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So we went to the hospital on Thursday evening to be induced. I was 41+6 and had been in what felt like labor for 3 days, just with very little progress. I was a very stretchy 3 and still kinda thick. We went in and they started cervidil, gave me and ambien and told me to rest as much as possible since i was sooo tired already.<br>
After the 12 hour mark, the cervidil came out and i was thinner and at 4. We started a light dose of pitocin to get things rolling, and after about 2 hours i was in labor, came off the pitocin and doing great on my own. My midwife decided it was a good time to break my water and i was up to 6cm and 90%. Almost as soon as she broke my water, the contractions really picked up and i went to 9cm in a mater of minutes.<br>
They filled the tub and me and Jason got in and were by our selves in a wonderful, calm labor that was a great bonding experience. After 20 min or so I really felt like pushing so the midwife told me do whatever my body told me to do. After an hour or so of pushing on my own, she went to check the progress of things, and discovered Esther had not turned yet, and was getting stuck. She tried to help turn her during contractions, but she was being a stubborn little thing. Midwife said it may be easier to turn her if i got out of the tub, and i could get back in after words.<br>
So after 15 min or so on the bed. she still didnt want to turn. She suggested i just breath through the contractions for a bit to see if Esther would turn on her own. I had the urge to push so bad that it hurt incredibly if i didnt, and it was VERY hard to fight against it. My contractions were so close, lasting so long and so intense I could not relax enough, and the babys position was causing incredible back pain. It got to the point were i could not breath, so i decided to forgo the tub and ask for some fentinal. That did nothing for me so we all decided that at this point an epidural would be most beneficial. Unfortunately, it took the Dr the LONGEST 30 min ever to get back to the hospital to administer it. I was in soo much pain that never went away, I was beginning to wonder why the hell I ever thought i could do a natural birth in the first place. After i got the epidural, i fell asleep for about an hour or so. I woke up, the midwife checked me, and baby had finaly turned and was ready.<br>
We shut off the epidural, and I started pushing. 2 small pushes later she was coming out, and i didnt even have to push anymore on my own. She slid out so easily, it was amazing, and actually kind of humorous. No tearing at all! After her head was out, i gave one more good push for her shoulders, and she was in my arms!<br>
She was doing great, was very alert, eyes wide open and looking for daddy as soon as she heard his voice. She stayed on the cord for about 20 min, Jason clamped and cut, and helped weigh and measure her, as i finished delivering the afterbirth wich was very easy. Esther was born May 7th, 7lbs. 3.4 oz, 19.5 inches with a head full of thick jet black hair! She started nursing like a champ and has been doing great ever since. We stayed at the hospital for 24 hours, and came home late last night. Everything is going great, and I defiantly dont feel like i gave birth less than 48 hours ago! If her head would have turned a few hours earlier, I would have had a breazy birth.<br>
Although the birth was not exactly what i was hoping for, and i was in alot of pain for a while, I wouldn't go back and do anything different. If we have another child i will be trying for a natural water birth again.<br><br><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/bLq0No6g6UdOcewSb52wwA?feat=directlink" target="_blank">http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink</a><br><br>
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I am so glad that you are both doing well and that your birth experience was so good! I looove the nursing pic. She looks very happy in that pic!
 

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Sounds like a good birth to me mama, congratulations again on baby Esther!!!
 

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You are such a strong mama and did so well and I can't picture doing anything differently in that situation! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> Happy babymooning to you all!
 

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Congratulations, what a beautiful baby! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> Congratulations, she is a such a pretty little babe!
 

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Awesome birth story mama!! she is so gorgeous <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Oh she is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> Congratulations!!!
 

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What a beautiful baby girl! Congrats, Hooplehead!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Congrats, Mama! She is so lovely--great job! I love the name Esther!
 

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Congrats Mama!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> She looks so alert! What a classic name, I think it fits her perfectly. Birth is such an unpredictable event, I think you handled it beautifully. Good job for you, you did awesome. Im sure it was very intense there for awhile. Rejoice in your new LO. Looks like nursing is going great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Oh! Sweet baby girl! Excellent handiwork mama! She's stunning! Many congrats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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