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Birth Story Pt. 2: What #!%?ing Stage is This?!

March 4, 2016

My second labor was really fast. I had 2 hard pains shortly after getting up about an hour apart. The next pain hit, but was more a big ache. It never stopped, but never got any worse. I made several phone calls to get my husband and finally had to call my in-laws. My father-in-law was a nervous wreck. My two-year-old stayed in the back seat with me to help me. I arrived at the hospital and they wanted me to take care of all the paperwork. I signed a couple and finally told them I needed to get to L&D. My in-laws stayed to finish the paperwork and I was wheeled to Labor. The nurse there asked me how far apart my pains were and was not happy with my answer of ‘one big ache.’ She put me in a labor room and looked. She yells, “She’s crowning!”, and rushes me back to a delivery room. I had the baby before my in-laws got upstairs. I was told my father-in-law nearly fainted.

Do I Look Sick?

You can find Part 1 here.

With contractions four minutes apart and impossible to ignore, we hurried out to our car and started dialing for the midwife.

The night before last, weโ€™d called her in the middle of the night as well, but I didnโ€™t feel bad doing it again because this was the real deal. The first time we called, contractions were 6 minutes apart and I was still able to chat about them cheerily on the phone. Now they were four minutes and terrible, and I was going to make sure I sounded as terrible as I felt. I have spent a lot of my life living with chronic pain and perfecting the art of not sounding how I feel, so this was a little tricky.

I did my best, but she said exactly the same thing sheโ€™d said two nights ago: take some Tylenol PM and goโ€ฆ

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  1. That’s such an amazing story! GAH labor is frustrating! And while we’re on the subject, so is paperwork! Gimmie a break doc!

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