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finally done !

I went into labor Saturday morning at about 5 am and gave birth to my new son Raphael at just after 6 pm.

short version: I tried doing VBAC, and it seemed all ok at first, but then I just stopped progressing at about 6-7 cm dilation... despite having gut-wrenching contractions so painful that I was crying, screaming and moaning hysterically for hours. After some hours of active labor with non-progression, they tried breaking my water to get me to progress, but it didn't work. Then they tried administering an epidural to get my muscles to relax enough to allow progression.* But that didn't work either. So I ended up having to do another c-section.

Turns out my baby was enormous - 9 lbs 10.5 oz. This may have had something to do with why I stopped progressing.

Amusingly, a friend pointed out to me that Raphael was born on 6/7/08, weighing 9lbs 10 oz. That's pretty cool numerically. ;) We are both healthy and doing very well.

Good luck to everyone else :)

* the contractions continued ridiculously strongly after the epidural, I just mercifully couldn't feel them. We could tell though by the contraction monitor.


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Jun. 10th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Glad to see your birth story!!

And YAY Raef was born on mine and my husband's 5 year wedding anniversary. That's a good day!! :)

Congratulations and I can't wait to see pictures.

Jun. 10th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
Thanks :) neat coincidence. I never thought that he'd come on 6/7/08 because I was convinced I'd NEVER go into labor, or if I did, that I'd be at least a week late. But it's really cool that he chose that day because I love the 6/7/8 thing.

I'm sure I'll get around to some pictures eventually ;)
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)

That's so cool about the 6/7/08 9.10 thing *g*

I was born on 5/26 at 5:26 am... so my mom always remembers what time I was born. My brother? She just says "I have no idea, some time in the middle of the night!"
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
that is too damn cool about the numbers, and congrats!
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your story. Sorry you had to go through so much pain :( But it's all worth it in the end!

Will you be posting any pics?

Congrats on your baby boy! :)
Jun. 10th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
congrats. I'm expecting a big baby too. I'm hoping it goes okay. the number thing is extremely cool.
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