Taylor's Birth Story By Christie Print
Birth Stories - First Baby Birth Stories
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 10:01
My husband and I were shocked when we found out I was pregnant with our first child. But we were excited. She was due on August 3, 1998.

The pregnancy was really great, I had no problems at all. The only reason I knew I was pregnant was because I gained weight--I was never tired or sick or grumpy. By the time the due date got here, I still wasn't showing any signs of going into labor. I wasn't dialating or anything. My doctor was going on vacation out of the country a few days after the due date, so he decided to go ahead and induce labor on August 5th, 1998.

I went into the hospital at 6:00 PM on August 5th to be induced. Since it was my first pregnancy, they were sure it would be at least 24 hrs before anything started happening. I was too excited to go to sleep that night, so the nurse brought me a sleeping pill because they didn't think anything would happen yet.

I woke up a few hours later hurting a little bit. My husband called the nurse and she decided to go ahead and give me my epidural. Since it hadn't been long ago that I'd taken the sleeping pill, I drifted back off to sleep pretty quickly. At 5:00 AM the next morning the nurse came in to check on me and discovered that my water had broken, and I was dilated 10 cm, and Taylor was on her way with or without help!

I was still knocked out from the sleeping pills and couldn't feel anything because of the epidural, so the only "memory" I have is what my husband and mother have told me about it. My doctor wasn't expecting things to happen so soon, and he lived a good 30 minutes away from the hospital.

The nurse told my husband and mother to get gloves and masks on because they might have to help deliver the baby, but luckily my doctor walked in with time enough to do the episiotomy. Taylor was born at 5:23 AM, only 23 minutes after the nurse discovered that I was having her.

Taylor was a perfect little baby. She is now 3 years old, and I am 26 weeks pregnant with #2. This pregnancy has been the total opposite, too. I still have morning sickness, horrible back aches, and I am just really "uncomfortable". We haven't found out the sex yet, but we have a good feeling that it is a boy. I have heard that after you have one child, the following deliveries are always easier, but I don't think it's possible to have an easier delivery than I did with Taylor.

Sometimes I regret not being awake and being able to experience her coming into the world, but I hear horrible stories of pain and all sorts of things, and I can't take pain at all, so I am glad I didn't have to experience any of that.

I am scared to death of labor this time though, because even though I have a 3 year old daughter, I have no idea what labor and delivery are really like.