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I can't say I have a very exciting or interesting birth story like some of you ladies, but a birth in itself is an exciting and miraculous event so here's my story.
Alaina is our first baby, so we of course had every idea of how we wanted things to go for the labor and delivery. We had gone back and forth about the option of induction or waiting for her to come on her own, and opted to wait. We didnt' get to wait long though, because at my OB appt at 40 wks 4 days, my Dr decided to induce me that evening. I explained my concern with induction and the high rate of csection due to medical intervention via inductions. He explained that he believe Alaina was a good size baby and that waiting longer would only increase the possibility that a csection could happen.
We agreed and headed home to get some final items and drop off our dog at my parents house. DH and I felt like we had been preparing for this for months, and then when it was here, we found ourselves roaming around our house and talking about how nervous we were getting.
Fast forward 2 hours, we arrive at the hospital where we're taken to our room and begin the induction process. I was already 3cm and 75% effaced when checking in but had been this was for 2 weeks. I was hooked up to my IV within an hour, followed by my OB arriving to break my water 45 minutes later and being hooked up to pitocin. I have to admit, I tried holding out on getting an epidural but I caved within the first 3 hours. The pain and discomfort of simply having my water broken was enough to make up my mind. I wanted to enjoy the process and not be exhausted from a long night of painful contractions. My night was uneventful, save for the cervical checks every couple of hours...fun, fun!
Around 8am the following morning my OB arrived to check me before heading to his office across the parking lot. I was maybe 5 cm at this time I think, and this is when nurse Theresa came into our lives. She was an amazing nurse and so upbeat and thoughtful. I have low blood sugar regularly so I began feeling sick from lack of food, so Theresa put up a personal fan on my bed, gave me popsicles and even snuck me some sprite. By 11:15am Theresa came in to check and said we could try doing some pushes to see if we could get the baby off my back. I had had back labor a few weeks prior, but nothing significant to make me go to the hospital. A few pushes and she was coming down the birth canal. She had to remind DH to breathe a few times, b/c he was pushing with me the whole time, haha. They called my OB at 12:03pm and he sped across the parking lot to deliver miss Alaina. He had me push 4 times and she was out at 12:13pm. Born at 8lbs 15oz and 21 inches long and latched on to nurse immediately.
THAT was 4 weeks ago....she's now smiling and trying to coo and just being her cute self