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Patty and Mariella
Vaginal delivery, epidural, 10 lbs 1 oz baby

After having waited five years to have another baby and remembering the pain I went through the first time, I wanted to have a painless labor. My first baby only weighed six pounds and yet I had an episiotomy and remembered what that was like. With my first pregnancy I had preeclampsia, and very high blood pressure, so my doctor decided to induce labor. I had no idea what I was in for.

Throughout my pregnancy I really watched what I ate and took good care of myself, not wanting to gain as much weight as the first time around. I did Kegels all the time, and read everything I could possibly read about pregnancy. At every doctor's appointment everything was fine and the anticipation was killing me. We found out we were having another girl and started getting ready for her arrival. I couldn't wait.

My due date was July 16, 2001. I had a doctor's appointment the day before, and was hoping she'd tell me I had dilated. The day came and went very uneventfully, much to my family's dismay! Finally on Thursday morning I started to feel something I had never felt before, a contraction. The day went on and my pains were not getting regular, so I didn't think anything of it.

I slept on the couch that night, with my husband and daughter on the floor next to me. The next morning I discovered what a mucous plug was. The pains were getting just a little bit uncomfortable, and I somehow knew it wouldn't be long before my daughter would arrive.

I was on a mission that day to buy a glider that I had been looking for everywhere. I had my parents drive me around all day long. That evening around 8:30 p.m. the contractions started to bother me a little more, to the point where I had to breathe through them. My dad wanted to take me to the hospital immediately, but I did not want to be sent home, so I waited and took a shower.

Finally my husband and I headed for the hospital to get checked. To my surprise I was five centimeters dilated! I could not believe that my baby was almost here!

The doctor came in to see me and said she was going to break my water and that the "show will be getting on the road" soon. Boy, was she right! A half hour later I began to feel the most intense pain I had ever felt in my life. I couldn't talk, I couldn't walk, and I could not stand it! I ordered my epidural immediately, and learned I had to wait about another half hour. Once the anesthesia set in, it was smooth sailing from there. I think I even took a cat nap.

At 3:15 a.m. the doctor said it was time to push. I pushed for eight minutes and finally she was born. The doctor was saying "Happy birthday, baby!" as she picked up my daughter. Then she quickly asked the nurses to bring in a scale because she thought the baby looked very large. They rushed in the scale and my daughter weighed in at ten pounds, one ounce!!! I couldn't believe that she was so BIG! I felt so much relief after she was out and I could take a deep breath. (No wonder a couple of people asked if I was having twins!)

I was doing great soon after I gave birth and my baby girl was just perfect! This experience has made me decide to have one more baby, and soon!

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