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Jodi and Hunter
Vaginal delivery, induced labor with epidural after a prior stillbirth at 41 weeks

Hunter was due on June 4th, 2000, but I had thought that my due date with him was May 25th, 2000. After I had scheduled one induction and that one failed, I felt like this baby wasn't going to come out on his own. The only reason why I wanted to scheduled an induction was because I had lost my first baby (also my first pregnancy) to full term stillbirth at 41 weeks gestation back on December 15th, 1998. We had a son and named him Nicholas Michael. When I found out I was pregnant with Hunter, I told my husband that I will be induced 2 weeks early with this baby whether my OB and midwife liked it or not. He agreed with me.

My first induction was on May 18th and I was at the hospital for over 10 hours on maximum pitocin and not one single contraction. Baby was too high up and I was only measuring 37 1/2 weeks according to ultrasound. I had calculated the due date by my last period. So, I saw my OB for one last prenatal appointment on May 24th and then he told me to see the nurse to schedule another induction. She told me that the hospital had Thursday, June 1st at 3:30 p. m. open. I told her that was fine. Time passed on and on the morning of June 1st, the hospital called me to see if I wanted to come in earlier than 3:30 p.m. and I said that we would be there at 12:30 p.m.

I got admitted to the hospital around 12:30 p.m. on June 1st. I spent three hours in the triage area of the hospital and was getting bored and didn't feel like being sent home after scheduling two inductions. The OB that was tending to me did the internal check around 2:30 p.m. and said that I was two centimeters dilated and that his fingertip could touch Hunter's head. He said, "You're getting pitocin and we'll get your room ready shortly." That was music to my ears. At 3:30 p.m., they brought me over to my room and had me change into the gown that was there. The nurse on duty was ready to start the IV on me, but had a hard time finding my veins. I had two bruises on my right arm from that. Then she finally got it on the third time in my left arm, by the wrist, on the bone or at least near it at 4:00 p.m.

At 4:15 p.m. she started the pitocin drip. By 4:30 p.m. I started feeling contractions. They seemed to be coming every two minutes and lasting about 90 seconds each time. Not bad, I thought. The next OB on duty came in and checked me. She said that was four centimeters dilated and 75% effaced - that was at 6:00 p.m. She said that she wanted to put the internal monitor on Hunter since he kept flipping around too much and the external monitor kept losing his heart rate. They lowered my bed so that I was lying completely flat. She put the internal monitor in and then had the nurse raise my head part of the bed back up. As she was doing this, all of a sudden, I felt this huge gush come of out me. I told the nurse, "I think my water just broke." She checked me and sure enough, I was right. She kept one of those big bed pads underneath me to help absorb the water. After that happened, I noticed my contractions were getting stronger and coming every two minutes and lasting only 30 seconds.

To pass time, we watched "WWF Smackdown" on TV. I tried to nap several times, but it wasn't working. The OB came back in around 10:30 p.m. to check me and I was still at four centimeters and 80% effaced. She asked me if I wanted the epidural and I said "yes." Ten minutes later, the anesthesiologist came in to give me the epidural. I told them that Michael was to stay with me. I wanted him there, but everyone else left. I hung onto the nurse on duty and she helped me with my breathing during the contractions and while the epidural was going in. I do remember feeling that needle go in. OUCH! But as soon as it was in, I was ready for relief. He finished that at 11:00 p.m.

Now, I was really trying to get some sleep time in for it had been a long day to begin with. So, three hours and fifteen minutes later, the new nurse on duty told me it was time to push. I love how they know when YOU have to push. So I start pushing. Then the OB came in the room and said, "What are you doing? You can't have this baby without me!" She had about two minutes, if that, to get all her garb on. Hunter was ready to be born.

I pushed for only 30 minutes with Hunter. Halfway through the process of pushing, I fell asleep for one minute. I also started getting the shakes from the epidural while pushing. Finally, at 2:48 a.m. on June 2nd, 2000, Hunter Sadgwar Johnson made his debut into the world. He weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces and measured 20 1/2 inches. His Apgar scores were eight and nine. While the nurse was tending to Hunter, the OB was massaging my stomach to get the placenta out. Let me tell you, it felt pretty damn good! I didn't get up to my recovery room till about 5:30 a. m. on the 2nd. Can we say TIRED???? I fell asleep for a couple of hours, but then I was back up again to feed Hunter and to start our wonderful and loving relationship as mother and son.

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