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Cynthia and Danielle
29 hour back labor, epidural, pitocin, vacuum extraction, vaginal delivery at 38 weeks

My due date was May 20, 1998 and on the morning of May 8th around 8:00 am, I felt a trickle. I really thought nothing of it. I just went upstairs and changed. As the day went on, I started to feel contractions but nothing major. I went to the store and the contractions came and went. Around 5:30 pm, I was reading a book called "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and it was talking about high leaks and how some ladies don't even know that their water has broken. I started thinking about that trickle so I called the doctor. He told me to go to the hospital and get it checked out and that it was better to be safe than sorry. I beeped the husband and told him to come home.

I arrived at the hospital around 7:00 pm, and they hooked me up to the NST and the baby's heartrate was 180-200 bpm. The doctor told me that an infection would set in after only 12 hours from the time my water started leaking, and he was going to start an IV and add pitocin and antibiotics and get my labor going.

My IV was started at 8:00 pm and the second the pitocin was added. I started feeling the contractions. They were peaking at 90 and lasting 55 seconds and only one minute apart. It was awful; it was all BACK LABOR. I was only one cm dilated and 20% effaced and station -2. As the minutes grew to hours, I was really starting to feel the pressure of her moving down the canal, and I was only three cm. They told me that I could not receive an epidural until I was at least five cm. For more than 24 hours, I remained at 3 1/2 cm. I begged for a c-section. My husband said I should be careful what I wished for. At that point, I really didn't care how my baby was coming out; I just wanted it out!

Around 10 am on May 9, the doctor told me I was still 3 1/2 cm, but he could stretch me to 5 cm. YIPPIE! I hopped off the bed and walked very fast to the delivery room where I would remain until my baby was here. Once the epidural was in place, it took about five minutes to kick in. IT WAS HEAVEN! I could not feel a thing except the pressure form the baby's head. Once the epidural was working, I dilated really fast. I went from 3 1/2 cm to 9 cm in two hours.

Around 12:30 pm, I got the green light to push even though there was a lip of the cervix still left. I pushed and pushed but nothing. Finally my doctor pulled out the vacuum and put it on the baby's head. As I pushed, he pulled . . . I pushed, he pulled . . . Finally her head was out but the cord was wrapped around her neck two times. It was so tight that it caused severe bruising to her head and face and broke the vessels in her eyes. Once they removed the cord, I was told to push some more. And on May 9th at 1:32 pm our third baby girl came in to our lives . . . Danielle Brianna at 7 lbs, 15 oz and 19 inches . . . pretty big for 38 weeks.

She developed severe jaundice due to all the bruising during birth and was in the hospital for a week under bilirubin lights. But today she is a VERY healthy and happy little girl.


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