Birth Story and Pictures!

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Birth Story and Pictures!

So here is Isabel Mary's birth story:

I went to work Tuesday 3/8/11 (36w4d) and noticed I was having quite a few contractions but didn't think too much about it b/c I've always had a ton of BH. At 11:45 that night I woke up to a small gush of fluid. I told my DH, "I'm not sure but I think my water may have just broken." I went back to bed and about 20 minutes later, it happened again. I called L/D and they told me I should come in. Not sure if this was the real deal, I just left DH at home with son and drove myself. :rolleyes: On the way there, nothing happened but then lying on the table, it was obvious and they took one look at me and said, "Oh yes, your water definitely broke."

Since I was a VBAC they hooked me up to monitors and IV's. After a couple of hours, I started getting contractions that were getting regular but not painful. My DH got there around 2 AM and my doula got there about 3:30 AM. I was only 2 cm dilated and baby was so HIGH they wouldn't let me walk b/c of fear the cord would slip underneath the baby.

My doula helped me use the ball and I did get into the tub. By 8:30 AM I was in such pain, I asked if I was far enough along for an epidural. I was 4-5 cm and the epidural was HEAVEN!! I managed to sleep a little. At 7 cm, they were concerned about baby and weren't picking up contractions very well so they put internal monitors for baby's heart rate and the contractions. At 2:30 PM, they came and told me the monitors showed I wasn't making enough progress and they offered a repeat C/S or pitocin to get things moving. They don't generally like to do pitocin for a VBAC b/c of risk of uterine rupture. I almost caved in on the c/s b/c I was just SO tired but my doula convinced them to give me one more hour unmedicated. They came to check the cervix and I was 9 cm!!

At 4:30 PM, I started pushing and after 2 hours, the head was right there. I could see in the mirror a load of black hair and I got to reach down to touch the head. They called the Dr in and at 6:33 PM, a few more pushes and out she came! I got to announce the sex of the baby and they put her on my chest right away. I got to nurse right away and she latched on without any problem.

I then gave her to DH and I had a good little cry, thinking of my mom in heaven dancing for joy over the birth of her new granddaughter. Also, the fact that since my DS was a 30 weeker, I didn't get to experience holding him after birth or nursing him...heck I didn't even get to see him until he was 24 hours old!

I am SOOO grateful for my doula. I firmly believe that I would have ended up with a C/S without her support. Thanks for reading! Here are some pictures of my beautiful dark haired wonder:

First Bath:

Big Brother, my little preemie, Isaac

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I'm sure your mom is so proud of you Kim - you did amazing. I love everything about your story from you driving yourself to you trying and succeeding in the VBAC and then you announcing the birth. And I know you are proud of yourself and your body for carrying to term and being able to spend those first few special moments with Isabel.

Congrats again, so happy for you.

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Love the story and the pics!! Biggrin I'm so glad you had that extra hour!! I can't tell you how many times I've read stories like this and if ppl just request a little extra time things end up progressing as normal. From what I understand there is a natural lull in progression right before pushing that allows the body to rest so it'll have enough strength to push the baby out. Congrats again!! I'm so glad you had such a beautiful labor and a healthy baby GIRL!! Smile

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:bigarmhug: What a beautiful story and birth Kim!! I'm so glad you got your VBAC. May I copy this post to the sticky thread? Or you could copy and paste it there when you have time. Smile TFS

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This is awesome!!!! I love the story.... Congrats on your beautiful dark haired lovely Smile

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What a wonderful story and a beautiful baby! Congrats again!

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Beautiful story, Kim. Thinking about you getting to hold her and nurse her after what you missed with Issac's birth made me teary. I'm so glad it went so well for you.

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Congratulations! Beautiful story and beautiful baby!!!

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What a great, wonderful story! So glad you got your VBAC. Smile

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What a beautiful birth story, Kim. The part about your mom has me tearing up. I'm sure she is full of joy! Congratulations on your beautiful daughter and family.

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Congrats, she is a little sweet heart!!

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So glad you were able to have a successful vbac! Congrats on baby Isabel! She is precious.

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TFS!! What a great story. Biggrin

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What a great story! So happy your doula was there to help you along!! I am quite sure your mom was looking down on you watching it all from Heaven!! She is just beautiful love all that dark hair.

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What a sweet wonderful story. Congrats - glad your doula was able to provide you with the birth experience you wanted.

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What a wonderful birth story and a beautiful little girl!! Congrats!!

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Great Job MAMA! I am glad your doula was there and you got your VBAC! Congrats! She is ADORABLE!!

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Thank for sharing, Kim. I teared up reading it. You did an amazing job and it warms my heart seeing you got the birth you wanted. I giggled that you drove yourself to the hospital, that sounds just like something I would do! She is so beautiful!

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Yay for a successful VBAC! She is beautiful! Love all the dark hair.

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She's beautiful. Congrats on your vbac! Take care of yourself, good job mama.

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CONGRATS!!! She is just beautiful! A wonderful birth story! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Congratulations!

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I am sooo happy for you! I replied to you on another thread which is when I realized you had your baby. This was such a long and emotional journey and I am just so happy everything went so well!! Congratulations on your daughter. I love the pictures!!

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That was a great birth story! So happy you got your VBAC Kim!!!!

Thanks for sharing the photos...what a beautiful girl you have! Smile

I can't believe you drove yourself to L&D!!!

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Oh man, I'm not usually a "mushy" girl but that one had me all teary...thanks preg hormones! Your daughter is gorgeous and way to holdout and get what you want Mommy Smile

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Congrats!! She's beautiful. I love all of her dark hair!