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just wanted to brag a little bit, and provide some encouragement for those almost-due mommies who only hear horror stories....<br>
i know you guys are for all naturall births, but mine was not, hopefully i'm still allowed to post here. I had a very very rough pregnancy so my doctor and i decided on an induction on my due date. So, friday night i went in, they inserted the cervadil, and i slept through the night. in the morning i had progresed so well they broke my water immediately, and iu began my superstrong 3-4 minute contractions right away. 2 hours later it was epidural time, which, as i've often heard is excrutiating, was nothing!!! I felt pressure but that's all. then i slept....doctors came in and turned off my iv to cease contractions at one point becasue the baby rolled onto her umbilical cord and her heart beat kept dropping. when they turned it back on i got horribly nauseous and threw up a few times....as result i went from 4 cm dilated to 8 in no time! before i knew it they had me all prepped for labor and coaching me on what to do. here's the kicker-3 contractions later, less than fifteen minutes of pushing, Liliana was welcomed into the world!!! that's it!!! No ripping, no epesiotomy, no hemerrhoids, nothing!! I know I am very very luckybut I wanted to post to show everyone out there who is scared that not evry labor is awful....sometimes they are even enjoyable, I had a great time, my baby girl is perfect and beautiful and all the hospital staff was incredible. I was actually sad to leave!! but anyway, hope i help to ease some minds!! good luck ladies!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Congratulations! I'm glad you had such a wonderful birth experience!
 

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I'm glad your experience was positive!
 
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