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  • hopeful7 hopeful7's Avatar 08-04-09 | 10:17 AM
  • On July 31st at 7:30 AM we went in to the hospital for our induction. Everything looked good, around 8 my Pitocin was dripping & soon afterwards contractions began. Boy, do I give props to those women who do it all natural. Definitely not for me!!!! However, I did hold out much longer than everyone would expect. Around lunch the doctor came back and broke my water, and soon afterward I was asking for my epidural. The whole epidural experience gave me a new appreciaton for my patients who receive them. Boy, did it hurt going in...but part of that was the fact that the anesthesiologist put it in without numbing my back. The whole time I was laying there...I was thinking wow I didn't know it was supposed to hurt this bad. And come to find out he left out the lidocaine part...what a jerky thing to do!

    After the whole epidural part, things got a bit interesting & scary. I started progressing fairly quickly & in return contractions were getting stronger. However, with every contraction Maddox's heartrate started dipping down way too low (into the 50's & 60's). I'm so thankful that I have such wonderful coworkers who took such good care of me & Maddox. I felt like I was in the best of hands! The pitocin was stopped (which was great being the epidural wasn't doing it's job completely). Once again the anestioslogist was lacking on his part...we couldn't get him back up to reevaluate my pain & to top it off. My doctor (who was aboslutely WONDERFUL) attempted to do an amnioinfusion, which puts fluid back around the infant to hopefully relieve any pressure that might be causing the decelerations. No success! Maddox just wasn't tolerating labor. Come to find out he had a nuchal cord. So off to the OR we went for a STAT c-section.

    Maddox was born at 5:47 PM. Weighing in at 7 lbs 12 oz & 21 inches long.

    I just posted some pics on my blog (

    Last edited by hopeful7; 08-04-09 at 03:02 PM..
  • Keepers Keepers's Avatar 08-04-09 | 10:27 AM
  • Stephanie he is amazing! I love his hair and that pouty face! I am glad that you are finally home with your little man! Keep us updated!
Thank you Keepers!
hopeful7 (08-04-09)
  • Dopey406 Dopey406's Avatar 08-04-09 | 10:59 AM
  • Congratulations! He's a gorgeous lad!!
Thank you Dopey406!
hopeful7 (08-04-09)
  • Alisha Alisha's Avatar 08-04-09 | 11:07 AM
  • Congrats!!!
    I just love that pouty face too! LOL I had a very painful experience as well with my epi and may try to just forgo it this time. But I'll see how I tolerate pain when the time comes. Glad you are home and enjoy your new babay boy!
Thank you Alisha!
hopeful7 (08-04-09)
  • LMB2007 LMB2007's Avatar 08-04-09 | 12:12 PM
  • Congrats! I had a c-section last time and the epidural was probably one of the most painful things that I went through. It felt like a mini saw on fire going in and out of my back. In fact I'm having another scheduled c-section and that is the main thing that I'm dreading so much! I understand what you went through!
Thank you LMB2007!
hopeful7 (08-04-09)

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