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#1 of 16 Old 06-05-2006, 12:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Michael Wynne (Winnie--she's a girl ) arrived one week ago today (29 May) at 1:28 p.m.
I..am...so..much..in...love. LOVE.

Contractions (assisted by 3 tablespoons of castor oil in the a.m.) started at 3:30 pm and very quickly went to 45-50 seconds long, 2/3 min apart. I labored at home until midnight with my dh and doula, then went to the hospital for more laboring. Unfortunately, there were not enough nurses around to allow me to use the birthing tub to alleviate pain, and the shower in my room was broken, so it was HARD labor and not what I had envisioned. My water broke at 5 a.m. on 29 May (13 hours after contrax started) and we all thought MW would be soon to follow. I was 6 cm dilated and she was at -1 station...little concerned, but feeling optimistic.
By 8 a.m. I was only at 8 cm and she was at 0 station. I was pushing a little and there was no downward head movement.
By 9 a.m., my contractions were starting to slow down (but not weaken in intensity). I was exhausted, in hell with the pain. Still hoping for vaginal birth, the OB suggested pit and an epidural to see if we could get things going again.
By noon, the contractions were no stronger and were getting further apart. She had not descended any further and I wasn't dilating any more. OB said she was essentially stuck at 0 station and things were starting to get scary. OB said my cervix was swollen, she was hung up on an anterior lip, and my pelvis was just too small to get her out.

After 22 hours of labor, Winnie was born at 1:28 pm by c-section. My husband and mother were in the delivery room with me.

I'm trying to process my feelings about having the section and missing the first moments of her life. I would love to hear from those of you who have had sections---how did you recover physically/emotionally?

She is beautiful. She is healthy. She is a miracle. That..that's the whole point, isn't it?

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Butting in from the June due date club. I also had an unplanned c-section with my first and it took me over a year to process my feelings. At times I know it may have been necessary, but other times I wonder if I had tried birthing at a birthing center if the outcome would have been different. How I ended in c-section was as follows: My water broke first and my contractions never started on their own, the hospital induded me with pitocin, then they had to AROM to insert internal monitor and the contractions became unbearable. I finally caved in and begged for the epi and 20 hours later I stopped dialating at 6cm and baby was in distress then c-section.

I am expecting my second child in a couple of weeks and am hoping to get the birth I first hoped for , it takes a long time to process, but try not to be too hard on yourself and know you have a heathy baby and that you can VBAC in the future.

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Congrats mama! You're on the sticky!

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I have not had a c-section and can only imagine how shocking it would be. but like you said - she is here and healthy and that's what really matters most - and what a CUTE name!
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Congrats mama!!!

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A healthy miracle, that is the whole point!Congrats
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Congratulations, I was waiting to hear from you!
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I'm in the June DDC but had an emergency c-section because it was discovered DS was a footling breech when I went to the birth center.

It was difficult for me, because I had little to no time to process it... from the time we discovered he was breech until he was born by c-sec was about 45 minutes, and it was all rushed and hectic. Anyway, it took a while to process, but it really helped to talk about it, and to join ICAN and go to some meetings.

Now I'm due today with #2 and planning a VBAC has been healing and I'm hoping all goes well. Good luck to you, and congrats!!

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Welcome Winnie and congrats mama.

I haven't had a c/s, so my only advice is just to give yourself time. Birth (no matter how it happens) can take awhile to process and your feelings may change over time... I know it took me a long time to process my first birth (induction, narcotics and episiotomy birth). Take care of yourself mama!
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Congrats mama!!

I will return to post more later as I have had THREE sections!:
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our birth went way off from our planned path also-we avoided a c sec-but only barely. my homebirth stuff sat here in my room for a few weeks though i was so sad not to use it. i feel fortunate though that he made it here healthy and now a month later I am feeling better about it all.

take your time processing things-you had a long pg to envision your birth-it feels so wierd to not have the vision and reality mesh together. hope your healing physically goes quickly!

Congrats on your baby girl!!

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Congrats mama! I agree with the PPs. Just take your time processing. I'm thinking even births that go as close to planned as possible need time to be processed. I'm sending healing thoughts your way. Your little Winnie is here and you sound so enthralled! Welcome Michael Wynne! :

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I knew we would both birth soon!You were a day ahead of me
As far a c-section recovery,I can't say much.I hope you remember to take real good care of you and baby.You sound so much in love already!
How do you pronounce Micheal?
How big was she?
LOVE "Winnie"!So sweet!
Big recovery hugs,and happy babymoon vibes!

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Welcome Winnie and Congrats Mama. I think we all "recover" from our c/s, emotionally and physically, very differently. Looking through some of the c/s threads may be helpful to you.
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Winnie weighted 8lbs, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long.

She's gaining weight and nursing constantly...who knew there so many ways your nipples could hurt!!!!:

41 yr. old : Mom to MW (5/20/06) and RM (02/05/2011), m/c at 5w6d (9/07/09)
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