Birth of my baby (Somewhat Long and Pretty Dramatic)

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  1. LockandKey

    LockandKey Well-Known Member

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    I'm proud to announce the birth of my baby girl Nora Anne, born May 30th at 8lbs 6oz and 21 inches long :happydance:

    I started having contractions at 3am on May 30th, then my water broke at 6:45am so we went to the hospital and I was 3cm dilated, so the hospital staff sent us to a labor. As some of you may already know, I was really hoping for an all natural birth, so I asked for a birthing ball and did my breathing exercises and such, and it was going well until I hit 5cm, then for some reason I was having contraction on top of contraction, they wouldn't stop, and gave me no rest in between. Somehow I dealt with that for over 2 hours, but because I had no breaks I started to hyperventilate a bit, which made the contractions even worse. Walking made it worse too, the only way I was somewhat comfortable was when I was in bed.

    Because my body was so tense for so long, my labor stopped progressing, and the doctor told me if I didn't go another cm in the next hour he would give me a pitocin, so I ended up breaking down and asking for an epidural, thus throwing my plans for an all natural birth out the window. :nope:

    After I received the epidural I was finally able to relax and I started to progress again, about a cm each hour or two, which was great because it meant I didn't need any pitocin after all, so I think I ended up making the right choice on that.

    Then I was ready to push around 8pm, but when I did, she wouldn't come out, her head was too big, and every time I would push, her heart rate would go down, and the next thing I knew, there was 10 extra people in the room to give me an assisted birth. From there it got pretty scary, and I don't remember much because it was like a blur.

    First they tried the vacuum on her head, but when that didn't work they had to get out the forceps, and my hubby told me the cord was wrapped around her neck twice. They got her head out, but then her shoulders got stuck, so they had to give me an episiotomy without asking, and they got one shoulder out, but not the other, so they had to break her collar bone on her left shoulder to get her out the rest of the way. My hubby got to cut the cord, but I was confined to the bed to get sewn up by a freakin student, which probably took twice as long as it should have, so I didn't get to hold my baby for about 30 mins after she was born.

    I'm a petite person, only 5'2 and 115lbs before I got pregnant, so at 8lbs 60z, she's a pretty big baby for someone my size, and I guess it's no wonder I needed help.

    She had dark forcep marks on either side of her face, but now at 4 days old they are gone, and she didn't develop jaundice because of it, which is really good, and she is getting good movement in her arm and shoulder on the side that had been broken. My little lady is such a trooper :thumbup:

    It was a pretty traumatic experience, but I'm so glad I have my baby safe and sound

    She has dark blue eyes, and blonde hair, just like me :)
     

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  2. cool . sweets

    cool . sweets Pregnant - 3rd Trimester

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    Wow, I`m glad little Nora Anne came out safely after all that. Now, I`m kinda scared about my delivery. I`m glad you`re doing alright though, missy.
     
  3. Sushai

    Sushai Mum of 5, soon to be 6

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    Congrats! Shes super cute. Well done! Although a bit full on you seem to have coped real well!
     
  4. Spunky

    Spunky James' and Juliet's Mama!

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    WOW! How horrifying. Glad you both made it out ok. Congrats! She's a cutie! Hope you both heal quickly!
     
  5. mamuska

    mamuska Well-Known Member

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    Omg!! That's a horrific experience!! I'm petrified now!! I'm About the same size as you and I got told on my 33rd week growth scan that my baby is in the 70th percentile!! So a bigger baby!!:( now Im scared that I'll have the same problem as you!!!
    I'm glad your little girl is doing well and I wish you a fast recovery!! Thank you for sharing your story:) it's an eye opener!! Not everything ends up as smooth as we hope for...
     
  6. mommyof2peas

    mommyof2peas Well-Known Member

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    Congrats , Im glad you both are ok! That is super scary....
     
  7. Al Syr

    Al Syr Well-Known Member

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    She is an absolute cutie! congrats!
     
  8. LockandKey

    LockandKey Well-Known Member

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    sorry, didnt mean to scare anyone :nope:

    Luckily babies heal super fast, like I said, her bruises are already gone after 4 days, and her shoulder should be completely healed by her 1st month. I was in pain for the first 2 days from the tear, but I can walk around just fine now, I'm just more worried about her injuries more than my own. She's still a pretty calm baby for all that has happened to us
     
  9. XJessicaX

    XJessicaX mum to two girls!

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    Well done Hun!! Sorry it was so traumatic but you have your gorgeous little girl now. Mine got stuck as was in funny position and I had to have a vacuum too.
    You did amazingly well!!!
     
  10. Mummytobe85

    Mummytobe85 Well-Known Member

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    Awww congrats on your little bundle! she's cute
     
  11. Faerie09

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    Congratulations honey! I'm glad you and baby are doing well and are okay! :) :hug:
     
  12. xxyjadexx

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    Congratulations x
     
  13. tuppance

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    Massive congratulations! I was waiting for your birth announcement! Sorry to read it was so traumatic, but glad you are both doing well now! Congratulations once again :hugs:
     
  14. Lettuce

    Lettuce Getting better at this...

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    Glad you are all ok! :) I'm sorry it was so traumatic, but I feel comforted by reading these ones in a way, cos, scary as it was, you're ok! :hugs: thank you for sharing! :) xxx
     
  15. Lynsay

    Lynsay Mummy to Jessica

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    Whoa a very dramatic ending, but glad she's here safe and sound. She's gorgeous!...nasty forceps. Hope you are recovering well xx
     
  16. xcharx

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    Congratulations :hugs: x
     
  17. scuffer

    scuffer Mum to 3 lovely boys!

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    Well done, you did amazingly well for such a difficult birth. She is gorgeous x
     
  18. Babyface179

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    Huge congratulations to both you and your daughter. She is gorgeous and you are both so brave x
     
  19. Vixie

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    well done shes a cutie :) x
     
  20. Kittifer

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    Well done and congratulations! She's gorgeous, what a dramatic entry to the world.
     

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