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You'll get an eclipse baby!

Very good luck to you! I hope that just a nip of pitocin is all you need to get you going and then everything proceeds quickly and easily from there.

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Thinking of you Sandi! I hope all goes well for you!

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Still thinking about you... hoping all is going well for you and baby!

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I hope everything is well & that the induction just gave your body the kick you needed.

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Well, Tess decided to join us yesterday at 12:01 pm. And by "decided to join us" I mean was cut out of me! She's a stubborn little one. So, I was induced around 12 pm on Wednesday. After laboring with pitocin (but no pain drugs) until 10 pm without making progress we decided to take the epidural. I was able to relax and rest for a while and was ready to push around 5 am. Around 10:15 am we decided to have a cesarean. She was not coming for anything and it turns out she still had a hand up around her head. She weighs 10 lbs, 1/2 oz and is 21 3/4" long.

I'll do her full birth story after we get home.

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Oh, wow! I guess Tess just liked it way too much on the inside. You made such a great home for her she didn't want to leave! I can't wait to hear her birth story and see some pics! I hope you're recovering well.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TESS!

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Oh my goodness hun, what a birth, and what a big girl! Sounds like you did everything you could before the c-section, I hope your healing (physically and mentally) goes well..

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Congrats on her birth!!! I am sorry the method wasn't what you wanted. Hope you're healing well.

Can't wait to hear your story and see pics. Smile

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Congratulations on your daughter!!

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Congrats! Can't wait to see pictures.

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Congrats again Sandi. Tess surely wanted to stay in-utero forever. I'm glad u are both doing ok and you gave yourselves the best shot. Praying for a quick and easy recovery for you.

Can't wait to read the birth story and see pix.

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What a healthy baby girl! Congrats and can't wait to see pics! I hope you have a speedy recovery!

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Congrats, Sandi! You made it, and finally get to meet Tess! I wish you a speedy, uneventful recovery. Can't wait for pics!! :love10:

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Congrats! :bigarmhug: Can't wait to see that beauty!

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I'm happy for your Sandi, glad she was finally born. Congratlations Biggrin

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CONGRATS!!! I added her to the recent arrivals!!!

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Aw sounds like she was almost exactly as big as you expected. Can't wait to hear the story and see pics. ((HUGS)) Momma. And again I can't believe it...5 hours of pushing??? You are a superhero!

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Oh wow! 10 pounds! You did awesome, having to endure pit ctx without medication for so long! Congratulations on your baby girl!!! Sending healing vibes {{{{{}}}}}}, I hope your recovery is speedy and uncomplicated ... can't wait to see pics of your new little princess!

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Looking forward to seeing pictures of your little one!

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Oh Congrats Sandi!!! I bet she's a doll - I hope your recovery is swift, I'm so impressed with you! :bighug:

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Congratulations Sandi!!

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Finally some pics!! Still working on the birthstory (I just got home a few hours ago and am still adjusting).

Getting cleaned off:

Looking cute and making face (did I mention she's not even two days old at this point????)

Sleeping in Daddy's arms:

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Oh and also--my milk is in already!!! Tess is a milk monster and has had ZERO problems taking the breast. She's had 4 poos today and about 7 wet diapers. She went down to 9lbs, 3 oz. in the hospital by Saturday morning and was still that weight today, so I'm guessing it's going to be back on in no time at all!

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WOW! 10 lbs and .5 oz! Girl, you are the woman! That is truly amazing! I am so glad your princess is with you and that you don't have to wait any longer. Hoping your recovery is going well!!!

She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Looking forward to reading your birthstory. Congratulations again hun!

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Oh Sandi she is soooo precious!!!! Yay for your milk coming in & for her nursing well, that's truly wonderful!! Congrats again hun Smile

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Beautiful, congratulations!

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She's LOVELY and copngrats on the easy breastfeeding, that's an enormous hurdle already overcome Smile Can't WAIT for the birth story!

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She is gorgeous! Awwww I want one! Biggrin

Congrats on nursing going well too

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She is a cutey! Can't wait to see her in person. Glad she is nursing like a champ!

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She is beautiful! That's wonderful nursing is going so well.

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Sandi, I got caught up on your lodge yesterday, but I didnt get a chance to post because I had to take care of Tehani. You did awesome in your birth experience. You made informed decisions at every intervention and did everything you could to avoid them. You lasted way longer than I did on the pitocin--that stuff is a beast, isn't it?

Glad to hear breastfeeding is going so well. Waiting for my milk to come in was hard, especially because my baby had jaundice and I knew that the best way for her to get better would be to get lots to eat. So, that's awesome that your milk came in fast.

She's adorable, thanks for sharing the pictures.

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:woohoo: so glad she is a milk monster! It is great when they nurse well for you!

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Tess is beautiful Sandi! I'm glad your milk is in and Tess is feeding like a champ! How are you feeling other wise? Check in when you can!

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So, just checking in. I'm still working on my birthstory. I left the house for the first time today without Tess. Apparently she cried for the two hours I was away Sad Of course she's been alseep for almost two hours since I've been back. Poor DH. Things are going pretty well here. She's sleeping in 2-3 hour chunks at night, but has yet to sleep "alone". It's starting to be very draining. We're having dinner with FIL tonight and my Dad and grandmother are coming in to see her for the first time.

She is THE messiest eater!!!! I have had to bathe her almost every day. She ends up with this breast milk sheen all over. I can't feel my let-down, but it must be powerful because she chokes almost everytime. We both smell like spoiled milk most days!!!

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I started my prenatal care at an OB group that had two CNMs on staff. By the luck of the draw we ended up with one of the CNMs at our first appointment in June. We had an 8 week u/s to confirm my pregnancy (it was so great to see our little Peanut’s heartbeat after a missed m/c the previous March). Everything was proceeding according to plan until we started our prenatal classes in late October. I had been reading the Birthing Naturally Board for quite some time trying to educate myself on childbirth and what would be best for myself and our little Peanut. As soon as we started the prenatal classes I knew I was being fed the medicalized birth routine from the instructor whom we affectionately called “Nurse Ratchet”. We went to the final night of class just to check out L&D at the hospital and I was sorely disappointed. The birth I wanted could not be had at this hospital. I left in tears and made my first post on the BNB asking for advice. Upon searching for doulas and midwives in my area I found a freestanding birthing center that was just a half hour’s drive away. I was ESTATIC after our first informational visit with Linda. I was 34 weeks along at this point. All we were waiting on was insurance approval. Corwin and I finally made the decision that we were going with the birthing center with or without insurance paying and made the transition at 37 weeks. Our visits went from a quick 5 minute check in with our original CNM to an hour long chat with Linda. Corwin said it was worth every penny for how happy and relaxed I was after we left our appointments. I agreed wholeheartedly!

I had been having contractions since 38 weeks or so. They were timeable quite a few times, enough so that we called our midwife on more than 2 occasions. I started going to the chiropractor to try and open my pelvis so she would drop. I also had a few prenatal massages and was trying acupressure points. The weeks were rolling by with little indication of anything “real” happening. At 42 weeks (based on my original charting when we conceived Tess) we decided to start taking desperate home induction steps. Based on my exams Tess was not in a great position and we suspected she had her hand up by her face as she was not dropping. I tried castor oil mixed with orange juice (remembering drinking this makes me sick to my stomach even now!). I had a few hours of timeable contractions again, but then they stopped. At my 42 week appointment later that day we scheduled a BPP u/s to check and make sure everything was ok. The next morning I woke up to leaking! I was so excited I called Linda. We were certain at this point that something would be happening in the next 24-48 hours. I was told to put nothing in the vagina, not to use any strange toilets and take it easy. Finally I could stop working! The constant questions and “You’re still here?”s were really starting to get stressful so I was relieved I could stay home and wait for Tess to arrive. Our u/s was scheduled for the next day and I almost cancelled because I was sure labor was going to begin. Nothing had started by the time the appointment rolled around the next day (it was scheduled for a Thursday afternoon). Tess was perfect and was measuring 9lbs, 2oz (which we were assured was an overestimate). She scored an 8/8 on the BPP and we even got to see her face in 3D for the first time. She was sucking on her fingers the whole time and wouldn’t move from that position. Surely our little stinker would come soon! I tried castor oil for the second time that evening after speaking with Linda. Nothing again. Over the weekend Corwin and I walked and walked trying to get her to come. I tried castor oil for the third time. Tess was certainly stubborn. I never thought we would make it to our 43 week appointment on Tuesday morning, but we did. It really was time for desperate measures. Linda did her first internal exam to try and get Tess to turn and press against my cervix. She turned for about a half hour before resuming her original position (her bum pressed just to the right side of my stomach and her feet stretched all the way out to the left). The 10 minute internal that it took to turn her a bit didn’t even cause cramping or mucous plug loss. Linda gave us some pulsatilla to try and some blue and black cohosh. She also left us with orders to take another dose of castor oil before bed and to have sex, as my leak from the week before had resealed. I was up around four in the morning with the effects of the castor oil and made up my mind to take an induction. Linda had warned us that she would NOT make a 44 week appointment and I agreed. At this point I was getting pretty worried about my mental state and my physically being able to be pregnant for any longer. I finally fell asleep on the couch downstairs. Corwin teaches on MWF mornings early, so he was up and dressed when his dad called (7 am). Apparently our family practice Dr. was pretty concerned that I was still pregnant at 43 weeks and 1 day. I guess here I should say that our Dr. is my FIL’s best friend. It’s great for when we need to get in to see the Dr. immediately, but not so good for when I’m still pregnant at 43 weeks. The Dr. wanted to see me in his office that day to make sure everything was ok. We made an appointment for 11 am so Corwin could go teach. I had already made up my mind to take an induction, so I wasn’t too annoyed. I knew we would have to go to a hospital and at least our Dr. had good contacts and knew which OBs were on call that day (and which ones were natural birth inclined). I took a shower and repacked our bags (which had been packed at 39 weeks for the birth center) for a hospital birth. When Corwin got home I let him know that I had made up my mind and that we should call Linda to let her know. We paged Linda on our way to the appointment. Now, I had just been checked the previous day at my appointment with Linda, so I found it pretty comical that I had been called to the “principal’s” office to be checked again. They measured me and performed an internal. I kept saying that “yesterday I measure 42 weeks” when he was trying to find the top of my fundus and that “yesterday I my cervix was posterior” when he was trying to find it. Apparently I was the only one laughing! I was just assuring them that YES, I had had prenatal care that was competent and that NO, I wasn’t risking my baby’s life. All the while they were trying to talk me into an induction that I had already told them I would take! I do give the guy credit, however, because he did only say “dead baby” once. He called over to the hospital (the one with the best NICU in town, just in case) and confirmed that Dr. Bishop was on call until 7 am the next day. Dr. Bishop agreed to take me. Linda had returned her page and confirmed that Dr. Bishop was one of her favorites and faxed our records over. Linda had worked at the hospital and knew a lot of the staff, so that was great for us! We called my MIL to let her know to come and pick up our puppies for a few days and then my mother to let her know that we were taking the induction so she could start driving (I’m from KY, so she was about a 4-5 hour drive away). We finally arrived at the hospital around 12:45 pm. It was a little hilarious because they were trying to get a wheelchair for me, but I assured them that I was NOT in labor and that I could walk just fine. We got up to the maternity floor and met our first nurse, Erica, who was just fantastic. She had been alerted to our impending arrival and was on the lookout for us. Everyone was staring at us because apparently they had never seen a woman that was 43 weeks pregnant before. We made ourselves at home in the L&D room and gave out copies of our birth plan. I had to throw one together that morning in about 30 minutes as I hadn’t kept the one I made prior to 37 weeks when we switched to the birthing center. I took out the parts about not wanting pitocin, as it was inevitable at this point. I was pleasantly surprised with the way our birthing choices were received. Erica entered them all into the computer for us so there were copies everywhere and the next shift of nurses would know right away. Blood was taken at this point and I was strapped to the monitors for an initial reading. My belly was so round that the heart monitor kept slipping off. After another internal check I was said to be about 2 centimeters dilated. I got my IV around 1:40 pm and the pitocin was started at 2 pm. We were on our way. Tess was at 0 station, so my Bishop’s score wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful either. Corwin was so antsy at this point that I sent him downstairs to grab something to eat and sneak me some fries. I was told “only clear liquids” but I ignored it! I kept all the snacks in my bag that I had packed in anticipation of the birth center birth that I had planned. The contractions were starting to come at this point, but were nothing to write home about. Corwin and I played cards and I listened to my iPod for a bit. At 4:15 Dr. Bishop came in and we decided that breaking my water was the next step to get things moving. He had a hard time with them, but finally got it. It was the weirdest feeling. The liquid was clear and there was a TON of it. We called Linda at this point and she came in to act as my birth doula. The contractions started coming harder at this point as they had been turning up the pitocin every half hour. I asked for the telemetry monitors so I could move around. We walked the halls, rocked in the chair and sat on the birth ball in succession. No position for more than a half hour. At this point the contractions were about 2-3 minutes apart and lasting over a minute. Linda and Corwin were both great coaches. We did a lot of counter pressure and dancing as the contractions were in my lower back for the most part. Linda and Corwin tried to keep me laughing to produce some good energy to go along with the pitocin. My mother, step-father, FIL and his girlfriend had arrived at some point in this time and I made sure DH kept them in the waiting room. I didn’t want anyone else to see me laboring. I remember being starving and wanting a Big Mac from the McDonald’s downstairs (why there is a McDonald’s in the hospital, I don’t know). I snuck a Clif bar and some fruit snacks and drank a bunch of apple juice. I started feeling some pressure down below around 9:30 pm and decided I wanted to be checked. The contractions were coming every 1-2 minutes at this point. I was curious because I didn’t know how much longer I could go on with the pitocin at that level. I had made 0 progress, but was having bloody show, so that was a good sign. Linda, Corwin and I decided that we had a very long way to go and it was best that I get some rest because I was too tense and in so much pain. I reluctantly agreed to get the epidural, but it seems it was the best possible decision for me at the time. Dr. Bishop was pretty accommodating and was willing to let me labor as long as I wanted, which definitely took the pressure off me. I was worried about the 24 hour clock that I had started, but he assured me that he was on no timetable. I got the epidural around 10:15 pm. I was contracting almost continuously and couldn’t control myself so I had them give my nubain so I could sit still for the epidural. I also consented to an internal pressure monitor to gauge the strength of the contractions. I felt so much better at this point that I even allowed my mother and FIL in to say hello. I had them run out and get something to eat for Corwin and we all chatted for a bit. I allowed the nurse to check me at 1 am so I knew whether or not to send people home to get some rest. I was 3 cm and fully effaced so we all decided to take a nap. It was 1 am at this point. I woke up intermittently as I had a “light” epidural and could still move my legs around and feel pressure. At 4:30 am I woke up with the shakes and knew I was complete. I waited for a bit to see if I could feel any pressure, but I was not getting a “push” urge yet. I woke Corwin up to let him know and had the nurse confirm that I was 10 cms. We called Linda to let her know and I waited to feel the urge. I officially started pushing at 6:00 or so, but I was giving little pushes all along trying to help myself out. I was feeling a TON of pressure in my lower back. We tried a lot of positions for pushing. I could feel my legs and was moving around really well. At about 8:30 am I decided to have them redose the epidural. The pain in my lower back was ridiculous. I continued pushing, now with Linda, Corwin and a nursing student (I was her first birth ever!) holding my legs. At some point I consented to an internal monitor for the baby’s heartbeat. The external one would not stay in place with all the positions I was using to push. I was starting to get pretty discouraged when I reached the three official hours of pushing mark. We were also losing her heartbeat completely every time I pushed. At four official hours of pushing I asked for help. At this point it was 10 am and Dr. Bishop had of course gone home. The new Dr. was part of his practice, but we were not as familiar with him. When he first came in to meet us a few hours before he had mentioned using the vacuum if necessary. I asked to speak with him and said I would consent to the vacuum. The Dr. did an internal and decided that he wouldn’t use forceps or a vacuum, but that I could either continue pushing or consent to a c-section. He was worried about her size and getting her stuck if we were to try and pull her out. Her head had made it to +3 by about 8 am, but was not coming any further. We suspected she still had her hand up by her face. After a lot of tears and a discussion with Linda and Corwin we decided we would consent to the c-section. At this point it was 10:15 am. They turned the pitocin off and my body almost stopped contracting. I had maybe six little contractions in the almost two hours it took them to get me to the OR (they were already performing a tubal when we made our decision). I was shaking pretty badly in the OR and it took them a few doses to get me numb. I could still feel and move my feet during the entire thing, which freaked me out a bit, but I couldn’t feel anything but pressure when they were cutting her out. I talked to the Dr. beforehand and made sure that he used a double stitch to sew me back together because I indicated my desire for a VBAC for my next birth. Tess Sofia was born at 12:01 pm on February 21st. She weighed 10 lbs, ½ oz. at birth and was 21 ¾” long. I was SHOCKED at her size. Her apgars were 9 and 9 and she screamed up a storm immediately. I looked over at Corwin and noticed he wasn’t taking pictures, so I yelled at him to take some and ended up with over 60! It took them about a half hour to put me back together. They wheeled me into recovery and I finally got to hold my little girl. I told them I wanted to breastfeed her immediately and she latched on perfectly. One of the nurses made a snide comment that I “shouldn’t leave her on that long or she’ll overeat”. As if. After about an hour and a half in recovery we were able to be taken to our room. Luckily c-section moms get a private room. I only threw up a few times over the next few hours (ouch and ouch) and finally got my catheter out at 6 am the next morning. It was a little funny walking DH through his first diaper change ever from the bed. They took the IV out soon after the catheter and I was able to shower. I felt like a new person! I was a little upset at first by the prospect of staying in the hospital until Sunday, but it turned out to be pretty nice. I was completely unhooked from everything within 24 hours of the c-section and was being waited on by the nurses. My milk came in on Saturday and Tess was a great feeder. We had one tiny problem with her latch, but it took one visit from the LC to fix it! We made a stop for a nice meal on the way home from the hospital on Sunday afternoon and then we were home for good. Tess and I spent a few nights downstairs on our own before we moved upstairs. Almost three weeks later I’m feeling pretty normal and am barely even taking ibuprofen.

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A few notes-

I never did get my big mac!

It's weird. I never "saw" myself actually birthing in the center, or saw myself giving birth at all. I guess we do know what we're talking about. I didn't see Tess born and didn't see her for a few minutes after she was born.

I'm really disappointed with myself for taking the induction. I want to cry every time I think about it. I really don't know if Tess would have come on her own. She was born at 43 weeks and 2 days. It's really weird how things spiral out of control.

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Oh Sandi! What an amazing story. I do understand all your feelings but as an outsider looking in I think you did everything you could! You gave Tess every opportunity to come out the way you hoped. You really are a star!

And let me telling you having a VBAC was the single most amazing thing I have ever done, I feel like it was even more empowering than if I just had a vaginal birth the first time so let there be some hope in that for you.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

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Thank you for sharing your story hun....

I agree you did everything you could hun and I know it may take a while to come to terms with your birth and you should do whatever you need to do to process it all, but try not to feel like you made a bad choice. You did everything you could and even if you went into labor on your own you may have been in the same situation, sometimes we do need to help mother nature out a bit....

Enjoy your baby.......

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Wow, what a story! And what a beautiful baby. I have to say, you really knew what you wanted and stuck up for yourself, and even though it didn't go the way you'd planned, I'm proud of you for how you went through it.

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That is empowering to me. You really co-managed your labor, you really did. You did all you could, and what an amazing job. What a beautiful girl, and she is so big, I guess that is from growing in mom an extra 3 wks. I wouldn't have the patience to wait that long, you truly are amazing!

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I think your mental perseverance through all of this to be really admirable. Not many people can say they made it to 43wks with as much stability as you have. I think you handled the entire situation wonderfully and I'm sorry you feel regret for accepting the induction, I think you did great & hope that once your able to digest everything you'll be able to see how great you did.

It *is* a bit mind boggling how quickly things can spiral out of control. I've experienced that to one degree or another with each of my pregnancies, some have been harder to come to terms with than others. I think what we need to remind ourselves of is that we did the best we could with what we had at the time.

Congrats again hun!

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I think you are amazing for making it to 43 weeks! I hope you can feel peace with the birth - There is no shame in having gone with the induction! :bighug:

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Don't doubt your decisions, you held out longer than most women would be able to and you did a great job laboring through and giving yourself the best options possible. I'm happy to read your feeling great and have a great eater your hands.

Congrats!

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Girl, you are amazing. I am so proud of you for doing the right thing by your baby. Tess is beautiful, and her birth sounds beautiful too. WTG momma.

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Your story was amazing, Sandi. You did everything you could and I'm still totally amazed that you labored on pit for so long. I also think it's awesome that you didn't get induced when you were leaking amniotic fluid--that's pretty much what happened to me. I think my leak would have re-sealed also...it was a very slow drip and Tehani's head was pretty low, so she was blocking up my cervix from allowing the fluid to drip.

You ended up with a birth full of medical intervention, but it was done with your informed consent, and that distinguishes you from so many poor mamas who just do whatever the doctor says. You don't know what would have happened if you had refused induction and waited to go into labor on your own--you may have still had a c-section or there could have been other complications, you never know. You made the decision because you felt at the time that it was best with the information that was available to you, and that's the best anyone can do.

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