1. If you had c-section do you wish you would have had vaginal? Or vice versa?
I had a vaginal birth with Aubriella. I wouldn't change it to a c-section. There are things about the birth I would change, but I would not want to do a c-section unless I medically had to for my health or my childs health.
2. If vaginal did you go drug free?
Hell NO. I lasted a few hours without the epideral. I don't deal with pain well.
3. Did you have any complications?
I was induced and between those meds and the epidural they had issues with my contractions being regular and what I was able to feel. After being in labor for 22 hours and being tired and pushing for 2 hours straight they had to use the vacuum and forceps to get Aubriella out.
4. Who was in the delivery room with you?
My then husband, my mom and his mom. He doesn't deal with blood or stress of sorts very well. It turned out it was a good thing his mother was in there since he almost passed out, so she was able to help me and calm him at the same time.
5. Did you document your labor and delivery? (Photos, videos, etc.)
We have photos from taken through out the day but nothing while i was pushing or delivering.
6. Pick the birth story of one of your children and tell us ALLLLLLLL about it! (I wrote this a month after giving birth)
I got induced at 39 weeks. On Saturday October 1, 2011 I went to labor and delivery at 5am. I got checked in, registered, put in a room, and got all ready to go. I was hooked up to monitors and the IV started. At 5:30am they started the pitocin. The plan was to start at the lowest dose and up it by 2 every 20 to 30 minutes and to check my cervix every 4 hours if not sooner. When I arrived I was 1 cm dilated, and 80% effaced.
Little by little my contractions started and I dilated to 3 cm. Since I wasn’t progressing as quickly and smoothly as they had hoped, and I was to the limit on the external monitoring of the pitocin at 3pm the Dr. came in and broke my water. Along with breaking my water I had to have internal monitoring. A half an hour later my contractions became really strong and the back labor started. I couldn’t deal with the back pain so we started the epidural and the catheter.
My contractions were not regular. They varied from either being too close together and strong enough, or strong enough but to far apart. They kept monitoring this and switching the pitocin up and down for hours while I still kept dilating. By 8pm I was getting tired and moody. I kicked everyone out of the room expect my husband. I kept trying to sleep in little naps as they kept monitoring me.
At 11:30 I was given an antibiotic since my water had been broken for 8 hours. I was almost 10 centimeters at this time also. The nurse called the Dr. to let him know. He said to call him again when I was fully dilated that he wasn’t too far away. By 1 am the Dr. had came into see how things were doing. He checked me and gave the nurses the ok for me to start pushing. When I started to push I was feeling the pain again. The anesthesiologist was called back in to give me some more meds. After pushing for close to an hour and a half the doctor brought out the vacuum. He tried the vacuum and ended up using the forceps also to get Aubriella out. She was born at 3:10am weighing 6lb 8 oz, 19 inches long.
She was put on my chest for a few minutes then taken away to be cleaned up, examined, etc. David did cut her umbilical cord. He tried to keep the scissors but the nurse took them from him. I was freezing and starting to shake and was also getting sick. I had 3rd degree tares, which took the Dr. 45 minutes to sew me up.
David was amazing in the hospital taking care of me and Aubriella. I had lost a lot of blood so I wasn’t aloud out of bed without help. I was allowed to hold Aubriella but wasn’t allowed to carry her or take her out of the crib by myself. Also with the tears and hemorrhoids I had to have help in the bathroom also.
Since being home I ripped part of my incision and still have to be careful with what I do.