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#1 of 53 Old 05-16-2008, 03:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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34 hours after my water broke (11:45 pm, May 15), Gemma Yvette was born weighing 5 lbs 12 oz and measuring 18 inches long. She's tiny! I thought for sure I was having a boy, too! My OB was really great about not pushing pitocin until my water had been ruptured for more than 24 hours, but at that point I was only contracting every 5-6 minutes and still only at a 3. We decided to go with pitocin and that was really hard on me, mentally. Oh, and physically. I had back labor the whole time, and pitocin, but DH and my doula were really fantastic and I still got the natural birth I was going for. My nurse was awesome, suggesting so many different positions - my birth ball (leaning on it, while on my knees) was wonderful, and the squat bar was great. My OB was super attentive and stuck with me for the last hour and a half when I couldn't move past a 9. And then there was ctx, layered upon ctx, so it felt like I just had one huge ctx for 8 minutes. And then I felt the overwhelming feeling to poop. They kept telling me not to push because I still had a cervical lip (they thought) and I think I asked them to remove it (like, "CUT.IT.OFF!") but my body was in control and it was doing the pushing. She came out pretty quickly and had the cord around her neck a couple times pretty tight. She pinked RIGHT up, though, and nursed within an hour.

It wasn't the blissful peaceful enjoyable birth I was hoping for, but I did it. And I did it naturally. And I never ever want to do it again.

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#2 of 53 Old 05-16-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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How precious and congrats on your birth.

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Congratulations!!!
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What a trooper...congrats!!!
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She is a tiny little squirt! Congratulations!!
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Congratulations!!

WAHMama to Allen (2-10-05) and Alexa (6-27-08)
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What a sweet pea!
Congratulations!

Quoteriginally Posted by aswbarry~A~ Mama to DD 6y, DD , DD 3y and DD 1y
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What a sweet lil peanut!
Congratulations!
I can't believe the June births have started already!:
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What a sweetheart! and way to go to you Mama! Back labor and pitocin and you did naturally, YOU ARE AWESOME! Enjoy your baby girl.
PS I've loved following your pregnancy because our kids are the same age and we are both on our third.!
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Congratulations! You get a double award for going natural with pit (aka the DEVIL!) Happy babymoon!

Me (36) + DH (38) = 4 boys (13, 11, 9, 7)
Expecting #5 in January 2015
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Congratulations and much respect! I am in awe!
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She's beautiful!! Congratulations!
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Beautiful!

Congratulations on your daughter!
(cringed at the thought of your back labour--eek!)
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AMAZING!!!!!!
She's GORGEOUS! Congrats momma!!
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Congrats!!! She's beautiful!

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Congratulations! Gemma is a great name!
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She is precious and I love her name! Awesome Job mama!
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Congratulations!

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Wow, seriously pit without an epidural sounds like a heroic birth to me!

What a darling little peanut she is. I love the last line of your post "and i never ever want to do it again!" That really brought home how hard you worked.

Congratualtions to you mama!! How exciting!!!!

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Congratulations! She's beautiful!
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congrats!!!!! lucky duck to be holding her!!!
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she's adorable! congrats!
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She is so tiny! Congrats!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

She's darling! And, WOW Mama!! Way to get your natural birth!! Enjoy your babymoon... you've DEFINITELY earned it!

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congrats to you and yours. she's beautiful!
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Congratulations and welcome to the world Gemma!
I had nasty back labor with DD and just LOVED my doula. I totally think everyone should have one!
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Congratulations to you!! She's beautiful!

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Welcome Gemma! Congrats on your birth!

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She's beautiful! Congrats!
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