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Here is my birth story. I was pretty active on JM during the early part of my pregnancy, but have been a bit of a slacker. I hope this helps someone who will give birth soon. Feel free to ask questions if you think I might be able to help.
We were Team Green - I wouldn't change a thing, it was a great experience to hear the doctor say - It's a girl! Intuition was definitely correct, and we didn't have a name picked for boy, so good thing.
Wednesday, June 22nd
I noticed that I had a water discharge in my panty liner. I went and grabbed lunch in our work cafeteria and my underwear were soaked within about 10 minutes, so I put on a pad. I was still having some discharge, but I wasn’t convinced that my water had actually broken, so I went into a conference room and laid back – sure enough I could feel quite a bit of water leak out. So, I called my doctors office – and waited for a call back. The previous week I was 4 almost 5 cm, so I was slightly nervous about ‘making it to the hospital’. MD called back and told us to head to the hospital. Luckily my hubby and I work in the same place and had decided to drive in together.
1:40 Leave work
2:20 Arrive at hospital
I was (and had for a couple of weeks) having contractions around 1-4 minutes apart. I could feel the pressure, but they were not painful.
3:30-4:00 Walk around the hospital floor
4:00-5:00 Intake questions and start of IV
5:00 Pitocin (very low amount)
6:10 DH’s mom and my mom visit in L&D room
6:20 MD checks cervix – 7 cm dilated
6:40 I felt like I ‘had to poop’, but had been having a lot of pressure over the last few days. Nurse checks and I am fully dilated and ‘ready to go’
7:12 Allison was born
I practiced with hypnobabies beginning around week 32. I knew I wanted to have the baby without drugs, and was so lucky that the labor went as fast as it did. Once I was ready to push I listened to music (a mix of Sarah McLachlan, David Gray). The music really helped, especially when they were stitching me up after. Honestly, for me, the worse part was the stitches (1st degree tear) and stomach palpitations - - I was loosing a lot of blood and they ended up giving me another bag of pitocin to stop the bleeding. I think they messed with my stomach more because of this.
Overall the contractions were not very painful, and I probably wouldn’t have felt like I had to go in until right around when they checked and saw I was at 7. Good thing my water broke, or Allison might have been a ‘road baby’.
DH and I took a breastfeeding class and I read several books, but for me, it was something you don’t know how to handle until you are faced with it. Unfortunately none of my early nurses made sure I was doing it correctly and by the next morning I was already very sore. Luckily I’m producing a lot, but because my nipples were so sore initially we have been using a nipple shield, now I’m trying to wean her off of that.
I packed pretty minimally, and honestly only used shampoo/conditioner, Nook, granola bars (for after she was born – so hungry), camera, cell phone charger, clothes to go home, and clothes for her.
Thursday was ROUGH. I was so tired (didn’t sleep more than 2 hours total) and we had WAY too many visitors. By the end of the day I was crying.
Breastfeeding is HARD work. I totally needed my husband’s hands for the first 3 days until I was able to figure out how to position her myself.