The day was September 19, 2001. My husband took me to the hospital to be induced because I have a history of fast labor and we were afraid that I would deliver quickly at home. My husband and I didn't know the sex of our baby, so this was going to be a surprise.
It all started at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, and we were admitted to the labor and delivery floor. I was checked by the nurse and had dilated to 6cm on my own. At my exam the day before I was 5cm. I was given antibiotics because I was 35 weeks and 5 days. My doctor broke my bag of water at 8:20 a.m. and we waited. I was having contractions but they didn't hurt at all. Then at 10:00 a.m. they started me on Pitocin. They were thinking I would go on my own given that I was 6cm. At around 12:30 p.m. I started to have some painful contractions and when they checked me I was at 7cm. My husband's parents were there and so was his sister and they were keeping us company.
At about 1:30 p.m. I was hurting really bad and I asked my husband to send his family away because I couldn't handle them in there while I was in pain. I asked for an epidural and was waiting in pain. My hubby was great, he rubbed my back and my legs and was talking me through all of the contractions. He was just awesome. When they checked me I was at 8cm so I barely got my epidural. The doctor came in at 2:00 p.m. to administer the epidural. I was already sitting on the side of the bed and I thought the baby was just going to be falling out it hurt so bad. After he gave the epidural I thought it wasn't working because I was still hurting. About 15 minutes later I started feeling ok.
One of my husband's partners came in the room to see what was going on (there was another lady pushing next door) and I was trying to relax but all I was feeling was this pressure. The nurse checked me and I was at 9cm with a little rim. A minute later I told her I was feeling more pressure and then the other partner who works with my husband came in and the nurse told her I was at 9cm with a rim. The doctor checked me again and I was already complete.
At 2:30 p.m. they put my feet in the stir-ups and had me do one push and the baby's head was coming down and crowning. The doctor asked my husband if he was planning on delivering the baby and told him to get ready. My husband is an OB/GYN doctor. So he gowned up, and we had my sister-in-law in the room to video tape the event. I pushed the baby's head out and everyone was commenting on how much hair the baby had. I said, "It better be a girl." When it's head came completely out the cord wrapped around its neck one time and with the last push we found out we had a baby girl.
Anelise Nicole was born at 2:39 p.m. weighing in at 7 lbs. and 2 oz. and was 20 inches long.