Monday, September 01, 2008

The Other Kind of Labor

Since Stephanie is playing along {meme provided by Rocks in My Dryer}, I thought I would play toobiggrin

How long were your labors?

Kid #1: 14 hours
Kid #2: 14 hours
Kid #3: 14 hours

Aren't they supposed to get shorter the more kids you have? At least I'm consistent wink

How did you know you were in labor?

Kid #1: woke up at 2:30 am with back pain & contractions, unlike the Braxton-Hicks I had been having.
Kid #2, water breaking.
Kid #3, mild-contractions when I woke up for the day that were semi-regular. My doctor's appointment that same day confirmed that I was in labor, and, um, 6-8 cm dilated.

Where did you deliver?

With all of them, at a hospital. Homebirths are not for me.


#1: IV drugs. Requested epidural. Anesthesiologist was "busy". By the time he was "unbusy", I was already too far along.

#2: Epidural. Successful this time.

#3: No drugs until 9.5 cm. Requested epidural. Waited for 20 minutes. Still no anesthesiologist. Feel need to push. First push & baby was nearly out. As baby was crowning, anesthesiologist was knocking on door.

Note to self: If future pregnancies should occur, request epidural before arriving at hospital.


Nope. Thankful for that too. Really would rather not have one unless medical emergency necessitates it.

Who delivered?

Doctors, thankfully. If I wouldn't have had a doctor's appointment the same day with #3, I think hubster might've had to wear his catcher's mitt.

Hope you enjoy yourself a great day with family!


Anonymous said...

This is fun, I will try this one!!!!

How long were your labors?
#1 4 hours
#2 3 hours
#3 all day but never actually went into full blown labor

How did you know you were in labor?
#1 Alicia told me
#2 Terrible back pain and cramping they were coming three minutes or less
#3 Contractions and uncomfortable however..... later confirmed that I was not dialating.

Where did you deliver?
Hospitals all three of them this next one too.

#1 and 2 NOPE.
#3 absolutely it was emergency c-section
C-section just with 3 and now with 4.

Who delivered?

Anonymous said...

The last comment was me, Jori sorry.

Saralyn said...

How fun! I had to play, too.

alwayswithme said...

Doesn't everyone love a good labor and delivery story? I know I do. Mine is on my blog. Thanks for the fun!

Anna said...


Boy 1- 0 hours
Boy 2- 0 hours I lucked out ...and I feel like a credit card commercial

How did I know I was in labor?
I never went into labor, in fact I did not have a single contraction. I was induced for 12 hours to the max amount of pitocin....and not a single contraction.

How did I know he was coming?
After 12 plus hours Dr. Karney said "That's it, I'm taking him. I'll meet ya in the operating room." Hours of unsuccessful induction can be frustrating :)

Ohh and...

My water broke at home, very small amount of fluid. The doctor told me to stay home it was nothing. Intuition sent me to the hospital anyway.

definately. I had a spinal, which for some reason made me dry heave or maybe it was the sight of my insides reflecting off a glass cabinet.