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Shannon and Adam
Pre-term Labor, Premature Rupture of Membranes, Vaginal Delivery at 35 Weeks

After almost nine months of trying to become pregnant, my husband and I decided to give it a rest. We had just bought our first home and had plenty of time to devote to our careers. That is when I became pregnant. My pregnancy was wonderful and uneventful. I had some of the normal aches and pains of pregnancy but I loved all of them. I worked full time and read every single thing I could find.

I sat down at work one night (I am an RN) and just didn't feel right. I went to L&D and talked to a friend of mine who was working. She suggested checking things out on the monitor for a few minutes. She came back in and asked me if I was feeling those. Feeling what? Apparently I was contracting every four minutes. She checked my cervix, and I was 3 cm already. Yahoo she says--start walking. It was then that I reminded her the baby was not due for almost six weeks. That is when I met my friend terbutaline. After three days of bedrest, my water broke in the middle of the night. My husband and I drove to the hospital in a rainstorm to rival something from Noah's days. They decided to let me labor. After pushing for an hour it was decided that my son was face up. They turned him and I pushed for another 20 minutes. After only 8 hours of labor, my miracle, Adam Shane, was born at 5 lbs. 15 oz.; a little skinny and 5 weeks early but healthy and much loved and anticipated.

He is five now and has more energy than anyone I know, an avid love for earth moving equipment, bugs, frogs, digging in the dirt and climbing. He is the most spontaneous, loving child I have ever known and constantly shows me another side to life.

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