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Jennifer and Justine
Vaginal delivery, 11 days early, pitocin, stadol, epidural

Sunday, March 25th at 4:00 am I couldn't sleep, so I got up and went out to watch television. When I sat down I felt a gush. I went to the bathroom to check and it was clear. When I sat on the toilet, more came out that was tinged with blood. My legs started shaking and I went to wake my husband. His brother was visiting and he had just gone to bed an hour earlier! I woke him up and he jumped out of bed completely stunned! We called the hospital and they told us to come in right away. Luckily I was packed and ready to go.

A nurse checked me at the hospital at about 5:30 am and said, "You are in labor!" Since my water was broken they confined me to a bed right away. I was hoping to be able to walk around, but I didn't mind too much. It turned out that I was having mild contractions and didn't even know it. I had probably been having them for a few weeks! I assumed Justine was stretching and making my belly taut! They checked me and I was a fingertip dilated and 30% effaced. They tried to call my doctor and could not get in touch with her. The on-call doctor was there and he took over. He was very nice and very good at what he does. I may switch over to him. I was angry with my doctor because no one heard a peep out of her the whole day!

Since my labor was not progressing, he had them start me on pitocin at about 10:00 am. They started it very slowly and my contractions came on gradually. It was not horrible like I thought it would be. By 1:30 pm they got painful so I asked for stadol. That was nice for about an hour and when it wore off the contractions were very painful and two minutes apart. I was three centimeters dilated and 100% effaced at that point so I asked for an epidural and got it in about 10 minutes! It was not nearly as bad as I thought. The bad part was the numbing shot and having to sit still for about five minutes while she inserted the catheter. By 3:00 I was happy and pretty much pain free, but I could feel a lot of pressure with each contraction. My legs were numb, but I could move them around somewhat.

By 6:25 pm I was completely dilated and pushing began. My husband was wonderful the whole time. He helped me breathe, counted while pushing, and massaged my arms, legs and belly. I remained pretty calm too and I was only mean to him once (he claims!), but I don't remember. By 7:45 we could see her head and the doctor gave me a very small episiotomy. Luckily for me, there was a mirror mounted on the ceiling and I was able to watch her arrival. A few contractions after that, her head popped out and I began to cry. Everyone was so excited and I couldn't believe what I saw! She had a full head of dark hair! I pushed the rest of her out and after that my husband started the camcorder. A nurse took over for him when he cut the cord. He recorded Justine getting wiped off, checked out, and finally handed to me! I was so happy and relieved! I definitely want to do it again in a few years!

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