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Nathaniel Reed's Birth Story

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Well, after 2 weeks, I finally managed to pound out a birth story.  And it's long.  Despite extra editing, it's still long.

 

http://greengrowshere.blogspot.ca/2013/04/nathaniel-reed-is-born.html

 

Thanks for reading!

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Originally Posted by scruffy too View Post

Well, after 2 weeks, I finally managed to pound out a birth story.  And it's long.  Despite extra editing, it's still long.

 

http://greengrowshere.blogspot.ca/2013/04/nathaniel-reed-is-born.html

 

Thanks for reading!

oh, Scruffy!  I'm exhausted just reading about your marathon labor!  My longest labor was 15 hours... and that was PLENTY long!  I am so so so happy for you that Nathaniel is doing so well and that your labor is finally OVER!  Thank you for sharing your story with us!

 

I am totally amazed at the hospital you were at!  I can't imagine one of our local OBs doing a VE while mom was draped over the bed or even delivering out of bed.  I think it is awesome that they were so supportive and respectful.  

 

Nathaniel is absolutely adorable!  

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Wow Scruffy!  I'm super-impressed at your endurance--I had a similar long labor, but ended up with a pit induction and epidural (both of which were necessary for me to have had him vaginally!) Kudos to your tenacity in that ambulance ride!  :O

 

And an aside, I would LOVE to see Alaska!  Your pictures are absolutely stunning!  (And I love that picture of you and Nate sitting in the chair!) :)

 

~farmer

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I am totally amazed at the hospital you were at!  I can't imagine one of our local OBs doing a VE while mom was draped over the bed or even delivering out of bed.  I think it is awesome that they were so supportive and respectful.  

 

I'm incredibly grateful for the doctor's respectful handling of my situation.  Her and I did NOT see eye to eye throughout the pregnancy, and I thought she was on vacation for my due date (which she was, but I forgot I was "over-due" and she had returned) and I wasn't happy to hear that she was on-call that evening and would be at the hospital.  I knew she was professional enough not to say "I told you so" or something, but I had no idea she'd come through like she did.  Which is funny, because I'd been telling my mom how horrible she was for the last 9 months and of course my mom thinks she's just awesome and that I'm crazy - LOL!!!!  If only she'd been that cool all pregnancy! 

 

And she really didn't want to do an internal check while I was standing, but I wasn't making any moves to get on the bed like she had requested and I think she got tired of waiting for me.  That and my mom and MW were both looking at her (as professionals) like, "just do it here, what's the big deal?" 

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Wow Scruffy!  I'm super-impressed at your endurance--I had a similar long labor, but ended up with a pit induction and epidural (both of which were necessary for me to have had him vaginally!) Kudos to your tenacity in that ambulance ride!  :O

 

And an aside, I would LOVE to see Alaska!  Your pictures are absolutely stunning!  (And I love that picture of you and Nate sitting in the chair!) :)

 

~farmer

 

Truthfully, in the last half of the ambulance ride, I repeatedly thought to myself, "If I get there and they suggest a c-section, I'll do it, no questions asked, just to end this."  So I was extra mad that I didn't get meds when I requested (although not very forcefully, apparently).  My mom asked me yesterday if I was happy with the doctor for helping me stay with my plan of a natural birth and if I would have been upset if I'd taken medication.  Nope.  I mean, now that it's done, I'm happy with the outcome, but I really was in a lot of pain and I think a break from that pain would have helped greatly.  If there hadn't been a birth pool available, I would have needed some medication.  I'm still surprised that they had a birth pool (and very thankful!) 

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Wow scruffy, what a surprising turn of events! I am so glad it all worked out well in the end. Love the photos too.

post #6 of 11
Aww, what a great story, scruffy love.gif. I'm sorry you didnt get a home birth but it sounds like you were in good hands at the hospital. I am amazed that you went that long and you also had to endure a very bumpy ambulance ride but you still had a wonderful birth at the end smile.gif. I definitely would have been exhausted and probably pretty agitated once i got to the hospital.
A few times in your story it sounded like the doctor might have been feeling a bit threatened by your midwife but she didnt make a big deal out of it, which is good. Your little guy is so cute, i love his chubby cheeks smile.gif. Your hair is really pretty, i was admiring it in one of the photos you posted. I also really like the photo where his head is out. Thank you for sharing!!
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Scruffy, part of my reasoning for going with the epidural actually was because I was still part-way convinced that I was going to end up with a C-section and I was horrified by the idea of enduring another few hours of labor THEN ending up getting an epidural for the C-section!  So glad I did it!  :)

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Wow scruffy, what a surprising turn of events! I am so glad it all worked out well in the end. Love the photos too.

I'm happy with the way things turned out, too.  Obviously I would have like to have had him at home, but the hospital staff were a pleasant surprise and made me feel right at home.

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Aww, what a great story, scruffy love.gif. I'm sorry you didnt get a home birth but it sounds like you were in good hands at the hospital. I am amazed that you went that long and you also had to endure a very bumpy ambulance ride but you still had a wonderful birth at the end smile.gif. I definitely would have been exhausted and probably pretty agitated once i got to the hospital.
A few times in your story it sounded like the doctor might have been feeling a bit threatened by your midwife but she didnt make a big deal out of it, which is good. Your little guy is so cute, i love his chubby cheeks smile.gif. Your hair is really pretty, i was admiring it in one of the photos you posted. I also really like the photo where his head is out. Thank you for sharing!!

Despite having to be at the hospital and deliver out of water, the rest of the "environment" stayed the same - the lights were kept dim, I still had my handy-dandy cool wash-cloth on my eyes, and people kept quiet - thankfully it didn't really feel like I was in the hospital.

 

Thanks for the compliment on my hair.  I knew I wanted to keep it all out of my face for the labour.  I had watched a youtube video of a birth where the lady was screaming for a pair of scissors to cut her hair with because it was in her face and really bugging her.  I had told my birth team that under no circumstances was anyone to let me cut my hair - LOL!!

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Scruffy, part of my reasoning for going with the epidural actually was because I was still part-way convinced that I was going to end up with a C-section and I was horrified by the idea of enduring another few hours of labor THEN ending up getting an epidural for the C-section!  So glad I did it!  :)

That's a very good reason!!  In the ambulance I briefly thought that I had wasted a lot of time labouring at home if I was going to end up with a medicated hospital birth in the long run.

post #9 of 11

Wonderful story, scruffy.  I cheated and scrolled through to see the pictures first and they alone left me in tears.  Then I read your story.  So beautiful!  You go, mama!!!

 

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post #10 of 11
Wow, Scruffy! Well done girl!
I'm awed by how I'm control you were despite the length of your labour. Helps that your birth team at seemed v supportive of your wishes. Everything went really well considering smile.gif

Nathanial Reed is an excellent name, I love it. He is just adorable too.Thanks for sharing your story and beautiful pics.
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Scruffy. That is an epic story!! You are amazing for making it through it all, and obviously also grew a very healthy little boy who could withstand everything as well. The ambulance ride sounds hideous, but I'm so glad you were treated so well by everybody. I love the picture of the three of you. Well done, mama. smile.gif
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