cathyf10's Birth Story
I arrived at the hospital that evening at 8:00m (2/27/09). They put the monitoring straps on me and began retesting the amniotic fluid. The results were still low; it seems I was leaking and didn't know it. (Like a slow leak in a tire.)
The nurse said she would call my doctor and give her my results. My doctor still wasn't happy with the results. She told the nurses she was coming down to do the test herself. The nurses told me the doctor was on her way and starting setting me up for IV. The nurse told me you might be having your baby tonight, so you should take a picture of your belly for the last time. And my boyfriend did. This is when my boyfriend and I truly realized that it was about to happen.
Due to the possibility of having a dry birth, which is extremely painful; I had a Cesarean. I remember getting a spinal tap and the epidural. From the waist down I couldn't feel a thing and was temporarily paralyzed. Next thing I know my boyfriend was next to me by my head, I had a cover in front of me, doctors and nurses around me, and tugging in my belly area. I'll never forget that feeling when they were pushing down above my belly in the torso area. I couldn't breath well and thought that my ribs were going to be fractured. It was intense. But then I heard a cry and saw my baby for the first time. The first look didn't last long, but it was like I took a picture in my mind. I would never forgot my daughter's face.
After being stitched up and sent to recovery I was able to come to and let it sink in that I just had my baby. First thing I said was I want to see my baby.
I felt horrible though with the c-section. It hurt badly. I couldn't cough, sit up, laugh, move easily, let alone try to sit up, stand and then walk; OUCH!!!! But of course eventually I did. I spent 3 days at the hospital and then it was time to go home.
My last day at the hospital was scary, since I was going to have to function on my own recovering from a c-section, but at the same time I was delighted that I was going home with my baby to begin the journey of Mommyhood.
I went through many emotions during this process, but the one that stood out the most was HAPPINESS!
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