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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jill's Birth Story

Jill Martha Catherine Wilson
March 25, 2012
7 lbs 10 oz
20 in

I first woke up around 5 with what felt like gas pains/cramps.  I tried going to the bathroom but nothing was happening so I went back to bed.  I woke up again around 5:30 with the same feeling but nothing happened again.  So I laid in bed and decided to see what happened when I felt the pain again.  After a couple times I noticed it was more painful into my back and my stomach was tightening. 

About 6 I went to the guestroom and mentioned to my mom what I was feeling and that I thought it might be the start of contractions.  We went downstairs and starting timing them and pretty much right away they were coming about 4-6 minutes apart.  Since my labour with Paul was fairly fast we decided to go to the hospital right away.

They hooked me up to a monitor and checked for about 20 minutes to a half hour.  They said that I was about 3 cm but my cervix was still fairly thick and "floppy." My contractions were coming 4 1/2 min apart consistently and she said that I could go home and come back when they were coming 3 min consistently. 

So I went home for 4 hours and did some labouring in bed and walking around.  When I got up and started walking around they were beginning to come 2-3 minutes consistently and getting more intense.  We went back to the hospital and they checked/monitored me again and I was 5 cm/75% effaced but my contractions slowed down to about 6-7 minutes apart.  They were getting more intense, though, so they admitted me at 2:25 (that's what is on my bracelet.)

They gave me my antibiotics for GBS and then let me use a birthing ball to help bring her head down 'cause it was still pretty high.  I did that for about an hour and a half until they were so strong I started feeling some pressure to lightly push.  Also during that time I threw up in the bathroom and lost my mucous plug, but my water was still intact. 

At 3:55 the doctor checked me and I was at 7 cm.  The nurse said to me "let's see if we can get this baby out by 7!" She was hoping she'd get to be there when it happened before shift change.  I thought "it would be nice if she was born a half hour from now!" I was on the bed now and the contractions were coming about 1-2 minutes apart and getting really intense so I didn't want to move back to the ball.  I didn't have any pain relief and it wasn't long before I was writhing on the bed, almost in tears it hurt so bad.  I had been just breathing through the contractions but I was starting to groan a lot. 

Then my water broke during a contraction and she crowned right away.  There was a bit of meconium in the water so she called the doctor and everyone in right away.  I was telling the nurse that I HAD to push and she said "wait wait wait! Not yet!" So she checked me real fast and said that when I felt like I needed to to push.  In 4 pushes Jill was out crying away! I had 2nd degree tearing so it took time for them to stitch me up (same as with Paul.) About a half hour after she was born I was able to hold her.

So I guess my desire for her to be born within a half hour was reachable 'cause 25 minutes later she was born!