Unfortunately I dont have a birth story, Just my prego story I'm gonna tell it anyway.
I went to the er on Sunday am Sept. 1st/03 with serious pains, doc did a preg and UTI test, preg test came back negative, so I had a UTI, with my mother's serious kidney problems I had to go back for a recheck. The day b4 my recheck Ron says that I am over a week late for af. so i got tested and no more UTI, but I am prego
At 26 weeks I had my first ultrasound and my first ob appointment (was just gonna see my family doc till 36 weeks) This was the day I found out i was having twins - my doc had said that i was measureing bigger than what i should be so he thaught i was further along...there was no worry of multiples at that time so at the u/s i just asked the tech. "there isn't two in there is there? " she responded - I think with tears in her eyes " well, yes" I almost passed out and wanted to kick dh in the side cause the lady put the doppler on my stomach and there were two perfect circles the size of golf balls (their heads) at the bottom of my stomach and he thaught it was one babĂ*e's buttocks. I kept myself together though and on our way to the ob's office called the future grandmothers telling them that they cound add two more to their growing list of grandchildren. We got to the ob and he was excited than he got right down to business, you will have to leave worke right away, i cried...you will most likely have to have a c-section...i cried again. I continued to cry all the way home (1 hr drive) and for two weeks afterwords. I certinally wasn't upset that there were two, I think I was excited but scared. All somebody had to do was look at me and smile and i would burst.
I worked till I was 7 Months prego, and could have worked till the day I delivered but I was soo tired. I spent my days planning/organizing the nursery - closets and EVERYTHING that I had gotten from my two baby showers, people were very generous!!
After 33 weeks there was still no signs of labour, everything was still perfect, I was still going in to visit the ob every week, he didn't understand how I was doing soo well, I was HUGE and his wife (his nurse) said that he talked alot about me at home...hoping I would go into labour when he was on call. He wanted to be there, she also laughed at me everytime I walked in..."OMG your still pregnant! " On April 10th (36 weeks) there were still no signs of labour so it is time to schedule the c/s. I was under the impression that he was going to schedule it for April 12th but he said "nope in 10 days"...I cried yet again...I was in soo much pain the pressure was unreal..but April 20th it was. Went in and the doc put 5 holes in my back trying to get the epi in...Kaitlin was supposed to be born first but when they cut me Kassie stuck her feet out so she was first. Kassie was born at 10:18 weighing 5 lbs 15 oz, Kaitlin born at 10:19 weighing 6 lbs 6 oz. I got to touch their faces and give them kisses, then they left with Ron. Mom was waiting outside the or and said that their eyes were wide open and they were looking around. I had them on a Tuesday and on Saturday am Kassie weighing 5lbs 13oz, Kaitlin weighing 6 lbs 6 oz.
Ok I thought I would Share my bitrh story,,
But remember it has a sad ending, But its still a birth story
AT 20wks 1 day I had a scan and found out I was having girls yay I wanted girls
I started having mild pains afterwards but they were just because I had been shacken around by the US tech(how rude) they went away during the night
the following day, At about 11 am I felt funny I got my helpert o ph my midwife and tell her I felt funny (i know sounds silly)
she came right over, My helper also PH Dh and told him to come home as I felt funny,
Midwife arrives at 11.10am, and I start getting contractions, she decided to take me to the hospital, I stand up to go bathroom be fore we leave and feel this thing hanging out between my legs, It was the bag of waters that the twins were in, I lay back down
11.15am DH is home they take me out to the car where at 11.20 am Makayla is born followed by Liliana at 1125am who comes out breach and is out completely except for her head, the hospital is only round the corner, Liliana is completely born when we go over the judder bar at the hospital entrance followed by eveything else I need to pass, (all through the back of my midwifes car, who by the way is my AUNT)
It was all over so Quick I was in labour a whole 26 mins from first contraction to last contraction,
and for those of you who dont know the rest of the story,
Makayla lived from 11.20am till 2.45pm weighed 13oz (345grms)
Liliana Lived from 11.25am till 12.45pm weighed 12oz (325grms)
Sorry didnt mean to make any one cry again,
I realized I never did share my birth story here...
I was due on August 10th, and had a c-section scheduled for the 3rd, as Baby A (Katie) was breech, and had been the whole time as far as we knew.
At our u/s on July 3rd (I was 34 1/2 weeks), it appeared that one baby was 6 lbs. and the other was close to that (maybe 5.10 or something). They were doing all their "practice breathing" and everything, and looked good. I had been on bedrest from 27 weeks due to early false labor/ irritable uterus. I had gone into the hospital several times with contrax that were like 3-4 minutes apart, but they were never changing my cervix. I was SUPER swollen, to the point where it hurt to bend my knees, and walking was near impossible. My legs and feet were disgusting, and even my upper thighs were so swollen I couldn't even stand up right. It hurt to pee, it hurt to stand, it hurt to sit, everything hurt.
Anyway, at 10 pm on the night of July 11th (35 weeks, 6 days), I was having those contractions again, but this time they were really involving my lower back and felt more period-like. I went in, yet again, and prayed they wouldn't try to stop it again and send me home. Well, they did do the 3 shots of terbutaline again, and I was crying at this point, "Please, don't stop it...my son came at 36 weeks and he was 7 lbs. 5 oz...these babies are big, and I can't take it anymore!". Anway, the terb. slowed down the contrax a bit, but I had dilated to like a centimeter and a half (from zero). They wanted to keep me overnight to monitor things, b/c they knew I'd need a c/s if the labor wasn't gonna stop. They didnt even bring my dr. in to check my b/c it was the middle of the night. They didn't want to bring all the people it would take for a c/s and twins until the AM if they didn't have to, so they told me to sit tight until morning, since the contrax weren't super painful, but they weren't going away. If I had dilated more by AM, they'd do the c/s. So I layed in that bed, alone (dh went home to be with our son) and in pain, and got no sleep. There was a real nice nurse who talked to me for a couple of hours. Finally, my dr. came in at 8am and said I was at a 3 1/2 and we couldn't really send me home like this (thank GOD!). So we'd do the procedure. So then things were in motion fast, since the operating room was available right then, and by 9:20 or so we were in there. The anesthesiologist was so nice and I have never been happier as right after I got that spinal. I had been in so much pain for so long, that once I felt nothing, I was in heaven! DH came in and soon I heard baby A, Katrina Elyse, cry. She was 6 lbs., 5 oz. and one minute later, at 9:28am, Baby B, Gabriella Celeste, was born, weighing 7 lbs exactly. I loved getting to see them cleaned up and their first minutes in the baby warmers. Then they and dh went to the nursery, and I got sewn up. Apparently I had so much water that it squirted on the drs. and they didn't even have enought towels to clean up all the water on the floor! No wonder I had gained so much weight at the end (I put on like 18 lbs. in a two week period I had so much water weight).
Katie's blood sugar was a little low at first, but they got that squared away, and Ellie was a little jaundiced, but they put her under the lights for about 6 hours one day, and that cleared up pretty quickly. Other than that, they were champion nursers, although I found it really hard to nurse them both at the same time (esp. while visitors were there...my modesty wouldn't allow me to do it...one at a time was fine with me). I did it at night feedings for a while and eventually just quit that and did them individually...I felt like a cow all the time. But my babies were healthy and I was happy!
Man, sorry that was so long!
Jenny, mom to
Ryan (4) Katie (3) Ellie(3), and Cassie (1)
Thought I'd post mine seeings how I am new here but I'll try to make mine short.
Went in at 22 weeks to my new OB, and automatically told me that I had to quit work at 26 weeks. Went in at 26 weeks and found out I was starting to dialate - but only 1cm. so my doc put me on bedrest.
The next 11 weeks are totally uneverntful.
Finally at my 37 week appt she did an internal, she asked if I had been having any contractions or feeling any pressure?? But it was no more than usual. I was already 4-5cm. YAH I'm half way there and I didn't even have to do anything.
I was sent over to L&D to be monitored for contractions, but every pregnant lady in the city was giving birth that day and the only bed they had for me was behind the nurses desk. I wasn't having any contraction so they sent me home and told me they would phone around 7am to tell me to come in for an induction.
12pm came and still no call, so I phoned them. They said that they should be able to find a bed so come on in.
At 2pm they hooked up the pitocin, at 3pm they realized that she had set up the pitocin but not hooked it to my IV - I was 5cm. At 4pm they came in to ask if I wanted an epid.- I was 7cm. Finally at 6pm I got my epid (Thank God) - I was 8-9cm. At 6:55 I was checked again and I was complete YAH!! I did the practise push once and they moved me to the OR, common practise here for multiples. Kiera Elisha was born at 7:17pm and Kayden Alexandra was born at 7:22pm.
Kiera had a murmur so they sent her to be checked out. At 10pm the paed. came in and told me she would have to stay in in Special Care Nursery. At 1am, the same paed, came rushing in telling me that Kiera had to be transported to another hospital because she needed to be placed in the NICU.
She spent the next 2 weeks there as she needed surgery because her heart was missing a valve, the valve that runs from her heart to her lungs didn't exist. Anyways 4 months later and 3 surgeries, she is doing a lot better. We will probably need another surgery done in the next year, but she is doing good. ANd miss Kayden is in perfect health.
I guess this wasn't really that short.
What a great story! That is pretty good, dialated to 4 cm and not even knowing about it
Poor Kiera, what a trooper!!
I was in quite a bit of pain that whole weekend. I really didn't get anything done. Not even any laundry for the week. I went in to my usual weekly appt. with the OB. I was 36 weeks that day. I walked in and was taken right back. The appointment was going as usual. The doctor came in and measured me. I was measuring 52 cm. I was so uncomfortable that when he was talking about inducing me in 2 weeks I just started crying. He said I know that you are uncomfortable, lets check you. He checked me and said OH you are at 5 cm, looks like you are going to have these babies today. I want you to go over to L&D. I called my boyfriend and my sister and proceeded to go to the hospital. When I got there they layed me down and hooked me up. I just stayed like that with my regular mild contractions. They came in to do the US to check positions of the babies and Irene was still transverse but she was spine up. The doctors talked to me and I then decided that I was more afraid then I thought I was of C sections. I decided to try vaginal and hope for the best. They checked me again at like 6 oclock and I was at a 6cm dialated. They doctor decided to come over and break my water for baby A. That was horrible because Fernando Jr was trying to grab the doctor's hand. SO they had to push up from the vagina and down on the fundus. OUCH!!! After that things started to pick up. At about 8 o'clock they decided on starting pitocin. I have had Pitocin before and decided that before they started that I would like to get my Epidurl. It took 3 tries to get it in, but it was a really great Epi. When it was time to push they wheeled me down to the OR and we started to push after a couple of mins. Fernando Rueben Hernandez Jr. was born at 18 inches long weighing 4lbs and 14 oz. They made me wait between pushes while they saw what Irene did. After a couple of contractions they started to push her head down. After getting her into place two pushes later Irene Amelia Hernandez made her debute screaming her head off. She was 17 inches long and 4 lbs and 11 oz. They were taken to the reg nursery, but only lasted an hour and a half before being taken over to the NICU for some O2. They were in the NICU for the longest 10 days of my life. We have now been home for 2 days. I am so happy. The sweetest babies and an easy delivery. I feel so blessed.
* I just copied this from another group, I prefer to leave it this way and remeber how happy I was when I wrote it.
Dee, you let you MIL check you? OMG! You are a brave womanOriginally Posted by Deesguysngals
I posted this birth story on its own thread, but I thought I should add it here. For those who don't know, I am Heather (28 ) married to DH Chip (29) for a little over 3 years.
We conceived our twins through IVF after a battle with infertility.
Gerald Charles Damico, III (Trey) and Isabella Christine Damico (Bella) were born Sunday, September 4, 2005.
Trey was born at 1:47am and weighed 3 pounds 4 1/2 ounces and was 16 inches long. Bella was born at 1:49am and weighed 2 pounds 14 1/2 ounces and was 14 1/2 inches long. They were delivered at 30 weeks and 4 days gestation.
As you may know, I went into preterm labor at 20 weeks and had been hospitalized since. On August 31st, I was taken off of one of my medications, indicon. I started having contractions by Friday morning (Sept 2) even though I was still on Brethene. They doc was able to slow them to less than 4 per hour by adding procardia and some additonal injections of brethene.
On Saturday, the same exact thing happened until the contractions were 2-7 minutes apart and none of my meds were stopping them. At 9pm on Sunday, September 3, 2005, I was moved to labor and delivery and put on an IV drip of Magnesium Sulfate as a last ditch effort to stop the labor. I had a catheter put in at this point, which was terrible as I had no pain meds prior to having it, which apparently most people have first. The contractions continued to get stronger and were exacerbated by the catheter, which was hurting like he**! A little after midnight, and increasing my mag drip 3 times, they decided that my doc was going to have to come in and deliver the babies. The doc was going to wait until 8am to come in, but I freaked out and my mom insisted on speaking with the doc while Chip tried to calm me down (the resident was monitoring my progress and communicating to OB on the phone). The resident came back in a few minutes later and said that the OR was prepped, the NICU was waiting and my doc was en route.
The next thing I knew, Chip was in scrubs and I was in the OR laying on my side. The anthesthologist could not get my spinal in after MANY tries (I have over 20 holes in my back). My leg started to spasm and I started to cry and my doc decided to put me to sleep for the surgery. I asked for Chip to come in so they let him see me for a few minutes then made him leave while they put me to sleep.
As soon as they put the oxygen mask on me, I felt like I couldn't breathe and started to have a panic attack (this has never happened to me before when getting general anthesia). The last thing I remember is my OB screaming at the Anthesiologist to get me to sleep now.
When I woke up in recovery, Chip was there and told me that the babies were beautiful and were doing fine. I found out that he did not get to see them being born since I was asleep. I was upset that neither of us got to experience this, but was very glad that they let Chip go with the babies to the NICU immediately. My mom and my sister were allowed into recovery to see me and then I was taken to the NICU on the stretcher to see my beautiful babies before I was taken to my room. It was a very stressful experience, but it was all worth it.
The next day, I woke up with a spinal head ache (NOT FUN). The solution to this is to have an epidural put in and to have blood from your arm put into your dural space to clot. I did not want to be stuck again, so I declined this for two days. It then got so bad, that I had the procedure on Wednesday night. It was like a miracle. My headache was GONE IMMEDIATELY. If this happens to anyone, get the epi blood patch asap.
The twins will stay in the NICU until they are healthy enough to come home and Chip and I visit and hold them every day.
I have updated their website, so feel free to click on the www for more pictures and updates on their progress. I will post as often as I can, but I will be spending lots of time at the hospital, so will not be around as much.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT THROUGH MY PREGNANCY!
With the twins I started having painful contractions at 18 weeks. The put me on and off bed rest from then on. At 29 weeks started dialating then given the shot to help their lungs develop. Week 31 was hospitalized for 4 days... but they were able to stop the contractions. At 34 weeks exact went in because of extreme pressure.
They were releasing me to go home when I coughed and my water broke. I was in for the duration. Got an epidural around 9:30 am and Baby A (Jared) was born at 11:AM vaginally. (Had to hold him in until the dr.s came...) He took 3 pushes.
Baby B (Nathanya) turned and became transverse. They turned her so that she was breach. Reached in and tried to pull her out. Something blocked her way out and they could not get her out at all. (Jared's placenta decided to come at the same time and blocked the way out.) My cervix closed and they preped me for an emergency C-Section. She was out of me within 4 minutes.
So I had the best of both worlds with the twins. What an experience!
Maddox and Manningâ€™s Birthing Story.
The last I had posted was last week after my OB appt on Tuesday where my OB informed me that we would deliver on or about Thursday if my blood pressure was still high. Had my ultrasound on Wed, and he wanted to know th babies positioning, etc. He also finally told me no more work and sent me home to bed. So we have the u/s and the radiologist reports the the lil prince and princess look good, only little princess weighed only about 4 lbs, 4 oz to lil princeâ€™s 5 lbs, 11oz. What was more concerning was the fact that she had not gained much from the u/s three weeks ago were she was 3 lbs, 11 oz and he was 4 lbs, 1 oz. But thank goodness they were both coming head first. So the radiologist told us she doubted that our doc would let us go past another week. Soooâ€¦we rush out of there and go to Target to finish getting all the odds and ends still on my list, Lifescapes CDs, batteries for the boom box, pillows, etc. I finally finished packing both the babiesâ€™ diaper bag and my suitcase, but perhaps we were still in somewhat of denial because we didnâ€™t take the bags with us to the OB appt Thurs morning, we figured weâ€™d have time to come home and get them. Uhh not quiteâ€¦
As expected the news of the ultrasound combined with the high bp, (it had not gone down) the gestational diabetes, etc. my Doc said "let's do this" and sent us straight up to L & D to start labs, check the babies' positioning, etc.
So we are in the observation room from like 10 a.m. til like 3 p.m....waiting for the "induction". well the lil royal ones didn't feel like waiting at all because at about 3 p.m. my water decided to break, and the BH i thought i was experiencing the whole day immediately became more intense and regular. Right about at this time it was time for the boys to get out of school, so DH (who btw wasnâ€™t convinced it was my water and was waiting for the lab work to come back on itâ€¦lol..he said it wasnâ€™t a big gush sooooâ€¦) At this point, I didnâ€™t need anyoneâ€™s input on the water as my pressure waves (remember I studied hypnobabies) began coming 2 minutes apart. So the first time the nurse actually checked my cervix I was already 4 cm, 85 % effaced, mind you I wasnâ€™t dilated at all that morning.! I called DH from the observation room and actually had him on the phone while nurse Helen measured me...i'm like "ERR honey i think you should come back NOW"
So hubby makes a beeline back to the hospital, kids in tow and all of a sudden there is a flurry of activity. I hear one of the nurses say that they paged my doc but thereâ€™s been no response, Helen has me follow her to the labor room and Iâ€™m breathing and pausing in the hall through pressure waves. The labor room is nice and she gets me all settled in on the monitors and has me sign papers and answer questions in between the pressure waves. So funny because there were times that I simply ignored her when she spoke to me during the waves. At the same time Iâ€™m breathing, Iâ€™m thinking, â€śhow rudeâ€ť She asks me if I want an epidural and I tell her â€śnoâ€ť and inform her I will ask if I want anything else..but of course I didnâ€™t bring our birth plan so I have to tell her that I donâ€™t even want meds offered. She looks at me and says, â€śyou know you are having twins???!!â€ť and Iâ€™m like no @$(#% kidding!
Finally a familiar face, Dr. Pehr makes it tot he labor room beaming as I inform him he was taking too long to start the induction process so we started without him. He checks me and Iâ€™m dilated to six! Sometime around then DH finally gets back and starts trying to help me through the pressure waves. Iâ€™m trying not to freak out because we donâ€™t have our bag of goodies..no Harps and ocean waves CD, no hypnobabies tapes, no picture for focusing.. So I began using anything and everything in my arsenal. I put my â€ślight switchâ€ť in the center position, forcing the â€śanesthesiaâ€ť down to my abdomen and uterus, I took myself to my â€śspecial placeâ€ť by the seashore and pictured myself watching lil prince and princess play in the sand, at the peak of the waves I gave in to them and visualized my cervix opening up and saw the lil ones descend into the birth canalâ€¦all the while poor DH looked pretty helpless. He stroked my hair and occasionally said â€śbreathe baby!â€ť I really donâ€™t like being touched during the waves, the hair stroking distracts me in the worst way, and it was my goal to not let him see my impersonation of Linda Blairâ€¦so I muster all the composure I can and say â€śhoney I really donâ€™t like being touched during my pressure waves. If I need to be touched, Iâ€™ll touch you..â€ť The nurses couldnâ€™t believe it!
So the doc starts explaining that we will try to deliver vaginally, but if there is a problem with the second baby, he may need to go in and get her, via c section. Iâ€™m like ok ok whatever can we just get them out now?!! Helen comes back over and tells me to let her know when the pressure waves get significantly stronger because that will probably mean its time to wheel me in the operating room because all twins are delivered in the OR. I immediately know what she means because not even a minute later the pain knocks my switch right back to ON!! I tell her ok now might be a good time to check again and when she does Iâ€™m at an eight! Poor Michael says â€śbaby you sure you donâ€™t want them to give you somethingâ€¦â€ť I stop him dead with a look that read â€śHey we talked about this..no meds! Donâ€™t wimp out on me nowâ€ť My doc comes to my rescue and says, â€śsheâ€™s doing fine!â€ť
Next thing I know Iâ€™m off! my bed is moving and there seems to be people coming out of the woodwork! They tell Michael to put on his blue OR gown and cap and someone puts one on me. He has to wait outside until they get me ready. They push my labor bed up against the narrower pushing bed and tell me I have to hop over to the next bed! Another nurse tries to encourage me and tells me to take my time which I have to do as the waves are coming one on top of the otherâ€¦finally I feel a break in the waves and I just get up and crawl over to the other bed, by the time they put my legs in the stirrups I'm kinda whining that I have to go poop! The nurse tells me itâ€™s the babies head and I try to warn her..no I really have to poop. I think I actually did, although I didnâ€™t ask anyone for confirmation. My doctor starts telling me how we are going to push, pull your knees back, elbow out, chin to chest and push with the next contraction! So I curl up in the lil ball like they do on Birth Day, and ignore the nurses who tell me to hold my breath, I give one push and I hear someone say that I peed! Then I feel the Ring of Fire and I know we are almost there so I keep pushing and exhale as I do and then I hear the cries of my first baby! Michael says â€śOhh baby heâ€™s beautiful!â€ť and I try to look down to see but I canâ€™t reach him. The doctor says heâ€™s going to cut the cord so that he can see whatâ€™s going on with the second baby really quickly..and then heâ€™s gone..the nurses have him over at the warmer and I can hear him but canâ€™t see. Iâ€™m like â€ścan I see My baby??â€ť
So then I look down at my doc and he looks up, hand way up there..i know tmi! And says, ok with the next one, knees back and push. Both Michael and I are like Already??? Iâ€™m like whereâ€™s my break?? Thatâ€™s when I began to scream my head off a bit. My doc in his ever so calm and collected voice says â€śMyrie (he always pronounces my name wrong), no screaming, no screamingâ€¦â€ť So I refocus and realize that this is my daughter. At last Iâ€™m going to have a daughter! So I visualize she and I painting toe nails and wearing matching clothes and I push hard and nuttin happens. So thatâ€™s when the nurse, the doctor and Michael start coaching me to push and I really want to backslap all of them. What the hell do you think Iâ€™m doing?? So I push again, and again and finally hear those dreaded words, â€śDonâ€™t push!â€ť Iâ€™m like what the @#%)!! So finally Iâ€™m given permission to push once more and all I hear are ohhhs and ahhhsâ€¦where is my blow by blow or play by playâ€¦â€ťhereâ€™s the head, headâ€™s out, etc.â€ť finally I know sheâ€™s here because Michael starts saying â€śsheâ€™s beautiful!â€ť and then I hear her cry, finally, I relax and again try to see her but sheâ€™s been whisked off tot he corner of the room. I tell Michael to go over to be with them, but he refuses to leave my side.
Finally the nurses bring them over to us and I know instantly that the names we chose were perfect for them
MADDOX OMARI born at 5:55 p.m. on 3-30-06, 5 lbs, 2 oz, 19-1/2inches
MANNING IMANI born at 6:00 p.m. on 3-20-06, 3 lbs, 11 oz. 18 inches
Maddox was able to go to the regular nursery and roomed in with me for most of my stay in the hospital, but Manning is still in the NICU as of today. She is perfectly healthy in every way except she just needs to gain weight. No signs of Downs or heart problems that was a concern early on. She is really my own living dollbaby. She is doing well in the NICU, as of yesterday gained 4.5 oz and I have been able to breastfeed her almost every day. She had a feeding tube put in for a couple days, but it was removed and today weâ€™ll find out how she tolerated her big girl crib last night. Once she does well regulating her own body temperature and continues to feed well, she will be allowed to join us at home. We are all so looking forward to that day, but probably no one more than her â€śbigâ€ť brother who misses her kicking him in the head.
Here are some pix
Thanks to everyone for all of your prayers and advise throughout my pregnancy. If you read all of this..wowâ€¦thanks again!