Birth Story: Slow Induction

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

Name: Jennifer                                                                                                                                                                              

Age at Birth: 20

Date of This Birth: 10/28/2011

Location: Kokomo, ID

Place: Hospital

Hours of Labor: 30 or more

Birth Attendant: OB/GYN

Type of Birth: Vaginal, medicated

Birthing Style: Nada!

Overall vibe: Harder than I thought

Story: I went in on the night of Wednesday, October 26th to be induced. I was in labor all that night and all the next day but I was only one centimeter. They sent me home at 9 p.m. on Thursday, saying that maybe being at home would speed up the process. I was able to handle the contractions with my breathing. Then about 2 a.m. on Friday, the hard labor set in. I could hardly stand the pain but I was timing my contractions and they stayed seven minutes apart. At 9 a.m., when I couldn’t take it anymore I called my doctor and she told me to come in to see how dilated I was.

So I went in and it was hard waiting there to be called in and not to scream in the office. When they called me back the doctor said I had to at least be three centimeters to send me to the hospital. She checked and I was three centimeters; I was so happy. I went to the hospital about 10 a.m. And I asked for the epidural as soon as I got there because I could not take anymore pain. But I didn’t get it until 2 p.m. After I got it I passed out and slept until my water broke at 4 p.m. Then I was just waiting for when it was time to push at about 4:30 p.m. I started pushing.

My son Kyler was born at 6:13 p.m. He was 22 inches long and weighed nine pounds, ten ounces; my doctor was surprised how big he was. When they put him in my arms I never fell in love with someone so quickly and I looked at him and said “I’m your mommy.” That was when I realized I was really a parent now. I love him more than anything. I am a single mom and at times it’s hard but your child is always worth it.

Wisdom for New Mom-to-Be: It may be scary at first and the contractions might hurt, but when you hold your child all that pain disappears and it’s an amazing feeling.


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