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Nici and Christopher
unmedicated vaginal delivery with vacuum extractor

Nici woke up this morning at 0500 hours with what she thought was a gas pain so she didn't wake me. At 0600 she had another, and I was just getting up for work. Ten minutes later she had another. By 0630 she had three very even 10 minute apart contractions. So we, of course, thought we had plenty of time. The next came at 0637 followed by 0645, and 0652. I told Nici we were going to go to the hospital. I called the hospital and told them we would be coming in. By the time we left the house at 0708, Nici's contractions were about four minutes apart. Before we even made it to the interstate (autobahn) the contractions were coming two minutes apart.

Now rush hour traffic in Minneapolis is like any major town ~ SLOW. We made it about two miles before we hit a stand still. Of course Nici was not standing still. So I did the only thing a good paratrooper would do. I broke the law. I drove right down the right hand shoulder at 60 miles an hour. And wouldn't you know it, there was not a police officer in sight. Well we made it to the hospital at about 0745 and went straight up to the labor and delivery room. Nici was already 7.5 cm dilated, and it was too late for any pain medication. That's right ladies, she was going to have to do this one au natural.

By 0900 she was fully dilated and ready to push, but the baby didn't want to come out. After about an hour of hard pushing, the baby still hadn't moved down. So the Doctor decided to use a vacuum assist. Guess what? The baby still didn't want to move. After several tries the Doctor decided to switch to the forceps. Two more tries later, and the baby still didn't want to move. So back to the vacuum. It was at about this time that I knew that the doctor was going to say C-section. I knew Nici didn't want a C-section so I told her she had to push one more time. And with a nurse pushing on the top of her stomach and the vacuum the baby came half way out. One more push and at 1032 hours on 19 June, the Dunns had a new addition to the family.

Christopher Ryan was born. He weighed in at a healthy 8 pounds 1 ounce and was 19.5 inches long. As of this evening both mother and son were resting quietly. I expect to bring them both home from the hospital on Saturday.

I do believe that he will be a paratrooper someday.


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