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Katelynn Mackenzie's Natural Birth 11-1-08

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January 8th, 2010, 01:13 PM
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More than a year later and I finally joined this board so I figured I would get my birth story up.

At about 35 weeks I went to L&D to be checked for pre-term labor. It was then found that I was 2cm dilated about 70% effaced but I then dilated to 3 in an hour so it was determined that I was in pre-term labor and was being sent to another hospital that had an NICU. I was sent via ambulance about an hour away to Madigan Army Hospital. I was told that they would not do anything to stop my labor but they would also not doing anything to help it along either. I was hoping that they would stop it because my husband was out to sea and I wanted to him so badly to be there for the birth (He missed our sons due to deployment). I stayed over night and made no change so they sent my home on bed rest. Its a little difficult to be on bed rest with your husband out to sea and a 17 month old at home but I did my best to stay rested and off my feet as much as possible. Once I hit 36 weeks I was aloud to get up again and resume my normal activity. Halloween rolled around and we were all geared up to go trick or treating. Little did I know our daughter would be arriving the very next day. We stayed out maybe an hour. Not to much walking but not a little walking either. Went home and fell asleep with a weird feeling that something was going to happen.

4:00am on November 1st I woke up to my bed soaked with warm fluid. I thought I had maybe peed myself so I got down to the bed smelled the sheets no urine smell. Went into the bathroom to change my clothes and more fluid began to flow out. I made some calls to tell my friend my water broke. She asked if I was sure because we thought several times with my son that my water broke. But this time there was no mistaking that my water was broken and I was in labor. So she called our other friend to let her know so she could come to watch all the kids. I told her that I was going to stay at home as long as possible before calling her to head to the hospital. I took a shower got on JM to update everyone did dishes took out the trash. At around 6:30 or so the contractions started getting closer together so I knew it was time to go to the hospital. I got my son up and got our stuff loaded into the car went over to Denise's (around the corner from my house) and we waited for our other friend to get there. At at 6:45 we were in the car on the way to the hospital. We got to the hospital and into the exam room at about 7:15 or so. At this point the contractions were extremely painful and I didnt want to be in the exam room because I knew I was in labor. They told me I was only 3cm (ugh I was already 3 the week before) but my water was broke and I was fully effaced.

They then were ready to transfer me to my labor and delivery room. They asked if I wanted to walk or ride in a wheelchair. I told them walk sitting was the last thing I wanted to do. So I walked to the room got into the bed for them to get my IV done. They took what seemed like forever to get my IV. This whole time I am screaming for some drugs lol. I really wanted them and felt like I needed them. The doctor came in to recheck me because he said it didnt sound like I was only 3cm. I wasnt I was anterior lip and the doctor told me we were about to have a baby. I really couldnt believe what I was hearing. I had not even been at the hospital for an hour. It took me from the time they told me I was a 3 to fully dilated was 15 minutes! They had nothing ready I wasnt even considered a patient yet. He told me to push on the next contraction. I didnt really even have to push my body did everything it self. Katelynn Mackenzie was born at 7:40am weighing 6lbs 7oz and 18 3/4 inches long. She was just beautiful! I did not tear and the placenta was delivered a few minutes later. Since she was 36 weeks she was fully checked out so I was not able to have her put to my chest. Shortly after they told me she had weak femoral pulses and she was going to be taken to their exam room to have her BP taken as a precaution. I was more than welcome to come with her. They asked the question again do you want a wheel chair or do you want to walk. I said heck I'll walk I feel great! Her BP turned out to be fine. And everything after that was great. Kyle was able to come home early when she was just 2 days old my dad came up to help out until Kyle got home. Katelynn's birth was an amazing empowering experience. Although at the time I didnt think so. But I do fully believe that I will be able to do it again! Hopefully this time with more preparation!


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January 10th, 2010, 06:16 PM
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What an amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing.

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