Birth Story

I am not immune to the allure the birth story. Any mom worth her salt jumps at the chance to share all of the gory details, so please forgive the length of my indulgence and here we go:

This story is quite the opposite of my first tale involving 36 hours of  labor – leading to a grand C-section finale. My Doc recommended against a V-back, guaranteeing we’d have her at the knife and allowing her to control my pain throughout the scheduled surgery.  So we packed up our eldest, took her to Grandma’s house for some insane spoiling and headed for the hospital, labor-free.

It is a bizarre feeling to know when you will give birth, the calm seems ridiculous in some way. I was far more aware of the delivery this time (and the epidural needle), it was incredible and terrifying to take in.  I will remember the very first moment I saw my little one, my Doc popping her squirming, screaming body up over the white sheet, for the rest of my life.

She was born as perfect as perfect can be. Not a single symptom of withdrawal. Not a single symptom…it still fills me with a sense of relief.

For those following along for the pain details, here’s what went down: My Doc left me on the epidural for 24 hours and it worked beautifully. It got me through the worse day of recovery without  hitch.  It was my first day free of pain in 6 years.

The hitch came the next day when they removed the epi and put me on a dose of pain killer. For some reason it was  1/4 of what I usually take and I crashed epically. Enter amazing nurse who ran interference and managed to serve up enough morphine to get me back to sanity. It took 8 hours and I had to drop breastfeeding for  two days to clear the meds from my system.

Enter also useless pain Doc. After the main surgical pain is taken care of, the treatment goes to the hospital’s specialist  – the one damn person I didn’t meet with beforehand. Although he never came to see me in my room, he threw down the red flags and spent 2 days refusing to adjust my pain prescription, calling my Pediatrician to report my drug use. The posse paid off and my Ped came to the rescue – delivering copies of our plan and research. In the end, the pain Doc did visit my room, he thanked me for teaching him something about chronic pain and childbirth. Yes, this man is the only pain consultant in the entire hospital. I take no pride in teaching him, just disappointment at the state of the institution’s pain management.

I resisted the urge to smack him in the forehead and thank him for two days of crazy-ass pain. I was just too delirious with baby joy. We tucked our little one into her car seat, next to her big sis, and headed to our little home… grinning the whole way.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Maggie on November 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I am so happy the birth went well. Thats how Beck and Remy were born. No labor. Sorry to hear about the idiot Doctor. Not everyone who uses pain medication is a junkie. Last year Beck Remy and i had our tonsils out and The boys Doctor ,whom told us the pain would last for two weeks, cut the boys off after 3 days. Theres nothing worse than watching your kids in pain. Hopefully someday things will change. I want to see the girls real soon. Hope you are recovering….now

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    • No fun to get those tonsils out. I was just reading a report about how Docs tend to give kids too little pain relief, so unfair and cruel. I can’t believe how big your boys are already!

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  2. Posted by Tyra on November 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I love a good birthing story myself – even after nearly 24 years from my last experience. You did all you could – you had and brought home your second miracle – you survive despite the good, bad, and ugly that the medical world can throw our way – and you did it with your research and resolve at hand. I applaud you, my dear. Thank you for sharing.

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