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Disclosure: The story you are about to read may make you very, very jealous. Don't say you haven't been warned!
Baby Valentina joined our family six days ago at a healthy 8 lbs, 12 oz and 22 inches long. She's a big one!
My birth story was so easy and so painless that I feel I just have to gloat. I also want others to know that easy labors and deliveries do exist!
Here's how it went down:
I wasn't feeling a lot of movement so I headed to L&D to be checked out, and we decided to induce.
Step 1: Pitocin
They started the induction with 5 hours of pitocin that led me nowhere. I started at 3 cm dilated, and 5 hours later with regular painless contractions I was still a 3.
I knew this would be the case as pitocin did nothing in my previous labors.
Step 2: Breaking the waters
About 2 minutes after the resident broke my waters, I felt a rush of pain so strong I had to clench my fists, blast my Michael Jackson music, and tell everyone in the room to be quiet. This was the only pain I had the entire day.
There was a lot of meconium in the waters. Spoiler alert: She did not swallow any and was born without issue (thank God).
Step 3: Epidural
The anesthesiologist came in a few minutes after they broke my waters to administer my epidural. For the next 2-3 hours I watched junky TV, texted with friends (who had no idea I was at the hospital), and dozed off. I felt no pain.
My husband slept through almost the entire labor up until this point. It was that calm and peaceful an atmosphere.
Step 4: Time to push
When they next checked me I was about 7 cm. 10 minutes later I felt the incredible urge to push and had to fight it. They set out the delivery tray, checked me, and told me it would be quick as the head was right there.
On the first push the baby's head came out. On the second push the rest of her body came out too. She had shoulder dystocia which means she got stuck for a second there, but they did this super cool maneuver on that second push that got her out quickly. Her Apgar scores were 9/9, and she was born with a nice solid cry, something my second did not have right away.
After a few days of bad postpartum cramping, I feel completely normal. I had zero tears, I have zero pain anywhere, and the only way you'd know I had just given birth is by the bundle in my arms, the circles under my eyes, and the IV coffee drip I'm imagining right now.
I have heard horror stories of friends delivering their third babies on the side of the road, or checking in the hospital only to find out they were complete and had to push without any pain relief.
I feel very lucky to have had such an easy induced labor and delivery, especially after a painful pregnancy. Woohoo!
I feel even more lucky to have such a cute little munchkin to love!
Sabrina, of RhodeyGirl Tests, had her first child in September 2011 with her husband Trig. At the time of this post her son was 3.5 years old, her daughter was 2, and Sabrina had just given birth to her second daughter. You can read other related posts on her blog.
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