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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Afraid


This is my first child. I am due in 3 weeks. I just found out that the baby is breech and will most likely require a c-section. More than anything, I wanted to give birth naturally without drugs. So, finding out that I wouldn't be able to give birth the way I felt comfortable has been hard to accept. Everyone keeps telling me to just accept it and get over it. No one seems to care that I'm afraid of this procedure. I have been trying to read up on the operation, but it just makes me more uncomfortable. I'm surrounded by lots of wonderful people who care deeply but I feel so alone. I feel wrong for feeling this way, like maybe I'm just being stupid. I just wish someone would listen to the way I felt.

Becky






Little Complication, all worth it

I'm a 16 year old mum. Best thing that has ever happened to me. I thought nothing of getting pregnant and wasn't too worried. Nana told me that my period was late, she always kept track of it. She called my mum and asked her to take me for a pregnancy test. Once I took the test we didn't have to wait long. It showed up positive and all I could do was laugh. Everyone else cryed. I had a normal pregnany and all went fine. After 9 long months of waiting, I was timing the contractions and they just started hitting me harder and harder. My original midwife wasn't on call that night and I had to call my back up midwife. We picked up my best friend on the way to the hospital, about 12 in the morning. When we got there everything happened too fast but too slow at the same time. Nobody told me I was running a fever. They threw everything they could at me and nothing seemed to work. I was a little high on th gas too. After a short 4 hours ad 48 minutes of labour, I had my beautiful baby girl, Ruby-Jane. I stood up an hour after, just wanting a shower and a whole litre of blood just gushed out of me. I blacked out and woke up on the bed. I got rushed to a different hospital and just wanted my baby but nobody would give her to me and I coudn't understand why as no one told me what was going on. I went under a while later, I remember it being dark and too hot, then too cold. I also remembered seeing my great nana. I never told my nana as I knew it would break her heart. It was like that for what seemed 5 minutes, but it was actually hours. Later I found out that they almost lost me. I spent 5 days in hospital, and then went home. It was very scary but I think that my baby girl was worth everything.

Kirsten






Birth

I thought my daughter would never come. 9 months seems like a very long time when you have to carry around all the extra weight. My water broke roughly aroun 2:30 A.M. I freaked out and had no idea what to do. Being a teen mom you have no expierence. I called the on person who was the furthest from me. My mother who lived about 50 miles away. I called her and said "My water just broke!" she said "OK why are you calling me? Go to the hospital." I could tell she was freaked out too. On the way I had one very very painful contraction. It was in my lower back. Once i got to the hospital I didn't feel any for an hour or two. When they started coming faster and harder i cried alot. I still hadn't had my mind set on the epidural yet. I thought about it and thought about it, until I just couldn't take it anymore. I told my nurse, "I want the epidural, and I want it now." Unfortunately I couldn't exactly have it "right now" I had to get the IV medicine to calm them down a little bit. Once I finally did get it I felt so relieved. I was alot calmer and less scared. The only part that really made me angry, was the fact my doctor was very careless. He made me start pushing when I was dilated to 8 and I ended up having her when I was at a 9. He didn't cut me, of course he let me rip. I didn't feel it then, but once they stitched me up I felt it all. He didn't numb me good enough before the stitching. But the 8 hours of labor was definately worth it. I got a beautiful and healty baby girl. Anahi (Ana-E) Maria. 6 Pounds 11 Ounces. 19 3/4 Inches. Today she is 6 months ol and growing like a weed. I can't help but smile when I look at her. Shes my little angel and I would do anything for her.

Lacey






1ST DELIVERY

Sitting at home on wednesday, my waters broke. I was 3 days overdue. Rang the maternity unit and was told to have a bath and then make our way in. Once there I was monitored for about an hour or so, eventually a different midwife came in and told us to go home, (the original midwife had finished her shift and went home!!). We were told to return the next day if not before.
Nothing happened til friday, when they induced me with the gel. 10pm that night they startde the syntocin drip to speed things up. I was then given drugs I didn't want or ask for, which annoyed me, and they made me physically sick for the entire night. I ended up begging for gas and air, was given it after 2-3 hours (my husband even asked for them to give it to me!) By the early hours of the morning, and not sleeping for the 3rd night, I asked for an epidural. My husband told them to give me it, again it took them about 1-2 hours to administer it.
I eventually got to the pushing stage, pushed with all my might for 2-3 hours, only to be told that I needed an emergency c-section.

Baby was born within minutes, I didn't hold her til about 4 hours afterwards which I now regret cos I felt so ill. My body went into shock and was hot and cold, and still throwing up.

ON the ward, one midwife was lovely and helped me, but the rest weren't so forthcoming. Was discharged 4 days later, then scar had infection in it and burst open ( about 2 and a half inches).

Despite the terrible birth and lack of compassion or information given when I was in labour, we'er having another in a month. I've researched as much as I can so I can try for a VBAC.

Fingers crossed

KELLIE






Tyler Daniel

Well it was a Saturday night, a very eventful night. Me and my boyfriend Jesse went to my uncles 50th birthday party, my whole family was there and they were all drinking and having a good time. We were there for a few hours and decided to leave to vist some of the in laws. We get there and there is all kinds of drama going on. After maybe an hour I wanted to go home cause its like 2 in the morning. Jesse and I get in an arguement when we get home and he ends up sleeping on the couch. I wake up at about 4 because I thought I had to go to the bathroom...on the way there my water breaks but only a little. I get to the toilet and more water comes out...i stand up, freak out, and yell for Jesse. Since he was mad at me he figured I was just lying to get him into bed with me...so he tells me to leave him alone. I told him probably 3 times before he believed me. I start calling my parents and family. I had to drive myself to the hospital because my b/f didnt have a license.
When i get to the room my family shows up and EVERYONE smells like alcohol!!! Everyone was drunk!!! When I was dialated to a 10 and things started getting gross...my b/f would take off to the bathroom. At 11am July 20th Tyler Daniel entered this world...that was the best day of my life!!! The days following in my hospital room I just sat there and starred at him because I didnt know what to think, I remember my emotions were very unrecognizable.
Today he is almost 9 months old and I can tell you what those emotions were...LOVE. I relive those feelings over and over each day...because thats what I feel when I look at my son.

I will remember every part about this pregnancy because my family made it unforgetable in a bad but truly funny way.

Megan







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