Posted by SouthFloridaMommy23:
My labor was induced Friday morning and the Dr. broke my water, and gave me pitocin. I got the epidural sometime in the afternoon, it wore off twice and the anestisiologist had to give me more meds. Which didnt work. But I listened to my body and labored until about 11:30pm. I was fully dialated but there was a little notch of my cervix that wouldnt go away. I was dying to push so the nurses helped push on my cervix while I pushed. And after about 2 hours of pushing he was born! He was really stubborn and didnt want to come out, I heard "just one more push" about 50 times, lol. Now that we are home dh and I are soo happy and I'm trying to get used to life with a newborn. I had an emotional day yesterday, I cried every time I thought about how much I loved him and my dh. I guess it's just part of the hormone change. My milk came in today so my little A's turned into full C's. Breast feeding is going great, we have been feeding about every 3 hours since he was born. Enough of the nitty gritty, here is a link to some pics.
Posted by Miasma65:
I woke up on Friday the 24th feeling so fed up of being pregnant, I rolled over (laboriously) and said to my husband "this baby is coming today". I meant every word. So we went to my appointment and my midwife checked me and was going to strip my membranes again when there was a gush and out came a whole lot of water. She said that was my waters and that this baby would be here in around 24 hours. I was so relieved. Anyway, since I wasn't having contractions and I was only 2-3 and 50% she sent me home and said to come into the hospital when I got strong contractions and if they didn't come, we had to show up to the hospital by 8pm. By 8pm nothing was happening so I went to the hospital all excited that she'd induce me and we'd have a baby sometime in the night. Unfortunately, my midwife didn't show up and I was given an IV - not pleasant, I still have the last bit of the bruise from the THIRD attempt to stick me with the IV and they gave me Cytotec pills to thin my cervix over the night. By the morning I was still not progressing even with the cytotec and I was furious that I'd been there 12 hours and nothing was happening. I was worried that I was going to have to have a C section since my waters had broken almost 24 hours ago. Anyway, at 10am my midwife came and checked me and then got me with the amnio hook to break the rest of my waters. After this, my body started to move but very slowly. I was sitting playing cards and feeling period cramps but nothing too regular and certainly not painful painful so an hour later they started me on Pitocin and that really kicked the contractions into gear. I had wanted to do it naturally but after two hours of strong contractions, I had still not progressed more than a centimeter and I was still only 50% effaced so I decided to get the epidural and my husband TOLD me to get the epidural! I got the epi and was told to try to sleep until things got moving so around 2.30 I woke up and was feeling like I needed to push or go to the bathroom. Keith was sleeping like a baby so I just lay there for an hour wondering if it was important but then it got so painful and I was getting desperate to push that I really had to shout and wake him up. Then we called for the nurse but she was in a delivery so I was writhing in agony on the bed with this really strong urge to push. Finally the nurse came and called my midwife (Who was in JCpenny's!) and she said I could push and see if it got anywhere. So for maybe 20 mins I pushed and the baby was still only at +2 station so they called the meds guy and he came and upped the epi and said they would give the baby time to come down a little more. it was about 30 mins later when the urge to push was there again and I was in a lot of pain doing the breathing thing with my husband and then the midwife arrived just in time and we were pushing and 20mins later, out came Alexis. I managed not to poo on the table, I felt great right after I had her even though it hurt like hell getting her out because even though the midwife was there giving me shots of local anesthetic around the perineum, I tore upwards and felt ever milimeter of the tear! I was up and moving around pretty soon after the birth because I really had to go to the bathroom (still had the catheter in so not sure why I needed to go...hadn't thought of that yet!) but the nurse helped me up and made sure I could stand (the epi was still in effect) and then they let me move around pretty much however I wanted. About an hour after we had her, they moved us to a recovery room and an hour after that, they took my IV out of me with a lot of my begging but they didn't want to because I had a slight temp.
The baby has been absolutely great, she sleeps an awful lot, clustering during the day and sleeping up to 5 hours at night which is wonderful. Breastfeeding is going great and we both seemed to know what we were doing right away. I love every bit of motherhood! I am going to try to post some pics now.... wish me luck!
this is a copy and paste from my blog. I was induced on February 20th.
She is HERE!! Welcome to the world Ashley Nicole
My sweet girl was born February 20th at 2:04 pm. She weighed 7lbs 4 oz and was 19 inches long.
Monday morning we were to arrive at the hospital at 7am. They wasted NO time getting me set up. As soon as I got up to the delivery suite I got changed and put on an IV. Pitocin and the usual saline drip. Contractions were very light at first, no big deal. Around 8 my midwife came by and broke my water. At the point I was still just dilated to 3. but she was sure I would have the baby by noon.
Time goes on, contractions are ok at this point, but I was not making progress as fast as they thought I should, so up went the pitocin. At this point the contractions were getting pretty painful. (Did I mention I HATE piticon!?) so I have my Mom go ask the nurse if I could get the epidural then. Well anesthesia was finishing up with a c-section, that he would be down as soon as it was done.
I was checked again at this point I was dilated to 5. I could'nt stand the pain anymore,so they gave me a round of stadol, that stuff is wild! You still feel the pain, but you dont really care about it...in a way. Well anesthesia calls down and says the section is almost over,to get me ready for my epi. The nurses send my Mom & Dad & Mike out while they me ready for my epi. So they all go down to the cafeteria for soda and snacks. They were told there was no hurry I was just dilated to 5 and sometimes the eipdural can slow things down. So off they went.
That is when I started having contraction upon contraction, one lasted so long I thought I was going to die! I started crying (for my Mommy of course LOL) so the nurse checks me again and I am fully dilated,and baby is RIGHT there! She was ready to be born NOW! I went from dilated 5 to 10 is less than 10 minutes! Mike just so happen to come back up to check on me, they had to page my parents over the intercom. I finallly got my epidural while we waiting for my parents to show up.
The only reason I was able to get it still is because I was getting a tubal right after birth.
My parents rush up,get cameras rolling, and here we go.... I pushed about 7-8 times (I guess I was exhausted and loopy from the stadol) then there she was! My beautiful baby girl! I tore just a little, he shoulder got hung on the way out.
her apgars were 8 and 9. She is simply amazing! such a sweet personality already.
Ashley Nicole born 2/20/06 edd 3/3/06..
Posted by KristenMajewski
OUR FIRST OFFICIAL MARCH BABY!!
Well on Tuesday Feb.28th DH and I went to my regular OB appt. We had an U/S and Dylan was estimated to weigh 8lbs, 6 oz. Since my due date was the next day and I wasn't dialated at all he said I could get induced. So off we went to the hospital that night. Over night I got 2 doses of the vaginal pill cervadil and then started pitocin. At about 3am I got my epidural (didn't work like I thought it would). I kept having to change positions in bed b/c Dylan didn't klike my contractions. By 9am I was complete and I pushed for 1 hour.
Dylan Christopher was born at 10:03 am, March 1st
20 inches long
Treasure Tots Congo
Originally Posted by DianeInOz
This is going to be long.
Our appointment on Thursday (the 9th) didn't turn out as planned. The RN checked my blood pressure and it had gone up to 158/98. Not only that, but I had swelling, visual changes, headaches and dizziness. He told me I had a half hour to get to the hospital that I was being induced. He did a quick internal and I was only a fingertip dilated (still...grumble grumble) with minimal effacement. Scott and I went to L&D and got settled into a bed by 2:40. They started the cervadil and did a NST and I was already having contractions that were 2 minutes apart - I just couldn't feel them. It took forever for them to finally get the IV...at which point they started fluids because they thought I was dehydrated. Long story short, contractions really picked up at around 1am on Friday morning. Still only 1 cm dilated...but at least I was 80% effaced. I got the stadol at that point - wow...that's good stuff. I was so "high" that I was apparently talking to the nurse about delivery trucks...which I know nothing about. She was a good sport about it and told me that she hoped they would bring my baby with them. I slept until about 7am or so. The Dr came in and checked me and I was just barely 2cm dilated. He started another round of cervadil. I labored throughout the day with the contractions getting more intense. We (the RN and I) thought I was definitely progressing. I started to "tremor" around 11am or so - then started vomiting...then started spotting. *sigh* 2pm the Dr comes back in to check on me and I am in so much pain that I am begging him for a csection. They decide to start the pitocin and recheck me - still at 2cm. By 5:30 all the medication in the world isn't helping. The Dr calls to find out my progress (still no more than 2cm) and says that he'll call the staff back. 10 minutes later he calls them back and says the OR will be ready for us in an hour... I have been diagnosed with "failure to progress in labor". Translation: I just labored for almost 27 hours (plus) and still end up with the csection. Things were a little blurry after that for a while... I was shaved...catheterized..."flooded' with fluids and given a medication to calm the acids in my stomach...all while still tremoring. I puked up the drink that was supposed to settle my stomach ... and we were on our way to the OR. They did the epidural (which was great) and started the surgery. Thanks to a semi-reflective ceiling, I got to watch most of it. Meghan was born on March 10 at 7:21PM. She was 7lbs, 12 oz and 20 inches long. Turns out she never dropped, never engaged, nothing. Scott said the Dr literally just about had his shoulder inside my abdomen trying to get her out and that the RN looked funny pushing down on me trying to push her down.
My recovery from the csection has been so much better than the labor itself....I was up and walking around 12 hours later (I love Demerol) and haven't stopped since. The one thing I wasn't prepared for was the numbness in my abdomen...though it does make sense to me now...another thing I didn't expect? One section of my abdomen never went numb...so there were *small* portions of the surgery that I could actually feel the pain...(not horrible)...
She is so worth it...she's a bit jaundiced so we see her pediatrician on Thursday morning...and I have a fever, so I have to go back to my OB on Thursday afternoon.
"I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
Emmett's birth story:
My water broke on Friday, March 10, shortly before noon. Thankfully at that time I was just finishing cleaning the house! It was just a trickle but kept on coming.
James and I got to the hospital around 2pm; they assessed me and confirmed that my water had broken. They monitored me and I was 2 cm and no contractions, so they decided to give me until Saturday morning to go into labour on my own. James and I walked and walked the hallways all night, waiting for something to happen. Having your waters trickle/gush for that long is not fun, let me tell you!
Saturday morning came with a mild contraction or two, but nothing that would put me into labour. I was also still 2 cm. They started an IV with antibiotics, since I had had ruptured membranes for 18 hours and no baby. They started the induction drip (Cytodil, I think?) around 9 am.
I started getting contractions around 10am...rather mild, and very manageable. They turned up the drip a couple of times and by 1pm I was definitely feeling it, but was doing a good job of getting through the contractions on my own. They turned up the drip again and at 1:30pm the contractions suddenly went from painful to unbearable...it was like going from (on a scale from 1 to 10) a 5 to a 10 instantly. I panicked, and was barely getting through each contraction (at this point they were 2-3 minutes apart) and begging for pain meds. The nurse checked me; I was a tight 3, and agreed to give me morphine but wanted to hold off on the epi until I was further along. I got the morphine at 2pm; it didn't help with the pain and just made me sleepy and stoned between contractions. I ended up getting the epi at 2:30pm, and in about 10-15 minutes I was feeling a lot better and dozed off.
Around 4pm I started feeling a lot of pressure so the nurse checked me; I had dilated to 5. About 15 minutes later I started feeling a *lot* of pressure and the urge to push; she checked me again and I was already an 8! She went to consult with the doctor and when she came back a few minutes later I was doing everything I could not to push. Sure enough, I was complete!
I pushed for 2 hours; he was almost starting to crown for the last 45 minutes but wouldn't budge. The doctor came to talk to me about using the vaccuum or forceps; I agreed and kept pushing while they got that ready. James was holding onto my feet and coaching me and the nurse and doctor weren't paying much attention. All of a sudden, I got him unstuck, and out popped his head and a shoulder! The doctor had only gotten one glove on, and when he turned around and saw what was happening (he heard James say "Whoa!") he put the one hand on Emmett's head, yelled "Don't push! Don't push!" while the nurse got his other glove on! I managed to hold back long enough for the doctor to deliver the rest of him! Emmett was delivered at 6:21pm.
He was pink and cried right away; he cried for the next 2 hours, actually! His head was pretty bruised and misshapen from being stuck down so low for so long. James held him while I got stitched up; I had 3rd degree tearing due to his head coming so fast, and I didn't even ask how many stitches I needed. At this point the epi was wearing off and I could feel the stitching, but it only stung a little.
Emmett's birth was pretty much the opposite of what I was expecting; I was hoping to go naturally, with no induction and little or no meds. I am recovering quite well though, and Emmett is doing really well.
My birth story is so long!!!!
Lost my mucus plug sunday the 5th at 12:30 in the afternoon, contractions started at 10:30pm 20 min apart and not too painful. I went into the dr's mon morning and they checked me, only 1 cm dialted, barely. So they sent me home, contractions continued all day/night mon at about 15 min apart, all day at 7 min apart and tues night about 5-7 apart and so painful!!! Went into the dr's wed morning 9:30 and only 3cm and they almost sent me home but he baby had little movement so they kept me and checked for progress at 1:00 which the baby was fine and now I was barely 4cm. I got to stay and today was the day, finally!!!!
They let me be and contractions were awful all day long, they checked me at 7pm and the contractions had little if no breaks in the middle and i was still only 6cm's, very very slow progression.
Water still has not broken yet, at 7:30 they decided to break it and that was it, it was full blown labor from there. I still had no drugs and the pain was very intense. I asked for nubane to calm my nerves, which is not a pain killer, just a relaxer, worked a little. I pushed for about 2 hours and felt everything, let me tell you, everything!!!! It was amazing!
I did end up bleeding a lot, I guess a lot more than normal. They tried to not worry me, so they did not tell me this until discharge that I caused everyone a bit of a scare. I also tore inside and out and have stitches, not fun!
We named her Kelly Rae and she was born on March 8th at 9:58pm, she was due on the 17th. She weighed in at 5lbs 11oz, left the hospital at 5lbs 9oz and has been maintaining that which is good. She is also 19" long!
Kelly Rae born March 8th!
Well, I just had a nap and both girls are still sleeping, so here goes. The times are estimates b/c everything happened sooo quickly, I couldn't really keep track:
I woke up on Sunday morning after getting a great night's sleep (2x up to pee, but back to bed quickly). At around 6:30 AM I felt like I had to "go" (#2 that is) but couldn't. Tried to go back to sleep, but was feeling rather crampy. Woke DH and just walked around a bit, still not timing or anything b/c I still wasn't convinced I was in labor! I decided to go switch over the laundry in the basement and as I was doing so, had to rush back upstairs with a major contraction.
At this point, (around 7:00) we called my mom to tell her we may be needing her soon to come watch my DD. While on the phone with her I had 2 contractions pretty close together that I couldn't talk through and although he wasn't timing them, DH said, "these are coming really close." I was still thinking it was too early to go to the hospital, but he said he wanted to call. So we called the midwife and she knew I wanted to labor at home as long as possible, so she said it was up to me, but while on the phone with her, I had some more really close together and we decided we'd get ready to go. (this was around 7:15 or so). Called my parents back and they said they were on their way.
As DH was putting our stuff together, I breathed through the contrax, which were coming fast and furious. Around 7:40 or so, I started feeling the urge to push. . yes, at home!! A little scary. FInally I said, "WE NEED to GO!" My parents were still about 10 min out, so we called my neighbor (God Bless her) who came down in her PJ"S to stay with DD.
The hospital ride took about 20 minutes, I was doing some heavy panting-type breathing to resist the urge to push I was feeling the entire time. WE got to the hospital around 8:15, left the car running and the doors open and rushed in, told them I COULD NOT fill out any paper work at the moment and they let us go right up to L & D. . I remember lying down on the floor of the elevator to get through a contrax!
They took us right into a room, where the nurse found I was fully dialated, but my water was still in tact (which was the only thing holding that baby in!!)
We had to wait about 15 minutes for the midwife to arrive (otherwise she would've been born even earlier!) She got there and broke my water at 8:30. I started pusing and Alexandra arrived at 8:49!! All nine pounds of her! I was so in shock, esp. after pushing for 3 /12 hours with DD.
It was truly a great experience, a little scary, but everything worked out perfectly.
By the way, the nurses had to call security to go park our car, which we had left running with the doors open at the entrance. We never even brought our labor bag or anything inside. . I delivered in the T-shirt I had on, never even put on a hospital gown.
I was having mild contractions for several days, maybe 10 contractions per day. My due date was 3/8. On that day I was ony 85% effaced and a fingertip dilated. On 3/10 I woke up at 5am with contractions that were regular. They were about thirty seconds in duration and about 3.5 minutes apart. After an hour they were 1.5 minutes apart.
I called Labor and Delivery and they said to come in to be checked but be ready to be sent home if I was not far enough along. I got to the hospital around 7am. The contractions continued to be very close together but I was only 1 centimeter dilated. I was 100% effaced though, so they had me walk around and labor in the shower. After about an hour I was 3.5 centimeters dilated so they admitted me.
After maybe an hour and a half I asked for Fentanyl to take the edge off the pain. A couple of hours later I asked for an epidural but the anesthesiologist was busy with another epidural and then a c-section, so she didn’t show up until 1:30. I was at 5 centimeters dilated when I got the epidural. It only worked on the left side of my body so they adjusted the tube twice, having me wait 10-20 minutes after each adjustment to see if that worked. It didn’t. The right side of my body was feeling everything.
Someone said all they could do was take out the epidural and give me another one, but I told them I thought the baby was already coming. They checked, and sure enough, she was. I pushed for about 10 minutes and out she came at 3:35pm. Since she came so fast, there was no time for much stretching to occur, so I got torn up pretty bad from the inside out. There was a lot of bleeding and sewing me up after her birth took a long time.
Her breathing was a bit raspy at the beginning, and they were concerned because there was meconium in the amniotic fluid (my water broke during my labor). But after a bit of suctioning all was fine.
We went home 28 hours later with our beautiful baby girl. 5 lbs 9 oz, 18 inches long.