I want to hear your birth story!

Callie - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I think that it is fun to re-live the birth day of my child. I would love to hear about your child's birth day.

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Ami - posted on 12/16/2012

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I love reading about everyone's birth stories. I had been told from the time I was 13 that I would NEVER be able to carry a child to term, with that knowledge my life became work. I meet and married a wonderful man and got my 2 bonus kids so my life was complete.

That was until March of 2009 when I got terribly ill. Now at the time I commuted for work between Eastern Idaho where I now live full time and Washington DC. So I assumed it was to much air travel. Then I started doing some adding in my head; I was late very late. I run to the local Walgreen's and there it was my husband and I sat there and didn't know what to do or say but I was getting sicker and sicker and it was on my right side, we assumed again tubule. I made a Doctors appointment (please keep in mind I am 42 at this time) and it is confirmed I pregnant but they are also concerned about the pain so they take me in for an ultrasound and there is a healthy fetus with a strong heartbeat.

Well on we went and I hid my pregnancy for as long as possible (7 horrible sickening months). Finally I took a leave of absence dreading the day I would have to give birth. If pregnancy was this horrible was would the birth be like. I know, I know they say it is the most natural thing in the world but hugging a toilet for 35 weeks does not seem natural to me.

I had never learned anything about babies in fact I had never even held a baby so at one point my husband and I took a class. I was the one who passed out when they showed the video, and when they passed all the torture looking devices around so we could see them I almost passed out again.

Well at 35 weeks I woke up in the middle of the night and thought I was peeing myself because in this wonderful class they taught they said "oh rarely if ever does your water break on its own we have to break it here at the hospital", but every-time I stood up there it was. So there I was this strong independent, should be always composed in an emergency women peeing myself, and I had to tell my husband. Well we get to the hospital and my Daughter is breech and my water has broken but I haven't felt any contractions (YES) that I know of at least. So they get me all hooked up and I have one humdinger of a contraction and in walks the Anesthesiologist they have to do a c-section. As he is putting in the epidural I start to have another but I only feel half of it and that's all I remember. Until 7am when they bring in this perfect little doll in with a beautiful big purple bow on her head.
I we got to the hospital at 4:30am and by 7:30am I was calling people to let them know. I hated my pregnancy but I would re-due the birth over in a heart beat. Okay not all of it I hemorrhaged for 3 weeks because they forgot to deliver the placenta and they had to preform another c-section to deliver that, and because of that I wasn't ever really able to fully breast feed but I love her and I would give anything to give her another sibling.
How funny how different each and every one of our situations births and even children are and yet this is what binds us together.

Kristin - posted on 02/06/2011

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On Sunday July 11, 2010 around 4 am I woke up with some cramping. Thinking it was just gas, I laid there in bed trying to go back to sleep as I rolled over to my side and brought my knees up towards my belly. They were coming and going, so I thought I might need to go to the bathroom, so I rolled out of bed and waddled to the bathroom. Nothing happened so I waddled back to bed. They kept coming and going. Still thinking it was just me needing to go to the bathroom, I kept going back and forth to the bathroom, but I started to write down when the cramping came on and left and how long they were to see if there was a pattern. There was.
My cramping was coming about every five minutes and lasted between 45 and 60 seconds. I still wasn’t convinced that these were contractions, this was my first pregnancy and I didn’t know what contractions felt like. I had always heard that if I was going into labor I would definitely know. But since I wasn’t too sure, I wasn’t convinced yet. About after an hour of these coming and going at the same rate, I tried to wake up Bob.
“Bob, I think I’m having contractions.”
In his sleepy state he muttered “oh yeah?”, then went back to snoring.
I laid there for a while longer while writing down the cramping and duration. I tried to wake Bob again.
“Bob, I really think I’m having contractions”
Still in sleep mode he muttered “oh, you’ll be fine” then went back to snoring.
He didn’t seem too concerned so I didn’t get excited about it. I figured since he went through two pregnancies with his first wife, he would know when to start getting ready for the hospital. So I just kept laying there and timing and running back and forth from the bathroom.
I woke him for the third time. “Bob, I’m having contractions wake up”
“They can last for days” he answered before closing his eyes again and went back to snoring.
I thought that some walking might help so I waddled downstairs and outside. I walked up and down the sidewalk in front of my house, stopping every now and then to lean on a telephone pole while cramping. With paper and pen in hand, I marked down the cramping and duration. They weren’t going away.
Some more time passed and I was 100% positive that these were contractions and I was in labor. I waddled to the bathroom for the final time at around 6:30 am and called my mother. She was already awake because she woke up with my dad to help him get ready to go to a kayak race.
“Mom, I’m having contractions.” I said in a strained voice because I was having one while on the phone with her.
“Did you call your doctor yet? How long have you been having them?” she asked me in a calm voice. She has been through three pregnancies herself and my sister’s as well so she knew it could be a slow process.
“They have been coming and going every five minutes for over two hours”
“WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! KRISTIN CALL YOUR DOCTOR NOW!” she demanded.
I called my doctor and talked to the answering service. The doctor called me back after the answering service got in touch with her. She asked me when I was due and how far apart they were and for how long they were lasting. After I told her that I was due two days ago and how close together they were, she told me to go to the hospital.
I went to the bedroom and woke up Bob.
“Bob, I’m having contractions and I’m going to the hospital.”
“oh yeah?” he sleepily said.
“BOB! WAKE UP!”
He opened his eyes wider and sat up this time. He just looked at me as he asked “what’s wrong?”
“I’ve been having contractions for the past two hours. I just called my doctor and she told me to go to the hospital. Do you want to come with me? If not, I’m sure my mom will.”
“Just go with your mom and let me know what’s going on.”
I didn’t get upset with his answer of not coming. He had to be at work in a little over an hour for a 16 hour shift. Knowing that this could take a long time, I kissed him good bye.
I called my mom and told her what the doctor said and that Bob wasn’t coming with me and why. She said that she would pick me up, I told her that I would just drive to her house because it was on the way to the hospital. She protested but I insisted. I grabbed my hospital bag that had been packed for a month, waddled down the stairs, got my shoes on and left the house.
When I turned on my car, it dinged “LOW FUEL”. It was dinging “LOW FUEL” since yesterday afternoon so I knew I had to stop for gas on my way to my mom’s. Pulling up to the fuel pump at Sheetz near my folk’s house, I got excited. This was it. I was in labor and would soon be a mom. I got out of the car and started to waddle into the store to prepay. CONTRACTION! I stood to the side of the door and leaned up against the side of the building waiting for it to pass before I went in. I went inside to pay then waddled back to my car to pump. I remember thinking how funny it was that I was in labor and putting gas in my car and being by myself.
When I got to my mom’s house, I thought she would be ready but she wasn’t. I wasn’t in any hard pain yet so I didn’t mind. She finished getting ready and away we went to the hospital. She drove. When we got to the hospital, we walked into the emergency room. We waited a few minutes at the front desk but no one was there. I finally seen someone and called out to them “HELLO!”
Who turned around to help? Bob’s ex wife Shannon (who doesn’t like me all that much.) She came over and asked how she could help. My mother (oblivious to who she was) said that I was in labor.
“I thought something was going on because when I was coming to work seen you walking outside of your house” Shannon said. She and another woman who walked up told us to go to the delivery floor. I didn’t know how to get there so they told us it was on the ninth floor and pointed to the right. Off my mom and I went. Of course we got lost in some back hallway of the hospital and had to stop somebody for directions.
We got to the ninth floor and dung the bell to get into the doors. No answer. We pushed the bell again. No answer. They keep the delivery floor locked at all times for security purposes. Again we rang the bell.
Finally someone’s voice came through a speaker “Can I help you?”
“Yes” my mom stated. “My daughter is in labor.”
The doors flung open. We went to the desk and talked to a nurse. She asked some quick questions and ushered us into a room. I put on two gowns, one to cover the front and one to cover the back and sat down on the bed. A doctor or intern came in to check me. I was told I was three centimeters dilated and I could stay if I wanted to or go home and wait and come back later. I chose to stay. I called Bob and told him what was going on. He said he would try to pop in and visit me next time he was in the hospital to drop off a patient.
As the next few hours went by, my mom and I watched tv, talked and walked up and down and up and down the halls of the ninth floor. I was so glad that she was there with me. The contractions were painful but still bearable. The one doctor came occasionally to check how dilated I was. They broke my water manually at five centimeters. It was really happening. I would be a mom soon.
My mother and I started to talk about an epidural. I told her that I was in pain, but I could still handle it. I thought that I was suppose to be in unbearable pain before I got the epidural.
“Kristin you don’t want to reach the point where you don’t have the option of getting one because you are too far along” mom said.
I agreed, so I asked the nurse if I could have one. The anesthesiologist came and I was ready. A nurse told me to sit up on the side of the bed with my legs dangling down, bend down as far as I could to arch my back like a cat, bend my head down and lean into her.
My mind flashed to the story Bob told me when I was pregnant. He told me that when his first child was born he was there for the epidural. He said he almost passed out when he got a glimpse of how long and thick the needle was as they shoved it into his ex wife’s back.
“I’m going to numb the area first. You’ll feel some stinging” the anesthesiologist informed me. Those needles were annoying but manageable. Those didn’t hurt that much.
“Now I’m going to insert the epidural needle. Try not to move” he warned.
WOW! I never felt pain like that in my life! It was crippling. I jerked quickly and the nurse held my shoulders down. I barely heard my mom’s words of encouragement through my cries of pain. My face felt hot and wet with tears. I didn’t recognize the groans that were falling out of my mouth. My right hand slid to the nurse’s left hip for support. Amongst the agonizing pain and cries, it felt like an intimate moment between me, the nurse, the anesthesiologist and my mom.
It was over. I heard him mutter something about inserting the tube for the pain medicine to go into and to push a button when I wanted it. I felt dizzy, hot and sweaty. With my face still wet with tears I felt a sense of relief and accomplishment. I now had my own epidural story to tell, but I will soften the blow when I tell curious first time moms to be about it. My feet were tingly then got numb. It worked. I have heard stories about it not working for some.
Bob got off work and came to see me. He brought sweet tarts and a book of word jumbles that I told him to get. He stayed for a little bit then left to get something to eat. My mom went home when Bob got there. She went home to re-energize and change clothes and such. I was by myself. I was given pitocin a few times because my labor wasn’t progressing fast enough for them. I was going to be a mom soon. I couldn’t concentrate on my jumbles so I tried to take a nap.
A few hours went by and my mom called to see how I was doing. She thought Bob was with me for the past few hours and that’s why she stayed at home for so long. She didn’t want me to be alone so she said she was coming back in.
After fighting on the phone with Bob about stupid stuff, my mom walked in with my dad and my sister. I was so glad to not be alone anymore. It was dark outside and I could see some of the city lights from the window across my room. My mom called Bob and asked if he was going to come back in to be with me. He told her that he would come back.
More pitocin was given to me. An internal monitor was inserted into me because they said that the monitor on my belly wasn’t tracking my contractions good enough.
Bob finally arrived and we all sat in my room and just talked. I started to feel contractions on my left side. I got worried. I kept on pushing the button for more fentanyl (pain medicine) but I still felt them. I told the nurse and she said to put a balled up blanket on my right side, maybe it was the way I was laying and it wasn’t able to get all the way through. It worked. My mom and dad went to walk around and get some coffee for themselves.
I stayed at eight centimeters for a while. They informed me that if in an hour I was still at eight, they would have to do a c-section. I was a little disappointed at the news but came to be fine with it. Bob told me that he was going to leave to go home to sleep. He had a big test for work in the morning and wanted to get some rest. I suggested that he could sleep in the room with me on the chair that reclines out but he insisted on going home and to just call him when it was time to push or I needed a c-section and he would come back in. The nurse that came in to the room told him that he might miss the birth if he left now, but he figured he would have time to go home and get some sleep before the birth. He kissed me good bye and left. As he walked down the hall to leave, the nurse followed him and pushed that he was going to miss his child’s birth if he left now.
My mom and dad came back into the room and joined me and my sister. A doctor came in to check my dilation after I told a nurse that I thought I had to go to the bathroom to poop.
“Ok Kristin, we are going to get ready to push” she said with a smile after checking me.
A big smile slid across my face. I was going to be a mom soon! I couldn’t believe that my pregnancy was almost over and I would have a beautiful child. I reached for the phone to call Bob as my sister left to get my mom and dad.
“I’m going to be pushing soon. Are you going to come back?” I asked in an excited voice.
He told me that he just got home and was about to lay down and that he wasn’t going to come back in for it. I pleaded for him to come back but he wanted to go to sleep. After hanging up the phone I started to cry. Nobody was in the room with me. The nurses and doctors left to get ready and my sister was getting my parents. I covered my face with my hands and just cried. The doctor and nurse came back in followed by my sister and parents. My sister saw that I was crying and asked what was wrong. After I told them that Bob wasn’t coming back for the birth and was going to sleep, my mom came and stood by my bed.
In a strong voice she said “Kristin forget about that. You have to focus on what you are about to do. Focus on pushing and that is it. You can’t think about anything else. He isn’t here but we are.”
My dad left the room after some words of encouragement. My mom and sister stayed. The nurses set up the bed and the equipment as the doctor suited up. I tried to calm down and focus on what was about to happen.
With my mom holding my right leg, my sister holding my left, and my button to push for pain medicine firmly in my left hand, I started to push. I heard the nurse count from one to ten, on ten I stopped and rested. Pushed for ten, rested. Pushed for ten, rested. The nurse told me that the head was crowning. My sister said that I was doing a great job and was doing what she couldn’t do. (She had a c-section). My mom said she could see some hair on his little head. I reached for my camera and told the nurse to take a picture. She laughed and took two pictures. Pushed for ten, rested. Pushed for ten, rested. It was like that for about 20 minutes. Pushed…On July 12, 2010 at 2:34am Gabriel John entered the world!
I tried to catch a glimpse of him through teary eyes as he was whisked away to be checked by the doctor but I just had to rely on what my sister and mom where telling me.
“H’s so cute”
“He has some blond hair.”
The doctor delivered the placenta and let me poke at it. An stitched me up. I eventually heard him start to cry a little bit. After being checked out and getting the all clear, the nurse brought me this beautiful, wrinkly and red bundle of joy. Finally he was in my arms. After months of looking forward to kissing his little head, I nudged up his little cap and gave him a quick kiss. At first they were worried about meconium aspiration (inhalation of his bowl movement while being in the uterus) because when they broke my water they could see some brown and black color. He ended up being perfectly fine and healthy.
The nurses ushered everyone out of the room so I could be left alone with him for an hour. As my sister left she whispered “You should try to nurse him.”
After everyone left, I fiddled with my gown to try to nurse. It didn’t go too well, I didn’t know what I was doing. I just left my gown undone and put his head on my chest. I listened to the most wonderful sound I have ever heard, him breathing. Gabriel was here. I couldn’t believe after all these months he was finally here. I had a son.

Sara La - posted on 10/03/2010

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Well at the start i didnt realise i was having contractions just like little period pains lol. that was all through the day then i tred going to bed about 9ish and i just couldnt get to sleep i was so irratated because i dint no why n then i had aother little twinge so i go up and told my partner who rang his mum and said she says shes having contractions. then he passed the phone to me and i was talking to his mum and she said she couldnt notice anything different with me so then he went and got his sister who lived a few doors away who phoned my mum , my mum came round and partners sister, and we was just all sitting there having a coffee lol no one believed me :S so then i made my mum ring up the midwife, and the midwife said come in now and il meet u there because i was going to have a water birth ,got in the car drove for half an hour got there, and they examined me and told me i was 7cm gone i was like well that was fast i had her withing 2 hours of that and no pain relief or anything but the midwifes never told me when to push or anything so i ended up needed stitches :( but it was definatley an easy birth compared to all of yours lol :DD and it was definatley worth it in the end i have a bootiful baby girl called alicia who is 1 next week :DD

Sarah - posted on 07/12/2010

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Chloe Elizabeth Shadwick Born 19th October 2009 7 pounds and 14 ounces. 11:24am My second baby.

I was 40 weeks and over it. We where booked in for a introduction in a few days and i truly didn't want one. That afternoon i was very tired so i went to have a lay down while my partner toke our son to the park. I woke up and i wasn't feeling well at all i was bleedy rather heavly called my midwife she told me to come in and get checked. So of we went to the hospital as i have im negative blood i had to be monitered. My Mother in law picked my son up from the hospital as my midwife said i want to keep you in to mointer you and they baby! After a few hours i started gettting contrasctions but nothing serious, Morning come and the doctor come in the check on me and sais i could go to the birth center down stairs as i was 7 cm delighted !! Hmm then it started to it me the contrations after a hour of that i was ready to push and out come Chloe after half an hour pushing.
It was amazing birth!!

Callie - posted on 04/28/2010

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Hi Mikala! I just read your birth story and I hope you don't mind if I post my favorite part.
" I was scared to death to push because I knew it must be 500 times worse than labor but NO, it was fabulous. I was actually getting relief from the pushing and I wanted to push more. I was feeling a new burst of energy now. So I pushed and was able to gain some relief from the contraction. I pushed one more time through another contraction and the tub was ready."
This was EXACTLY what I thought about the pushing process. It felt so good to have my concentration on getting the baby out rather than breathing through the terrible contractions. I gave birth to my bg at the hospital, but went all natural as well.

WAY TO GO MOMMA!!

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Thanks Callie. October is really special for us (and not to mention expensive lol) Pregnancy was a worry but I loved it so much. Your labour sounded scary too - its always worrying having your baby early.

Callie - posted on 04/07/2010

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Wow! October sure is a special month for you and your family Toni. Thanks for sharing. I'm sorry that your pregnancy was such a worry but am glad that everything worked out. Ethan is such a handsome little guy!

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My baby was due on 2nd November (we did not know what we were exepecting), however my pregnacy did not run smoothly - after 3 years of trying for a baby I finally got pregnant to have several miscarriage scares in the first trimester. Then just as I stopped worrying and thought everything was going great I started having more problems.



I was in my final week of work before my maternity leave (34 weeks pregnant) when my troubles got worse - the midwives had been moitoring my slightly increased BP, so on the Tuesday I went for my regular check-up, where I was told that they needed to admit me to hospital as I had Pre-Eclampsia (high BP, Proteins in my water, and increased Uric acid in my blood) . At 34 weeks the doctors were unsure what to do for the best. They decided to medicate me with Labetelol to control the BP and I was told they would try and maintain me until 37 weeks (3 weeks in hospital on the maternity ward where 90% of the patients were inductions so were in and out - great).



After 2 weeks and several scares where they prepped me for emergency C-section (IV line and all) they decided that they had stablised me and I could go home (released for good behaviour lol). I do have to say that to stabilse me I was on 8 BP tablets a day as well as 3 iron tablets (Due to the fab hospital nutrition I now lacked Iron). I was soooooooo excited at being allowed home yet kinda scared.



I managed a week then on the Friday I was not well, it got worse on the Saturday my husband made me go back to the treage at hospital where I was re admited due to my Pre Eclampsia. On the Sunday the doctors decided they would attempt to induce me. I was given my first pessary on the evening at about 4. After 6 hours labour had not started and strangley the first pessary had not disolved (this had never happened before - trust me) so the Midwife left me until the Monday to continue. at about 10am they gave me my second pessary which kicked off the contractions although quite mild.



Then at about 4pm they broke my waters as I was 1cm. My labour then really started. I got intense pains when my waters broke and really needed pain relief. My midwife told me I could only have Pethidine but before I could have it they had to get a trace of babies heart for 15 mins - they could not get it I could not stand still so she decided to put a monitor on babies head. While doing this she noted that I was 3cms and so could have Gas and Air, once I had it in my hand I never loosed it (and kinda felt tipsy). I was progessing very very quickly and bizarely I knew the baby was near as the Midwife shut the windows - which I announced to my hubby 'the babies coming the babies coming she's shut the windows'. I started pushing naturally without knowing what I was doing and took myself by suprise as much as the midwife - we moved to a birthing stool and 4- 5 pushes later my baby was out I looked down and saw a willy and announced to my hubby we had a boy. It was so emotional.



My son - Ethan was born on 12th Oct 09 at 5.11pm and weighed 5lb 6 1/2oz. at 37 weeks (exactly). This makes October really busy for us (Ethan 12th, Wedding ann 14th, me 21st and hubby 24th).

Bobbi - posted on 02/15/2010

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My name is Bobbi, i was due on November 4, 2009 with a little boy. I went on Oct 12 for my 37 week check up. and i was 2 cm. I got married on October 18, 2009 to. And my next check up was on October 19, 2009. At 4am that morning my water broke, me and my husband went to the hospital. i got a room and everything. They checked on me many times. The nurse came in and said we are going to start pushing at 7:00 pm. I was sitting there with my husband and he changed my pads and and 6:45 he saw his head. Nurses and doctor came in and delivered him. he was 7 lbs 10 1/4 oz 20 in. Hes my world :)

Callie - posted on 01/27/2010

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OMG Carina! I'm sorry you had to go through all of that pp! I'm glad things are better for you now! Congrats on your little halloween pumpkin!

Carina - posted on 01/20/2010

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Hello Everyone! Wonderful Stories! I LOVE re-living my daugther, Marrisa's birth! I'm Carina btw... Here's my story..

Her due date was Nov. 4th, but I started having contractions on Thursday Oct. 29th. . They weren't regular so I brushed it off. It made it hard to sleep or move. The next day the contractions started getting stronger, longer, and more frequent. I was waiting for my water to break so I would know when to go to the hospital. The contractions started coming every 6min. on the dot so around noon I called my husband at work and he came and got me. We went to the hospital around 2pm and I was only 2cm. They made me lay there till 6pm. I was then 4cm so they emitted me.

At the 6cm mark I decided to get an epidural before the pain would get worse. Around midnight they broke my water for me. I was feeling a VERY sharp pain on my lower right ab, so they gave me ANOTHER epidural. ouch! Like it didn't hurt bad enough the first time. 2am comes around and they gave me pitocin. It took 2hrs for me to dilate the rest of the way. At 4am I felt the need to push, except the doctor wasn't there yet. The nurses where doing everything they could but this baby was coming! haha They told me to start pushing and the doctor came in. It only took me 3 good pushes and Marissa was free! She was born at 4:24am on Oct. 31st! A HALLOWEEN BABY! How cool is that? hehehe It was the most amazing day ever!

12 days later the pain in my right lower ab came back. Turns out I had appendicitis and had to have surgery!! ugh! I had a horrible allergic reaction to something during the surgery. ontop of that, the medication from the surgery gave me a yeast infection everywhere down there (tmi sorry! lol but I didn't know you can get one on your bum), after I healed from that I get a staph infection - MRSA!!! lol I was on 11 pill perscriptions and 2 creams since I gave birth! Everything is okay now. I was in good spirits the whole time cause I needed to be for my baby girl!

Thats my story! lol

Callie - posted on 01/18/2010

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It's is so much fun to read all of these labor and birth experiences! Keep them comin'!!

Heather - posted on 01/11/2010

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My daughter was born two days before my scheduled c-section. I end up having an emergency one in a way since my water had broke. I think I started leaking on the 25th but passed it off as nothing. On the 26th I woke up and my panties were wet so I put a pad on to see if it was my water. I wasn't filling the pad up at all. Randomly through out the day I would get wet. When my husband came home from work I was about ready to get in the shower and started coughing and more came out. I told him I think it my water leaking I am taking a quick shower and were going to l & d. On the way we made a bet saying if it wasn't my water he would get a tropical smoothie. We get to l & d get checked in and wait to be called. I got called back right away since my daughter was breeched they put the monitors on me and swabbed me to see if it was my water. They told me it wasn't my water and it probably was discharge or pee and they would be doing an ultrasound and then sending me home. My husband was rubbing in my face how he won the bet. They did an ultrasound and the dr was having a hard time finding fluid around my daughter so she said I will be right back going to get helped. We heard them in the hall saying oh no she has a breeched baby and her water reptured. We thought they were talking about somebody else cause at the same time somebody was getting wheeled away. About 5 minutes later they came in saying it took our test longer to show up and your water did indeed break so your staying and getting your c-section tonight. I started shaking and crying. They had to wait a few hours to do it since I had eaten prior to coming to the hospital. Around 9:45 they took me back to get prepared for surgery. At 10 they started my surgery at 10:18 pm my daughter was born weighing 5 lbs 11 oz with a head full of hair. I got to see her briefly then her and my husband went to the nursery. I didn't get to see her until 9 the next day because they were monitoring her cause everytime she would sleep her heart rate would drop a little bit. My husband pretty much spent the whole night with her. I barely slept that night cause I was so worried and crying cause I wanted to hold my baby girl. When I finally got to hold her it was the best feeling ever. She almost 3 months old and doing so much stuff. She holds her bottle every once in a while by herself. She started laughing yesterday. She rolling on to her side. Sitting with support. I look forward to reading everybody else's labor stories.

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2010

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Where to begin, my first daughter was born on her due date, naturally after about 5 hours of labor with no drugs. So I was expecting my son to be born then as well. Well, I was dilated about a 2 for the last month so I figured he woudl be late, I had gestational diabetes so they scheduled an induction, which I was told woudl take a LONG time to get things started. I began active labor around 11pm, jumped from a 5-10 in about 45 min and began pushing about 1:55, he was born at exactly 2pm, naturally, no epidural, I was sure id need one..the pain was bad lol. but I love him so much! 7lbs 10 oz 20 in...over a lb bigger than my daughter was lol

Rachel - posted on 01/03/2010

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I was 13 days over due and had the gel to get me started. the next day tuesday i went into labour, wednesday i was only 2cm dialated at 9am. so they broke my waters and gave me a strip and stretch, a few hours later they checks how dialated i was and i was only 4cm so they broke them again (dunno how) and gave me a strip and stretch.



i had an epidural at about 11am by the way, nothing happend all day and by 9pm i was told i was probably going to need a ceasaren and they stopped my epidrual and let it run out.

at about 10.30 i had the most excrusating pain in my hip but no one knew what it was, it was like my hip bone was getting smashed with a sledgehamme we discovered it was labour- i no longer had any pain relief. they checked for dialation at 11pm and then it was time to push because bub had finally got moving!



my labour went for an hour and a half and was horrible, no gas no nothing i though i was going to die. Ava was born at 12.41am on thurday. i had blood clots and lost nearly 2litres of blood. i was pushing blood clots out for days.



During labour though it was Mum, My partner and 2 midwives though during my labour i saw someone standing behind my mum- i actually thought there was someone there they told me later there never was anyone there to this day we beleive it was my grandmother that passed away 6 years ago. Also Once her head was out i actually felt my baby moving inside me, she was moving her arms and legs!! The cord was wrapped around her neck but other than that everything was fine, im still on iron tables from the blood loss nearly 3 months later! but no stitches or nothing! yay!



After all that Ava Claire Whiteman was born on the 22 October 09 weighting 8 and a half pounds and 55cm with a head cercumfrence of 35cm

Amber - posted on 01/02/2010

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I was due in October 25th. I went in on the 25th for a scheduled induction. i was already 3 cm. so the midwife filling in decided not to do the induction. they gave me a sleep aid and sent me to bed. i work up at 7 am to be induced but pit..aftetr 8 hours of unproductive pit use she up the dose one more time. i could finally feel consistant contractions.. shortly after my water broke in the bed. i got into the tub.. big mistake.. my water then really did rupsure. instant back labor until 11 pm or so went i got my epidural..the relieve was incredible.. I slept until 4 am .. then pushed for 3 and a half hours and had my 6.7 pound little girl! we named her Elyse Ethelyn..

Amanda - posted on 01/01/2010

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My daughter Gabriella was born onOct. 2,2009. She actually was a planned C-section due to the fact that I had a c-section with my first child (who is also an october baby, born in 2006) was c-section I opted for it again with her.
At 5:30 that morning my husband and I were awoken by our alarm because we had to be to the hospital between 6 and 6:30 am. So we left our son with my folks and head out.
We checked in at like 6:15 and from there they did all their admition questions and preping once I was in my room. This consisted of putting me on a monitor for 20 minutes, blood pressure etc.
Finally at a little before 8 I was wheeled down to the OR. After finally preperationsand what seemed like and eternity my daughter was boen at 8:29 am. After the surgery I was brought to recover for an hour. So it wasn't till almost ten oclock that I was finally able to hold her.

Bobi - posted on 12/30/2009

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No, Lilly was/is too social to have her face shoved in my chest. She hated that she couldn't look around, even right after she was born and she could barely see a thing. I didn't get to go to my 6 week check up because I started my period so it was rescheduled for the next week...ice all over the roads. I got to Taylorville (the town I delivered Ethan) and there were wrecks every where so I called and rescheduled it for the next week. I got my birth control prescription and told my husband that I was going to wait for my next period to take it because I thought what if I got pregnant but never would have imagined it. I am glad I did wait.



This go a round, Ethan was a pro at taking to the breast but he loved to be there for HOURS and still wasn't satisfied and I still had to chase Lillian so I had to put him on the bottle after 5 days which he hated me for but he was drinking 3oz every 1-2 hours. Not a good excuse but the bottle worked better for me. I really wish he was my first baby because I really wanted to breastfeed.

Bobi - posted on 12/29/2009

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it took us a year to get pregnant with Lillian so I would have never in a million years thought that just one time would work. A milestone for me this year was making it past 7 week pp not pregnant, lol!

Callie - posted on 12/29/2009

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See and I thought the pushing hurt the least! Weird how everyone's experience is so different. I can't believe that you got pregnant after only 7 weeks pp! That's unbelievable! Have you ever had a hard time getting pregnant?

Bobi - posted on 12/29/2009

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I didn't think the pain was too bad compared to the pain from being induced. The worst part was pushing, they had me laying flat and I had to pull myself all the way up and then push so by the time I got up to a good pushing position I was tired. When he came I thought it felt like a UTI, when it burns when you pee. I would do it again if I didn't have to be pregnant for 9 months, lol.



Incredible is right!!!

Callie - posted on 12/29/2009

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Bobi,
I loved reading about your labor and delivery. So glad that you made it to A hospital!
It sounds like your labor, in itself, was very similar to mine. Although, my daughter was six weeks early. When she decided to come, there was no stopping her! I always said that I'd get an epidural, but throughout my active labor I never felt I needed it. I'm so glad that I didn't. Although it was painful it was incredible.
Thanks for sharing and I'm glad everything turned out alright!
Callie

Bobi - posted on 12/29/2009

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My baby Ethan...he is the boss, that is the runnign joke in my family and here is the reason why. Side note:I got pregnant 7 weeks postpartum with my daughter Lillian.) As of Friday, September 25th 2009 one week before my induction date, I was not dilated even the smallest bit. At that point I was very ready to have Ethan out into the world and I was very afraid that I would get to the hospital and they would tell me that they couldn't induce because I am not dilated and send me home. So, on Facebook I asked my friends for suggestion as to what works to get the ball rolling. I got a lot of feedback, what worked, what didn't work and what not to waste my time on. So...Wednesday, Sept. 30th I decided to try the easiest suggestion (that which got me into this situation to begin with) and didn't think it would work but what is it to hurt to try right???

September 30th: 10:00 pm-Had some mommy and daddy time followed by some apples and carmdel dip and a massage. It was a nice way to spend our final night of having a child that sleeps through the night. I got to bed about midnight and slept until 1.

October 1stathe
1:00 am- Contractions start after being asleep for only one hour and continue every seven minutes and last about 1 min and a half. Thought they were Braxton Hicks contractions because the same thing was happening last Thursday and like I said, NO dilation! I just breathed through them and slept between them.

3-3:30 am- Contractions started to become much closer, every 4 minutes, so I thought I would Google what to do thinking that it was false labor, I answered a few e-mails however I don't know if they made any sense because it was at this point that I figured out I was in labor. I called the Telenurse to see what to do, I didn't want to rush to the hospital if I was going to get sent home, but she advised me to call 911 and get an ambulance, we live an hour away from the hospital. I woke Mike up and said, "Babe, the nurse said I need to call 911 for an ambulance" but I didn't seem to be too concerned so he wasn't too concerned either so we decided to just drive up ourselves. He jumped in the shower, I tried to get dressed in between contractions and his parents showed up to stay with Lillian just as we were fixing to walk out the door. We got to Taylorville lake (a town about 15 miles away) and I decided that we should stop in Taylorville for an ambulance out of fear that we would be delivering roadside but when we got there the Dr. thought different!

4:30 am- got to Taylorville hospital and the party started. They prepared (this was in the ER because they do not offer L&D in this hospital any longer), made me hold off on pushing so they could get ready, I pushed and out came Ethan at 5:33. WOW!! No meds, now that was an experience. I really didn't think I had what it took to deliver but I guess I did. The hospital that I was shooting for sent their OB ambulance team to pick us up and we got to there at 9 am. Man was it a long day.

I had no clue I was in labor because the contractions we not very strong like they were with Lillian (I was induced) and I would have never thought that after 4 weeks of being checked I was not dialated or thinned when with Lillian I was dialated 5 weeks before I had her. I am very greatful that he came when he wanted and that it was fast, to fast to get an epidural because I wanted to have Lilly with out one but that is another story.

Callie - posted on 12/27/2009

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Hey Kelly,
I'm so glad that your husband was able to make it home for the birth of little Cooper. Boy, he was a small guy! My little girl was 5 pounds 7 ounces and was six weeks early! I can't imagine how big she would have been had she gone term.
It sounds like the end of your pregnancy was a little scary but you must have handled the stress very well. I'm glad that everything turned out okay and that your little man is putting on weight and growing perfectly!
I, too, loved being pregnant. Despite having morning sickness the entire time! I am looking forward to my next pregnancy. I hope that it doesn't take us as long to conceive as it did the first time. We've decided to not prevent so we will see.
I hope and pray that your husband makes it back to his healthy family soon.

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I was pregnant with my 4th child. My due date was October 23, 2009. I loved being pregnant. Well this pregnancy went well just as my 3 others but my husband left in Aug. 09 to Iraq so we weren't even sure if he was going to be home for the birth of his son. I had a schedule c section for Oct. 9 which is my husbands birthday. The last 2 wks. of Sept. I was sick with a cold etc., my blood pressure was up and I was having contractions and didn't even know. Well I had a Dr. appointment the last week of Sept. and the Dr. put me on bedrest. I couldn't believe it, so I took it easy as much as I could even though I have 2 teenage daughters that had to be taken to school and to their sports and also take care of my 16 month old son. Not much bedrest. Thankfully, my husband was able to take an emergency leave to come home. He came home the evening of Oct. 1st and I had a Dr. appointment the next day on the 2nd. My blood pressure was way up and I had protein in my urine so he says you ready to have this baby today? I couldn't believe it, I had nothing ready for my little guy. I had him at 4:30pm that day. He weighed 5 lbs 5 1/2 oz. and was 17 1/2 in. long. He was just a little guy but healthy as ever. So, while I was in the hospital for my 4 days my husband got everything ready for us to come home. My husband only got to stay home for 3 weeks then back to Iraq. Shortly after he went back, Cooper my son wasn't looking right, his color showed signs of jaundice. So, I had to take him to the hospital to be put under the lights for 24 hours. Thankfully he is all better. He is doing great. He is up to 9 lbs 11 oz. and is 20 in. long. I am very thankful for my 4 healthy children, it is trying sometimes being the only parent right now but well worth it.

Callie - posted on 12/15/2009

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Krysta and Maritza,

I enjoyed reading about your labor and delivery experience. It's amazing to me how different each birth is.

Here's a little about me. My little girl was born on October 27th, 2009 and was quite a surprise. She was not due for another six more weeks. My husband and I thought that we had plenty of time to prepare for her arrival, hah. My pregnancy was FULL of early contractions. The contractions never indicated any labor progression but I was given terbutaline and nifedipine to stop them. When I say a lot, I was having any where from 5 -13 and hour beginning in my second trimester. When I went into labor, I though that I was just having a lot of BH's as I had in the past. I'm a first grade teacher and was teaching that day. The contractions were more intense so I decided to check with my OB just in case. After work, I went to my OB and I was 4 cm dilated already. He sent me to L & D and made an attempt to stop it. But after 3 hours, I was still dilating and contracting so I was admitted. I labored all night and had my water broke at 6:45 in the morning. I was 8 cm at that time. I decided not to have an epidural (even though I told everyone that I would be getting one). I started pushing a little after 9 am and had my little gal at 9:26 am. I felt like the pushing was the easiest and least painful. It was the last two cm of dilation that killed me! She was a big girl for her age at 5 pounds 7 ounces and 19.25 inches long (although that measurement went down after her "cone" head went away :)). She was admitted to the NICU for 9 days and has been growing like a weed at home since. The worst part of my recover, besides the emotions, was the stupid hemorrhoids! I never got them during pregnancy, only during delivery and it took WEEKS to heal!

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My baby was due on Oct 2. I went to see the doctor on Oct 1. I was not dilated a single cm. My cervix was not soft and baby had not dropped. Doctor scheduled me for an induction on the 13th. She did not want to go pas the 42nd week because of the baby getting too big.



Imagine my dissappointment when I was told I was going to have to wait 2 more weeks!! She sent me for an ultrasound the following day to make sure everything was ok. Went to the ultrasound the actual day the baby was due. Everything was NOT ok.



Turns out, placenta was draining most of the fluid and baby had to come out!! I was going to have my baby Oct 2 after all!



Oct 2 3:30 pm

I got there, I was given medicine to soften my cervix. With that came horrible horrible contractions a couple of hours later.



10pm

I was only dilated 1 cm and contractions were getting awful! They refused to give me an epidural!



Oct 3 1am

I couldn't take the contractions anymore and was finally given an epidural. I was only 3 cm dilated. An hour later they rushed in because baby's hearbeat had slowed down. turns out, I had gone from 3cm to 7cm in one hour. After baby's heartbeat stablelized, they left me alone and I was able to nap.



5a.m.

doctor came in and said I was fully dilated. Baby was too high, he could barely feel her, so they made me push and push to lower the baby.



8 a.m.

Baby was low enough they could feel her and I began to feel pressure around my pelvic area. Epidural stopped working; and they decided to not give me anymore because I wasn't pushing right, and they needed me to feel my pushing.



Pain was horrible. I had been pushing since 5 a.m. and was exhausted.



10:27 a.m.

Baby was finally born "naturally."



She is healthy and beautiful!

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I was 39 weeks to the day. It was a regular wednesday. My husband went to work, i sat at the computer for a bit then went to take a shower around noon. I undressed in the bathroom leaned over to take off my panties and had a trickle of fluid down my leg....my water never actually broke it just leaked. So I went about my shower...shaved my legs, put some make up on! I called the doc and they told me to go to labor and delivery. My husband came home and we got to the hospital around 3:30pm turns out they were waiting for me! I went in the ran the test to make sure it was amniotic fluid and it was! They started a small dose of pitocin at around 5:30pm I was 3cm dilated. I went from 3cm to 6cm in an hour and from 6cm to 8cm in 45min! Things were moving very quickly! Everything was fine until my epidural stopped working and they had to up the dose. They also had to up the dose while i was pushing because i started to hold back because of the pain! By midnight I started pushing and at 1:30am my daughter was born! The real "labor" part of it lasted about 8hrs and i pushed for about an hour and a half. Not bad for a first child! My daughter was born perfectly healthy, we had some fevers and jaundice problems so we stayed in the hospital from wednesday after noon to sunday night. Now were doing just fine! What's your story?

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