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November 22nd, 2009, 03:25 PM
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Bella’s Birth Story
I was admitted into the hospital at 4:00 on November 18 and started Cytotec to help me dilate. I was worried because it took quite a while to take effect, so I thought that it might not work but by time for my second dose at midnight it was well into effect. I had a really hard time sleeping that night because every time I would fall asleep, I would have a contraction that woke me up. Finally, around 3:00 am I asked for something to help me sleep. It worked well for about 2 hours and then it quickly wore off but I was thankful for the two hours or rest because I knew I would need it. After each dose of Cytotec was given, I had to stay in bed for 2 hours. Those were the longest two hours because all I wanted to do was get up and walk. It was so wonderful when they allowed me to finally get up and walk around even though we had to stay on the L & D floor. I think we walked in a circle a million times. I had to come back quite often to be hooked back up to the monitors to make sure everything was fine with Bella. Twice her heart rate dropped low and the eventually made me stay in bed on my side.

The next morning came and it was time to start Pitocin at 6:00. They checked me to see what progress I had made and I had only dilated to 1 cm. I was so disappointed because it took me so long to get to a 1. Once they started the Pitocin, things started moving along quicker. By the time my doctor came to check on me at 9:00 I had made it to 4 cm, was 80% effaced, and was at a -2 station. She was very happy with my progress and broke my water. Within minutes of my water breaking, the contractions became awful. They were so intense and were coming one right after the other. I asked for an epidural and was given one about an hour and a half later. After the epidural, it was really just a waiting game. By 3:00 I was at 9 cm and at 4:00 I was at 10 cm and Bella was a station 0.

They waited and let the contractions help Bella drop down into the birth canal. It was amazing how I could feel her moving down and how your body takes over and knows what to do. By 4:15 I was ready to push but my doctor had not arrived. I had to wait on her and breathe through the pressure. That was really hard. When she arrived, I pushed roughly about 10-15 times and my miracle was born.

She came into the world sunny-side-up and that made for a harder delivery. I tore pretty bad but the recovery has not been as bad as expected. Bella got to stay in the room with Jon, my mother, my MIL, and myself for an hour and then she was taken into the nursery. After they took her away I became very shaky and sick. My doctor had told me that I lost a lot of blood during the delivery. They first few hours after the delivery were very hard. I was very sore and could not stop throwing up. But after they brought my little girl to me that night, all the pain melted away.

I am so lucky to have had such an easy delivery and only about an hour and a half of intense pain. I am even more lucky to have a perfect baby that I love more than anything.
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November 22nd, 2009, 03:34 PM
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aww great birth story Anna, thanks for sharing it....I've been wondering what to expect with my induction and you've given me a good idea. Congrats again on Bella - she's absolutely beautiful!
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November 22nd, 2009, 03:42 PM
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I enjoyed reading your story. You had what I have heard to be a typical induction and it is nice to hear of issues but nothing that can not be handled.

Bella is a doll and I know you are happy to see her. Congrats Mama!
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November 22nd, 2009, 04:07 PM
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I'm so glad everything went well for you and Bella!
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November 22nd, 2009, 06:01 PM
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What a wonderful story!! Bella is BEAUTIFUL!!
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November 22nd, 2009, 06:11 PM
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Congratulations again Anna!
I'm glad you had a good brith experience! And Bella is so adorable!!!
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November 22nd, 2009, 07:13 PM
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I'm so glad your little girl is here safely and your induction went well!!
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November 22nd, 2009, 08:13 PM
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Glad to hear that Bella is here safe and sound! She's a beauty!!!
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November 22nd, 2009, 08:58 PM
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Glad you had a good delivery! Shes beautiful as well! Congrats again Anna
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November 22nd, 2009, 09:23 PM
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Thanks for sharing your birth story. Bella is so beautiful!
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November 22nd, 2009, 09:59 PM
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Congrats again and Bella is just beautiful!
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November 23rd, 2009, 05:07 AM
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What a great birth story. I'm so happy you and Bella are doing great. Congratulations again Anna!
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November 23rd, 2009, 08:47 AM
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Congrats Anna!!! Baby Bella is beautiful! What a great birth story
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November 23rd, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Awww congrats on baby Bella!! She is absolutely beautiful and I loved reading your story!! Thanks for sharing it w/ us! YAH for an easy delivery.. hope mine goes as well!
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November 25th, 2009, 09:27 AM
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She's beautiful Anna!!!! Congrats!!

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November 25th, 2009, 02:33 PM
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November 28th, 2009, 03:44 PM
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Congratulations! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story.
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November 29th, 2009, 11:24 AM
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Congrats again on sweet Bella!!
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She is so adorable! Thanks you for sharing!
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