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Birth Stories - C-Section Birth Stories
Monday, 24 November 2008 10:54

David Michael

My first pregnancy was a rough one. I was only 15 when I got pregnant and had no clue what i got into. I had planned on giving my son up for adoption, even had the adoptive parents picked out. I was overdue by almost 2 weeks when I noticed I had not felt the baby move in a while. I tried a warm bath, eating and everything else that usually made him move. I was up all night and still nothing. By morning, I knew it was bad. I went to the hospital and they could not find a heartbeat. An ultrasound confirmed that my son had died. The dr. decided to induce since I was so far overdue. The labor was not so rough since I could have any kind of pain relief without fear of hurting the baby. My labor lasted less than 24 hours. I had an epidural and it wore off when I was dialated to about 8 or 9 cm. The baby was posterior and the pain in my back was unreal. I managed to push him out, sunny side up and all. He was born on January 18, 1986 and weighed 7 pounds 6 oz. They never did find a reason why my son had died.

Daniel Robert

This pregnancy was labeled high risk from the beginning since I had lost a baby with no explanation. I developed high blood pressure and was put on bed rest my last few weeks. At 38 weeks an NST showed that my son was in distress. A bio-physical showed he was fine but the Dr.'s felt safest delivering him. I went into the hospital that morning to recieve my first dose of gel. Three nights later, who knows how many doses of the gel later, there was no change in my cervix and I was tired. I was left alone to sleep and pitocin was to be given in the morning. They started the pitocin and right away I knew I was in for trouble. I was dialating so slow!!! I recieved an epidural at 4 cm and was able to relax. However, this slowed my labor even worse and they shut the epidural off right when I hit transition. I was not able to walk around, take a shower, eat or even move because of the pitocin. When they shut the pitocin off, my labor stopped cold. By this time, I had already been in labor almost 48 hours. When I was dialted to 9, my sons heartrate started dropping with each contraction. I had to lay on my left side with an oxygen mask. This worked for a while. Then all of a sudden, Dr.'s and nurses started coming in, screaming at me to get on my hands and knees. They made my Mom leave the room. I was numb from being in the same position and was ready to deliver my son and they couldn't figure out why it was so hard for me to get up. Not one of them offered to help me get up, just screamed at me that I would kill my baby if I didn't get up. I finally got up on all fours and the dr. finally told me the baby was not getting enough oxygen and I may get a C-section. they did a scalp test and the baby showed to be fine. The fetal monitor still showed signs of distress, so they whme to the OR. Once we got there and they put the epidural back in, his heartrate was fine. However, my labor had stopped at 9 cm. So, they didn't wait and gave me a C-section for "failure to prrogress". His APGAr scores were 9 and 9. Pretty high for a distressed baby, huh? He was born on January 24, 1991 weighing 6 pounds 14 oz.

Eric Thomas

My third pregnancy was the easiest of all. I never had any problems, even though he was concieved just 3 months after I gave birth. My OB said a repeat section was the best option for me since I had so many problems last time. This was fine with me, I was scared to death of another 3 day labor ending in a section. His section was planned so it was a lot easier on me. There were no complications and he was born on February 14, 1992 weighing 6 pounds 2 oz. My valentine baby was asleep when the Dr. cut me open and he was MAD!!!! Just his head was out and he screamed bloody murder!!!

Jack Anthony and Johnathon Patrick

I found out I was having twin boys when I was about 15 weeks pregnant. When I was 18 weeks pregnant, I noticed the babies had not moved in a while. I called my OB who said I was still pretty early for movements to be regular and just calm down. Well, I knew better. My babies had made their presence known to me weeks ago and were pretty regular. I went to the hospital anyways. The Dr. did an ultrasound and said nothing. He said he needed to call me regualar OB. I knew something was wrong. I yelled at him to tell me what was going on. He again said he needed to call my regualar OB. Well, I had a fit!! I asked if there was a heartbeat and he just said "No" and walked out. We were left there to deal with the loss of our twins with not even an "I am sorry". My regualar OB came in a little while later and was very sympathetic. She told me I could stay there and they would either do surgery or induce labor in the morning. I wanted to go home. I did not want to be in the hospital if they were not doing anything. She was not pleased but agreed. She gave me a sleeping pill and we were told to come back in the morning. When we arived, we were seen by the head periantologist and he was giving us our options. He said he would like to do an amnio to maybe find out what had happened to the babies. He said we could do a D&E or he could induce labor. If a D&E was done, I could not see my babies, so we decided to go ahead with labor. After the amnio they used the cervical gel and it worked well. I had no real pain and was given no drugs. Around midnight, I started getting crampy, like a period. Three hours later, I felt a very painfull contraction, then another one, then an urge to push. Before the Dr. could even get there, my boys were born. They came out in one push, together still in the amniotic sac. They were identical twins and had Twin to twin transfusion, a deformity in the umbilical cords. They were born on June 14, 1994 weighing 8 oz. 9 inches and 1 pound 10 inches.

Justin Arden

This pregnancy also went by with no problems. I had some major contractions my last 2 months but nothing came of them. The OB said he would not let me go beyond 38 weeks without an induction or I could have a section. I really wanted a VBAC but not bad enough to be induced. The plan was that if I went into labor before the scheduled section, i would be allowed a "trial" of labor. I had learned what went wrong with my second birth and was scared of all the interventions. I knew a fetal monitor would slow my labor and increase my chances of another section. Well, no labor ever came and I had him by repeat section on Auguat 14, 1996. He weighed 6 pounds 14 oz. and was 21 inches long. It was a bad birth experience!!!! The spinal took 8 tries to get going and the OB had ignored my wishes to see the baby right away. I developed high blood pressure in the hospital and had severe headaches from this. My incision still hurts from this surgery.

I am now expecting again, my 7th boy on June 24th. I have decided on a midwife attended homebirth!! No pitocin, epidural, fetal monitor or any other intervention!!! I will post my VBAC birth story as soon as I have this baby!!


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