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November 9th, 2006, 10:15 PM
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Caleb Latham Joshua 2/8/93 We fell pregnant on our honeymoon after being told we couldn't have kids. Caleb's pregnancy was full of problems from the beginning, we almost lost him at 8 weeks but the Dr's. couldn't figure out why, then again at 16 weeks again no explaination, then at 30 weeks we had a big bleed (bigger than the other 2) & my hubby was told he had 10mins then if the bleeding didn't stop he would have to make the decision about who he would save, me or the baby, he told the Dr. that he couldn't make a decision like that & he would have to decide on the operating table. Fortuantly the bleeding stopped & the rest of the pregnancy was uneventful. I went into labour the day before our due date, it started with a severe headache so I took some panadol & promptly threw that up & because I didn't keep anything down for the first 3 mths of the pregnancy we went straight to the hospital. They hooked me up the monitor that measures the contractions & the babies heartbeat & the midwife said it would be a couple more weeks but when the dr. came in he said it would be 12-24 hrs. We went home & called my in-laws as they were taking us to the hospital when the time came. At 10pm the pain was starting to get to me but my FIL said that he wasn't going anywhere until the motorbike race had finished (he had 5 kids & knew we were going to be a little while longer), so at midnight we made our way to the hospital & Caleb was born 5:38am on his due date with no drugs & an episiotomy as he had the cord around his neck, I was flat on my back (YUK). We came home 2 days later. The reason for the bleed at 30 weeks was his placenta had started to shut down & the Dr. said it was a miracle he lasted for the last 10 weeks. I breastfeed for 12 mths.
6lb 14 1/2oz
Amos Philip James 20/8/97 After Caleb we had trouble conceiving & found out I had Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) so we had hormone treatment to fall pregnant. The pregnancy was fantastic, no morning sickness until the 3mth mark & it only lasted 3 weeks. I went into labour 6 days before his due date, my waters broke at 6:30am & the contractions started an hour later we made our way to the hospital at 10:30am, I had a shower & 1hr later I was on my hands & knees fully dilated & ready to push. He was posterior, my hubby Stuart delivered him (midwife standing nearby) & Caleb was present for the birth & he cut the cord. Amos was born at 12:05pm, 6 days early, no drugs & we were home the next day. I breastfeed for 12 mths.
Christopher & Rueben Tobias Nov 98 & 2/1/99 We found out we were pregnant with twins & were over the moon as I had always wanted twins. But it was not to be, Christopher was a disapearing twin at 10 weeks gestation (being that young we of course don't know the sex but I just feel he was a boy & Christopher is not a name we would have used if he had been full term). We had our 18 week ultrasound with Rueben & found out that his skull had not formed (anecaphalic) & that every baby that had this would die. It could take anywhere from the day he was born to 4-5 weeks. So we decided because of the risks to me that we would deliver him early, when I was 20 weeks we were induced at 8:45am & after a emotionally painful labour(I felt him die as he entered the birth canal) we had him at 8:45pm that night. Caleb, Amos, my mum & our pastor & his wife were there after he was born & we had him dedicated. The boys, mum & the pastor & his wife held him & we had photos. The funeral home director came & took him to the home as we didn't want him in the morgue & Stuart & I went to see him by ourselves 2 days later. We had the funeral at the end of the week & my milk came in the same day. After he was born the midwife covered his head as I didn't want to see him like that, I also didn't want the other boys to see him without the top part of his head either. We came home that night.
Elisha & David 27/11/99 When we found out we were having twins again I said oh no not again. Everything went well & we had a hassle free pregnancy but I got real heavy real quick. I went into labour at 9pm & went straight to the hospital because that's what the dr. said we had to do, we paced most of the night & nothing seemed to be happening so I rested & at about 3am we called our babysitters as Caleb & Amos were going to be there for the birth. I got up to go to the toilet at about 4:30am & when I got off I leant on the edge of the bed waiting for Stuart to finish talking to the babysitters, when I felt a gush, I thought it was my waters breaking but Stuart told me not to look & went to get the midwife as it was blood. I was put straight on to my back on the bed & at 6:12am Elisha was born, I only saw him for 2 secs & he was taken to be worked on, David was born at 6:25am & again I only saw him for a couple of secs. I had no drugs & they were both head down. They were 6 weeks early & spent 2 weeks in NICU in the low risk section. I breastfeed for 12 mths.
Elisha 4lb 10oz
David 5lb 12oz
Peter & Malachi 8/1/04 We were planning a home birth for this last pregnancy but because of a shortage of midwives & a few problems along the way it didn't happen. Everything was going great until about 21 weeks & then 2 of our homebirth midwives had some family issues that had to be sorted out so they wouldn't be available to deliver our babies & they couldn't get replacements, so we went to the hospital we booked into earlier in the pregnancy incase of emergancy & went through the rest of the pregnancy with a local GP & 2 of our homebirth midwives but we had to deliver at the hospital. At the 30 week ultrasound everything was great but at the 37 week ultrasound twin 2 was a bit small & they were both breech so we had to have a more indepth ultrasound the next week. At that ultrasound they were both the same weight but they were still breech. As I wanted a natural delivery we saw a Dr. who was willing to do it only if they were bottom first(they were) not feet first. She did an internal & found I was 3cm dilated so she talked to her team to see if they would be willing to induce & deliver them. On the 8th of Jan we were induced at 9am & my waters were broken at 9:30am by 10am I was ready to push so the Dr. put me on my hands & knees & Peter's bottom was almost out & the rest of him slipped out quicker than the Dr. intended, he was taken & looked at while I got back onto my back, everything stopped so I was flipped back on my hands & knees & Malachi zipped out, again faster than intended. From start to finish it was 2 1/2 hrs with no drugs & we were home the next day. They were born at 38 weeks 2 days. They are now 2yrs & I breastfeed for 15mths
Peter 6lb 1oz
Malachi 5lb 5oz
I am proud of all of my children's births & Amos' was my favourite,
but to have breech twins with no drugs in 2 1/2 hrs is my best
accomplishment so far.
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