Labor and Birth

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Kelly's Birth


Kelly was born on September 19th 2003, I am pregnant again and I hope this baby will be an easier delivery. Joe and i were at target doing some last minute shopping because the baby was due in two weeks. Suddenly I started feeling some minor contractions and I was having those so I thought they were just a false thing.

We went home and set up the nursery. I put on the sheets of the crib and then i got some bad cramps. I had invited my mother over for dinner that night and I told myself "I am due in TWO weeks. I am not in labor and I know it!" After my mom left I had a strange craving for Sun Ships.

When Joe arrived at home I ate them and went to bed. It was about eleven o clock. I went to sleep and I fell asleep fast cause when i woke up it was one o clock in the morning, and Joe was rubbing my belly. I gave him a kiss and went back to sleep. I was awoken by seering pain at four. It was so bad I began to cry. I went to the bathroom and then MY WATER BROKE! I thought that this couldn't possibly be happening but I didn't want to have a homebirth so I told Joe.

He called the doctor and I was ordered to come to the hospital. I did and the doctor said I was about 1 centimeter dilated. Even though I wasn't even half way through the labor, it hurt. The labor went really fast. It was time. I started pushing. It lasted a while and then Kelly was born.

"She's amazing," I thought. She was my little princess and still is but she has turned a little different. But i love her!!

Maggie






c section

It was the day before i was getting married. i left my boyfriend then at his mums house i drove to my friends house 20mins away i was stuck in a traffic jam in the town. i felt as if i had wet myself. i was 32wks. i looked down and blood was flowing through my tracksuit pants.

i turned the car round and drove to my friends. i was very calm. knocked on her door and stood in her fornt room with blood running down my legs. she rang for an ambulance. i was more worried about her carpet being cream and covered in blood. i walked into the ambulance. i was saying sorry for the mess.

the paramedics were great. myself and my friend where laughing in the ambulance about all the drama as when she was in labour it was the norm. The doctors were great and so were the nurses. i had a placenta abruption so they had to get her out quickly. my boyfriend get there in time just. His family and our friends had to rally round and ring people up to let them know that the wedding was cancelled.

We have a underfull little girl. she weighed 3lb 12oz. She was born in 2004. she spent 3wks in SCBU with tubes and monitors. Now she is a bubbly handful and we wouldn't be without her.

We did get married in the end.

sally Mcpartland






no long now

I am 34 weeks pregnant with my first child, i am so excited but also terrified. i am 24 yrs old and planned this pregnancy but its cumin so near to the end , and i have heard so many horror stories about labour. I am finding this stage of pregnancy hard as i cant sleep and cant keep anything down, but ime and baby are in good health so it doesnt seem fair to complain.

My family are very happy for me as I am the eldest and this is my first child, my brother and sister have 2 children each.

Right now all I can do is wait and hope all will be well we me and baby on the day. i will keep you up dated on how i'm doing.

theresa






Cecilia made me grow up

I was 13 when I met him. We were just friends, but when I was 16 I found myself in love with him. It didn't help that he already was in love with me. But he didn't ask for more than friends.

After awhile we finally started going out. It was great, he loved me. We used protection. We ended up pregnant. I hid under baggy clothes. I got to graduate, at 6 months. I had gotten accepted to John Hopkins University with Luke and we were going to move in together.

I gave birth on August 27th 2005 to Cecelia Rose. She was perfect and I knew we could keep her when Luke proposed. We told everybody everything and they were fine with it, knowing me and how independant I am, they were not surprised that I kept it from them.

I went to school on the 3rd of January. I finished a year early and I have now completed university and am a NICU nurse with a husband, Luke and I married in June 2006, and two children as I have a 4 month old boy, James Xavier and Cecilia, who goes to preschool at 2.

We want to have another baby in 2 years. I am only 21 but having 2 kids and getting married has forced me to grow up fast and be responsible. Before I would have gone to college to party, get drunk, and have sex but now I want to provide a better life for myself.

Mary






Birth in the washroom

There was two weeks left till my due date. Trev and I were very excited! Trev was at work when i saw trickle come down mY thigh. I went into the washroom shutting the door completely. I forgot that the door was going to be fixed later in the week and now I was locked in.

No one was home so there was no use to scream. Hours later I had a big urge to push so I did. I felt Zane crown and that's when I let out a huge scream of pain. My neighbor was coming home and heard it and ran into the house. Meanwhile I was pushing trying to get Zane out. Just as my good friend busted the door down Zane Alexandre smith was born.

Zane is now fourteen and has two little brothers and one little sister.

Mary







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