Birth Story: More Than a Day’s Work

Mother looking at her sleeping baby head to head in a hospital bed

Name: Tyianne                                                                                                                                                                              

Age at Birth: 18

Date of This Birth: 7/13/2012

Location: Boston, MA

Place: Hospital

Hours of Labor: 20-30

Birth Attendant: Midwife

Type of Birth: Vaginal, medicated

Birthing Style: Other

Overall vibe: Every emotion possible

Story: My labor started at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, which was my due date. I went to the bathroom where my mucous plug fell out and I started bleeding. My contractions started a couple minutes later and I knew that my baby would be here soon. My contractions were very strong at first and I felt as though my body was breaking. I eagerly went to the hospital with my family but unfortunately they sent me home because my cervix was still closed.

So I went home and had painful contractions all night. At about 8 a.m., I was having bad contractions and they kept coming faster, so again I went to the hospital. This time I was admitted because I was three centimeters already. I was excited and anxious to finally meet my baby girl but I was in a lot of pain. I was admitted around 11 a.m. and I got the epidural right away but unfortunately it did not work. I still felt everything, although my legs were numb, so the anesthesiologist tried replacing it. Unfortunately it failed again so I felt every ounce of pain going through my body at this point, but I had to stay in bed because my legs were obviously numb. My midwife checked on me about every two-and-a-half hours but I was in labor for 26 agonizing hours. I did not have my nine pound, 21-inch baby girl until 11:54 p.m. on Friday.

Wisdom for New Mom-to-Be: Even though you might have your own idea of how you want your birth experience to be, it might not always happen because I wanted to go all natural (even though I kind of did because the epidural did not work) but I couldn’t. It all depends on yourself and how strong you are mentally and physically. But I hope all moms-to-be have a great experience and I wish you the best!


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