Pregnancy/Delivery horror stories?!

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Starryblue702's picture
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Pregnancy/Delivery horror stories?!

Hey girls, so I have to wonder if anyone out there has any horrible doctor/pregnancy/delivery stories to tell from this baby or any past babies? I had smooth and beautiful pregnancies and deliveries with all but one... here goes (gets graphic, read at your own risk!):

I had the same doctor through both my first and second pregnancies, Dr. Turner. She was a Godsend. She was also my very first gyno, so when I got pregnant, of course I went back to her. She delivered my first son and was so great and helpful through the whole thing. When I got pregnant again 2 1/2 years later, back to Dr. Turner I went. It's the policy of her office to be seen once by all of the Dr.'s in the practice (there were four of them, including Dr. Turner, two men and two women), which made me very uncomfortable, as I have always had a huge issue with male OBGYN's (sorry if I offend any of you with this, this is just IMHO!). I made sure my hubby was there with me the two times I had to see each of the male DR.'s. So at my 39wk 2 days appt, it was my turn to see Dr. Fleischer (man doctor lol). He checked me and I was already dialted to 5CM, although I wasn't having any contractions. He wanted to send me to the hospital ASAP but all of the rooms were full, so I had to go first thing the next morning. Upon check-in at the hospital, I find that the nurse that will be with me all day is some 50 year old huge man ("Kill me now" was all I could think of!). So the entire labor was very uncomfortable with this creepy man checking my cervex every hour or so. Well couldn't you guess, my Dr. Turner was out of town, and I was stuck with Dr. Fleischer to deliver my baby, of whom I had only just met the day before. I was checked by the Dr. around 4PM and I was dialated to 9CM, and just minutes later I was at a 10, and he was gone! He had gone home! I had to hold back on pushing until he came back, which wasn't until 4:38PM! So delivery was horribly uncomfortable as well (the male nurse had allowed two male interns to view the entire labor from the back of the room, neither of which I even noticed until the baby was out, so it was me, creepy man nurse, even creepier two man lookey-loos, and the man Dr.!)... and apparently after delivery Dr. Fleischer didn't want to wait anymore for my placenta to be delivered, he literally shoved his ENTIRE arm up in me and pulled it out! I felt so completely violated!

Anyway, the reason I'm telling you my horror story is because when I went for my last appt, the recetptionist told me that I would be seeing all of the doctors in the practice once during my pregnancy, and it made all of my vivid nightmares come flying back at me! I've had my daughter since then and had my current Dr. (another female, of course, but this is the same practice!) throughout, and I told her about my experience with him and she promised me I wouldn't have to see anyone else but her. I just have to remind her of it again this time around. Sorry this is so long, but it got me to thinking, how many of you out there have similar pregnancy horror stories of your own? :eek:

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Your story cracked me up - not because of having the men but because of the comments like "Kill me now", "creepy man nurse, even creepier two man lookey loos"

My horror story is more the kind you don't usually tell pg women - esp FTMs - for fear of scaring them.

Started labor on a Sunday morning....contracted all day but stayed home since I wanted to go without meds or interventions. Finally on Monday around 3am had a huge contraction and went to L&D. Got checked and was only a 3 so they sent me home after a few hours. UGH Went home, took Tylenol PM and went to bed - or tried. Took 2 baths, a shower and tried to relax but the pain was too bad. Finally hit the floor with horrible contractions at 7-8 pm (labor has now been 36 hours long) and called the OB. He had me come in, admit me and they broke my water. That's when it started to go downhill.

Got the epi and it didn't work. My contrx were lasting 10 minutes but were spread apart from 2 min to 10 min - so I wasn't making any progress. The epi never kicked in so I had to have a new one put in. UGH!

At midnight they started pitocin. By the next morning I was finally progressing and got to a 9 and stalled there. I had been in labor for about 52 hours when I started pushing. However, DS was sunny side up and they had to flip him in the birth canal - OMG - OWWW! Every time I pushed and took a breath - he went back in. UGH!

My OB gave me the option for a csection or another hour. I opted for the hour b/c I really wanted a vag delivery. However, within 45 min I was screaming for a csection. Within minutes I was being wheeled to the OR and had a csection - at hour 53. :eek:

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Oh my goodness Jenn! I know what you mean with not wanting to tell your horror stories, but we're always on here all sunny and perky, women (especially first time moms) should know that sometimes things can go the other way, too (and maybe they can be do something differently than we did!)...

And with regards to my "man" comments, it was one of those you had to be there to understand the unbelieveable-ness of what was happening that day! It was like, I barely like my DH to be in the room, but 4 OTHER MEN???!!! It was right out of the Twilight Zone LMAO (I'm glad I can laugh now, all I did was cry then!).

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At the risk of jinxing myself...my deliveries have been ok. My biggest problems are that when I get stressed my blood pressure drops. Well, wouldn't u know you are very stressed in labor. So last time I hit 64/29, not good, but the nurses are used to it and deal beautifully. I warn them ahead of time of course. It usually happens right before I transition. I also had a dr. leave and have to come back fast while I was "not pushing", crazy times!

Your man stories are very disturbing. I would have to complain to the hospital. Creepy!

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You know you have the right to ask them to leave. And if the nurse makes you uncomfortable, then there should have been another nurse on the floor. So sorry you had to go throught that.

I was lucky last time. I did get delivered by another (male) doc in the pratice that I had only met that morning, but he was really nice, and it really did not bother me. EXCPET for the fact that the ONE TIME I meet a nice, good looking, SINGLE doctor, I'm married and knocked up! Ughhhh!:rolleyes:

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I was induced with pitocin for 3 days straight, it just didn't work in my system so by the time I was pushing, my ankles ,wrists and legs were so swollen because the pitocin had no where to go but there. So it was a bit painful! I had the Epi problems too, only my right leg was numb. Not really helpful while your pushing a baby out considering it doesn't come out of your leg... They wouldn't re-do it because I was already pushing and ready to go. I only pushed for about 15- 20 mins but I had the nurse basically deliver him. The head was out and ready to go and my OB was still asleep, I was so scared! That is the most crucial time of his life and I had a nurse doing it because they couldnt wake my OB up!!!!! She finally came in and pulled the shoulders out for the last push and did the rest. It was so ridiculous. Why would she not be on standby if she knew I was already pushing?! :eek: Overall it could have been worse, but I was bed ridden for 4 days because everything was full of liquid and swollen and I pulled a muscle in my back. I had a rough time. hahaha

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Wow, luckily my delivery with Nicholas was wonderful.

In your case Krystal, if it happens again, you do NOT have to have interns in your room during delivery. You can tell them that you don't feel comfortable and that you would like them to leave. They have to respect your rights as a patient. I know it's hard to advocate for yourself when you are in labor but I let my nurses know EXACTLY how I wanted things done and as long as there wasn't a medical reason to change my plan, that was how it was going to happen. I'm sure I came across as a biotch but I don't care....I got the birth I wanted.

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My doctor was on vacation when I went in for my induction. I get to the hospital to have a resident (female) check my cervix. She says "Hmm, I can't find it." WTF!?! How in the hell is that possible?? So she literally hops up on the bed and proceeds to stick her arm to what feels like her elbow in my vagina in search for my cervix. *GAG* I screamed in horror. Turns out my cervix opening tilted posteriorly which can happen sometimes. Then instead of a doctor a CNM comes in. She deals with mostly the whole labor. They had started my labor on 12/27 by inserting Cervidil to get things rolling. I am dilated to about 3 by next morning and 11am they break my water. I got up a bit later to use the bathroom at which case the nurse came in and told me I was not allowed to get out of bed after they break your water in fear of a prolapsed cord. Mind you the CNM told me it was perfectly fine to get out of bed. Labor progresses well and I get my epidural. Which then proceeds to wear off not once, not twice, but three times. Each time they moved me to either side the epidural wore off on the opposite side. Finally at 9pm I am fully dilated and ready to push. Two hours later the CNM states "Your birth canal is extremely swollen and the baby isn't coming out. I need to get the doctor so he can assess the situation." In comes a doctor I had never met before. He tells me I must have had a reaction to the Cervidil and due to the strains of pushing my birth canal had swollen almost together. He said we had to get the baby out now or I would need an emergency C-Section. So he grabs the vacuum and tells me to push with all my might and at 11:16pm my little angel was born. Needless to say from all the swelling I tore extensively inside and out. I lost tons of blood. They actually ordered blood for a tranfusion because I was bleeding so badly but thankfully it quit before the blood got there so I didn't need it.

Recovery "down there" was actually the worst part of the whole thing. It was very painful down there for several weeks. I am so thankful for the epidural (once they finally got it straightened out) because had they not birth for me would have been excruciating and I probably would have never had another baby.

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Speaking of having people in the room....

During my csection I could hear the dr explaining the whole thing. "This is muscle, this is fat, here is the uterus...see here how you can see the baby?" I kept thinking "who in here doesn't know all this - aren't they all medical professionals?!"

After my recovery I asked him who he was talking to and he said there were two high school students (girls) in the room watching. Apparently its some program their school has for kids to kind of prevent teen pregnancy. :eek: He didn't know I didn't know they were in there - apparently someone forgot to tell me and get my permission ahead of time.

However - I really didn't care - I was so ready for this whole labor and delivery drama to be over they could have done it in the cafeteria and I wouldn't have cared.

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"jeepbaby" wrote:

You know you have the right to ask them to leave. And if the nurse makes you uncomfortable, then there should have been another nurse on the floor. So sorry you had to go throught that.

I was lucky last time. I did get delivered by another (male) doc in the pratice that I had only met that morning, but he was really nice, and it really did not bother me. EXCPET for the fact that the ONE TIME I meet a nice, good looking, SINGLE doctor, I'm married and knocked up! Ughhhh!:rolleyes:

LMAO that's always the way it goes!

@ Angela, I know, I was just so out of it and not caring by the time I was able to push it didn't even register with me to say anything. I know better now, though!

@ Jenn, LMAO that definitely would have been weird for me, but at least it was girls... and maybe you helped them keep their legs together until they get to college! ROFL