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Gordian Knot wrote:
BriTer wrote:Hey! When are you due??


July 9. 25 more weeks and counting. :)


Great! :)

Heyyyyyyy!! Have it at Jo's!! Live cam to castanet Forum...and...and...and!!!! :)
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I delivered my baby brother by emergency c-section (I was doing surrogacy for my mom), so the details are quite fuzzy because it went so fast.

My second surrogate child was born 7 weeks premature by c-section. That one hurt because I wasn't totally numb before they started to cut and I almost passed out cold from the pain.

My first child (my own) was born 9 weeks premature by c-section. I was knocked out so I didn't get to see his body until after a couple hours.

My daughter was born naturally at home, she was stillborn however. Thank GOD mechanic_virus was here that night.

I don't want more children, but if I do, I would probably just go for another c-section.
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I just copied and pasted from my website, so I had to delete names...sorry if it doesn't read well anymore!!


I had my first daughter soon after I turned 19. It was a scary time in my life. My now husband and I had only been together for 3 months when I got pregnant, and we weren't sure that it was going to work out. Being a "teen mom" at the hospital when I was in labour was something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Nobody thought to inform me of what was happening, what would happen, and what could happen. I feel that I was pressured into having an epidural, as nobody seemed to think that I could give birth without drugs. When I was about 6 cm dilated, a nurse informed me that I had to have a meeting with social services, as I was a "teen mom." There I sat, confused with why just because I was young, I was believed to be an insufficient mother. When she came out after a relatively short eight hour labour, she was blue, unresponsive, and not breathing. Her apgar was 1, then 3, then finally after ten minutes, 9. Thankfully, I had a new nurse right after she was born who encouraged me to breastfeed and to spend some time bonding with her.

My second daughter was conceived when my first was just seven months old. I was excited to do everything differently this time. I ended up being admitted to the hospital 5 weeks before my due date due to high blood pressure. I went in to labour on my own at 36 weeks gestation. I was scared for this tiny new baby that was about to come into this world. I found out shortly from my doctor that she was OP. This meant that she was turned facing away from my spine, causing alot more pressure than "normal." All of the medical caregivers suggested that I get an epidural again, as this would surely be a slow and painful labour. I got the epidural, but it didn't take. Thankfully, it wasn't so bad!! Four hours later, from first contraction until she was out, baby was born at 6lbs 4oz.

When I got pregnant with my third baby, I tried to take a more informed approach. I read more, thought out a birth plan, and ate more healthily, but it seemed like it was all for nothing. I gained a huge amount of weight (60lbs) and forgot my birth plan when I went into labour. I laboured without any medication until 6cm's when I just felt like I couldn't do it anymore. His birth was just shy of 4 hours, but when the only people who were there at the beginning were myself and my husband, it seemed like it was going to take forever. I think that if we were to have had a doula with us at this birth, it would have made it a lot more manageable. Looking back, it would've been great to have had somebody by my side encouraging me, letting me know I was doing a good job. My hubby was doing all that, but when it's your spouse, you think that he's saying it because he has to.
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My son was born almost seven years ago. 8 lbs 12 oz and six days overdue. I had my mom in the delivery room with me and she was a huge help! I was in labour for about six hours and was sooo ripped on the laughing gas that eventually the nurses wanted to take it away from me because I was knocking myself out between contractions. My mom told the nurses that if they knew what was good for them they'd leave the gas turned on. Pretty funny to look back on it.
So this one's due in about eight weeks and you can bet your but my mommy's gonna be with me.
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Hi

I have 5 children and all were natural.

The fastest was my, now 15 year old, she was 21 minutes start to finish. It was the most painful thing I have ever experienced.

My father said something very insightful today. He said that women should have the first baby and then men should have the next. if that were the case there would never be more than two children because men are to wuzzy to be able to do it again. (This comes from a man let me remind you!!!) :124:
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Birth stories! :123:

Both my son and myself would have died in childbirth if I had given birth 50 yrs or more ago.

He was 12 days over due, never did 'drop', (found out afterwards why), was delivered by emerg c-section, only because my mom told the idiot specialist, as he's having me wheeled out of the birth room and preparing me for a forcept delivery, that a live baby better be born. Thank God for my mom, as she saved my sons life. The Dr. decided to wiz me down to the OR and do an emergency c-section, where I had a beautiful 10lb 3 oz son. I wont go into why I consider this OBGYN to be an idiot, however I knew with certainty that I would never allow him near me again, if I were to have another baby.

The doctor came in to see me the next day, and explained that my son had never dropped because he was unable to. He had an extra long cord which was wrapped around him from his neck down to his feet, so in essesence, it was keeping him 'high'. If the OBGYN had taken him by forcepts like he origninally planned to do, my son would have died, so that is why I thank my mom for saying those words.

I had an absolutely fabulous pregnancy. The labour and birth, well not so much...lol. You know when they explaine to you in the birthing classes there is a small percentage of woman who dont get rest periods between contractions? Yea, well I was in that small percentage. :cry: I finally received an epidural, after getting demoral which did nothing more than make me very sleepy. I woke up to a nurse yelling...."OMG, the baby is dead, get the doctor in here." I heard this and started cryng because I thought it was the baby being born in the room next to me who had died. Then a bunch of nurses and doctors came running into my room, and started attending to me, and this is when the obgyn told the nurses to prepare me for a forcepts delivery.

I have to say my birthing experience and after care in KGH was not the best. Thank God for a wonderful student nurse and resident doctor who actually had a genuine smile and some compassion. This was almost twenty years ago, so hopefully things have changed.

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tawnylee wrote:I found out shortly from my doctor that she was OP. This meant that she was turned facing away from my spine, causing alot more pressure than "normal.".

My son was this way as well. My very funny doctor said he was 'sunny side up'. Holy moly the pressure and pain really was unbearable. When I finally received my epidural, I thought I was in heaven. What a wonderful invention! It sure would have been nice though if someone, anyone, would have explained the feelings or sensation when it begins to wear off!!! I thought I was going to humiliate myself right there in the bed. :oops:

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Wow CoffeeCanuck, all I have to say is yes, things have changed at KGH, thank goodness! Sorry to hear that you had a less than optimal birth experience.
My first client was like you without getting any relief between contractions. She would just finish blowing the last one away, then as she was saying "It's ove-" another one would start. Poor things!
ANd about your sons cord, wow. I've heard of babies not descending because their cord was too short, but not often you hear of them being completely wrapped up in it! Glad everything worked out, even though it was an awful way for it to happen!
Anybody want to see a pic of my son's cord when he was born? We kept wondering why his heartrate dropped during labour...It was in a complete knot. It's not too gooey, lol.
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Yes, my son was trussed up like a proverbial Christmas turkey as my doctor so eloquently put it.

Sure, bring on the cord pic! :134:

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Allright here it is! Now, I was pretty darn sure I was at least 7 days overdue, dr's and ultrasounds said I was 7 days early. My placenta told the true story: We were lucky we got him out when we did, and here's the cord that he would have had to double back through when he was just a wee thing.

http://s141.photobucket.com/albums/r70/tawny_lee/?action=view&current=Gage009.jpg
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
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I tried having a peekie boo at the pic, but looks like photo bucket is undergoing maintenance. Will check back later.

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It's working now!
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
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tawnylee wrote:It's working now!



It is! Holy Hannah Montana! That came out of you?
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It did! My dr was shocked and relieved that we got him out when we did, and I was glad she listened to me when I told her something wasn't right. I went in to be induced, and actually started getting contractions while I was waiting for her to come do the gel, lol.
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
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all i can say tawnylee is :200: that is amazing!
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