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Sarah Bethany’s Birth Story

I had my 39 week OB appt. on Tuesday morning (11.29.05) and I was contracting in the office but there was no pattern. and my cervix was high closed and thick…. The Dr had me make an appt. for the 8th, because no one thought I would have the baby before my due date. I did start having contractions starting Thanksgiving, and I had lots of bleeding and some small blood clots, I called my Dr on Thanksgiving to ask about it, and he said that it sounded like I was loosing my mucus plug. I should call him if my contractions got to every 5 minutes and they lasted for an hour, or of course if my water broke, well that lasted all weekend and until Tuesday. On Saturday I had more contractions and the Dr told me the same thing. Sooooo on Tuesday in the office I was having small contractions but they weren’t doing anything, I had a NST and everything looked fine, the baby was measuring 8lbs 5 ozs on the sonogram machine.

I had contractions all day Tuesday and at 3pm Pat told me that I should time them just to see what they were doing. The contractions started getting regular at 4pm, I started counting them and they were every 4 minutes on the dot. It was crazy because every time I would get a contraction I would look at the clock and it would be every 4 minutes! At 5:30pm I called my dr and he said to go to the hospital.

We dropped Sam off at the restaurant that MIL and FIL were at. We got to the hospital around 5:45, and went to the ER, the receptionist was kinda ditzy, she asked me a bunch of questions and finally after like 30 minutes I was like, I did my pre-registration already, why am I doing this again? and she was like “oh yeah, I forgot about that” soooo finally around 6:15pm or so the on call OB nurse got us and took us to the birthing center, which is so cute, it’s in this little corner and there is only 2 rooms, I got the big room and it was so nice! the nurse checked me around 6:30pm and I was dilated to an almost 4cm! So I was really in labor! She couldn’t believe that that morning at the Dr office my cervix was thick and closed. I got my heparin lock IV (for my group B strep) and was put on the monitors, I was contracting but they were not very strong or doing anything. Around 7:30pm my nurse came and checked me and said that it didn’t seem like I had changed in an hour and almost sent us home. but instead she said that if we walked around maybe it would get things to happen.so walked the halls for an hour, got checked around 8:30pm and was a good 4cm, 80% effaced and a -3 station, My nurse said that walking did help and that we would walk for 40 minutes and then would be monitored for 20. and we would do it until 10:45 (which is when I needed another does of meds. for my GBS) which I was 6cm, contractions were getting stronger but still manageable…….

In an hour I went from a 6 to an 8 and was practically screaming in pain, Transition is so hard and the contractions were right on top of each other, Patrick helped me so much, poor guy probably had some bad bruises on his arms. I did get a shot of Demerol, which just made me loopy and didn’t take any pain away, but it made me tired, I did sleep in between contractions but as soon as they started up I was screaming in pain, so I got an epidural, which I almost couldn’t get because I was dilating so fast they thought the dr wouldn’t get there in time, I had my water broken when I was 8cm, I believe there was meconium in the water, and at the same time I got the epidural.Which of course took forever because she had to wait in between contractions, and I was almost yelling at her to hurry up. She gave me a small dose, but it numbed up, I could feel my legs a little and definitely could feel the baby’s head crowning, I started pushing as soon as I rolled over from getting the epidural. I would say I pushed for a god 30 minutes, basically the baby was still high and I had to push her down, pushing was very hard, as the baby started to crown I kept moving to the side to see the head coming out, I remember her face was turned to the right and I could see it all squished up as it came out.

Sarah Bethany was born at 1:42 am on November 30th 2005! she weighed 8lbs 12.8 ozs!! and 21 inches long!

She did ingest meconium, and it took them a good 45 minutes to suction her out, they nurses did such an awesome job, I was so scared because though Sarah was crying a little she was still kinda blue, her APGARS were 7 and 9. She started nursing right away and has done awesome. We only had to stay one night at the hospital. Sarah did get a little jaundice, but that is pretty normal for babies and especially breastfed babies.

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And this is what Samantha thinks of her new sister.
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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 5 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in Texas.

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