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Old 06-08-2008, 11:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Phew! I finally have a minute to do this!

Daniel Shane Aquila was born at 3:41am on Friday, June 6th at a small local hospital. I was admitted on Thursday evening after a couple of days of leaking amniotic fluid without progressing into active labour. I was kind of stuck in early labour, which would have been fine if it weren't for the risk of infection that ruptured membranes can pose.

So -- you guessed it -- they started me on pitocin and penicillin and everything went fairly rapidly from there. I felt I had no wise choice but to go ahead with the pitocin and antibiotics, so I chose to see them as a blessing and let go of my concern.

My own contractions were moved up significantly by the pitocin and the whole active labour/delivery lasted about 8 hours. No epidural or other interventions, and no problems with that pesky low-lying placenta or worisome single umbilcal artery cord. As the doctor said later, I could have given birth in a field.

The lovely thing was that the hospital staff basically left us alone. It was pretty much me, my partner Johanne, and our amazing doula, Rivka Cymbalist. We created our own atmosphere and brought that baby into the world the way I needed to, not the way the hospital or doctors might usually see. In fact I would have birthed the babe with just Johanne and Rivka in the room had the nurse not walked in a realized I was only minutes from the birth. She was hysterical: "Stop pushing right now!!" As if, lady. You try holding a train in place!

So he was born as I crouched on the bed, and I pulled him from myself and they left us alone to bond and breastfeed and marvel. And then we went home a few hours later so we could be with our three-year-old as well.

Daniel is perfect and I am so grateful and blessed.

I so look forward to reading other birth posts when I have a minute (which seems like never, with a 3-year old competing with the newborn).

May we all have happy endings.
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:57 PM
 
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Oh, what great news!!!!! You did it and you made the best of a situation that could have become horrible, but you did it your way, I am sooo happy for you!

Way to go.

Enjoy your babymoom and don't forget to check in on us late-juners every now and again

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Congrats!!!

Lauren- Mom to Nina 2.5 yrs. & Elaina 10 mo....our next bundle is due in June! joy.gif
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Congratulations! I'm so happy to hear that you were able to have a wonderful experience despite the hospital environment.

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Congratulations, mama! Enjoy your babymoon!

SugarMama to Chatterbox Zoe (almost 4) and Locomotive Miles (2)
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WOW! Awesome story!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Congratulations! As a woman who labored on pitocin and finally caved to the epi, I truly applaud you!
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Congratulations!!!!!

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I'm jumping for joy for you Sarah!! I'm so glad you got to birth your way, despite all the challenges you faced. You totally rock!

Can't wait to see pics Congratulations!
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How wonderful! Congrats mama!

Vanessa belly.gif, wife to Kev , mama to Byron (5) wild.gif and Billie (2) and  due in June
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Congratulations!
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Wow mama, just wow! You rocked that situation!
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Congrats and welcome, Daniel!
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I'm inspired by you!! What an amazing birth story. Thank you so very much for sharing that with us.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Enjoy your babymoon!
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Congratulations!!!
Lovely birth story
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Awesome!!!

Congratulations on your newest son!

Leah- wife to Chris : SAHM to Henry (03/06)and to Evelyn : (06/08). She is our heart attack survivor at 3.5 weeks and went on to have open heart surgery at 5 weeks for Coarctation of the Aorta.
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Congrats mama! Beautiful birth!
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most PPs have said it already, but what a great birth story! How wonderful for you and your family.

congratulations, and welcome Daniel!
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How great that you had that happen the way it did in a hospital - how rare!

Congratulations!
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Congratulations!

Sara - - PreK Teacher, Birth Doula, Wife to Shaun (8/13/05), Mama to Caleb (8/17/06), Chance (6/22/08), and Brielle (10/31/09) - - - winner.jpg

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Great birth story! I'm glad you got to do it your own way.
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sounds like it was beautiful!!!

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Congratulations!!

Quoteriginally Posted by aswbarry~A~ Mama to DD 6y, DD , DD 3y and DD 1y
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Congratulations and welcome Daniel! How great that you got to deliver vaginally and wow to you for doing it with pitocin but no epidural. I hear that is rare!

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Congrats! Sounds like you had a beautiful birth! Enjoy your babymoon!

Tara - nurse and wife to a nurse, mama to four, Izak (7/28/99), Liam (9/25/06), Freya (5/28/08) and Luna (5/19/10)
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