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QOTD-Tues 9/27

tell us about your previous birth(s) (I love reading birth stories)

is there anything you want to do different the next time around?

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here is my dd birthstory http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboa...=409568&page=4 (I'm the very last post on page 4)

what I want to TRY to do different this time if possible.....

while really I had a GREAT induction, the spinal headache I got was no bueno and I would really love to avoid that! I don't know if my body just doesn't do well with the epi, or if it was just the one time thing, but I think I would like to TRY to go as natural as possible with my next one.....if I have to be induced again (seriously I think dd would still be in there if I let her) I know that is next to impossible as i have a really low pain tolerance, and really even if I don't have to be induced I don't have any idea if I'm going to be ABLE to go without the drugs (ahhh the drugs were SO nice) but that is what I want to TRY LOL

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Lesli, great question! I've been reading birth stories a lot b/c my little nephew was just born. Hello baby fever! Lol.
I don't think there is anything I would change at all about my last birth and b/c it went so well I have a terrible fear this time will be rough/horrible. I think that alone puts a fear into my head that almost makes me reconsider having number three.
DS1- I wanted to go natural b/c of the fear of epi. I went for a looooong time, many hours with only nubane. I think my average was dialating 1/2 a centimeter every hour-hour and a half. It was torture! Finally I caved at 8 cent when they told me this one my last chance to have one. As soon as it was in..... *sigh* heaven! I went right to sleep, nurse woke me up to say baby was coming, 3-4 pushes later, Drake was born!
DS2- Now I knew epi was my friend. Smile My water broke 2 weeks before my due date and no labor followed. So on to pit. 6 hours later I was having some stronger contrax so I had my epi. 5 hours later Seth was born with 2 pushes! Seriously, this birth was a blast! We watched TV, had the whole family there (beside DS1) and we were laughing and just sooo excited. My MIL and mom were giggling like a couple of teenagers. Smile
I am just terrified that number three couldn't be as easy.
Speaking of births, who did you have in the room when you delivered? Only DH/DP?

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Lesli, I couldn't read your birth story btw. Sad The link is not connecting. Phooey.

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Awesome question! I LOVE reading birth stories too.

I will try to remember to put a link to my birth story in the am.

In the meantime, here's the rundown. I had DD at 36 weeks 4 days (she was 36 even gestation) naturally which I never thought would happen. Because of my high risk condition (choleostasis) I had NSTs twice a week and growth ultrasounds every other week. I'd been in l&d overnight twice for contractions but was at 1 cm and 50% effaced from 33 weeks on. I was going to have an amnio on Monday (she was born on a Saturday) and be induced tuesday (at 37 weeks) but I suppose DD didn't want anyone telling her what to do (she still doesn't).

At my NST the day before I had her, my BP was high so I was doing (my second) 24 hour urine. I'd been feeling off all week (looking back, I think it was early labor at least half the week). DH was going to work a half day on Saturday (he works 2+ hours away) so when the alarm went off at 3:45 am, I got up to go to the bathroom. My water broke. I was in denial and sent DH off to work. Called him 20 minutes later when I was gushing water like mad to come home. Six hours later our peanut was born after an hour of pushing. I got the natural birth I wanted. Biggrin

As for what I would change, I would like to try pushing in a different position. I only had a minor tear, but being on my back made it hard to get DD's head over my pelvic bone. Maybe next round I'll squat or something to let gravity help?

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"DrakePlusOne" wrote:

Lesli, I couldn't read your birth story btw. Sad The link is not connecting. Phooey.

well it wouldn't let me link it for some reason, so I just copy/pasted....sorry for the length Smile

Savanna June (les27)
Born January 29, 2009 @ 8:52 PM (due January 22)
8 lbs 1 oz and 21 inches long

On Wednesday January 28th, we went into the hospital to have the Cervadil inserted...we got there at about 7:10 PM. My doctor had been out of town for almost a week, and had just gotten back into town that afternoon. He called the hospital at about 8 to see if I had had my baby while he was gone, and when they told him that no I was there to get induced he headed right in. He checked me before he did anything, and I was the same as I was at my appointment the Friday before (1 cm, 50% effaced, and still high up there). He gave me a Bishop score of 5. He inserted the Cervadil at about 9:30 PM. I was already having contractions before this, but they gained in strength after he inserted it. I wasn't in pain, but I was definitely VERY uncomfortable all night. I slept for MAYBE 2 hours that night. I kept having to get up to go pee, and of course I had to have the nurse come unhook me a gazillion times.

Dr. Brown checked me the next morning around 9:45 AM. I was 2 cm, 60% effaced and -2 station....Bishop score of 8 (he wanted me at a 10). Since I wasn't quite where he wanted me in order to start the Pit, he inserted a Foley catheter balloon against my cervix, this is supposed to do the same thing that Cervadil does, but it works faster. Oh man, the instant he put that thing in, I was in so much pain. I immediately started feeling sick, and the contractions got A LOT more intense. He told me that the balloon will fall out on its own when it was done doing it's work....it did at 11:00 AM when I had to go to the bathroom....I was still having intense contractions, but they weren't as uncomfortable as they were with the balloon up there. The doctor checked me and I was at 4 cm, and I was still having intense good contractions, so they decided to hold off on the pit and see what my body did. I told them I wanted the epi........and then I vomited. My dh almost vomited right along with me, but he didn't.

I then found out that my older sister was coming down to be with me while I was in labor (my dh was there, but he isn't very good about distracting me). When she got there, we played card games for hours. She was VERY good at distracting me! She'd also given birth 4 times so she knew what was going on with me, and was very helpful.

Epi was placed at about 1 pm.....YEA!!! CAN'T FEEL ANYTHING!! I told the anesthesiologist that he was my hero of the day. The nurse checked me again at about 2:45 PM and I was 5-6 cm, -1 station. The doctor then came to check me to make sure it was the same as the nurse, and he said I was really just barely a 5. He then broke my water and it had a staining of meconium.

Checked again at 4:00 PM, and was still at 5 cm, -1 station......they started the pit on a low level. 5:30 PM I was checked again, still at 5 cm, 90% effaced, 0 station. They upped the pit.

6:45 PM was checked again, and I was at 7 cm (Yea! finally some progress!), 100% effaced, +1 station. I still couldn't feel a thing! I felt so good!!!

7:45 PM I was complete. I had to wear an oxygen mask the whole time I was pushing, because her heartrate was all over the place. The doctor and nurse kept telling me I was such a good pusher - they were so encouraging. my dh was awesome, he was helping me pull my back and neck up when I was pushing. I was holding my own legs, and the nurse was helping me with one of them. I pushed for a little under an hour, and she finally came out at 8:52 PM. I immediately started crying when I saw her she was so beautiful. I had waited so long to be a mommy, and I could not believe the she was all mine. Her apgars were 7 & 9. I had a 2nd degree tear. I didn't feel a thing until just after the dr was done stitching me up.....oh man, then I was hurting! The doctor then wanted to examine Savanna.....and while he was, she pooed all over him! The nurse had to take her to get a bath (which normally doesn't happen until they are about 4 hours old), and then she had to go under the warmer because of that. They finally brought her to me and I nursed her again. (I nursed her in the delivery room, but I don't remember when....it was kind of a blur....my sister helped me nurse her the first time).

The next few days were a little rough on me....my body didn't like the after effects of the epi, but I was in heaven taking care of my little girl. She was a great nurser right from the start (and still is!)

I was so scared that I would end up with a c-sec (from hearing so many stories about inductions ending up in c-sec)....I am so glad that the induction went so smoothly for me, and that I got the vag birth that I wanted!

I took her to her 2 week appt and she was already up to 9 lbs! It's now been 2 weeks since that appt, so I'm sure she's more than that. She is looking more and more like her daddy every day.

I will post some pics later.

Thanks for reading!

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"DrakePlusOne" wrote:

Lesli, great question! I've been reading birth stories a lot b/c my little nephew was just born. Hello baby fever! Lol.
I don't think there is anything I would change at all about my last birth and b/c it went so well I have a terrible fear this time will be rough/horrible. I think that alone puts a fear into my head that almost makes me reconsider having number three.
DS1- I wanted to go natural b/c of the fear of epi. I went for a looooong time, many hours with only nubane. I think my average was dialating 1/2 a centimeter every hour-hour and a half. It was torture! Finally I caved at 8 cent when they told me this one my last chance to have one. As soon as it was in..... *sigh* heaven! I went right to sleep, nurse woke me up to say baby was coming, 3-4 pushes later, Drake was born!
DS2- Now I knew epi was my friend. Smile My water broke 2 weeks before my due date and no labor followed. So on to pit. 6 hours later I was having some stronger contrax so I had my epi. 5 hours later Seth was born with 2 pushes! Seriously, this birth was a blast! We watched TV, had the whole family there (beside DS1) and we were laughing and just sooo excited. My MIL and mom were giggling like a couple of teenagers. Smile
I am just terrified that number three couldn't be as easy.
Speaking of births, who did you have in the room when you delivered? Only DH/DP?

First of all, your second birth sounds AWESOME! and maybe since you already had 2 great births your 3rd will be even BETTER! Smile

When I actually delivered, it was just me and DH and of course all the nurses and doctors....I did let my friend and my sister be in the room, but DH wanted them behind the curtain, so they were in the room, they just couldn't see anything, but they HEARD everything! My friend said she couldn't believe how quiet I was when I was pushing, no screaming or anything, I was just concentrating on pushing LOL I really wanted my sister to be by my side because she had been through it 4 times before (at the time) but DH was insistent on it just being us. It was really beautiful, and my sister was so thankful that we even allowed her in the room......

This time around if I do go natural, my sister is going to be my support person so she will be in the room right there with me as we are pushing, she is pretty much one of my best friends Wink

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Mia- that's great that you got your natural birth! I SO want that Smile

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Mia/Lesli, you ladies are beasts for doing or wanting to do natural! Wow!! I just couldn't handle it but am in awe of those who can.

Lesli, that is great that you have a BFF in your sister. I always wanted a sis but have 2 younger bros. I just wondered about the birth sharing b/c my bro had his first recently and he was adamant on it being him and wifey only when the time came. No questions asked! Hehehe. I didn't know how common it was. I really think my SIL wanted her mom there but he nixed that.
Do you think you will do a waterbirth as part of your plan?

Mia, do you think with other pregnancies you'll have to watch for early delivery? I've never heard of that condition you mentioned so off to google search. (rocking a sleeping baby with time to spare Wink )

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Marie, no waterbirth here....I live in a small town with a small hospital....I hear since I gave birth last time they have updated the rooms a bit, with I think a nice tub....i wouldn't mind relaxing in the tub, but definitely not into a waterbirth, just not for me Smile

My in-laws were not invited to even be in the room behind the curtain, they are beyond crazy....I'm probably still paying for that one (did I mention they're crazy?) my mom & dad live 150 miles away and weren't able to make it up to see the baby until the next day...

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Here's my birth story copied from the Dec 2008 board:

Well as many of you know I have had contractions/bh regularly from 27 weeks. They were never very painful, but I went on shots and pills to try and control them. I went off the progesterone shots at week 35. Around week 37 my contractions started to get painful-menstrual like pain. This continued on for a week and by the following Sunday night they were pretty painful, but still 4-8 minutes apart. I woke up Monday morning around 3pm and they were painful enough where I couldn't sleep through them. I got up and timed them and they were 4-7 minutes apart. I was frustrated because they weren't a little closer together. I debated what to do while I timed them all morning. They never really got too much closer together, but the pain was still there and I knew that I couldn't handle being at work.

I called my clinic to see if my dr could see me that day. I just wanted to see if there had been any progress from my last appt. They couldn't get me in and recommended that I go to L&D because the ctx were painful.

DH and I went to Perkins to eat breakfast first, since I had no idea if I would be able to eat for a while.

When we got to L&D (around 10:00am) and they hooked me up to the monitors it was about 15-20 minutes before I had one single ctx! I was pissed and thought for sure they were going to send me home, but then lo and behold they started up again, and this time they were 2-4 minutes apart. The nurse checked my cervix and said I was 2-3 cm dilated and 60% effaced. (Ugh...I was 2cm a week ago!). She then said she would call my dr and he would decide if they would admit me or not. It was about 20 long, long minutes before she came back. She said my dr said 'Let's have a baby!" I was so relieved.

My dr showed about about an hour later and checked me. I was 3cm, 80% effaced, and baby was a 0 station. He was happy with the progress I had made in an hour, but decided to break my water to speed things up a little more. My ctx definitely got more painful, but they stayed at 2-4 minutes apart.

I made it through the ctx until around 3pm when I requested an epidural. The nurse said she needed to check me first to make sure I was too far progressed. I was only 4cm! OMG, 1 cm in 4 hours! Grrr. My dr decided to start pitocin after I got the epidural. I got a shot of Nubain to help while I waited for the epidural. The Nubain helped me relax and almost sleep, but the ctx were still so strong. I had to wait until 5pm to get the epidural and the Nubain helped for maybe a half an hour. I was afraid the epidural was going to hurt because of what I've heard, but it was nothing. Probably because nothing compares to what those ctx felt like!

They started the pitocin and the ctx got stronger. I could feel the pressure of them and a little pain, but I could see there intensity on the monitor. After a couple of hours on the pitocin the dr came in and said she was concerned because the baby's heart rate was decreasing after each ctx. They took the pitocin off to see how his hr did. She said she would give it 10 minutes and then decide what to do. His hr stabilized and they started up the pitocin again. Almost immediately his hr started to do the same deceleration, but this time it was a lot worse and then his hr was also all over the place-from 80bpm to 180bpm in seconds. They decided to do an emergency c/s then.

I was so scared. The epidural I had was only working on one side and so I was freaked I was going to feel everything. I started shaking really bad. They had a bunch of nurses taking my vitals, taking blood, taking all my clothes off and moving me from one bed to another. When I got to the OR they started a new epidural and I could instantly feel the affects (thank, god!). I was still shaking uncontrollably and I was in and out of sleep-which is so weird....I would have a dream and then wake up to someone asking me if I was ok. The c/s was pretty quick, but the sewing up seemed to take forever. DH was with Ryken the whole time, and it was hard to not know anything about my baby. I slipped in and out of sleep while they sewed me up. They then brought me to a recovery room hooked me up to heart monitors and IVs. I was still shaking like crazy. DH was able to bring Ryken by about a half an hour later. He was beautiful and all my pain and upset over the c/s was gone. He stayed with me for a couple minutes, but they had to finished checking me over. I was then brought to my room about a half an hour after that. I finally stopped shaking.

I nursed him and then DH and I just took turns holding him. I got tons of pain meds all night. I started itching really bad a couple of hours after the c/s because of the morphine they gave me. And after 2 doses of benedril and one dose of Nubain it was only slightly better. DH slept about 2 hours at the beginning of the night and I slept about 2 in the early morning. I was exhausted, but my adrenaline was just going nuts.

With Sully, I had a repeat c/s. VBAC wasn't an option for me at the hospital I was having him at. It was pretty well, mainly because I knew what to expect this time around.

With #3 I would really, really like to try a VBA2C. The hospital I'll be at now does vbacs, so I'm hoping I can find a dr that will be on board since I've already had 2 c/s.

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Oh, and with Ryken, DH was in the room and then one of my good friends. I was going to let her stay if she wanted too, but it ended in c/s shortly after she arrived.

If I get a VBA2C, it will be just DH because we live pretty far away from any close friends and I wouldn't want anyone other family in there.