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#1 of 20 Old 08-16-2008, 02:53 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey I wanted to update and say I had the baby for my best friend on Tuesday. 12 hour labor (my last was 31.5, so 12 was GREAT!), 7am on the dot to 7pm on the dot -- kinda freaky. She was 7lb 8oz at birth and 22". Born in my basement.

Labor and birth went splendidly, but I did end up hemorrhaging and transporting to the hospital shortly after midnight ER physician and nurses were great, and non-judgmental. Postpartum ward OB and nurses were a bit more... "abrasive" we'll call it. I know my UC did not "cause" my hemorrhage, and I wouldn't do it any other way. I would have had the same problem had I had her in the hospital.

My hemoglobin is extremely low (in the 7s) so I am exhausted. I hope everyone here is doing well!!!

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Congrats!!! What a birthing goddess you are, I'm so glad your hospital transfer went smoothly, and that you have no doubts about the success of your uc!

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well that was scary!!! Are you a surrogate mommy? congratulations!!!! ::

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Congratulations! :

Did they give you any blood or are you going to build your blood back up yourself? I've heard transfusions are scary but make you feel better fast.

Take care of yourself and be proud, you did an amazing thing.

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wow, what a birth story. congratulations!!

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Wow, you are wonderful. Take care of yourself and I am glad you are well. Congratulations!
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Congrats! I'm glad things went well. When you get a chance, and if you are willing to share, how are arrangements going to work for the baby? Are you going to pump or anything like that?

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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You are so ridiculously fabulous! :

Congratulations to you on your birth, and to your friend on her new baby!

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Congratulations! You are an amazing friend. I hope you are feeling better soon!!!
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Congrats and welcome baby !!

mama to Allison 8-18-08 and Ethan 1-24-11  heartbeat.gif

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Congratulations on your birth, and best wishes to your friend's family!
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You had a baby for your friend? That is so wonderful and amazing. What an incredible gift.

Congratulations on your birth, and take care.

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Did they give you any blood or are you going to build your blood back up yourself? I've heard transfusions are scary but make you feel better fast.
I did have a transfusion of two units of blood. It didn't really help, though. My hemoglobin went up a point, and then back down. I am just trying to cram in the iron now via supplements and food.

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Congrats! I'm glad things went well. When you get a chance, and if you are willing to share, how are arrangements going to work for the baby? Are you going to pump or anything like that?
I had a breast reduction in 1990, and only made about 4oz a day MAX with my son. This time around, I couldn't even express colostrum in the last couple weeks, or after her birth. I did suckle her a bit to try to get my uterus to clamp down, but I doubt she got anything from it, and she was getting angry about it heheheh. Even now, 4 days later, I am not feeling anything coming in, so pumping probably wouldn't do much anyway. The babe is getting breastmilk, though. We have a friend who was a surrogate for a little boy born a few months ago, and she is a SUPERPRODUCER. She is shipping milk to his daddies, and also saving the surplus for Myrtle. I think I heard that my best friend has like 380+oz of BM in her freezer so far
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Congratulations Amy!!! I hemmoraged too, I've been on iron for two weeks now, and really didn't feel any better the first week at all, but then into the second week started to feel better. Now I am feeling MUCH better, you will get there! TAKE IT EASY--the hemoglobin is nothing to mess with. It definitely takes a while to build back up. They haven't retested me yet b/c they said it wouldn't be higher yet? Although I definitely FEEL much much much better than I did. AND--I would definitely rec taking a stool softener or something with all the iron!!! Well done, mama!
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Congratulations to you and your friend.....welcome baby::
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Congrats to you and your friend's family! What an amazing thing to do for a friend.
Here's to a speedy recovery!!!

fridgeart, lucky mum to E (5) and Ro (2)
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You are a birthing goddess


My beautiful little girl wouldn't be laying on my chest right now if it wasn't for you!

I love you! :
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That's awesome about the donation. I'm working up a freezer stash for donation right now too. I wish I had a big deep freeze to keep it in but I only have a regular fridge freezer right now. So I'll do what I can!

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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Wow! Great job and what a wonderful thing to do for your friend! I hope your body can get back to normal soon!
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How wonderful! What an amazing gift.

I'm Deborah, mama to Aidan, 11/02, Sean, 9/04 (my T21 SuperBoy), and Eleanor, 8/08.
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