This morning I noticed that a lot of my bloggy buddies were participating in this fun little Meme that was started at Rocks in My Dryer. It looked like fun, so I decided to join in.
How long were your labors?
Well, there's only been one so far, but it was a doozy.
Not counting the minor contractions that I had been having all day without realizing that they were contractions...I was in labor in the hospital for 20 hours.
How did you know you were in labor?
I went into the hospital to be induced. They gave me cervadil and told me that I had to wait 12 hours for it to ripen my cervix and then they were going to start pitocin.
My husband and Mom went home to get some sleep. As I was laying in the bed too nervous and excited to sleep, I noticed that the pain I had in my back was flaring up almost exactly every 2 minutes. I sat there and counted out the contractions for about 45 minutes just to be sure before I called the nurse in.
Where did you deliver?
At a hospital about 10 minutes from our house.
I made them give me nubain about 14-15 hours in. They had broken my water and were giving me pitocin, but I wasn't progressing so they wouldn't give me an epidural. It was just enough to let me get about 1 hour of sleep.
Yep. I never made it to 2 cm after the 20 hours, so my doctor decided it was time to get her out. I was terrified of having a c-section before hand, but after 20 hours of back labor I was about ready to grab a scalpel and do it myself! I think that I still have very strong feelings for the anesthesiologist! (Don't know his name, but that's not really the point, is it?)
My totally awesome OB/GYN. I was a "High Risk" pregnancy so we got to see each other quite a lot. She took great care of us. I am 100% convinced that my pregnancy would not have gone nearly as well if I had gone to a different doctor. Loved her!
Now head on over to Rocks In My Dryer to link up and join in the fun!