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Crystal and Alec
Pitocin, Induction, Cesarean Birth

My son, Alec, was born on December 14, 1999. Apart from having an amnio in my fourth month, the first two trimesters were pretty uneventful.

One morning in August, I woke up with a terrible pain in my side and back. I was admitted into the hospital and diagnosed and treated for a kidney infection. I was released 5 days later after a week of IV antibiotics and Stadol for pain. Two days later, I went back to work. During my first few hours back the excruciating pain that I had experienced a week earlier returned. I was sent to a urologist who informed me that I had never had a problem with my kidneys. I was re-admitted to the hospital where I was diagnosed with Bursitis in my right hip due to the baby resting on that side. I was given a cortisone shot in my hip and stayed in the hospital for 5 more days on the Morphine drip for pain. After a few days of recovery from Morphine withdrawals, I settled into another uneventful four months.

Alec was due on December 23rd, but I really wanted us to be with my family as a family over the holidays. I was told by my doctor that if I had dilated 2 cm by December 13th, he would induce me on the 14th. I was sure this wasn't going to happen, but much to my surprise, I was exactly 2 cm on the 13th. Tom and I rushed to get the our Christmas shopping completed and other last minute details taken care of. We finally fell asleep at 2 am the next morning.

We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 am and they immediately began getting me prepped. They started pitocin at 6:30 am, and broke my water at 8:00 am. Then I was given the epidural. This made me nauseous and itchy. They gave me medication for the nausea and Benadryl for the itching. With all of these medications in my system, I was pretty out of it for a few hours. The doctor to told me to sit back and relax because it could be 7 or 8 pm before the baby arrived. Then at 2 pm he began to worry. It seems my contractions were pressing Alec up against his umbilical cord causing his heart rate to drop drastically low. The doctor decided we should get the baby out right then before any complications resulted from this. They wheeled me into the operating room at 3:15 pm and put me to sleep. Alec Christopher was born healthy and strong at 3:47 pm and has been the joy of our lives ever since.

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