I know some people like to hear birth stories, while others could go without them. So here's a quick little rundown. I planned on having a natural birth like I did with my daughter. We got to the hospital and I was a 6 and within minutes was an 8. I thought, Yes! A few more minutes and I will be pushing. Four hours later I was still at an 8, and was told I would need pitocin. I cried for an epidural. Suddenly baby's vitals dropped and they yelled for an emergency cesarean! I met the surgeon and they started prepping me for surgery. I heard cheers and was told to give them five more good contractions - they wanted me to get to a 10. What the @#$%, I thought, why do I need to dilate to a 10 before having an emergency c-section? I had missed the fact that giving me some extra amniotic fluid had caused the baby's vitals to return to normal. The five more contractions they wanted were the time it would take to prep the epidural. On that fifth contraction I yelled that I was pushing and the baby was coming. They had me turn over for the epidural, but then the midwife announced that the baby's head was crowning. One more good push and my darling son was in my arms - no medical intervention needed.
|This is my "Oh my goodness, I actually had a natural birth" smile.|