Labor and Birth

Giving birth is the most momentous part of pregnancy, and involves a lot of hard work, energy, and emotion. Whether you opted for natural childbirth or an epidural, tell us how your pregnancy progressed. Did you give birth at home or in hospital? Was it complication-free or was baby a little more stubborn? And, of course, how does it feel to have a new addition to your family? Help other women prepare for their birthing experience by telling us your story

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Advice anyone??


I have posted before with my first child's birth. I am now pregnant again and heave only been to the doc once so far. The doc I am seeing is not wanting to take my advice at all on how I should deliver my child. The first time I had toximia and didn't even remember what had happened to me let alone that I had had a child! It was an emergency c-section and the baby was taken from me in 5 minutes. The doc said that she had cut my uterus the right way so that next time I would be able to deliver vaginally if I chose to.

The doc does not want me to deliver vaginally. He syas that a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) is more risky. That there is a chance that my uterus could rupture during labor and that they might not have time to stop the bleeding and lose both of us. He said that there is a 1% chance that this could happen. 1% right not so much if you ask me. I came home and did my own research on the topic and found that there is actually a .5 - 1% chance of it happening. That it can also happen to people who have never had a c-section before. So basically my chances for getting toximia again are higher than the chance of a rupture to my uterus.

I told the doc that I wanted to do the vaginal delivery because I missed everything the first time. He ended the conversation there saying that there was more time to discuss it later. It just didn't seem like he cared what I wanted to do. So I was wondering if anyone has had a VBAC before and how it went and what your opinion is on whether or not I should go though with it. If there was a 20% chance or something like that then I would be more skeptical, but .5-1% is not very high at all you know???

Tiffany






BEST DAY OF MY LIFE

MY HUSBAND JUST CAME HOME FROM A NIGHT SHIFT AND I DECIDED TO STAY IN BED FOR ALITTLE WHILE LONGER. AT ABOUT 08:45 GOT UP AND I WENT DOWN STAIRS TO HAVE A COFFEE. AS I WAS SITTING DOWN MY WATER BROKE AND I REALISED THAT I HAD TO CALL THE CLINIC

.I CALLED THEM AND THEY TOLD ME TO GET MY BAGS AND GO STRAIGHT TO THE CLINIC. I WOKE UP MY HUSBAND HAD A SHOWER AND WENT STRAIGHT TO THE CLINIC.ON ARRIVAL I WAS PUT ON A MACHINE SO THEY COULD SEE HOW FAR APART MY CONTRACTIONS WERE BUT APPARENTLY I DID NOT HAVE ANY AND MY CERVIX WAS ONLY 1CM.TECHNICAL PAINS WHERE GIVEN TO ME BUT NOTHING I DID NOT FEEL ANYTHING NOT EVEN ONE PAIN AND STILL MY CERVIX WAS 1CM.

FOR 6HOURS I WAS WAITING BUT NOTHING. EVERYTHING WAS THE SAME. I SUFFERED FROM BACK PAINS AS WELL DURING PREGNANCY.THE DOCTOR INVITED MY HUSBAND IN HIS OFFICE AND TOLD HIM THAT MY CERVIX WILL NOT OPEN AND A C-SECTION IS ADVISED TO BE DONE. APPARENTLY ALL THE FRUSTRATION I WAS GOING THROUGH. ALL I WANTED WAS TO END IT AND GIVE BIRTH. SO I AGREED FOR A C-SECTION WHICH I REGRET NOW.

AT 14:10 I WAS TAKEN TO THE THE DELIVERY ROOM FOR SURGERY AND AT 14:30 PM MY PRECIOUS BABY BOY WAS BORN. I WAS SO HAPPY THAT I COULDN'T BELIVE IT . IT WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE BUT BY NEXT BABY WITH BE DELIVERED WITH NORMAL BIRTH AND I CANT WAIT TO EXPERIENCE IT.

NOW MY BABY IS 13 MONTHS OLD AND I AM OVER THE MOON WITH HIM.

PENNY






the things woman go though

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was already just about a week shy of 3 months. All at home test said I wasn't but I knew I was. When I was 13 weeks I started not feeling good. I began throwing up 4-6 times a day, I lost 6 pounds before gaining any. Which isn't a very good thing I hear. So, I stopped vomitting at about 7 1/2 months. Well 2 weeks later I began passin out and going into the E.R. and would get sent to the maternity area for an I.V. of sugar water. Which took anywhere from 4-8 hours most times.
By the 4th week of that my doctor said that he was tired of this and no kidding so was I! So he was going to induce me the day I turned 38 weeks. That didn't go as planned. My husband and I was at the hospital with all of our family for 48 hours trying to have this baby. To make a long story short I went home and came back in the following week on a Thursday night to be induced again. They couldn't do anyhting then with a cervical pill because I was already contracting. So at 8:00 the next morning my water broke on it's own! I had an awesome delivery! I was in active labor for 9 hours with pain medication and was ready to push at 5:00 p.m. but couldn't because I had to wait on the doctor which was stuck in traffic. He got there at 7:00 and I had the baby at 7:07 p.m.
We named him Landon Tyler. He was 7lbs. 10 1/2 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. Today he is 14 months old!

PENNY






Scary Delivery

After having a nightmarish pregnancy, my OBGYN decided to induce me at 37 weeks as I was getting sicker and we didn't want to endanger our baby. I was given the Prepadil which ripens the cervix and sent home expecting to get a call the next day to come back in for the Prostin. I got a call the next day only to tell me they were too busy for the inductiion and they would call the next day if they had room. Being a nurse in the same hospital, I understood what it was like when it was busy.
I got the call the next day. The Prostin was put in and my contractions started immediately, every 2 minutes for a minute. I barely had time to breathe and was getting tired. The docs couldn't check me until 6 hours had passed. At the 6 hour mark they did an internal only to find out I was still 1 cm. I was told that there were other women in labor on other floors and I was not likely to deliver so I could either be transferred upstairs or go home and they would call me the next day to start the IV drip. My friend was in charge on the L&D floor that night. We chose to go home.
We got home at 10:30 p.m and the pain was getting more intense, still only 2 minutes apart. I laid in our jacuzzi tub for a couple of hours. My water broke at 2:30 and the pain was so intense I was screaming and crying. Let me tell you that I have broken many bones and even had my casts removed to play in special sporting events and NEVER have I felt such terrible pain in my life. We got back to the hospital at 3:00 and were sent straight to the high risk L&D ward where they did an internal and found I was only 3 cm. I was crying for something for the pain and they gave me the gas (which is useless) and a shot of Demerol (which didn't touch me). The anaesthesiologist was in surgery doing a c-sec so I suffered NOT in silence for the next hour.
Finally he got there and tried to start the epidural. He poked me 3 times and finally asked me to sit up. When I tried, I told the nurse that I felt like I had to push. She checked me and I was 9 cm. I went from 3-9 cm. in 1 hour. Needless to say, they ixnayed the epidural much to my dismay. There was a little lip of the cervix left but she let me try to push off, to no avail. I pushed for a couple of hours with no improvement but the baby's heartrate was dropping so they called the Dr. They tried to cathterize me twice hoping that an empty bladder would help but the baby's head was blocking the way.
When the Dr.came to see the readings, she did an internal and told me that with my next contraction she was going to remove the lip of the cervix. With that, our baby's head came shooting out. she told me one more push and he would be out....just one more push turned into 3 more and she ran out of the room and yelled for help. 5 nurses came in and flipped me on my back, 2 held each leg with my knees touching my ears, 1 laid across my belly and the other one pushed so hard on my pelvis it cracked. My babes shoulders were stuck and they had to yank him out. My husband says he was blue and he was very worried. It took quite a while to pull him out and once they did at 6:45, they whisked him away so I didn't know if he was o.k. Luckily my girlfriend who was working that night went to find out and he was fine. We got to see him moments later but they kept him in the nursery for a few hours.
I was voted least likely to deliver and I beat ALL the women who were supposed to deliver before me. I said I would never have another baby but my son is now 3 months old and we are already planning our next.

Ginette






Horrible delivery

I've read all of your horror stories about the pain and thought I would share mine. Although there was no pain involved in mine except for emotional I think it fits. It was just before my 19th birthday I was pregnant with my first child. We, my boyfriend and I, went to visit his mother who lives in Illinois and we are from Georgia. I was 6 months pregnant at the time.

We ran into financial problems and were not able to come home right away, guess we should have planned better. We had a huge bonfire for my birthday which is August 18th. I had the beginnings of a headache but didn't think anything of it at the time. I had been told by all of his family that I was quite swollen. Well this being my first child and hearing horror stories of feet and hands swelling I thought it was natural.

Saturday and Sunday were quite a blur I only remember the headache was so bad that I stayed in bed most of the time just trying to sleep it off. Monday came and it still wasn't better so I told my boyfriend that if it didn't go away today we were going to have to go and see someone about it. It was 3 am and I woke up because I had to go to the bathroom. The headache was finally gone but had been replaced by NO VISION! I could see colors and that is it, I couldn't even remember where things were at. My boyfriend didn't believe me when I told him I had to go to the bathroom but couldn't get there by myself. He finally helpped me upstairs but then I couldn't find the toilet paper. He seemed to be getting annoyed with me. I swore to him I wasn't lying and asked him to call my mom in GA which was 4 am her time and wake her up to see what we should do. She said waste no time and get right to the hospital.

So around 4 am we got to what we thought was the hospital. Well it wasn't apparently it was some sort of doctor's office or something that had people like security guards there at night. They let us in and said they had called someone to come and check me out. About 15 minutes later a doc showed up in the exam room I was in and started asking me all kinds of questions, none of which I can remember now. My thumb on my left hand started to jump, I just thought muscle spasm right? Well the doc asked me if I was doing that and I said no.

This is where is starts going down hill. They said they needed to get me to the ER and wanted to put a catheter in me while we waited for the ambulance to arrive. Ok no problem only when they tried to put it in it hurt so bad that I started to have another seizure which it turns out was also what I had had earlier that I thought was a muscle spasm. I don't even remember now if they got the cath in or not. I remember them putting me in a wheelchair and there was boyfriend too, how did you get in here I asked, and then I had a grand mal seizure. I don't remember anything after that. The whole birthing expierience is lost to me. I woke up on Wednesday Aug 23rd in a hospital room to find my boyfriend sitting in a bed beside me my mother standing in the corner and my sister sitting in a chair. What in the world is going on I asked them. They told me what had happened and that I had had a baby. I didn't remember and my body wasn't telling me anything so I absolutely refused to believe it. It took 2 days for me to understand what had happened and accept that I had had a child. I only got to see him in a polaroid picture before he was helivaced to a bigger hospital more equipped to take care of children that young.

We had to drive 70 miles everyday to go and see him in the IC unit in Peoria Illinois. I finally got to hold him when he was 3 weeks old and he finally got to come home just over a month after he was born. He weighed 3 pounds 10 ounces and was 16 1/2" long. he was only 4 lbs. 1 oz. when he came home so we had to have a special car seat for him.

We are now expecting again 6 years later and am worried that the same thing will happen again. Our 6 year old son is now in perfect health and except for still being tiny and a bit behind in school he is just like everyother rambunctious 6 year old boy.

Tiffany







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