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September 25th, 2012, 01:29 PM
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Well, as much as I love hearing birth stories from BTDT mommies I really want the nitty gritty. I keep hearing about going into "transition" and the this "ring of fire" What is this and what exactly does it feel like. I know everyone's experiences are completely different but I just want to hear some descriptions.
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September 25th, 2012, 01:36 PM
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Haha good question! I'm on my phone right now, but I'll definitely be back soon to type up my story
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September 25th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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ETA: This stems from my recent viewing of "What to expect when you are expecting" where a one woman's sneezed and a baby was born, little pain. One was excruciating pain while completely natural...one was CS.
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I used Hypnobabies.

I had what felt like a lot of pressure on a Monday evening, slept fine that night, woke up and it was stronger. Then suddenly my water broke. The contractions got more intense, but I used the meditation/hypnosis tracks and it was fine. Ate a donut, watched my favorite comedian on Youtube. Unfortunately, I was so calm the on call midwife didn't believe I was as far along as I was, so when my own midwife called me back 2 hours later (I had called when my water first broke) and the contractions were less than 2 min apart, she was like "Get in here!"

At that point I was in transition, and that's when it really hurt because I couldn't maintain the hypnosis while getting into the car and riding for an hour. I thought my body was going to break apart. I was convinced something was wrong, and that fear really makes it tough to use the hypnosis properly. Now I know what to expect and won't have that fear.

Got to the birth center and found out I was fully dilated! Pushed for 2 hours (first kid...they say more like 30 min this time). The pain of her actually coming out was very short-lived. I guess it had a burning sensation, but it was just really quick.

That's about it! 5.5 hour labor or so.
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September 25th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Ooo! Ooo! I can share! It will be loooooooong though!

My two experiences were vastly different.

My first was 11 hours long and was very painful. My water broke first. She was sunny-side up, so I felt all my labor pains in my lower back and thigh bones. That was hard because no matter how I moved, there was always pressure on my legs. Transition* was really long with that one. Almost an hour (NOT common - it's usually more like 10-30 minutes). My old midwife kept saying, "This is the shortest part. Almost there." Finally, I said, "This is NOT the shortest part! It's NOT!"

I never felt the urge to push with her (baby position again) and pushed (flat on my back in bed) for about 40 minutes. I never felt "the ring of fire." Crowning didn't feel like burning to me. It just hurt, to be honest. Thankfully it was short and she shot out after that. I did feel the small tear I got with her, but it was über small and I didn't need stitches.

With my second, my labor was only 3 hours. Labor was cake! CAKE! Contractions hurt, but not horribly so. I was up laughing and talking and straightening my room. Only the last 20-30 minutes were more painful and I had to quiet down and focus on my relaxation and breathing.

My transition was very short. I was squatting in the tub and getting to the point where I felt I couldn't do it any more (classic sign of transition) and my midwife whispered that she thought my water would break in the next contraction or two and I would be ready to push. All I could think was, "You liar. I have been here before and we are just getting started." To my shock, two contractions later, I felt my bag of waters pop underwater!

After that, there was no more pain. Only pressure. Insane pressure! Like I said I never felt the urge to push with my first, but with that pressure, I HAD to push! 9 minutes and 4 or 5 pushing contractions later, she was born! Again, no ring of fire, just painful stretching, but it wasn't as bad because I was in the tub and my skin was very elastic and hydrated. It also helped because my midwife did not make me hold my pushes once her head crowned. I would push, she would move down, then when the push was done, she would recede a little bit. Push, move down a little more, stop pushing, recede a little. That helped to stretch the birth and canal and opening gradually. I was also squatting, which opens the hips and birth canal by as much as 20%, and put gravity on my side (versus pushing "uphill" while flat n my back). She came out with her hand by her face, so I tore on the inside of my lady parts, but still didn't need stitches.

After both, my recoveries were super short and easy, even more so with my second (even though I tore worse with her). Honestly, I love natural birth! I am a birth junkie! People think I'm so odd for looking forward to labor, but both my births were so amazing. My second, especially, was so calm and serene. She was born in our quiet bedroom, with dimmed lights and hushed voices. I still remember my midwife lifting her to my chest and seeing her sweet face for the first time. The rush of endorphins and hormones and instant love was overwhelming!

Ack! Now I'm bawling! Is it Janaury yet?! Bring it on!

*For anyone who doesn't know: transition is the last part of phase 2 labor (active dilation and effactment). It is when your cervix goes the last couple of centimeters and your body starts getting ready to transition to pushing. It is usually the hardest part of labor, but it is also (typically) mercifully short. Most of the time, when you feel like you can't do it anymore, when it's all too much, that is transition and you are almost done!
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September 25th, 2012, 03:27 PM
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I woke up feeling kinda uncomfortable and a few minutes later my water broke (steady leak no big gush) Contractions immediately started and they were super intense lasting 60-90 seconds and 2-3 minutes apart (there was no gradual build up) we went to the hospital where I was 4cm and 80% effaced. I walked the hall for an hour and then a dr came in and told me i had a 2nd bag of water which he then broke. I felt an immediate change and a ton of pain/pressure. the dr checked me and i was a full 10, 100% effaced. I pushed for 10mins and DS was born. I did feel the "ring of fire" when he crowned but honestly the whole process was so fast and terribly painful that it didnt stand out in my mind. The whole labor (from point of water breaking) was about 3.5 hours. The whole event was terrible with no build up and no break in contractions. I had a horrible recovery (about 6 months in total) and pray that this time it is completely different We shall see!

p.s i am jealous of those mommies who enjoyed the birthing process because i feel like a bad mom for wishing that i could avoid the whole thing for fear that it will be like last time
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September 25th, 2012, 03:44 PM
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wow- thanks ladies! I am totally in awe of anyone who goes through the "natural" labor. I was induced with Madison and opted for the epidural but from the second I got it I knew that was not what I wanted. I just had everyone EVERYONE telling me "when you get your epidural" and totally freaked when the real pains started hitting. I had constant pressure all over my stomach and back down into my thighs with Madison. I just felt trapped and didn't want to get to that point of no return. I plan to handle this labor and delivery a lot different this time. I just wanted to kinda get a feel for the real pain that comes with keeping things natural. I want to know what to somewhat expect should I get past where I opted for the epi with Madison.
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September 25th, 2012, 03:57 PM
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I am LOVING this information!! I've been reading Ina May's book and i love the stories, but they seem so quick and i don't know what to think.

But i'm gradually thinking more and more every day that i can do this!
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September 25th, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Ok first I want to say - you can TOTALLY do it.

I was induced with my son and it SUCKED. Wednesday at 5 or 6am we started; he was born Saturday night a few minutes before midnight. Yes, you read that right. It was hideous. I wanted to go natural but of course that didn't happen with that horrid long labor and pitocin. The doctors did give me the nights off on Wed. and Thurs. nights. I guess I was in "active" labor from Friday morning when they finally broke my water until he was born. They let me go a realllly long time and I had a fever when he was born, he had a fever, his apgars were low, he didn't cry or breathe when he was born, etc. and spent a week in the NICU. I will do EVERYTHING in my power to avoid being induced ever again. I pushed for almost 4 hours and finally had a vacuum assisted delivery and was literally ONE push away from a c/s. My nurses were already suiting up and getting ready to wheel me down to the OR while my doctor gave me one last chance to push and all of a sudden they all started yelling and cheering and I pushed for all I was worth and out he came, thank God. Recovery was terrible. I tore and I was sooo swollen down in my girlie bits. Sitting hurt, standing up hurt. Ugh. I had to be wheeled to the room they put you in after birth and used the wheelchair to get down to the NICU to see my son because I just couldn't walk it hurt so bad. I don't say all this to scare anyone, I just really don't think it would have been sooo bad if I had not been induced.

My daughter was SUCH a different story! I was much more informed with her but there were still things that did not go the way I wanted and to this day I don't know if all the crap was necessary or if the midwife/nurses were just pissed at me for refusing to do things their way.

Anyway, with her, I had been having BH and some real contractions for weeks, on and off. This one evening though I had a few rather painful contractions and I just felt different. I woke up the next morning at 5am and I knew it would be the day. Contractions were still extremely sporadic and far apart, but they just felt different and I felt different. I went about my day just fine though, they weren't bothering me much at all, but they were steady and becoming more and more consistent. I think by 2pm they were around 5 minutes apart and I had called my hubby and mom to tell them if they wanted to start heading over that would be a good idea. Neither one of them hurried because I guess I sounded too calm, lol. It started to get a little difficult to handle my almost 2-year old by myself because the pain was picking up, so I called my mom back and was like, UMM WHERE ARE YOU!?? lol!

So they got there and we got everything in the car and headed for the hospital. Oh yeah I had called my midwife at the hospital and they were just stupid on the phone. I DO NOT go to the hospital until I am sure I'm in labor, but my gosh I'm not going to scream and cry on the phone. So they acted like, welllll if you really want to come in I guess you can, but we'll probably just send you home, blah blah blah. WHATEVER! So on the way to the hospital I told hubby to stop for a hamburger, lol, because I knew I'd have a hard time being "allowed" to eat once I was admitted (SERIOUSLY annoys me). Well before we got the hamburger my contractions went to 2 minutes apart and I said, ummm never mind, just get to the hospital, lol!

So I get there and get into a room and the nurse checks me, I was like 3-4 cm. She put me on the monitors and says ok let's get your IV started. And I'm like, um no? Because I already discussed this with my midwife and she is fine with me not having an IV. I want to move around, blah blah blah. Well, next thing you know, oh baby's heartrate is going a little low during contractions. So I turn on my side and that gets better. Then hmmm, her heartrate is a little high. Well WHICH IS IT, low, high, what is going on here. So I'll be danged if they didn't make me stay in that stupid bed on my left side the entire time I was in labor. They didn't even let me get up to pee, they kept coming in and telling me I was probably going to have a c/s, it was awful! And I am still mad at them for it because I don't trust that all of that was necessary. I think they told me what they thought would scare me into doing things their way. I mean those nurses were straight up PISSED at me when I refused the IV. Talking nasty to each other about how I was endangering my baby, etc. Ugh.

Whatever though. Even with all of that, the actual labor was amazing. I wish I hadn't had to lie on my left side the entire time, and I wish my useless midwife had not been so useless. I was left to my own the entire time. I remember that the contractions got SO painful, and it felt like someone was grinding something down through my insides (I think that was my baby moving down). I got to this point where I said, I cannot do this anymore (and I am sure it was transition now, but NOBODY came and helped me or told me that I was sooo close, if they had it would have made a HUGE difference in my ability to cope).

So I called over the nurse's caller thing cause hubby and I were alone in the room, like we had been the whole time. I had already called like 5-10 mins before telling them I cannot do this anymore, I need something for the pain, and I guess they just ignored that. So I called back to say, WHERE the &&#@*& are you!? and while I was talking to the nurse over the intercom, my body started pushing all by itself. It was incredible!! The pain went away almost completely and it felt SO GOOD to push. I guess I must have been yelling that I was pushing, because the midwife and the nurse came TEARING into my room and forced me onto my back (yes they physically turned me as I was screaming that I couldn't go on my back because it hurt) and I pushed twice and she was out. It didn't hurt to push and although I did tear I don't remember a ring of fire. I do kind of remember a sort of stretching feeling.

I felt AMAZING after she was born. I walked to the post partum room and recovery was a billion thousand times better than with my son. I felt great, except for the fact that my BP was a bit high and they stressed me out over it so badly that I thought I was going to die.

I still feel like my daughter's labor/birth was really great even with all of the crap that the nurses and midwife put me through. I had one great nurse and then the postpartum nurses were really good too. This time, I just want to talk about all of this with my doctor and tell her the things I really want to avoid. I trust her SO MUCH MORE already though so I think that will help.

Labor and delivery is AH-MAZING. I am one of those freaks who find it incredible and empowering and look forward to it, even with the issues I had with my first two. And really as long as we both get through it safe and healthy, I will be ecstatic.
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September 25th, 2012, 07:18 PM
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p.s i am jealous of those mommies who enjoyed the birthing process because i feel like a bad mom for wishing that i could avoid the whole thing for fear that it will be like last time
You aren't bad mom! Not everyone has to love (or even like) birth. It's just like me with rollerc coasters. Everyone keeps wanting me to ride them, thinking because they like them, I will too (one day). Nope. I hate heights and roller coasters literally terrify me. You just have to find what works best for you and then go for it!
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I am LOVING this information!! I've been reading Ina May's book and i love the stories, but they seem so quick and i don't know what to think.

But i'm gradually thinking more and more every day that i can do this!
I used to consider myself a huge, wussy baby. If I can give birth naturally (especially given how painful my first was) I believe almost anyone can (provided there are no scary complications)!

In fact, birth actually changed my view of myself. Note that I said "I USED to consider myself a huge, wussy baby." Seriously, after giving birth the first time, having all my limits literally pushed to the edge, thinking I absolutley could not do it as the end grew closer, and coming through the other side... It sounds really corny, but it was like I came out of it feeling like I could literally do anything. I felt strong and empowered and ready for motherhood and all the challenges that came with it. It was an immensely eye-opening experience. I know, I know. Corny.

I think that is why I treasure that first, incredibly difficult labor. It taught me about aspects of myself and my endurance and strength (both physically and emotionally) that I may not have discovered on my own. And here come the tears again! *runs to get tissues*
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*** Not sure if I should be including my story because I did finally accept the epidural about 16 hours into labor. I'll tell my story any way but I apoligie in advance if it doesnt belong here***

I was watching TV in bed really late, I just couldnt fall asleep. I finally dozed off and woke up about an hour later, 1:30am. I ran to the bathroom and had horrible diareha (sp?) Sorry for the TMI but I'm pretty sure it was labor related. I tried to go back and lay down in bed but I just felt "odd", and I had a gut feeling I was going into labor. I went out to the kitchen to hang out a bit bc I didnt want to wake DH. I started to notice contractions, at first they felt like really mild menstrual cramps that kept coming and going. But of course they were getting more and more intense. I timed it out and they were coming 7 minutes apart. I called L&D and they told me that it sounded like this was "it". She told me not to come rushing in, that I could wait until the contractions got closer together (I forget the timing she told me) So yeah, she told me I could kinda sorta take my time but to try to get there by mid morning, and obviously come in right away if my water broke.
DH gets up around 4:30am for work, and he wandered into the kitchen to look for me. I asked, "Do you wanna have a baby today?" I think he thought I was joking, even though it was my exact due date. So I explained to him what was going on, and we decided we'd both take showers, pack some bags (yes, I am SUPER last minute!) and slowly get on our way.
While I was in the shower, I remember the contractions getting stronger. Similar pain to menstrual cramps but at this time they were more intense than any menstrual cramps I had ever experienced. I took my time in the shower, I savoured every last minute of my life as I knew it. I knew that once I turned off the water, I was starting a new chapter in life.
So anyways, we got out of the house, stopped at starbucks. I went in to get our order. I ate a muffin. The contractions were becoming pretty uncomfortable but bearable.
When I got to the hospital, I was 4 cm dilated so they admitted me. They scolded me for eating beforehand (I didnt know you werent supposed to eat?) They started asking if I wanted an epidural, and I told them I did not. Although the nurses were very nice, they all kept telling me that the pain was going to get much, much worse. I heard a lot of "Are you SURE you dont want an epidural?" So reassuring! haha

They brought us to our room and the waiting game began. They told me I could get up and walk the halls to help the labor. So I walked some. Laid in bed some. Rocked in the rocking chair some. By lunch time the labor pains were getting pretty bad. I wasnt dilating as quickly as they'd hoped. Again, I was asked if I was sure I didnt want an epi. I declined again. I wanted to do it without. "The pain is only temporary", I kept telling myself.
It was probably around 3pm that the Dr came in and broke my water. It was after that that everything took off in a whirlwind. The contractions got 100x more painful, I wanted to vomit. I had this overwhelming urge to push, but the nurses were yelling that it wasnt time yet. I remember thinking, "OMG, I want more babies, but this is the LAST time I'll put myself through this!" At some point a bunch of Dr's and nurses were in the room. I heard them talking about my blood pressure I guess it was dangerously high all of the sudden? I heard them explaining to DH that I may end up in C-section. I started to worry about my baby, and my own health. On top of it all, the contractions were excrutiating. At one point a nurse mentioned that if I wanted an epi, this was probably my last chance or else I'd be too far in to get one. So I finally gave in. It eased my pain right away, and my blood pressure went down quite a bit. It was still high, but not dangerously high.
I labored for a while longer until finally around 8pm, they finally said it was time to push. I pushed for 2 hours. I couldnt feel what I was doing bc of the epi, so I think that prevented me from pushing as effectivly as I could have. Although the pushing was physically tiring, I didnt feel a thing. When DD was finally born, I suffered a third degree tear and got stitched up, but other then that everything went smoothly. DD was a healthy 6lb, 11oz bundle of joy

I really, really wanted to experience labor without an epidural. I gave it my best shot and it just got to the point where my body was in distress because of the pain. I've experienced some pretty painful things in my life and always though I had a high pain tolerance. But labor was no comparison.
Going into my next labor, I will try to do it again without an epidural. I have high hopes that maybe this time wont be so painful? At the very least, I'm hoping I dont have to push so long. And yes, I did decide to go through with childbirth again, even though during my last labor I was yelling at my husband that "We are never doing this again!!!!" Selective memory I guess?
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I think your story absolutely belongs here! Way to go 16 hours naturally! That's incredible!

Every labor is different. You may find your next is much easier!

P.S. I got snarky comments from the nurses, too. One said, rather loudly, "Be sure to put her in a room far away from the other patients. We don't want her screams to scare everyone." Thanks for words of encouragment.
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I love these stories. They are eye opening and truthful but not meant to scare FTM's the way I feel when people in real life tell me their birthing horror stories. It's also helping me to get a sense of what I want. I really appreciate the mix of natural labor and epi labors because everyone's process is different and you shouldn't feel any less about yourself as a woman for feeling like you need an epidural. Sometimes I feel like a failure when I think that I will end up getting an epi if I need one, but then again everyone is different. Either way I want labor to be as amazing a process as it can be and let's be honest the act in itself is incredible. I'm much more looking at labor as something good and not just a torturous practice in pain tolerance.
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Love hearing these stories!
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All 4 of my kids were bornn naturally with no epidurals. Transistion is that time when your contractions become very painful and consistant.

Hold on...that is good bc that means as soon as you get the go ahead you cann push. And pushing is great for pain relief. I coudlnt wait to push bc I didnt feel the contractions when I pushed.

Ring of fire, that would be the burning some women gett when their baby crowns.

Both of these pains are finite......meaning they wont last forever, they can be dealt with bc you have taught your brain that these are signs that your body knows what iits doing and you are moving on to the next step.
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I used to consider myself a huge, wussy baby. If I can give birth naturally (especially given how painful my first was) I believe almost anyone can (provided there are no scary complications)!

In fact, birth actually changed my view of myself. Note that I said "I USED to consider myself a huge, wussy baby." Seriously, after giving birth the first time, having all my limits literally pushed to the edge, thinking I absolutley could not do it as the end grew closer, and coming through the other side... It sounds really corny, but it was like I came out of it feeling like I could literally do anything. I felt strong and empowered and ready for motherhood and all the challenges that came with it. It was an immensely eye-opening experience. I know, I know. Corny.

I think that is why I treasure that first, incredibly difficult labor. It taught me about aspects of myself and my endurance and strength (both physically and emotionally) that I may not have discovered on my own. And here come the tears again! *runs to get tissues*
I know i have a high tolerance for pain and always have since a child, but i have to imagine things like injuries and tattoos and other pain inducing ordeals are WAY different than childbirth. Pregnancy alone has made me feel so empowered that i feel like i need to do a natural childbirth. Not sure if any of that makes sense!
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my first i was induced with at 42 weeks (started going into labor at 28 weeks doctors stopped it then she didnt want to come and they wanted to give her more time to grow) and ended up getting a epidural think pitocin makes it so much worse.) My 2nd was having contractions but they sent me home because they werent "frequent enough"10-15 min apart. I went home slept all day got up did some stuff that evening, went to bed woke up and water broke at 9am no pain/discomfort nothing. I called the doctor and because my water broke they sent me in imediately even though had no pain from contractions(couldnt even tell they were happening) @ 4 pm had EXCRUTIATING pain felt like insides were being ripped out and on fire. The nurses asked if anything happened to cause this because was so plesant & fine (they thought they were going to have to give me pitocin again) said yes felt a "pop" then the pain went from 0 to 20 on a 0-10 scale. When doctor checked me said that my daughter was on her own way to being born by 4:30 she was with 3 pushes. The doctor thought she had more time because wasnt showing signs of my labor being really active & stopped at the hospital on her way home just to check on me. the nurses were supposed to call her if anything changed .things changed so quick they didnt even have the time to call.(thank god she stopped just to check)
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Sometimes I feel like a failure when I think that I will end up getting an epi if I need one, but then again everyone is different. Either way I want labor to be as amazing a process as it can be and let's be honest the act in itself is incredible. I'm much more looking at labor as something good and not just a torturous practice in pain tolerance.
I don't think anybody is a failure if they end up with an epidural!! I want to do nautral, but i do have it in my birth plan to be notified of the last possible moment i can get one, since i have absolutely no idea what this is going to be like!
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sobbing....I can't wait to have my baby girl!

Just a quick breakdown for me:

With DS I woke up on a Saturday morning and had horrible diahrea (sp?), after having actually been admitted to the hospital previously because the constipation was so bad throughout pregnancy it kind of struck me as really odd. My ex was at work so I called my mom and told her I didn't feel "right" and had been in the bathroom all morning. Mom calmly suggested I call the dr and see what they say. (I didn't realize this was a sign of labor but this was her clue for her). Dr said to meet him at hospital. Well being only 36 weeks and thinking I just had a case of the "runs", I called my friend and asked if she would go with me. Turns out my contractions were 2 minutes apart and I wasn't feeling them. After my exam the dr said I should have my baby that evening or by next morning. My dr was on vacation so it was one of the other dr's in the practice. He said I wasn't term so he wouldn't help the process but since I was close he wouldn't stop it either. Well....Sunday morning I hadn't made much progress so he sent me home...told me to come back when they got stronger. Monday I went to work, left early (got sent home when they found out I was in labor) went and got my hair done and tried to stay active. Tuesday morning I saw another dr in the practice for my weekly appt. by then ds was so far down I couldn't walk so she said we have to get you going. They started me on pitocin about an hour later. Out of fear I got an epidural fairly early and he was born a little after 8 that night. Not developed enough. They put him on my chest and I saw how beautiful he was and then immediately said something isnt right. The nurse said babies can sound funny when they breathe. I insisted and she came over and they rushed him to the NICU. He hadn't developed the surfactant and his lungs were sticking together. I didn't get to see him again til the next morning. I was in bad shape and on oxygen and so was he. But, 9 years later he is healthy and wonderful!!

DD was a little less eventful, I was in for my weekly appt and had my first contraction sitting there talking to the dr. So since i was there they hooked me up and sure enough....regular steady contractions. She told me to go walk around the mall a couple times (its close to the hospital) and meet her back at labor and delivery. that was about 7 pm, the next morning I just wasn't making any progress so they augmented me again with pitocin. I got an epidural when they came in and said last chance. And she was born around 2 pm. Healthy and beautiful. She was born at 37 weeks.

This makes me cry happy tears and I can't wait to meet my new baby girl.

Wow!!! Didn't realize I typed so much!!! OOPS!! So much for quick breakdown.
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