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My Birth Story *3 years later* user banned
12th Sep '12

I decided to finally put time into writing my birth story.
Now that I am more educated with what happened perhaps I can deter other women from choicing a scheduled induction.



I was impatient like many 40 week pregnant women. The doctors had warned me my son was measuring quite large (10lbs). I was 2cm dilated and had been for 3 weeks. I decided to go ahead with the induction. I showed up Tuesday at 5pm and was given cervidil to sleep on so that I woke up with a nice soft cervix. That never happened. I didn't sleep that night, Tanner kept rolling off the monitors and the nurses would not leave me alone. All day Wednesday I was not progressing. They gave me pitocin. They gave me more pitocin, more pitocin, more pitocin. Eventually I got to 4cm about 1pm on Wed. At that point, I received my epidural. I slept the rest of the day, through the contractions, through everything.



I woke up about 8pm on Wed evening. I was 9cm dilated. The nurse checked me and said she felt that the baby was in an awkward position. I was sent for an ultrasound. My son was "face present" meaning he had locked into my pelvis coming out face first. Face presentation births are pretty rare, but even more rare is the fact that he was coming out lips first. I was told that I would need a C-Section. My worst fear.



My OB/GYN arrived at that time and the nurse told him she was prepping me. I was mortified. Thank God I spent the last 6 months stressing to my Doctor that I was NOT having a C-Section. He told me that I could have a vaginally delivery but I would need to be prepared to have a bruised up baby "Nothing serious, nothing permanent".



I asked why this was happening and was informed that because they broke my water and my son has not decended yet, that they forced him to set in and since it did not happen naturally, he did not take a natural approach in my birth canal. GREAT.



I started pushing at 12am Thursday morning. That's right, Tuesday....Wed.... Thursday morning. After 10 minutes of pushing a nurse flies across the rooms, hits the emergency button, and I hear my OB cut me, 3 times, snip. snip. snip. and out comes a baby. I didn't see Tanner. They took him to the other side of the room and in a blink of an eye there were 6 NICU nurses working on my angel. He was resusatated and started nursing immediately despite his poor face. He is my angel.



I will never again by induced unless it is medically necessary. Tanner was not BIG. He was 7.6lbs. He was not over-due. In fact, despite them "measuring me at almost 41 weeks" they think he was 37 weeks gestation. I was in labor for like 30 HOURS. I spent the next week with the most terrible epidural withdraws. My son almost died from NOTHING OTHER than my decision to let the doctors induce me.



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Lexrex TTC since Nov 2013; 32 kids; 3 angel babies; Nebraska 4296 posts
12th Sep '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Smartass *TNTC*:</b>" I decided to finally put time into writing my birth story. Now that I am more educated with what happened ... [snip!] ... the most terrible epidural withdraws. My son almost died from NOTHING OTHER than my decision to let the doctors induce me. "</blockquote>



Omg poor baby and poor you. How long did it take for the bruising to go away

Mama Massa 36 kids; Tampa, Florida 697 posts
12th Sep '12

omg. If I would have read that before the schedule induction of my son i would have never considered it. I am sorry you and LO had to go through that, but thank goodness you are both fine.

Doodles mommy Due July 31; 2 kids; Starke, Florida 1662 posts
12th Sep '12

Thats terrible. How long was he bruised for? And Im glad you guys came out alright in the end.

R. Sparkles 2 kids; ny, NY, United States 2601 posts
12th Sep '12

o my goodness, i am sorry that happened to your little boy.
i hate when doctors try to push induction because the baby will be too big.

i was scheduled for an induction 3 days after my "40 week" mark because the amniotic fluid was low and the placenta was deteorating sp? . thankfully i went into labor on my own.

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
12th Sep '12
Quoting Smartass *TNTC*:" I decided to finally put time into writing my birth story. Now that I am more educated with what happened ... [snip!] ... the most terrible epidural withdraws. My son almost died from NOTHING OTHER than my decision to let the doctors induce me. "


wow, how scarey! so glad baby is healthy, i dont induce unless neccessary either.. : /

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
12th Sep '12

I ALMOST had to leave him at the hospital because he got jaundice from the bruising. Luckily his levels went down enough that I convinced them to send him home with me. His bruising was completely gone in about 2 weeks. He did have abrasions on his eyelids as well

Monique and Dominic's mom 2 kids; Wyoming 2769 posts
12th Sep '12

Poor baby! :(
I was induced with DS because I was having him in another state. He was already engaged, thankfully.
I'm so sorry you had to go through that. :(

Lovin' My Family!!! 2 kids; Pennsylvania 11695 posts
12th Sep '12

i was induced with both my babies and would do it again. i honestly think i can not labor myself. i had wonderful experiences...both babies were born 6 hours after being induced. but i'm so sorry that happened to you.

Mara Due September 27 (girl); 2 kids; San Francisco, California 38964 posts
12th Sep '12
Quoting Lovin' My Family!!!:" i was induced with both my babies and would do it again. i honestly think i can not labor myself. i had ... [snip!] ... myself. i had wonderful experiences...both babies were born 6 hours after being induced. but i'm so sorry that happened to you."


why?

Lovin' My Family!!! 2 kids; Pennsylvania 11695 posts
13th Sep '12
Quoting Mara:" why? "

i was overdue with both of them that's why i was induced. i never had any contractions i could feel enough for me to labor. my mom also had to be induced with each baby and my grandma as well. i dunno?

Mara Due September 27 (girl); 2 kids; San Francisco, California 38964 posts
13th Sep '12
Quoting Lovin' My Family!!!:" i was overdue with both of them that's why i was induced. i never had any contractions i could feel enough ... [snip!] ... contractions i could feel enough for me to labor. my mom also had to be induced with each baby and my grandma as well. i dunno?"


how long ago was it that your grandma was induced? and how'd they do it?

Lovin' My Family!!! 2 kids; Pennsylvania 11695 posts
14th Sep '12
Quoting Mara:" how long ago was it that your grandma was induced? and how'd they do it? "

oh gosh, i have no idea. i know she had a terrible time. never really asked any questions, i guess it was harder back then?

Mara Due September 27 (girl); 2 kids; San Francisco, California 38964 posts
17th Sep '12
Quoting Lovin' My Family!!!:" oh gosh, i have no idea. i know she had a terrible time. never really asked any questions, i guess it was harder back then?"


there were a lot of horrible practices in the fifties/sixties... the whole twilight sleep where they tied you down.



but i don't know what your grandma experienced, just that there was a lot of horror that women just accepted b/c no one really talked about their birth experiences back then. it was quite taboo, actually.

Lovin' My Family!!! 2 kids; Pennsylvania 11695 posts
17th Sep '12
Quoting Mara:" there were a lot of horrible practices in the fifties/sixties... the whole twilight sleep where they ... [snip!] ... that women just accepted b/c no one really talked about their birth experiences back then. it was quite taboo, actually. "

that's probably why that's as much as she would say. my mom was born in 1962. i can only imagine what women went through back then. alot different than now, so that's why i definitely don't complain. i just wish for my next baby that i could actually labor myself but i doubt it would be possible.