I'm pretty sure if I'd gone in on the 13th, I would have had him on Valentine's day but I think that's a bad day to have as a birthday b/c if you're single then not only are you single on V-day and your birthday, all your friends are on dates instead of throwing you a party. Leap day, however, would be kind of cool b/c you could make jokes like this woman I know who turned "8" last year.
Originally Posted by blade
The first time around, I got to 37 weeks, and my bp went up to about 150/90 (actually, I think I was 37w5d). My doctor sent me home to rest, and lay on my left side. I went back in a couple days later and it was 154/94. I would be 38 weeks the next day, so rather than risk it going up further, she sent us to the hospital to begin induction. I had cervidil (same as cytotec?) placed in around 3pm. They monitored baby's heart rate for about an hour, and then sent us to go walk around. I think around 7, we went back to our room. Anyway, around midnight, my back was aching quite a bit, so I had a morphine shot, so I could try to get some rest. Around 730am, my dr was finishing up her shift, and came in to check on me. I was pretty uncomfortable, and she said I was 3/4 cms, and having real contractions. When did labour really begin? I'm not sure. She took the cervidil out and told me she would let the nurses know, and get me moved over to labour and delivery. She left, and I thought I'd better take that time to brush my teeth and wash my face. When I stood up, my water broke. Things happened quickly after that. I eventually asked for an epidural, and as it was being put in, I felt the urge to push. I let him finish, since I wasn't supposed to move. As soon as it was in, I pushed, but Willow's heart rate dropped. I think I pushed once or twice more, and her heart rate dropped again. The dr place the vacuum on her head, and on the next push, she was out. Born at 1044am. The epidural never even had time to work
The second time around, I was sure the outcome would be the same, so I tried several times to talk to my dr about induction, but he wasn't interested. I had a different dr than I had with Willow. Just as I knew it would, my bp increased around the middle of week 37. Again, it wasn't an emergency, but since I was almost 38 weeks, I was put on the induction list. Around 2pm the next day, I was called to come in (I was 38 wks that day). Around 5pm, I had a Foley bulb placed in, and we walked to the cafeteria to get some supper. Headed back to the room around 6. Went to the bathroom, and the bulb came right out. I don't think they expected it to work so quickly because I then had to wait until about 1030pm to be moved to l&d. Finally got over there, and they discussed how to proceed. I insisted that I wanted to try breaking my water, since Willow came so quickly after that. Dr agreed around 11pm. Contractions picked up quickly and I got an epidural around 3am, so I could rest. My nurse came to check on me at about 420am. I was ready to push. She asked me to do a trial push to see how I would do, but then yelled at me to stop, since the head was right there. They called the dr, got the room set up, and in about 2 pushes, Veda was out. Born around 445am.
2 hrs and then 9 min of pushing. 1st baby, no drugs. My body wanted to get it done!
I will say my water had broken two days before and we were just waiting at the hospital for labor to kick in.
I had an "emergency induction" because my blood pressure was slightly elevated, like 130/85. I felt fine, and I felt perfectly normal when I walked into the hospital the next morning. I was in labor for almost 24 hours from from the start of induction to the csection. I only made it to 4 cm, and then my body wouldn't progress any further. Something tells me I would have if I wasn't forced into an induction though. My body just wasn't ready, I was only 3 days past my due date.
They're different meds.
Originally Posted by labmama
I was already 3-4cm dilated when I started my induction, but I had been for a week. 130/85 doesn't sound high enough to warrant emergency status. I'm sorry you wound up having surgery.
Originally Posted by rowangreeneyes
From water breaking (spontaneously) to baby-in-arms was about 21 hours.
First period-like minor contractions: 11pm.
Water broken (by doctor): 9am the next day.
Ready to push: 12pm
Baby born: 1:59 pm. (yup, two hours of pushing, it's called labor for a reason)
So, from start to finish, 15 hours? (all times are approximate, ;) )
Seb: Water broke around 2 am. Got pit when we arrived at the hospital, he was born after almost 3 hours of pushing at 2:45ishpm.
Bronwen: Got to the hosputal around noon. Labored at home until they started to pick up but had my first official ctx at 6 or so AM. She was born after being complete for maybe a half hour at 3:30ish pm.
Linus: Didnt realize I was in labor. Had a mw appointment and she checked me for dilation and I was almost 6 so she followed me home. We got home at 1 or so and Linus was born at 4:30ish.
Vio: Started with ctx in the early morning hours of 1/20. Everyone arrived later that morning (I was gbs positive so had to make sure the mw could do treatments). Ended up not having her until 3:15am on 1/21!
Wolfgang: No clue I was in active labor. Regular ctx but not at all painful etc. MW came to check me because she was in the area and found me to be 8 cm! He was born a little after 2 that afternoon...ctx had begun mid morning.
I was induced right before 42 weeks. We started the induction around 5 am (pitocin and they eventually broke my water) and he was born at 1:48 am the next day. Unfortunately, he was in a bad position and I had excruciating back labor for 17 or so hours. When I finally got the epidural around 11:45 pm, my body could relax and he turned enough that I could finally work with the contractions instead of tensing up and passing out from the pain. I think things would have gone much faster if he was in a better position and I didn't have back labor (ugh, I actually fractured my tailbone during labor) or if I'd opted for an epidural or something earlier. After the epidural, I went from a 5 to 10 in an hour and a half or so and had about 25 minutes of pushing. I wish I'd had a doula! My friend had a really fantastic one who helped her get her baby into the correct position and so on, amazing.
So, 20 hours-ish
Bronwen was actually born on Valentine's day, and due on a leap year. We thought it would have been cool to have a leap year baby, but that would have meant me going almost 2 weeks over my edd which would not have been cool. So far she likes her special birthday, we will see when she gets older what she thinks but for now at least she likes it and we always have of course. ;)
Originally Posted by kungfualex