My birth story:
DH and I went to bed around 11pm and had sex. About 5 min latter, I was laying in bed. I
felt and heard a "POP" I layed still a min and nothing happend. So I said to DH that was
strange and told him what happend. I decided I had to pee since I had the UTI and we just
had sex I figured I should not go to sleep without a trip to the bathroom.
I went to the bathroom and peed. Well when I was done peeing I still felt water coming out.
I was thinking ok this is new and strange. Once more I wated a min and then did a kegel and
more water came out and I could not controle it. I figured that it was my water braking but
I had to do one more thing to belive it. I pushed on the top of my fundus and yup lots of
water came out.
Next thing I did was look in the toliet and saw that it was like pink lemmon aid and I
called for DH. I told him of all of the above and asked him to get me the phone to call the
OB. I called and the nurse said she would have him call me back. As I wated for the phone to
ring I got up and put on my birth undies (granny type) and a pad. I also woke my Dad to tell
him what was going on. Just as I was done the phone rang.
It was Dr. Skory. I told him what was going on. He said not to worry about the pink color
that it just ment my cerix was changing. He told me to go to bed and call him at 8am if I
had no contractions by then. And if I was not haivng cx't by 6pm he would start pit.
Well I get off the phone only to find DH at the door dressed and ready to rush me out the
door. I LOL at him and said "What are you doing?" And then told him what the Dr. said. He
decided he could not go back to bed so he went out to smoke (yes he is quiting) with my Dad
and then down stairs to play the xbox. My Dad came inside and had coffee and I had a cup of
tea (I got a kick out of the fact that it was my last bag of prego tea) And headed to PO to
post what was going on and to see if anyone was on that wanted to chat.
I called Kim and Aunt Connie to let them know what was going on since I wanted them to be at
I knew he was posterior when we had our 39 week visit just that morning and I was on YIM
with Julianna and she said I could try to hoola hoop, so I went and got out my mom's hoop
(she was always a good hoola hooper) and when I walked passed my Dad he said "what ya
doing?" So I told him he kept looking at me. I said "you are looking at me like I am a bomb
about to go off" And Dad said "you are!" and then I did holla. It was kind of fun but did
not work well with such a belly, so I gave up the hoop and came back to the cumputer to talk
more with Julanna on YIM and some of the girls on PO. As I stood and did the hoola without
1am Every time I sat I felt a gush.
2am Ok men are driving me nuts so I started to give them jobs. DH had to get the vedio cam
ready (charged) and I sent both men to the 24 hour walmart for last min baby things that DH
and I where going to get the next day, but baby decided to come now. We still needed a
battery for our camra and a video tape for the video camera, and I wanted more overnight
pads since I was leaking so much water I was sure I would need more for my bleeding once we
got home form the hospital. I called my brother to let him know what was going on and to
make sure his friend who puts in car seats was able to do this tomarrow. (his friend is a
fire fighter and dose this at the fire house for people all the time) it was not almost 2am
and no real cx't, just a few BH.
2:30am I am haivng mostly back labor and strange felings in my pelvis. A few min latter I
went to the bath room and heard my plug "plop" into the potty.Still no reg cx't they are
about 10 min apart.
3am I took a shower and by 3:30 was laying down.
5:15am I am back up, I could not sleep durring cx't and I was excited. I think I would have
stayed in bed longer had I knowen how much more I had ahead of me.The cx't where getting
stronger. But I came back to PO to hang out a bit and I did not like moving durring one. DH
and Dad where sleeping. I did not want to go to the hospital to early so I started to time
By 6:30 they where 5-7 min apart and getting stronger in my back. My Aunt Connie (Mom's best
friend who I asked to be at the birth in Mom's place) called and I asked her to come and sit
with me at the house.
At 7:15 I was still home and Aunt Connie was with me and we decided to go for a walk out
side to see if we could get things going. Things have slowed since I got out of bed. In bed
my back hurt alot and they where 5 min apart, now that I am at the computer they are evey 10
and not as strong. But when I go to the bathroom I am leaking alot of water still and seeing
alot of red goop.
I did not call the OB at 8am since I was having some cx't
At 9:40 I posted on PO: I have been walking around the block and the cx't are 3-4 min apart
and starting to hurt but nothing major. But when I stop walking they go to 10 min apart. So
I just called the OB and he said to come on in. So we are off to the hospital. Off we went
in Mom's new car, DH, Dad, Aunt Connie and myself.
I called Kim so she could meet us at the hospital in L&D.
We arived a few min after 10am. The nurse at in the L&D room said. "I hope your Dr. Skory's
because if not I don't know what I am going to do with you!" Lucky for her and me I was the
one she was wating for all the rooms now that I arived where full!
I got put on the monotor and we watch my cx't and the baby. Everything looked good. And by
11am we where walking the halls. Somtimes I went back in the room and used the birth ball to
bounce. Cx't are about 5-7 min apart when I walk but when I sit (or use the ball) they go
back to 10. GURRRR
I got checked around 4pm I belive.They did a spec exam to make sure my water was broken
(this took two trys since the first time my body pushed out the spec when I had a cx't, it
was they could see pooling but they took a samlpe anyway to look for ferning. The resadent,
had short fingers and said he felt somthing strnge going on, next the nurse tried, and she
said she tought I was 2cm on the outside but not sure if the inside of my cervix was a true
2cm but that she wanted other nurse to check. This nurse had longer fingers. I did not care
I was not haivng any issues or pain with the cervical checks, besides my cx't. This nurse
said I was at 2cm, she could strech it to 3cm and 100% and that she could feel the baby, but
that he was at -2 and I still had a posterior cervix.
The resadent was confused that I was 100% but stil posterior.
I figured once the baby moved down I would go fast since from being a Doula I knew that
first time mom's need to be 100% before they dilate. I had High hopes.
We took a short walk.
I asked for a emema since I thought that I was constaped and that was what was holding me
up. It was one of the best things I could have done for myself I felt so good to be able to
have a BM. I spent the next 15 min in the bathroom.
At 5pm I got my IV and a dose of meds for the GBS. It only took 15 min but the tape on my
arm was driving me crazy. I ended up taking the IV out myself (fter all the med was in) it
was bothering me more than my cx't and I could not relax durring them because of the IV. The
nurse was cool about it her name was Wendy.
It had been 18 hours since my water braking and I did not want pit at all.
So I asked if I could get in the tub and do nipple stim instead of the pit. She called Dr.
Skory and he said yes I could get in the tub, and never said anything about me needing pit.
What he said to the nurse was to tell me "Congrats on moving along" I was in the tub for 2
hours and durring this time I started to do nipple stimulation. Between cx't and stoped
In less then a hour of the nipple stim I was having reg cx't that where 3 min apart and
lasting for a min or longer. I was so happy that things had started moving along with out
help from pit. It was just me in the tub and Kim with me in the bathroom, We had to ask
everyone in my delivery room (people who came with me in the car) to not talk that they
where destracting me. I would have good cx't and then hear my Dad talk and they would stop.
Seems like all I needed to do was get in a small room and have no nose and feel safe (almost
like an anamial in a den) to have good cx't. Wendy was taling with us between cx't in the
bathroom too she was so cool.
At 7pm Wendy had to go home but she stayed with me incase I was 10cm the next time I was
At 8pm the new nurse told me they wanted me to get out so they could get another strip on
the baby. Ok I think NP. NOT!!! OMG the cx't where so bad out of the tub. It took us a few
times to get me out of the tub dry and to the bed.I bet it took over 10 min. I went back to
the room and labored on the bed with the head all the way put and me facing the back and
holding on to the top of the bed. Once on the bed she put the monoter on me. I was in so
much pain and starting to loose it, I was tired. All I wanted to do was sleep. At this point
it had been 20 hours since my water braking. I cryed abit and I think everyone thought it
was over the pain but it was because I wanted my MOM.
I got checked and was a true 3cm and cervix more foward. Wendy went home.
Then I said I was going to get sick, and the nurse got me a tiny thing and I started geting
sick. DH said "she will do this for 5 min you will need a bigger thing." The nurse said
"5min? ok get the big wash tub." (DH was not wrong he has seen me have Ms so many times that
he knows I don't stop until I am empty and then somtimes I have dry heaves) I filled the
wash tub two times before I stopped getting sick.
Kim, DH and I went for a walk.
Durring the walk the cx't hurt alot most of it was in my back. Poor Kim tried to rub my back
durring a cx't and that only made it worse. I said "Kim please don't" and she said "you
don't have to be polite"
We kept walking. Durring a cx't I held on to DH's sholder with my right arm and had my left
hand on the rail on the wall (thank god they had one up and down all the halls) and I would
bounce up and down bending my knees and booping my head to some beat in my head. On time I
had DH slow dancing backward down the hall durring a cx't and it must have been funny
becasue him and Kim got LOL, I was not seeing the funny part in this, but I never did it
agean. They said they where sorry but it is hard to have a strong cx't when you are being
LOL at. So I went back to the bouncy thing. To me I would think that would have been funner
to watch (wish I had some of that on tape)
Cx't where getting strong and I did not want DH to leave my side. Durring cx't I closed me
eyes and a few times if one came over me fast I would scream for him to hold me. Even if he
was next to me since my eyes where not open he had to be touching me or I felt so alone and
that was more scarry then the pain its self.
We came back in from our walk to get a strip on the baby. I decided I needed to be out of
bed and sit in the rocking chair, that was better but not much. cx't still comming ever 2-3
min and so I rocked durring them.
I don't think she got the length of strip she wanted but the nurse was not in the room so I
decied I was getting up and walking so I took the monotor off.
At about 10pm I had to get on the bed the right way and I got checked agean and I was 4cm
100% baby was a bit lower and my cervix had come foward. I wanted to cry when they said I
was only 4cm but I remberd my Doula training and held it together.
I got back in the tub, and Kim came to sit with me. DH came in the bathroom a few times
while I was in the tub but most of the time he was in the L&D room when I was in the tub.
Once he asked how I was and I said "I am not doing this 7 times." (my friend kim is expecing
her 7th on x-mas day)
Midnight I could not stand the pain anymore (24 hour mark) I kept saying to Kim "Help me
Help me" She kept asking me how can she help me what did I think would help. I knew exactly
what I wanted but the cx't where to close together for me to say more than "Help me" I don't
know what or why I got out of the tub but I did (agean not an easy thing to do) I was able
to tell them all that I needed was to sleep. I said "I am so tired even if you said I was
10cm's now I could not push, Help me I need somthing to make me sleep"
The nurse called Dr. Skory and told him what was going on and he agreed that I needed Statol
(sp) He is not a OB that likes pain meds or any drugs durring labor but he understood that
my emotional state of not haivng Mom around and the last 25 hours in labor somthing had to
be done. (Nurses will say to his patents when they ask for pain meds "do you know what OB
you have?" He dose not keep it a secerit that he dose not like to do meds.)
I got the statol and I did not like the way I felt. The nurse said I would feel drunk but I
was expecing some pain control and there was non. So I said "grate now I am drunk and in
pain, not just in pain" or that is what I thought I said. Everyone started to snicker and I
later found out I sounded drunk also and no one knew what I had said. I could not keep my
eyes open now, not because it was making me sleepy but because whenever I did the room was
fuzzy and I could not foccus on anything and that was driving me crazy so I just kept them
closed. I could hear everyone in the room still and I think alot of the time they thought I
I was able to sleep between cx't and would wake up durring the peak of one in such pain.
Latter DH told me it was so hard to watch me that way that he had to leave the room and go
into the hall a few times and I think he felt guitly for it.
Durring this sleepy state I rember seeing Dr. Skory. A bit latter I don't know how (I had
lost track of time after midinght when the statol was given) I got up and tryed to go potty
and was trying to push out a BM, then I was standing at the side of the bed and the Dr. had
his hand on my back and told me durring a cx't to push into the heal of his hand as hard as
I could. I was so confused. He never checked me to say I was 10cm so I did not think he ment
push the baby out so I pushed my back into his hand. It felt so good he had large warm hands
that knew what they where doing.
I then was back in bed and Dr. skory was rubbing my back and my calves. The cx't started to
come on top of one another (or it seemd that way since I could have still been sleeping
between them) But I was not getting more then a few awake sec.s between them. My mind was
blank and I let the cx't take over.
Someone Still not sure who, also was in my face telling me to breath durring a cx't and then
where breathing with me. IT HELPED SO MUCH WITH THE PAIN. Why had somone not done this for
me earlyer? Was all I could think of.
Ok so cx't Breath repete.
Then all I know was Dr. Skory was there and told me to start pushing. I was so confused
becasue I did not rember being checked. But I did as I was told and pushed while on my back
and hated it. So he said "ok can you push if you are on your side?" I could and I did. But
then the Dr. was gone (I don't know where he went) but Kim says he was going a hour and that
her, Dave and Aunt Connie just sat in the room and watched me, trying to push without
direction and on my side. (this is unlike Dr. Skory to dissapier with out saying where he
was going, we never did find out where he was)
All of a sudden to me at least (a hour passed acorrding to Kim) Dr. was back and I was
pushing, Dr. skory had his fingers in me and told me how and when to push and when to
breath. Once I had a BM and Dr. Skory was so cool, he never said anything out loud aoubt it
he just said "can I have a cloth" I never knew it happend Kim had to tell me 2 days later
and that explaned his comet and then the wet feeling on my bottom I recalled from the
pushing stage. I thought he was using oil or somthing to strech me guess not yet since the
baby was so high.(at the time I did not know where the baby was)
In the mean time DH was tring to call my Dad who after being told to stop talking went home
to sleep. He could not get Dad (after trying for 45 min) so he called my brohter to keep
calling Dad so he could be with me durring the pushing. I pushed unitl 3ish. Dr. Skory said
I was pushing hard (I kept pushing his finges out) but that the baby was not turing from OP
Dr. Skory then Decided to try the vacume (another thing he dose not normaly use) he put it
on the babies head and then I pushed with all I had and he tried to turn the baby and
nothing helped. Kim said he gave it all he had and we tried over and over durring my cx't.
he told the nurse to get pit after 15 min of the vac. (BTW baby and me are stable this hole
time) He took off the vacume and told me that they where going to try pit and see if my cx't
wher stronger maybe I would be able to to push the baby out even in this OP position. If not
we would have to do a c-section.
I said "I can't I am too tired I and I just want the baby out, I can't have more pain whit
the pit and then still end with a section, just do the section." This was hard for eveyone
even me to admit that I need to do, Kim said it broke her hart to here me say I wanted a
section. And Dave got scarred. Lucky for me Dr. Skory understood.
The nurse came back in the room with the pit and Dr. Skory told her to forget it but tell
everyone to get ready for a c-section. She was surprised becasue like I said Dr. Skory dose
not do them unless it is totaly nessacary.
So now I want the pain to stop. It was ok for me to be in pain when I thought I was going to
get a baby that way but now all the pain seemed pointless. I kept pushing (my body was doing
it on its own, well I may have been doing it myself alittle I need to be dosin somthing) and
I kept thinking well maybe I will surprise everyone and move this baby more anyway or it
I still had no concept of time. Then they had to prep, I got shaved and all that good stuff.
OMG I had to sign papers durring this time for the spinal and c-section permision. I could
barly see let alone scribble my name. I said to the nurse asking me to do this "can't my
husband sign?" I was told no. So I had to try and write between cx't I have not clue what I
signed, I could have been givign my baby up for all I knew. But I would do anything to
finish the birt at this point so sign them I did.
DH told me today that from the time they decided to do the section until the time I was put
into the op room was almost another 2 hours. Once in the OP room I told eveyone not to tell
us the sex that we did not know what it was yet and since DH was going to not be able to cut
the cord I wanted him to tell me what we had. Expecialy since now I was having a section I
need a good memory.
It is around 5am.
Ok the prep for spinal. So I was having the cx't and now in a room where the only one I knew
was my nurse but everyone had masks on. I started to have a cx't as a nurse was walking past
me. And I grabed her and said "don't leave me" well I don't know if she had somthing to do
but she was never able to do it I held on to her until after the spinal kicked in.
Getting the spinal was not fun and I hope never to have one agean. First I was freaked out
that it was going to be put it in durring a cx't so eveytime I started to have one I
screemed "stop I am having one" Lucky for me he did. Ok so the nurse who I don't know is
holding me that cx't is over and then the guy cleans my back and gets the drap on me and the
drape on me before the next one started.
Then he gives me the novacaine, that was a small pinch not bad. Next he tries to put the
needdle in and OMG instanly my left leg gets an eletric shock and I can't feel it but it
made my whole body jump, the guy took out the needle fast and my feeling came back right
away. He then asked what happend and I told him. He asked if I could feel my leg now and I
So he tried a 2nd time but since I had moved this time he missed the space. I felt nothing
that time so that was ok, but he was making me nervious. The third time he got he needle in
and of course I start to have a cx't and the nurse said "Don't move the needle is in your
back" I said "ok" but it was so hard to stay still and not breath heavy durring it. She kept
talking to me and telling me not to worrie that this would be the last cx't I would feel. I
did not belive her I was expecting a few more before the med kicked in. Well I was wrong the
next min they where helping me put my legs on the table and they where like dead wight to
me. It was so strange.
So I am laying down and Dr. Skory came in the room and started to clean my belly. Then they
checked my spinal, the guy took a sharp pionty thing and rubbed it on my arm and asked if I
could feel it I said yes. The then he started where if I was a guy my adams apple would be
and asked if I could feel it, I could he did this down in a line towards my toes until I
said I could no longer feel it. I lost all feeling at my nipple line.
Ok I did not like not being able to fell myself breath. They put up the drap and that made
me feel closed in. It was at this point that I said "where is Dave?" The nurse side he would
be right in and the he would me in PINK. I said "OK" (he could have had a tutu on for all I
cared as log as he arived) I heard them aked him to come into the room and then he was at my
head and he had the vedio camera with him.
He turned on the camera and we started talking and he was holding my hand and telling me how
much he loved me. I told him all I could see was his eyes but that they where my fave part
of him so it was ok. I saw his pink out scrubs and I said it was ok becase the hat was blue.
I said something about not feeling any differnt and the Dr. said good because they started.
All I said was "O"
Then I started to ask Dr. Skory somthing but stoped, all I could think was he is doing
surgery on me I should not aske questions now! Well he heard me start to ask and said "you
can aske me anything it is ok" SO I asked him how far did I get the baby down, he told me +1
and that he could get his fingers on the baby's head but he could not turn it and he felt so
bad that even the vacum did not work. I said "it is ok baby was OP no ones fault."
A few min passed and it felt like somone was playing the panio in my tummy. I told DH so and
he said "I don't think that is what they are doing." Less then 10 min after they started Dr.
Skory said "Ok now this baby is stuck we got it in you pelvis good." Then I heard him tell
somone to press hard on the top of my belly and I felt lots of movement.
Next thing I know I hear, "ok Dad what do you see?" and Dave said "It's a little boooooy"
and we cried. I said to him "You where right and so was Mom."
We could here him cry (in the wating room my family heard him also) and his apgar scores
where 9 9 and we found out he was 7lbs 30z and born at 5:49am.