"Well Worth It" - A Birthing Story.

I was 40+ weeks. At my last Doctor's visit, he said we could go ahead and induce because my little guy just wasn't budging. My cervix was completely closed and though he had dropped, nothing was going on in the contraction department. On Wednesday, I went in at 7:00 pm to be induced but they didn't have my room ready and said I should go home and wait for them to call. I was not about to do that as I knew they would call about an hour later saying that they were rescheduling for the next day or something. I wanted him out. We waited for three hours before they actually had a room ready, then another two to be admitted and start the medicine.

At midnight they put Cervidil in, it is like a pill they put up "there" to soften your cervix. That wasn't uncomfortable but the not being able to move while it was in, was. They only left it in for a couple of hours and it started doing its stuff after it was out I was having small contractions and was 1 cm dilated. After a very short rest they started Pitocin (synthetic hormone to make you start contracting regularly. At 7 am it had worked well. I was up to 3 cm and by 10 am, the nurse "accidentally" broke my water. OK I'm not as mad about that as I seem, she was going to check my cervix and I told her to hang on I was having a particularly large contraction, and it really sucks to be checked at any time let alone during a contraction. So she didn't wait and out comes a gush of water the second she got in there to check, I immediately said "Damn it, you just broke my water" right after that my boyfriend got sick.

The contractions really picked up and most of the rest of the time I was blacking out from pain. I had two shots of nubane, one shot of something else and finally at three I met the epidural man. The epidural was lovely, no pain with the shot or the contractions. I was able to focus and have minor conversations but mostly I just slept. At 6:50pm the room crowded with nurses and equipment. I started pushing at 7:10 and Damion was out with three pushes, although I needed an episiotomy (where they snip some skin between your vagina and anus, to prevent tearing). Damion was so handsome, and for all the troubles I had during pregnancy, it was worth it. I don't know what I'd do without his father but even more I don't know what I'd do without him.