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#1 of 25 Old 01-22-2008, 11:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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...from an email to my homeschool group:

Thank you everyone for the thoughts and well wishes! Gloria and I are doing great.

Labor was intense and much more painful than my previous births. I had pubic symphysis dysfunction and I was concerned that she was a malposition and might need intervention to be born. I decided to transfer to the hospital around 6:15AM on the 21st. The car ride there was agonizing, and apparently just bumpy enough to move Gloria to position more favorable for birth... because she was born literally 45 seconds after we got to L&D! I barely got onto the bed from the gurney. She had severe bruising on the right side of her forehead and face and broken blood vessels in her right eye. She looked like she was in a brawl, poor girl. The bruises indicate a brow/face presentation, which was why it felt so wrong to me, and frequently needs to be delivered surgically. So, even though it turned out that medical intervention was unnecessary, I'm glad my instincts were right on!

Of course, then we were in the hospital clutches - but we weren't what they expected. After saying "no" about 50 times beginning mere seconds after her birth, when they tried to take her (no way Jose!), use cord traction (what the hell?!? NO, STOP NOW! NO CONSENT!) to deliver my placenta continuing through no eye drops, no vaccines, no hearing test, no nursery observation, exams or mama/baby separation of any kind, no staying for 24 hours and basically freaking them all the frak out, we signed all the papers and left AMA about 4 hours later. Whew!

That's bare bones. i'll write more on my blog when i have 2 hands to type with. there's a picture of my "little" (9lbs10oz) baby girl up though - link in my sig!
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Ohhh, she is beautiful!!!!!

Way to go, mama! You're right, sounds like your instincts were right on! And, goodness, I would have LOVED to have been a sterile fly on the wall hearing you say no no no no no no no!

Congrats!

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Oh, she's precious! Congrats.

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Congrats Fee! I delivered a brow presentation with one of my SPD births too. Ouch!
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Yay good for you! For trusting your instincts and for standing up for yourself!
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Oh my gosh Chava the pain was SO! HORRIBLE!

And I don't say that frivolously. You know me well enough to know I'd never go to the hospital lightly! Gah!

Claire it was so funny, you should have seen them! Especially the one who tried to bully me into nursery observation. She was persistent and I just kept smiling and saying "No, the baby is staying here. No, she's not going with you, she's staying here." And the OB, who of course missed the birth, who wanted to suture the teensy skid mark about 1cm inside my vagina. Suture! I looked with a mirror, the thing was tiny! I guess she felt like she had to do something since she didn't get to Deliver The Baby. Um, NO!!

Yeah I bet they were glad to get rid of us
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I saw the picture earlier but didnt comment on the other thread. She is gorgeous!!

And Im so glad that the bumpy ride helped you The hospital is probably still talking about you though
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You rock Fee!

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WAHOOO! She is a sweet darling! Congrats mama! Enjoy your babymoon!

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Wow! I posted congratulations in MoM,but she is amazing- and so are you Well done!

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that's awesome. i think the idea of bouncing a baby into the right place with a car ride is pretty spiffy.

congrats on everything!
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congrats and happy babymoon!

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I had a malpositioned ("military") presentation with my third, and all I can say is I can completely understand/empathize with the intensity of the pain. Shudder.

I'm so happy to hear everything's great with sweet Gloria and mama

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She's beautiful. Well done, Mama. Kudos for you for keeping her from the clutches of the hospital. Did you feel that all the drama impeded your ability to bond in the beginning? It sounds like you were able to really hold them off, but, what a fight? Well done? Were they condescending at all, or just persistent?
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Ooh, tough with the brow presentation. Way to go Phoebe!

I'm sorry about the hospital drama, what silliness. Probably gave them a good story to wag their tongues about for weeks to come though.

to you and Gloria (beautiful name) and the family!
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Congrats mama and welcome to precious Gloria! (I had a beloved grandma named Gloria... ) Glad you trusted your instincts on all accounts and did what was best for both of you, esp. saying no to all the ! Great work mama!
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You are amazing Fee! And Gloria is gorgeous.
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Congratulations, FeeBee!!! She's beautiful!

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Yeowch! I am glad she made a prompt entrance and that you were able to get back home quickly. Hope you're getting lots of rest and snuggling!
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It's funny that you mention the bumpy ride putting Gloria in the "right spot" to come out...it reminded me of a family friend's vbac in which they wanted her to get on a gurney to go to the OR, (brow presentation or OP I can't remember) and she fell on the floor trying to get on the thing, and it "knocked" the baby into position and literally came right out minutes later.

Good for you for trusting your instincts, getting in and then, I am so proud of you, saying no no and no and getting right out!

(I have pubic bone symphisis too, and thinking about getting myself to a chiro very soon.)
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She's just precious!
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Welcome, little girl.
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Oh my I had no idea you were having another. I'm so out of the loop! Congrats!
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Congrats! She's beautiful!

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