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Clarice and Asher
Induction due to Hypertension, Vaginal Birth Without Pain Medication

On January 2, 2008 I went into the hospital for a planned induction. I was 39 weeks pregnant with my third child and my doctor induced me because my hypertension was getting worse. I went into the hospital at 6:00 a.m. on the 2nd. I was very nervous. My husband and my two older children came with me for the induction.

I came in and they did the boring stuff like draw my blood and I got into my gown and got hooked up to the monitors and blood pressure cuff. My doctor came in and gave the orders to start my pitocin. I was 3 centimeters dilated already and they started me out on a low dose at first. The contractions were not bad at all at first. They were bumping up the pitocin about once an hour. At 12:30 p.m. the contractions were still not bad at all. The doctor said "I am going to break your water and see if that speeds it up any." Well he broke my water and they upped the pitocin some more and the contractions still were not bad and I was dilated to about a 5 then. I was like "this is easy, I hope the whole labor goes easy like this." After he broke my water the contractions started getting a bit worse. From about 12:30 p.m. on was really when I think my labor really started with the strong contractions and all.

Around 3:30 the doctor checked me again and I was around 8 centimeters dilated and they turned off the pitocin for a while because a lady in the other room was about to deliver. They thought I would keep going on my own without the pitocin but my labor stalled again. The doctor went out and delivered another lady's baby and came back in around 4 p.m. He started the pitocin back again and I started having harder contractions. The doctor kept asking me if I wanted something for the pain because I was starting to ask for something to knock the edge off the contractions. I wanted to do it naturally with no drugs though. I had had my other two children with epidurals and I wanted to do this birth naturally. My husband and mom talked me out of getting anything for pain because I had done it up until then with no drugs.

Then around 5 p.m. I started feeling the need to bear down and I kept telling my husband to call the doctor in. He came in and I was between a 9 and a 10 with just a small lip of cervix left. The doctor told me to start pushing to try to get that lip of cervix out of the way. I started pushing and I pushed a couple times and I was so tired so the doctor let me rest for awhile. He was waiting until I was fully 10 centimeters. I kept crying and telling my husband that I needed to push and that I desperately needed something for pain. This was around 5:20 p.m.

My husband called to the nurse and said that I needed something for the pain "now." That's when the doctor and nurse came in and said if you're in that much pain let's push!! He checked me and I was fully dilated and they said I had to push for my baby.

After about 3 good pushes at 5:27p.m. and still doing it naturally, I pushed out my beautiful baby boy, Asher Cornelius!! I did it naturally with no drugs or epidural. I was so happy that I hadn't given in and got anything to help with the pain. I didn't tear or need stitches at all either. It's wild because I thought the pushing would be the hardest part of the birth process but I was happy when I was pushing; it actually felt good to push!! I didn't feel anything while pushing.

This is our last child but if I had it to do all over again I would do it again naturally. I am almost 4 weeks postpartum and my recovery has been so easy this time around. We are happy with our new son!!

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