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Lisa and Ella Jane
Uncomplicated Vaginal Delivery, Induced using Cytotec

I had been scheduled for an induction the morning of the 15th. I arrived at 9:00 a.m. and they started monitoring my baby to see how she tolerated regular contractions, and activity. She was doing great, so they inserted a cytotec tablet. This is a newer drug that works like the gel, but supposedly better. Well, I had a few contractions, and her heart rate went down into the 90's for a time, but nothing major happened. You can only have cytotec every four hours, and you have to be monitored for one hour. My doctor didn't like the heart rate situation, so the possibility of no more cytotec was on the horizon.

I was expecting labor to take off, like with my son and the gel, but that wasn't happening. The baby's heart rate issue was due to position, so I spent the whole day in bed on my side. I had called and asked my husband, Marc, to stay home with our son, Isaac, until I had something going. At about 2:00 I called Marc and asked him to come down because I was feeling pretty lonely and sad. At 3:00 p.m. we decided to go ahead with another cytotec tab. Marc arrived at about 3:30. At 4:00 I still had no regular contractions, and no pain from contractions at all. I was very discouraged by this point. I got checked at 4:00 and was dilated to five centimeters, and "like butter."

My doctor came and we discussed the options. We agreed that breaking my water would be the next step, as my doctor wasn't comfortable with sending me home at five centimeters. We decided against pitocin, but did agree that we would use it if contractions didn't begin after breaking my water. At 4:30, as my doctor was trying to break my water, a FIRE DRILL began in the hospital! All of a sudden there were strobe lights and buzzers going off. They teased me and said it was the "ruptured membranes alarm." The drill went on for about three minutes and I was thankful I wasn't in labor at that point.

Pain and contractions started coming gradually. I labored in the whirlpool for a bit, then at 5:30 p.m. I told the nurse she could call the anesthesiologist. He got there in about fifteen minutes. My interthecal started working after about two or three contractions.

At 6:30 I started having back labor, which wasn't fun at all! I don't know if the interthecal wore off there, or what happened, but my finger prints are forever embedded in Marc's hands. Marc was great, by the way. He was an awesome help, and I was so glad to have him there.

At 7:00 p.m. the nurse found I was completely dilated and told me to push when I was ready. I pushed with the next contraction, but since my doctor wasn't here yet I wasn't trying too hard. As soon as doctor arrived, I got serious and pushed maybe five or six more sets. The mirror was a great help, it really encourages you to push when you think nothing is happening. I could see my baby's head part was way out so I rested for a minute and waited for the next contraction. When the contraction began I pushed, pushed again, and I felt her springboard off my uterus and then she was out! It was 7:52 p.m. What a relief. We all placed our "how big do you think she is" bets before they weighed her. No one got it right. I was floored when I saw the scale register nine. I thought it must have been a number for something else, but it wasn't. She weighed in at 9 lbs. 3 oz. and 20 inches long. Her head was 14 inches, and her chest was 15 inches. What a big girl! Unfortunately, I tore during the delivery but my doctor was able to fix me up.

So, it was a beautiful ending to what started out a frustrating and discouraging day. It really was a nice labor even with the back pain. She is nursing like a pro, and sleeping pretty good at night at this point.

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