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#1 of 14 Old 04-22-2008, 06:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Florence Adele was born on April 17 at 4:23 pm. After laboring at home from 4:00 am to about 2:30 pm (contractions started around 10:00 am), we left for our birth center, about 40 (bumpy, twisty, back road) minutes away. Arrived at the birth center just after 3:00, fully dialated, and little Florence was born in the water a mere 90 minutes later.

We had a wonderful birth - exactly what we wanted. We used the Bradley Method and relaxing through the contractions helped a lot, although my labor went much faster than we thought it would. If anyone out there knows the Bradley Method, you'll know what I mean when I say that I went from the "putsy-putsy stage" to the "serious, do-not disturb stage" in about an hour. I actually started to feel pushing contractions as we were leaving our house! I thought first time births were supposed to be slow!

Florence Adele was born at 38 1/2 weeks, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, at an amazing freestanding birth center in NH. We took her home about 4 hours after she was born and, after a rocky breastfeeding start, is thriving and charming us every minute. Photos: Florence and daddy:
http://flickr.com/photos/theunderpai...n/photostream/
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Congrats!! She is a total cutie

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Congratulations! What gorgeous pictures and baby!!!

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Wow, what a beautiful baby! Congratulations and happy Babymooning!
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Congratulations! How sweet

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Congratulations!!!!!

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Congratulations! It's wonderful to read about someone who got exactly the birth they were dreaming of.

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Congratulations! She's beautiful!
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Congratulations!!
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Oh Congrats mama! Welcome Florence! love the name!!!

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What a beauty! I love the picture of you holding her
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Congrats!!

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Aw, you rock at birth! She's gorgeous, enjoy her.

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Aw, congrats!! What a wonderful birth. The picture of her little footprints on the wall made me all teary! How sweet.
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