Sam's hospital birth story

I have chronic hypertension that was under control for most of my pregnancy.  About 6 weeks before my due date my blood pressure sky-rocketed and I was put on more medication and bed rest.  Three days before my due date I was scheduled to be induced and so, needless to say, I did not sleep the night before our son was born.  I was too anxious.
Upon arriving at the hospital I was put in a room with my life-partner and a semi-frequent nurse coming in to check on us.  I had to be there at 7:30 a.m. and at 8:00 they broke my water.  At 9:00 they started the oxytocin and by 10:00 the contractions were 2-3 minutes apart lasting 60-75 seconds. There was no gentle build up, one minute I was not contracting, the next minute I was REALLY REALLY contracting! They wanted to monitor my pressure better so they gave me an epidural -- against my wishes -- and within two hours I was fully dilated.  He was born at 2:58 p.m.  I pushed three times, with a vacuum on my baby's head, and he was out.  The only reason I didn't have an episiotomy was because I had told my OB prenatally that I would sue him if he cut me.

It was the most horrific thing I have ever been through and that is why I am now a doula and helping womyn have the kind of births they would like.  I thank the Goddess that breastfeeding went smoothly from day one.

Next baby, with a midwife for sure, hopefully at home.




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