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Shalyn and Jesse
Vaginal Delivery, No Medication, Episiotomy

It was October 2, 1997 when I found out I was pregnant. I was only 17. I was finished with school and had been with my boyfriend for quite some time. I was very scared though. I knew things would turn out for the best. I had already been living with my boyfriend and he had just gotten a new car so we were a little worried about the financial aspect of things.

My first and only ultrasound was on November 4, 1997, and I was given an EDD of May 25, 1998. I was so relieved when everything checked out all right. I had very bad morning sickness all nine months of my pregnancy. I had a lot of morning sickness but no severe complications. It seemed like the 40 weeks flew by fast.

On the morning of May 23rd, I noticed that I was having some cramping. Nothing severe; it just felt like menstrual cramps. I called my doctor, and she told me to come to labor and delivery so she could check me. I didn't really think I was in labor so I stayed home and cleaned my house. At about 1 p.m. I started to get ready to go to L&D. I was still having constant cramping. We finally got there and I saw the doctor around 3:10. I was 4 cm dilated! At 3:15 she broke my water to speed things up since it still hadn't broken yet. After that my contractions came fast and hard.

My mother called and I was screaming in pain. Mike (my boyfriend) was by my side the whole time and was wonderful. Things progressed VERY fast and by 5:05, I was 10 cm and ready to push. I pushed once and his head was almost all the way out. They had to suction him once his head was out due to meconium. I was also given a large episiotomy. I pushed 2-3 times more and his body just slid out. My beautiful baby boy was born May 23, 1998 (2 days before my due date). He was born at 5:13 p.m. I had two hours of labor and NO DRUGS! Everything went wonderfully !

Jesse was 8lbs 15.5 oz and 20.5" long. His APGARS were 9 and 10. I was up and in the shower within 90 minutes after he was born. Today Jesse is 23 months old and a big boy. Mike and I are still together and are getting married soon. I knew everything would work out. You just have to have faith!


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