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My 3rd Birth:
I was going to county hospital for checkups. I was a week over-due and they put the monitor on me. It was way too tight when I had contractions [Braxton Hicks]…so I pulled it off.
The nurse came to check it and decided there was something wrong with the baby. “The heart beat dropped during contractions”, she said. I explained what had happened, she would not hear me. They began to talk C-Section.
I said “I have my daughter with me, and would need to go home and get her to a sitter. I need arrange for the older two children’s care, and find my husband…” (no cell phone).
I went home and called my mother. I told her I was NOT going back to that hospital. They were C-Section crazy! We discussed that it was too late for a midwife (obviously) and she suggested I go into the emergency room of another hospital.
Downtown San Jose had a hospital, so I took the bus there. The doctor on call said, after I explained what happened, that he wanted to put a monitor on to be sure. I could understand his reasoning, so the monitor was placed on my abdomen. We had to wait awhile for a contraction and after four hours, he says “Baby looks fine. I will call the other hospital and explain that you will be here”…[taking off the monitor] he says “You can get up an walk around”.
At that point, I had been having regular contractions 20 minutes apart. My mom arrived just before that, so we walked the halls of the hospital.
My water broke, and the monitor was put back on. I was dilated 6 centimeters. Contractions were getting stronger, too. 2 contractions 9 minutes apart…I could feel the baby crowning.
The nurse was called in. I told her the baby was coming NOW.
“Oh no, sweetie, you couldn’t be having the baby now. Your contractions are too far apart!”
“The head is coming OUT!! I know what that feels like, I have had two babies previously…LOOK!!”
She looks under the sheet. Hits the buzzer, slaps the rails up, while saying “Oh shit, the baby IS coming!”
Not longer after, my youngest was born. No stitches, a couple tears, no complications. So much for needing a C-Section.
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