morning I went to the bathroom and realized I was bleeding. I was terrified. It was running down my legs.. So we went into the hospital, they checked me, and the baby was still pretty high. I could actually feel her moving down (it felt odd). When it came time to push, the nurses told me no, the doctor wasn't there yet. He arrived just in time because I couldn't hold her in anymore! She came out in 3 pushes.. Only took a few minutes. She has newborn jaundice, hopefully that'll clear up quick.



EDIT: I forgot to post about how I felt her turn when I came home, just before the contractions became worse.

Merry - posted on 05/10/2011

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I used that nipple cover thing too! I had one flat nipple and Eric couldn't get it in his mouth. Man that hurt so bad. I found Eric latched best when he was a bit sleepy and not over fussy. He needed to be calm to be able to figure it out. Are you pumping for the bottles? I'm sure it's time consuming, but in these early weeks you need to signal to your body how much milk to make, so if you give formula your body will not think it needs to make more.
But don't think it's too hard! It seriously gets easier in a few weeks, I wish it was easy right away but honestly, most moms struggle for most of those 6 weeks while babies learn how to do it.
But I promise it gets easier! As their mouths get bigger and stronger they latch on better and easier, soon I was able to just point Eric at the boob and he could do it all!

Merry - posted on 05/09/2011

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Or just leak everywhere lime I did! Haha! It was bad, I soaked through so many nursing pads, shirts, bed sheets etc. Man I wonder if I'll get that experience again this time....? :)

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Poppy Mae was born 2.51am on Tuesday 31st May.



I went in for induction on Monday 30th when I was 37 weeks due to my Pre-eclampsia getting worse. I had two pessaries which started my contractions off nicely, i just breathed through each one as they intensified, I spent my evening walking around the ward and bouncing on a birthing ball to help my labour progress, I knew it was progressing nicely as I could feel Poppy pushing down with every contraction. At midnight I decided that I wanted some cocodemol as the pain was lasting longer and I had to be monitored for 20 mins before they could give me each pessary and before they broke my waters.



The midwife had a lot of difficulty breaking my waters, even though they were bulging - she claimed i had tough membranes, so it took her three attempts to pop them, that was really painful as i was having contractions during it. But when they broke, I was 5cm, and so proud of myself, the contractions immediately went into major pain contractions and as I was in a ward with several beds I asked to be moved into a private room contractions because I wanted gas and air and could only have it in the private room and there was another lady in the ward and I didn't want to scare her. I managed to walk up the corridor into my room whilst having contractions, I rested on the bed then began pushing, the midwife asked if I was pushing, I responded with:



me: 'yes the babies coming'

mw: 'is it'

me: 'yes I'm holding it's head in my hands'

mw:'don't push'



I didn't have a choice my body did what it was supposed to , so less than 10 mins after having my waters broke my daughter was here in only 3 pushes, i scared the midwife because she wasn't prepared she didn't even have her gloves on. Poppy was born with her cord round her neck and had to spend a night in the nicu due to this but is now doing brill. She latched on brill when I put her to the breast in the nicu, and 8 weeks later we are still doing great on the bf.



Luckily the ward I was on was uncharacteristically empty so the midwives let me call my hubby back at 1 am instead of making me wait until my waters were broke because if they had he would have missed the birth, I had told them over and over I labour really quickly, I was only in established labour for 45 mins with my son (first baby).



I agree with Laura I really felt the difference not having pain relief and I only had gas and air with my son, I loved being completely in control. I had a first degree tear that needed stitching up and I felt that was the worst part of the whole thing, the anaesthetic needle burned like hell, it was torture and I could feel some of the stitches horrible lol.



I am so proud of myself as I manged to birth my 7.1lb baby on 2 cocodemol that I'd had nearly 3 hours before (took the cocodemol at midnight). :-)

Tricia - posted on 06/24/2011

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Sky, So sorry about that exprience, next time will go better! How big was your little guy?

Jen - posted on 06/23/2011

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Both of my births have been without the epidural, but not without medication. I needed just a little bit of IV medicine to get me through the last few sets of contractions with both kids. I just needed to take the edge off, but still feel everything that was going on. I tore in the same place with both and even had a small clitoral tear this time because Zachary needed a little extra tug to come out. I want one more baby and I want a water birth next time.

Emily - posted on 06/23/2011

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ohhhh i forgot to write about that part... I did feel a teeeeeeeny twinge of pain during the pushing. That was probably the tear... I have a veeeery minor tear. Had 2 stitches.

Merry - posted on 06/23/2011

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I've had one medicated birth and one natural one.
Got to say the medicated one was more fun in the middle of it, but the natural one was more fun at the birth part.....medicated one I was happy and excited anticipating the birth and obviously not in pain so I had a good time just resting and talking etc, but when the birth happened it felt sort of detached, like out of body experience sort of! It took me a while to believe what had just happened especially since I wasn't able to hold him, since he wasn't breathing well.
But the second time natually it was excruciatingly painful and so much work and I hated it the whole time :) really hard, but then when I got to push that time it felt so amazing, surreal, like I was in tune with my body so well and I could feel her moving down inside me and it was just wonderful,the pain was numbed out by the amazement at how cool it felt. And after she was born it was like walking on air, this tranquil and light feeling......too neat :)
Have to say in retrospect I preferred the natural one, but for a week or so after it I was still pretty scarred form all the pain thinking NEVER again! Lol. But now I think I'd do it natural again, but man that epidural sure worked well :) maybe the best of bpth worlds would be an epidural for most of labor, but when fully dilated turn it off to feel the pushing....idk there was something amazing about the pushing I can't explain.

Sorry to go off rambling like that :)

Emily - posted on 06/23/2011

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Okay. I was 41 weeks when I had my son ,Darius Allen. I went in on Monday night thinking that night Id be given a medication to help "ripen" my cervix cince I was at 2 cm for 2-3 weeks. Well lo and behold I was 3 cm that night, and I couldnt get the medication because I was too far dilated for a "ripening" agent. So I stayed the night. The bed was fun. It had buttons to lift the head and feet of the bed. The room had a pull out couch for my husband to sleep on. It had a tv dvd player. It had a baby bed with a (gulp) just in case crash cart. The room was amazing. Very nice, tidy, and accommodating. So the next morning (Tuesday May 24, 2011) I was awoken(sp?) by a very polite doctor to give me my epidural (which worked WONDERS btw). He did it perfectly. The worst part was when they started the medicine in the epidural. It burned sooo bad like fire in that one spot. It only lasted a few seconds, but that pain took all my strength away. My husband was right beside me saying "Squeeze as hard as it hurts baby." When I squeezed I couldnt squeeze much at all because the pain took my breath away. Then a nurse came in to check how dilated I was, same... 3 cm. They started setting up an IV for Pitocin, an artificial form of Oxytocin, the hormone that helps you dilate. Oh how glad I am now that I got my epidural.
As time went on they periodically checked me. I went from 3 cm to 5 cm in an hour... Then the rest went slowly. I never felt one contraction. I felt the pressure of them building as the day went on, but never any pain at all. By 4:45 pm, Id been checked 8 times. Thats when the nurse said, "well youre 9 1/2 cm." within 10 minutes I was 10 cm. So then the doctor came in, and told me at the next contraction, push. So I did. He was already crowning by my 2nd push, so 17 minutes of pushing and my lovely, healthy boy was delivered into the world weighing in at 9 lb 7 oz and he was 21 inches. His cry was very hearty and the moment he was layed on my chest, he raised his head and looked in my eyes as if to say "hey mommy, Im here!" and he fell asleep right there. I stayed in the hospital after that for 2 more days. I could have left the next day, but my Darius had jaundice, and I was NOT going to leave him in the hospital all alone. I hate hospitals, am terrified of them, but for him I stayed. So now were here 3 weeks later, hes asleep, and Im taking some me time. ♥

Merry - posted on 06/20/2011

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Skye, I'm so sorry you went through that! That sounds just awful, I'm about as anti c section as anyone but id rather have a c section then two vacuum attempts and forcepts and 50 stitches and 4th degree tears.
Omg you poor thing :(
Are you in alot of pain?

Skye - posted on 06/19/2011

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Hi all,

My bubs Miles Blake was born on the 16th of May this year,due date was originally the 19th. On the night of the 15th before I gave birth I was feeling an unbearable pain in my lower back and could walk around.later that night I had gone to bed and began to feel the 'period' like pain which then led to contractions some time later...as they progressed I thought I would go into the hospital to get checked how to see how things were progressing..things were happening just no dialation at this stage so i was sent home for the night.I spent the entire night in and out the bath at home trying to keep warm and comfortable as contractions worsen until around 12pm the next day in which I had decided it was time to into hospital.I was found to be 4 cms and admitted.the pain in the back got worse and was mine main focus rather than the contractions.I could not wait to be given some medication of any sort by now.I was told by the midwifes to hold off until later on and hop into their bath instead.this did nothing for me :( I then was put on the ball and was then given gas to help with the contractions.by this stage my back was killng me and I could just feel something was not right. The gas had made me feel so giddy and out of it by this stage.My partner and mum were my support in the room and i was sure i had broken both their hands from the squeezing,i was quite destressed from the pain and an internal had been done to see how things were looking, it turned out that 1cm of the membrane had not broken away and my waters would have to be broken by my OB who was still to arrive.I had then asked for pethidine or anything alike to put me out of the crippling pain in my lower back and again was refused at the time.My OB arrived 20mins later to find me screaming for the pethidine which he had thought i had already be given by the MW but hadnt.He was not impressed.nor was i obviously...My OB had done ANOTHER internal to discover that my baby was posterior and not coming out anytime soon.I was then told Id have my baby in 45 mins which seemed a lifetime to me. FIVE hours later in the deluded and vague state i was in after being pulled into many diff positions on and off the bed i was then told my baby would be here in 5 minutes.Seeing the worrying look in my mothers eyes and the tears rolling down my partners face I knew things hadnt got any better.My OB attempted to use the suction cap on my babys head twice with no success then tried the forceps which finally after 15mins later were successful in aiding the delivery of my baby.What a traumatizing experience this was for me who sustained a 4th degree tear requiring 50+ stiches and my little boy who had a bruise the size of an apple on hes little head.Why a cesarean was not opted I do not know, however in the last week leading up to my labour my final OB check ups consisted of a MW taking my obs etc and no internal was conducted which i beleive if it had been this would have determined the position of the baby and a planned cesar would have been arranged.This really turned me off having another child in future without a cesarean.thankgod my OB said it would be the only way in the future. I just thought I would share my story and hear whether anyone else experienced a similar or just as difficult birth as me and my bubs did??

Kayla - posted on 06/19/2011

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I was in labor for two full days, my little girl did not want to come out. i had already been in the hospital for the two weeks leading up to her birth. i did get the epidural and that sucker was so good i couldnt feel jack lol the only thing i felt is when she came out i didnt feel anything leading up to that. i had to hold on to one end of a bed sheet while a male nurse pulled for every contraction not sure why i had to but it seemed effective i guess. all together very interesting expirence and i would do it again!

Katie - posted on 06/14/2011

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It was about quarter after 9pm and I just got comfy in my bed with all my pillows around me.. and then my water broke. It was just a trickle and once I was on my way to the hospital it was coming out more and more. I wasn't having any contractions at all so they had to take the test to see if it was my water that broke, which clearly it was. But since I still wasn't having any contractions or dialating they started me on some pitocin.. and then later I got an epidural and waited, and waited .. and waited some more. We were all up all night and then they baby's heart rate dropped so the nurse gave me the oxygen mask. When the doctor came back to check me at 7:45am she said I was fully dialated and at 7:59 am little Noah arrived after only two pushes :) On May 15, and 8lbs 13 1/2 oz and 20 1/2 inches long!

Since my previous labor was only three hours from the time my contractions started to when baby was born, and I wasn't even fully dialated when I needed to push I was worried that this one wouldve been even faster and I wouldn't have made it to the hospital in time!

Melinda - posted on 06/04/2011

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Daniel Thomas Hamilton was born on Monday 30th of May at 6.41 pm. weighing 7lb 6 oz. 51.5 cm long. 5 days early. Went to the hospital on Monday at 4pm for monitoring. No contractions or anything but they were concerned because he didn't appear to be growing. They did an examination and decided that they were going to break my waters. At 5pm they broke my waters and there was meconium in the waters. Contractions started straight away but not too bad. Within half an hour they were 2 minutes apart and very strong. Contractions continued like this for a while until half way through a contraction I suddenly needed to push. With 3 or 4 pushes Daniel was born at 6.41. My labour was over in one hour and 41 minutes!! Breastfeeding is also going well and Andrew loves his baby brother. Daniel had to be monitored for the first couple of days after the birth because his temperature was high. They were concerned he could have an infection because of the meconium in the waters. They took blood tests and everything is ok. His temperature has returned to normal too.

User - posted on 06/02/2011

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miss sophee madalyne was born on the 12thof may .. she was 40+3 weeks.. by emrgency csection. i was in labour for 12 hours, pushing for 1.5hours with only gas. she had pooed inside, was stressing and was well and truly stuck... so hence the emergency.. she was in special care for 4 days because shed breathed in her poo and she wasnt keeping down food :(, 3 days are the csection it got infected. 5 days after i got taken back in for another op to try and get infection out.. 4 days latr and still in hospital, infection was still there and they wanted to take me in again.. i refused and bought my gorgeous girl home.. they sent me with antibiotics and now me and bubby r doing fine :) im glad didnt let them take me back in.. all in all we were both very sick girls and were in hospital for 11 days :(

Tricia - posted on 05/31/2011

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finely getting around to telling you all mine! Katherine was born may 20th at 8:09, weighing 6lbs 13 oz and 19.5 inches long. With a full head of auburn hair.

I was amazed she waited, but very happy she did, as the day before we laid my grandfather to rest, I was so nervous I would go into labor and not make it to the funeral. And glad that they got to meet in passing.

After a c-section with my son, (had a fast labor with contractions starting at 1 am, get to hospital at 3:30 and I am 4 cm and 100%, by 8 am ready to push. After 4 hours of pushing my doctor advised a c-section as we were not making any progress. As soon as she started both of us "crashed". I hemorrhaged, and didn't stop bleeding for several hours. Needing a blood transfusion, and less than half an hour from a hysterectomy, which made me end up with an upside down T incision. And jc was born not breathing and a hate rate of 60 needing a lot of extra care for the first hour or so)

My doctor strongly advised to do a repeat, and not a v-back. so my c-section was scheduled for 7:30 am. We got to the hospital at 6, they drew my blood and started my Iv. Wheeled me back to the or right on time, did my spinel, then allowed my husband to come in. started my surgery by 8, and she was here 9 minutes later. no extra bleeding, and she was born screaming! Got to see her for several minutes then my husband joined the nurses and my 2nd doctor to clean her up and get her weight. as my primary doctor finished up my stiches. I didn't even half to go to recovery and went right to my postpartum room :) breast feeding is going great, and jc is being a great big brother, loves playing peek a boo, and trying to hold her! Loving the new addition to our family!

Kelly - posted on 05/30/2011

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James Brian Ewerth Petersen is here!!! 9lbs 11 oz. 21 1/2 inches. He is adjusting to life outside very well. Went for my 40(+) week check on Friday morning. I was 4 cm and 60% effaced. My dr was surprised she had missed that I was post due and said she needed a non-stress test and ultrasound to check on him as we knew he was big. Just before the NST, she stripped my membranes and I immediately started having some light contractions. We passed the NST and the ultrasound showed he still was doing ok with fluid, so I was sent home with an induction scheduled for Sunday morning unless she could get me in sooner. As I was driving home, my contractions started getting more and more noticeable, kinda made driving fun. My husband rescheduled his day and met us at the house (myself, my older son, and my mom - who doesn't drive). My mom and he kept track of my contraction times and they quickly went from 7 mins apart to 4, and did keep increasing in intensity. My dr called to check on me and let me know she was trying to get me in sooner, but they were pretty full. She was thrilled to hear I was having contractions and said to keep her posted. Her nurse called a couple hours later to let me know the hospital said they didn't have room as I wasn't yet technically "medically necessary" to induce, but since I was still having contractions, they wanted to see me back in the office for another NST at 2. We got hooked back on and toward the end I was really starting to get uncomfortable :D, so my dr sent me over to the maternity center with my admitting orders swiftly following. I got all settled in around 3ish in the afternoon. They did a hep-lock in case I needed iv fluids and a couple hours later my dr popped my water, then the fun contractions hit and we sent my mom and son to wait. This labor was so much easier and shorter than when I had to be induced with my Kevin. I started dilating even more and very swiftly. Relaxed in the tub for a little bit and quickly went to nearly 9 cm and 100% effaced. The pain was pretty darn intense. I went to the bed and they sat it up all the way so I could squat and lean into the pillows on the back. That's when I needed to push!! It was just after 8pm. They of course had to check me. I was at 10 on the left, but not quite there on the right. They got my dr and the other labor nurse and my dr said she'd push against my cervix while I pushed to make it open up all the way. I only had to push for 20 mins this time as opposed to almost 2 hours last time and made it through without any drugs :D Much more what I wanted than last time. My recovery seems to be much swifter this time too. We are all doing great, though Kevin was unsure of things when Jimmy first got home. He is super into baby brother and helping, but has had his standoffish moments.

Merry - posted on 05/30/2011

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I agree kymberly, I wish I had done water birth with Eric too, it was so much easier to deal with the pain with the warm water. Almost helped me fall asleep between contractions! But I had an epidural with Eric and I was surprised how MUCH it hurts! Lol

Kymberly - posted on 05/29/2011

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yeah, the tub AMAZED me. I wish I had been able to do it that way with my first! :D

Merry - posted on 05/29/2011

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Eric just loves giving 'my baby girl' hugs and kisses! He tries toehold her :) too cute!
Congrats kymberly! That's quite the birth story! So glad you got therein time.....isnt itso amazing to feel all the pain and get through it, so empowering. And the sensation of pushing the baby out is so amazing I thought.

Jen - posted on 05/27/2011

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My daughter is IN LOVE with her baby brother too. She thinks she's the mommy most of the time. She loves to put his blanket on him and pick out his clothes. :)

Kymberly - posted on 05/27/2011

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Aurora Jean arrived on May 23rd at 8:15 am weighing 7lb's 6oz and 18 1/2" long.
My water broke at 2am the same morning and I had didn't start having contractions until around 3am. When they did come they hit HARD and only 3 minute's apart. I had a feeling this was going to be NOTHING like my first 17 hour labor! By 4:30 I was like, "we have to go to the hospital NOW!" But we couldn't because my daughter was still sleeping and my husband had to go pick up my mother in law to come watch her. She live's half an hour away! I wanted to kill him for not going to get her earlier. So 5:30 am rolls around and I have my best friend drive me because my contractions are 1-2 minute's apart...we get to the hospital and I'm 5cm dilated and 100% effaced. My husband show's up half an hour later when the midwife was checking me again. I was 8cm! So I all but ran to the birthing tub :) BEST back labor relief ever! At 7:55 I stated pushing and Rora made her appearance within 10 pushes :D All natural no pain relief, not even an IV! I must say its a lot easier the second time around especially when active labor is only 5 hours. Breastfeeding is going great and my oldest is IN LOVE with her baby sister ♥

Martha - posted on 05/24/2011

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Micah Alexander GRACED us with his presence on May 22nd at 457pm...I was exactly 39wks pregnant...and hold on for the details cuz this is where it gets AMAZING!
So....Saturday (day before he was born) I started having some contractions....SWEET...I was ready for baby to be here...just uncomfortable and well chasing a toddler at 38-39 wks preggo..is well not the easiest thing..as most of us know! So Sat evening I started having contractions, not too strong, not to consistent but it got me very excited...By the next morning (birthday!!!) I lost part of my mucus plug..but it was still clear...Started having regular contractions 5-6 min apart but they werent THAT painful and my hopes were that I could labor at home for a better chance at a "natural" delivery...After a long induction with my first son, I was hoping this could be a shorter process...Well God heard my prayers...Ok, so after about an hour of steady contractions...they spaced out again...booo I was feeling so down and frustrated because part of me just wanted to know if I was dilating or not..and or if the labor would stay and progress....SOO 1pm rolls around and they start kicking up ....much more painful and getting consistent...So at 2 I start timing them again and told myself it was ok to go to the hospital...around 3...So I stalled a bit and took a long hot shower, hubby got ready and the firstborn was sound asleep for his nap..perfect timing to go get my neighbor to watch him :) Puked a bit before we left, puked on the side of the road...puked in the hospital flowers...oooops...so we get to L/D...and Im crying...it hurts...so they get me to the triage room and check me...sweet..Im a 4 and 100% effaced...so they walk me to the delivery room...and tell me if I want to go natural I can walk or get in the shower..but they want a good 20 min stretch of monitoring...OK fine by me...this hurts..but ok...well half way through the 20 min I PUKE...and by puke man like A LOT...so it throws the monitors..but we dont realize it till Im on my way to the shower...so they turn me around and tell me I have to go back for some more monitoring...bc they thought they saw d cells...and wanted to make sure baby was ok....OK AGAIN fine by me..but now I think I want some IV meds bc Im going to have to sit still and labor...not cool....so they tell me they have to check me...MIND YOU its been 20 or so minutes with about 8 contractions since I was a 4...yea..IM A 6 ALMOST 7...so no IV MEDS..lol...so a few min later I ask to be checked again..hoping I progressed fast...yea 9 AND BULGING BAG OF WATER....ok please break it...so they did....and doc is like ok mama hold your legs...I was like whats going on..not quite realizing my water is already been broken....hes like MAMA WERE HAVING A BABY...He then informs me I have 10 min...bc he gets off his shift...JOKING of course...but I might have started to argue...um doc I pushed for 1 1/2 hrs last time..I dont think I can do it..It hurts too bad..hes like mama you gotta push...You can have this baby in the next ...8 min if you push..So we pushed for 7..and out came my little one...or should I say my chunker :) 9lbs 5.7oz...21 in long...FULL HEAD OF DARK BROWN HAIR! ...and my life was made a little more perfect!

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I wouldn't be worried about that. We had concerns and fears rather than exitment this time, but since he's arrives, we've just realised he fits. It doesn't need to be huge because he's good enough as he is and special enough for a 100 babies :)

Merry - posted on 05/23/2011

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I remember that feeling of realizing Eric was mine and I didn't have to give him up ever. Weird feeling but so cool every time you get closer to knowing just how much it is your baby! Strangely, I haven't felt that this time around....

AMANDA - posted on 05/22/2011

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things are going pretty good so far. babies love their swing so much.. they have such different personalities its not even funny. elaina is a little diva and is very impatient. gregory is very laid back and just goes with the flow. they are both doing some BF'ing and mostly formula feeding right now cause im having issues with latching and my milk supply. still waiting on my breast pump to be delivered which should be here monday or tuesday thankfully. im healing well only had a small tear after having my son so i have a few stitches and thats not bad. cant wait till the get a little more regular sleep cycles.. right now they sleep from 1 to 4 hours at a time.. my hubby and i sleep when they do but he goes back to work wednesday so im trying to get as much rest before then as possible.. we have family stopping by frequently to help us out too so we are thankful and grateful for that.

overall i am soo in love with my little angels. im still getting used to the idea that these are MY babies and i dont have to give them back to someone else.. just a miracle... =)

Merry - posted on 05/22/2011

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Fierna can't sleep on her back either, she chokes and gags :( so she sleeps in my arms, we planned on bed sharing anyways so it's all good. She sleeps quite well! She just likes using the boobie as her pillow and it's all good :) she eats all the time, poops a ton! But hey that's all good cuz she's growing so much right now!

Jen - posted on 05/21/2011

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Zachary didn't care for his crib. He spent the first 2 nights home on my chest. We found that putting a soft blanket (fleece) under him at night and then another over him is all that he needed to settle in his crib. He likes to sleep mostly on his side or stomach. I'll only put him on his stomach when I'm awake though.

I'm up to about 8 bags of frozen milk now and only 6 ounces of that is from the pump. All the rest is what I've caught in my milk saver. :)

Corrie - posted on 05/21/2011

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I think it was lovely Tanya :) I could read birth stories all day!
Lil A.j is sucking away on Mr Left right now! haha. He's posseting loads bt i reckon it's ok while we get sorted, cos the more he has, the more he keeps down regardless of the little sicks. Managed to catch over three bottles of breast milk just from the leaking non-feeding breast so far :) All frozen and bagged for week 5 or so when i'll introduce a bottle feed for him so i can leave him occasionlly and his dad can feed..
I've had a total of 13 hours sleep since tuesday at 4am. And the adrenaline is starting to wear off! Sam really doesn't like the tiny one but seems to still be in his routine, fallin out of bed three times a night and screaming all day, very clingy and whiney, but thats to be expected!!!
A,J refuses point blank to sleep on his back. It's hard to get him on his side!!! his brother was the same - Front or ON someone all the time. i dont mind much at the moment with the bfeeding but it's difficult to get much of a respite at the moment.
Hope all is well with you girls!!

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Sure! My daughter Willow was born on February 9, 2006. She was 6-lbs 8-oz, and 19 1/2 in. long, and was a full-term baby! The night before, I couldn't finish playing a game of Billiards because my hips hurt SO bad. So my mom & I went home (I was a teen mom), and I noticed my underwear were extraordinarily wet. My hospital bag was already packed, so we headed to the hospital! Turns out I was 4 cm dilated and 90% effaced. So, the doc induced. I laid there for 10 hours, watching my contractions on the monitor, but not feeling a thing!



And then at 6:30am the Doc gave me an extra heavy dose of Pitocin, and it kicked me into hard labor all the sudden! Within a half hour I dilated from 5 cm to 10 cm, and was ready to deliver! The only drawback was the my Doc was in delivering a C-Section O.o So I had to practice my breathing I had learned in Birth Class. Right when the Nurses were gearing up to deliver for me, the Doc walked in! I pushed my daughter out as fast as I could... No Epidural. It was an AMAZING experience! All in all, that hard labor period lasted me a whopping 1 1/2 hours ;) I am 13 weeks pregnant right now, and look forward to it all again... Even the pain, haha!



*EDIT: Sorry, I did not see the "May 2011 Babies" part... But I hope my labor story is helpful and/or encouraging!*

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Yay Amanda! SO awesome! I was wondering if they were vaginal since the times were so far apart I figured no way was it a c section :) so glad it went well, how's it going at home? How's bfing? Gettingany sleep? Hope your loving it!

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so my story began monday morning the 16th at 7am. i went to the hospital for my repeat lab work. then went from the lab to l&d for my regular non stress test which we passed just fine. then we went to the other side of the hospital for our weekly ob appointment. i was checked at 9am and was at 2 cm and 50% effaced.. the doctor came in checked my fluid and then told me i had developed cholestasis. then my ob said time for me to be delivered so we turned around and went back to the l&d. i was admitted and when i was hooked up to the monitors i was contracting every 1-3 minutes but they werent strong so at 11 they broke my daughters water and then the contractions continued and got a bit stronger.. by 9pm i was only up to 4 cm and 80% effaced. at which point they did start me on pitocin. shortly after that i got my epidural. labored until 910 am when i started pushing my daughter out. at 11:23am she was born weighing in at 5 lbs and 9 ounces and 18 inches long. she has lots of dark brown hair and is perfectly healthy.



after she was born i completely stopped contracting so while i was laying on the delivery/or table i started nursing my daughter and they upped my pitocin and then the contractions started. by which point my epidural had worn off so after 7 sets of pushes my son was then born facing up not down at 1:17 pm.. he was perfectly healthy too. weighed in at 6lb 15 ounces and 20 inches long with tons of strawberry blonde hair =)



we were all sent home midday thursday and are all doing perfect and enjoying bonding as a family.

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Corrie imSO happy for you! That's awesome! Can't believe you dilated so fast that's so good you trusted your body, imagine if you had went home! He would have come out in the hallway or something :) that's so weird he came our with the membranes intact, I heard of that happening but it just sounds so cool!
How's bfing going? I've got the big boobies going on right now too :)

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Ohhh yeaaaah!! I DID IT! WOOOO!
Alexander James was born on the 17th May at 4:07 pm naturally without pain releif (NO TIME!!) after less than 40 minutes of established labour!
Started having contractions on sunday at 20 minutes apart. Nothing came of them and they didn't hurt, monday, they were 12 then 10 minutes apart and STILL didn't hurt....so, considering LO 1 was born (1st contraction to last push) in 8 hours, i was a bit miffed.
Couldn't sleep from about 4am Tuesday when the 10 minute contractions started getting painful. By 11 they were 5 minutes and hurting. Because we were moving house i was hoovering through the contractions til half 2 when i really couldn't stand it anymore and went up to hospital. Shed my first tear in the lift up to the labour ward at 3:10, and burst into tears when she checked me and said i wasn't in labour - only 3cm, couldn't get my diamorphene :( I knew i was in labour, she said i wasn't, i argued about it, she denied me... Went something like this.
"I don't deny your having pains, but you aren't in labour"
"We'll see"
"Honestly, you aren't, i'll come back and check in an hour or two if you REALLY want me too.."
"I am in labour, can i have a bath?"
"Sure"
So i jumped in the bath, almost literally and after 10 minutes felt the urge to push. got out, called the midwife ("you're not in labour!!" - "Yes i am!!")
who eventually said she'd check again, found to her amazement i was 9 cm and thinning fast. She couldn't beleive it.
I said i felt the baby crowning and needed to push and she said she couldn't see his head at all, my waters hadn't gone and i should wait, but i pushed anyway and out popped his head in one go with the membranes still intact!!!
(I told her i was in labour)
One more push and he was out, very short cord and little fists up by his face :)
6lbs 14oz. Straight on the breast and still doing well.
Came home the evening after to lots of family and cuddles from his brother (who is now terrfied of him) and i'm still running on adrenaline with massive boobs and afterpains every two minutes xD
So happy :)

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My daughter was sideways too and actually ended up coming out sideways. Both of my kids were stubborn with how they came out. With my son, he was facing my back, but was on a nerve or something because it hurt soooo.... bad. It's all worth it though once you get them out lol. :)

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The End is so close! I've had lots of false labor, getting contractions as close as 8 minutes apart, go for a 2 mile walk and they completely stopped! But my repeat c-section is this friday at 7:30 am! be at hospital sooner than that, and if all goes as planned I should actually get to see her in the operating room, and be out and with her by 8:30 or so!

So much better than with my son, due to him being born not breathing and a really really slow heart beat, and me hemorrhaging I didn't get to see him for several hours. So anxious to have it go smoothly this time.

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My first son was born in Germany, BEST EXPIENCE EVER!!!! I was 19 in a new country without family and friends, so it was really hard to go through child birth with only my husband around.. I had the diabetes with my oldest so I had to be induced.. My son arrived Oct 2007, he was 8lbs 4oz 21.5 inch long.. I had him natural, well I did have the epidural. I was in labor for 9.5 hrs and pushed for 1 of those hrs..

My second son was born Michigan, I didnt have any drugs, so his birth was another BEST expience.. I LOVED the juccuzi tub, HELPED ALOT!! I was in labor for 9 hrs.. this time around I had my mom, MIL, friends, but not my husband. Hes in the Air Force so he wasnt able to come up to MI, We lived in NC at the time.. My youngest son arrived July 15 2010.. My water broke on its own and it was the weirdest feeling ever.. I went into labor on my own(didnt need any help) the day after my son was born my husband surprised me at 2am (while crawling into my bed) It was the BEST thing to see my husband meet his son for the first time..

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Little Wyatt has arrived! I started feeling tightening of the uterus around 7 pm on Friday the 13th (my due date), contractions that hurt started around 8, called my mom, she picked up my daughter, then hubby and I headed to the hospital around 9. They admitted me, I was at 5 and 80%, checked on me at 1:30am on Saturday, I was at 7, then around 2:45 am it was time to push. I went natural, so that last 45 minutes was pure hell and agony, but after 2 contractions and about 5-6 pushes, little Wyatt was out :-) 8 pounds, 8 ounces, 21" long, and looks exactly like his daddys baby pics, which is nice because our daughter looks exactly like me :-D Came home yesterday, mom bringing Megan home today so we get to see how she responds to having a baby around the house, can't wait!

Merry - posted on 05/15/2011

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Have sex! That should speed it up! I hope this is your night, you deserve to have your baby out :)

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So proud of you :)
I'm 4 days over now. Well, in ten minutes i'll be 5 days over. Been having mild-increasing contractions for 6 hours. past 2 hours they've gotten stronger and are regular to every 12 minutes. Not painful enough, Waters still here, and i've just started moving house properly today so all my stuff is between two hosues :(
Luckily my mother has Lo. So i'm hoping by about 5am i'll be every 5 mins and can go in.
I rang bt they said i was doing the right thing by just walking round and getting on with it while they aren;t too bad,
Sick of this now.

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Congrats Laura. Both of my kids have come out with their hands up by their faces so I've torn both times. Believe it or not I had no idea and it doesn't really hurt with the local anesthetic.

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Ok so heres my birth story! I was 9 days overdue, planning on a home birth but my midwife was concerned because she had stripped my membranes the day before and had given me homeopathic pills to help start labor, but the next day still nothing. She wanted me to go in to the hospital for a non stress test. I was so devastated. I already felt like my body was failing me, this just made it more real. So I talked to my husband and he said we should give it one more day and do everything we can to get it going. We read up on castor oil, knew the risks but in my situation I felt the possible medical induction was worse then the diarrhea stuff. So he ran out and bought some, in the mean time I started doing stuff to get it going, like squatts, lunges, pelvic rocks, bouncing on the bed, jogging in place. Etc. When he came back with it I had taken another homeopathic pill, and then the castor oil. Nasty stuff!

Then I breastfed Eric to nap for the nipple stimulation. Then we went and had some adult fun including a bunch of orgasms for me hoping to induce labor! So I napped for a bit, woke up to rush to the bathroom with diarrhea. I made sure to drink a bunch every time I went to the bathroom. So as soon as I had the diarrhea start I noticed my contractions were hurting more. I had regular contractions for a week now but they weren't painful. So that afternoon was when the pain began a bit. By 5 I had called the midwife to come check me, the contractions were hurting more and still regular so I hoped it was labor! Oh and I had lost my mucus plug early that morning as well.

So she checked me at 5:30pm and I wasn't dilating, I was still 1.5 cm but about 80% effaced. She thought it was false labor still. She left with the advise I go for the non stress test the next day. Well about ten minutes after she left my waters broke! It was 6 pm. She came right back and as soon as the waters broke I noticed a huge amount more pain. This for sure was real! I had to start working through the contractions and thankfully my sister got here around 630 and my husband got here around 7. By about 8 I asked her to check me again. At this point I was noleanle to move around any more, I laid on the mattress on the floor and when a contraction came I got on hands and knees and just rocked through it. I was exhausted. So she checked me and I was at 5! In those two hours I dilated 4.5 cm and I was happy I was progressing. They filled the birth tub, and I got in, the contractions were still bad but I was able to put on a happy face in between to see Eric and give him kisses etc. But soon they got worse again. My aunt finally got there around 9 and then it was to the point where in between contractions I still was in alot of pain. Each one made me want to run away. I just got through each one by rocking on my knees in the water and staring into matts eyes. It was hard to keep calm, I just wanted to scream and get away from the pain! But with the help of my midwife reminding me to stay focused, to breathe, etc. I got through it ok I guess.

According to them I did amazing, but I feel like I was sort of insane! Lol.

Well in the tub she checked me again at one point and I was at 8. I was happy but worried cuz I got stuck at 8 cm last time, but then again that time I was strapped up to monitors and laying on a hospital bed! This time it was so.......primal I guess. I felt like some cave woman! well, around 10pm she checked me again and I was almost 10 cm, but there was one lip of my cervix that wasn't back yet. Flash back! Same thing happened with Eric! But by then with him I had an epidural and stuff. This time I worried it wouldn't open and I was trying so hard not to push, but if I pushed before it opened up it could swell and then I wouldn't be able to push! So she stuck her fingers on my cervix, and told me to push as she pulled it back over the head.

OMG!

The pain of that was white hot!

But on some level it felt good to push because I knew this was the last thing. So together we got that cervix opened and the head dropped into the birth canal. Then the real pushing started. That was actually a bit fun! Yeah it hurt, but pushing sort of drowned out the pain and I felt SO excited to know she was coming out! Also, there was the amazing sensation of her head descending inside me, I cant really describe it, but I could literally feel her head moving lower every push! It was cool. I pushed so hard and so well (apparently) that she was crowning in about 15 minutes. Can I say PAIN! Ring of fire is not joke, but I knew I had to not push so I could stretch and not tear, but by that point I think I was like writhing around in the water :/ matt got in the tub behind me while I was pushing to help me be supported. So I had to not push, but then she had me push out the head, man that hurt but I was so intensely excited I didn't care! I saw her head coming out, I touched it and it was so cool. She checked for a cord but there wasn't one around her neck, but she did find she had her fist up under her chin! She told me to stop pushing so she could try to ease the hand back inside to keep from it breaking her collar bone or something, but it wouldn't go back in! So I had to push it out. The head was out but with that fist up there it was really hard to get her body out. But finally I got her out! We pulled her out of the water and onto my chest a bit fast and didnt realize that I had yanked on the cord a bit. Turns out she had a short cord and I had pulled my placenta off a bit. I started bleeding alot in the water. Then we had to cut her cord quick and get me out ASAP cuz I was bleeding a bunch.

Poor matt was sitting in bloody water when he has a weak stomach for blood! He held it together though and they got me onto the mattress and she worked fast to get the placenta out so I'd stop bleeding so much. I got Fierna back on my chest right away as soon as I laid down and I worked with her to get her nursing because I knew that was the best thing to stop the bleeding. Amazingly she latched on really fast and was sucking quite well just minutes after birth!

The placenta came out and my bleeding got under control. I had a few big clots, but they eased up as well and I was ok. So then we had Eric come in! Well, he had come in for a minute when we were in the tub, and he saw the baby then, but he had to be taken out when I was bleeding so much. Anyways, he came back and we all sat together and had some sweet family moments! Midwife was still working on me down there but I was oblivious :)

Turns out I didn't tear at all! I was so happy, I didn't want stitches without drugs lol, and she had a local ansthetic shot, but that would have hurt I bet. So no tears. And after Fierna was done eating they had me go to the bathroom and got me into bed. Matt put Eric to sleep for the first time ever and he did great! We weighed Fia and she was 8lbs 2 oz and she was 20.5 inches. I dressed her and we layed down in bed together! I got a bit of sleep, and ended up going in by Eric in the night for a bit when he woke and was calling for me. I had to be there for him! I was so glad I wasn't at the hospital. By morining I was somewhat rested and really happy!

So everything went as good as possible except for the bleeding stuff, and that all turned out ok so I really can't complain! Now the true challenge begins, caring for two little ones! Haahaa but it's so worth it :D

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congrats to you that have had your little ones. Ianina don't give up on the nursing. Everything that laura said is very true. My hospital also offers free classes which can be helpful. With my son I had a really hard time getting started. both of my nipples were completely inverted, the worse my doctor and the lactation specialist had ever seen. So I did have to pump, but only finger fed, so he wouldn't get use to a bottle. It was so hard to get a good latch, and I bled every time I nursed for the first 6+ weeks, but in the end it was worth it, I promise.

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Congrats Ladies on the birth of your babies & that they are doing well. My little guy seems to be doing well. He will be 2 wks old this Thurs. Still a little concern cause when my husband took him in last wk on Wed he lost another oz weighing 6 lbs 3oz. I told him that we'll keep his appt this Friday cause I want to make sure he is gaining weight.
The dr is having my husband feed Elyas every 2 hrs during the day & he can wake up himself at night for when he wants to eat.
So hubby has been playing Mr. Mom to our 6 kids since Wednesday of last wk since I had to go back into the hospital due to the blood clot in my lung. Looks like I should be able to go home tomorrow. Man I've never been in the hospital this long. It will be 8 days tomorrow. My husband has been trying to bring the kidsin everyday so I can see them. It's been hard being away from them this long especially my baby.
Congrats to you all & to all of you who are still waiting for your little ones to be born it definitely will be here before you know it. Hang in there! :-)

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Yes, I'm pumping and also using formula since they need to gain weight and eat every 3 hours...but I am blessed with 2 super quiet babies that I need to wake up to feed and they go back to sleep during or after feeding. I couldn't be happier with this 2 little angels.
Thanks for all your help, I really apreciate it :)

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I'm starting to leak everywhere and my boobs are sore...the nurses gave me a nipple thingy that helps the girls BF, but since they are preemies, I HAVE to bottle feed them until they bf. I put them in the breast for 15 minutes each (1 boob per girl) and then bottle feed them. They are eating about 30 ml every 3 hours or so.

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Zachary was a lazy feeder the first few days, but once the milk came in he was much happier and more inclined to nurse.

Ianina, you could also try a warm washcloth on your boobs shortly before you try to latch the girls on and also do the compressions like Laura said. You usually will have to hold your boob and "shove" it into their mouths for them to latch. I know the "experts" are saying not to pump for the first few weeks now, but if you are too full you may want to try it. It's up to your preference of course. Good Luck!

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