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#1 of 12 Old 11-29-2007, 06:30 PM - Thread Starter
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Introducing Leah Marie 10lbs born 11/24 (due 11/17) after 23 hours of labor.

My dr was out of town so I ended up with a different one and she did not like me one bit. Kept trying to force and scare me into all kinds of interventions. My water broke at midnight (full moon) and I went to the hospital around 3am thinking that I was futher along. I was only 2cm. After not progressing for a while I consented to a shot of stadol for pain. It did reguvinate me a little bit since I had been so tired. OB kept telling me that I needed a c-section since I wasn't progressing fast enough and baby was in bad position.

At 5pm I was begging for the epidural and I was only at 5-6cm. My wonderful doula called the Florida ICAN chapter leader and I spoke with her. During that time I had gotten an IV bag of fluids and turned down the epidural. I labored more and visualized more. 6pm I progressed to 7cm. I labored/walked more and finally got a good nurse who was sooo supportive and had me labor in some different positions. I was soon 9cm with a lip. It took an hour of pushing. I begged the nurse not to call the OB, that I didn't want her there. She kept telling me that the OB needed to see me deliver my baby vaginally and unmedicated. I ended up tearing a bunch of 3rd degree tears.

Unfortunately I had a bunch of bleeding that would not stop. I kept having pushing contractions and I was passing a bunch of HUGE blood cloths that dh said were as big as a loaf of bread. I ended up with emergency surgery through my vagina and a blood transfusion. I did get lucky that she was able to stop the bleeding that way. The normal person has 12.5 units of blood and I was down to 4.5. After 2 blood transfusions and adding 4 units of blood I am now at home with just under 7 units. Hubby was really scared since he thought I was going to die. Our family's are both crazy and selfish and only upset at dh since he didn't call them to tell them right away. I am still really weak/tired but doing much better.

I honestly think that the reason for my bleeding was that the OB went and did a scar check after delivery and put her hands inside of my uterious to feel around. I had read that doing that increased bleeding problems but I had no idea that she was going to do that ahead of time. My regular OB doesn't do that.

Breastfeeding is going pretty good. I can't wait for my milk to come in some more but we're still going better than with ds who was tongue tied. She did have to have a little formula while I was in surgery and recovery but dh told me that she didn't take to the bottle and only had a couple of ounces.

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#2 of 12 Old 11-29-2007, 06:34 PM
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Wow, that bleeding sounds scary! I'm so glad you are okay. Congrats on your awesome VBAC!
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Wow, Tiffany, I'm sorry you had to fight so hard for your VBAC -- that makes it an even more significant accomplishment! You made it through so many challenges. Best wishes for your rest and recovery and congratulations on your big little girl. I'll be thinking of you -- keep is updated as you recover.
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Wow, that does sound scary. I am so happy you are both okay and wish you a quick recovery. You should be very proud of yourself for getting though the labor and delivery!

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Oh bless you and your DH. What a very hard journey it sounds like that was. I am sorry it was like that for you. You are so strong and dispite all of that you did all you could to make you and baby safe. (((hugs))) Congrats on your big girl! Heal well and fast mama.

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Congratulations on the VBAC mama, even with the scary parts and welcome baby Leah. Hope you are getting lots of rest and support cause that much blood loss sounds like it would be exhausting even without a new baby. Thinking of you.
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What a brave birth warrior you are! Congratulations, mama! I'm glad you are OK after what you went through. Kudos to your awesome nurse too! I love that she said the OB needed to see you birth that baby naturally. I hope you can rest now and recuperate.
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wow, I'm so happy you got your vbac! sorry about the OB. Congrats and welcome to Leah!
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Congratulations--you are amazing! I also hemmoraged a lot with birth, and it's horrid stuff. Prayers for strength and rest for you!

...and welcome Leah Marie :
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Welcome, Leah! I'm glad you're all okay
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oh tiffany i'm so proud of you mama! we are now VBAC sisters of 10 pounders! wooooooop wooooop! i'm so glad you are ok. i bet i know how you are feeling 'down below' as i also had 3rd degree tear that almost went into my rectal muscles...sometimes the pain is unbearable. thank god for percocet and ibuprofen. how is your pain doing? i hope you are as proud of yourself as i am of my own victory.

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wowww, big baby vbac you go momma!! scarey about the blood loss but sounds like it is under control.... rest and eat well.... congratulations !!
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