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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All worth it in the end...


I got pregnant at 16 and had my daughter at 17! I was due Sep 30th 2006. I had gone down to my parents house for the night on Sep 23rd, well in the car ride there I felt kind of wierd and antsy but didn't think too much of it... Just thought of it as an upset stomach... So we get there and it was already late so headed straight to bed. For some strange reason I had tossed and turned all night, not knowing why well to my surprise that was the easy small little beginning labour pains, I then awoke for good at 5:00 am on Sep 24th and felt pains in my lower back, so I went to the bathroom and my pee felt honestly so ackward(dont ask me why haha!) so I went outside for some fresh air and finally I relized Yes I am in labour so it was now 7:00 am and I went and knocked on my parents bedroom door and my mom opened and I said "Mom I'm in labour" so she got up and came out and then we started timing the contractions and at this time they were all over the place raning from 3 min apart to like 10 min apart so they definately werent concistent... So the day went on continuing to time them they were getting more consistent as it went along, so I called my baby daddy and he came along..., he then had to go and do something so my parents and i headed up to where I lived and went to my sisters house... At this I think the contractions were about 5 min apart and then for some reason we just kind of stopped timing them a little bit because all I kept doing was going to the bathroom feeling like I had to pee and poop...Nothing was coming out... ALOT of PRESSURE of rectum area for sure... So my sister out and says well why dont we just go over to the hospital just so they could see how many cm I was actually dialated... we got to the hospuital at 5:30 p.m, the baby daddy showed up at the hospital shortly after but by the time that we left my sisters and walked into the hospital the pain got more intense and the people at the desk made me stand there and fill out papers and what not and finally put me in a room and hooked me up to the monitors to check the baby... Well at this point I was getting really antsy and just felt like I was going to puke... Out of all the times I said I thought I was going to puke I was never once given anything to puke in although out of everything I didn't ever actually puke so anyways then the nurse came in and seen how annoyed i was getting with the pain so she checked me, well get this lasted all day at home and get to the hospital and I am 8cm dialated... Everyone looked so shocked as in how GREAT I was dealing with the contractions all day... I wasn't showing all that much pain, so the nurse said definately time to get you in the delivery room would you like me to wheel you down or would you like to walk down so being 8 cm and everyone always told me that walking around pregresses things so I decided to walk well when I got there I kept going to the bathroom still the nurse asked me what was wrong adn I said all i feel like is I have to poop so she said lay down and well check you again well I was 9cm so she didn't let me get up off the bed no more haha... The doctor came in and broke my water and it was all with in min the pushing came... I may have had a not so painful contractions but oh boy was that pushing out stuff rough and painful I remember going to take that first push and instantly stopping I was like owww that burns and now thinking of it makes me giggle so cotinued and I was only able to get 2 pushes in and they were trying for 3 but the nurse lookes over at the monitor and says to me that the babys heart rate is dropping and i needed to get the 3rd push in so not even thinking about the pain anymore I just started pushing and oh my goodness I have never screamed so much in my life... Turns out I get cut a couple of times and the forceps were needed as well but my baby girl weighing 7lbs 10oz was here... 13 hours of labour was nothing and the owwy pushing and delivery was all worth it in the end... did feel a little of the ouchy for the stitces as well... Since then I have had my son weighing 5lb 11 oz, delivery so much easir for him like wow... and now just found out pregnant with the 3rd...

Stephanie






Hard labor

When i first got to the hospital to get my labor reduced i was scared, i didnt know anything about giving birth to a child. my blood pressure was like was so high.when it was time to start pushing it was so hard for my baby's head to come out, the doctor had to cut me just to get him out. then when the after birth came out mt uterus ripped and i was herraging so bad i almost had a histomrectomy...i was only 17 and scared because i was 2 young for that, i also almost lost my life because of all the blood i lost. i passed out rite after they gave me my son, my son also ended up being in the nicu for a week because he was born with gondus and two different blood types ... i also stayed in the hospital aweek beacause of what i went through,my boyfriend who was 16 at the time was always by my bedside every day i was in the hospital, i must say i love my son, but being a teen mom is very hard.

Michel'le






The birth of my baby boy!

Im 18 years old. I had my baby boy when i was 17. He is now 7 months old. Hes so beautiful. It was 3 days before my due date. It was 1am when i got up to go to the toilet. When i stood up out of bed i felt something warm between my legs. I didnt no wat to think. I changed my pjs and went to the toilet. When i sat on the toilet i felt a big gush. I knew my waters had broke. I knocked on my mams bedroom door but she didnt hear me. So i went into my room and rang my boyfriend and told him. He was sooo excited. I went into my mams room and woke her. She called the hospital and they said to come straight in. We collected my boyfriend on the way. When i got ther they monitored my babys heartbeat for about an hour. They also checked if my waters were defintely broken and when they did that more water gushed out. Thats when i started to get mild pains in my back. I still wasnt getting any contractions so they sent my mam and boyfriend home for some rest. They told me to get some sleep until the morning. After lying down for about a half hour i started getting really bad pains. I called the midwife and told her i couldnt handle the pain. So she brought me down to the labour ward. And thats when i started screaming cause the pain was so bad. She checked me and i was 5cms dilated. She gave me a shot of pethidine but it didnt make a difference. She gave me the gas and air but i didnt want it cause i thought it didnt work. So she called my boyfriend and he came straight to the hospital. H was so worried when he saw i was in so much pain. H kept tellin me to take the gas and air so i tried it. But threw it on the ground after ten minutes cause nothing was happening. The midwife checked me again and i was ready to push. I hated the feeling of pushing cause i had no control over it. When i felt the head come out i was screaming with the pain. It was so sore. I thought i was going to die. I felt his head and it felt so weird. After a few more long hard pushes my baby boy was out. I was so relieved the pain was over. The midwife put him on my chest and i felt so proud. He looked so cute with his squished up face. He weighed 6punds 13ounces. I didnt need any stictches i was delighted. And now im a proud mammy of a beautiful 7month old baby boy.

ProudTeenMammy






Shocking Labour

well mi waters broke at 9 am on monday morning. i went to the hospital and they told me i was 3 centre meters dilated and that i could go home so when i got home i started gettin contractions in my lower back so i rang my midwife back up and she said to back in so i did and then she said i was 5 centre meters dilated and that she had to take me to the birthing suite so we got up there and then i started to dilate realy slow so i went throw 13 hours of labour because i finally got to 9 centre meters when i wanted to start pushing but every time i started to push it went down to 8 centre meters then 7 then 6 and then my doctor and midwife told me i was bleeding internal and my sons heart rate was slowing down and that i had to go for an emergency c section at 1:10 am on tuesday monrning. so i went to thearter had me son at 2:21 am tuesday morning but then i started to bleed out i lost 4 litres of blood nd my son stoped breathing twice and then i neva got to see him for a day and thats my story

jade






funny and painful

This being my second child was happy once again and anxious for the baby to get here. I was ready for the ninth month to come and when it did I didn't expect half as much as I got. I woke up at 4 in the morning with contractions. I didn't pay any mind to them because I was just 38 weeks. Later on I realized they were still coming and they was gettin close. I was calling everyone letting them kno but the main person I couldn't get in touch with was the baby father...he was at work. So I had my cousin by my side. Soon they hit the 5 min apart so I'm on my way to the hospital. On mii way they ended up 2 min. I felt the baby pressing down on every thing...just ready to come out. I get in the hospital finally n they was trying to wheel me up. I couldn't sit for anything so I walked to my room. On my way to the room my water broke at the elevator. The doctor freaks out. LOL!! I finally get to my room and put my gown on. The doctor tells me to lay down n I went crazy. My baby is coming!!!...I yelled bout 3 times. So she calls for the table. Now I was screamin trying to close my legs n pushing. The doctors kept tellin me to push I told them no n I wasn't able. the doctors was doing to much feeling around so I started pushing them n throwing their hands away from me. Then I realized his head was right there n I had this cute white doctor by my side tellin me I could do it...so I quit yelling took a deep breath n pushed. His head popped out. Push one more time n Its A Boy every body yelled. Omg I cried all that pain for one special person. He was 7 lbs straight up n 20 inches.6 11 09!!!

Meka







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