Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Pains, or Lack Therof

It's a holiday, so I'm taking it easy. Shannon posted a Labor Day Meme, and I thought I'd join in.

How long were your labors?
Kid #1: 0 hours
Kid #2: 0 hours
Kid #3: 0 hours

Each child was delivered within one hour via scheduled c-section.

How did you know you were in labor?
I never went into labor. I wouldn't know a contraction if it smacked me upside the head. (Although, I'm sure those of you who have had the pleasure of experiencing contractions would beg to differ.)

Really, I just checked my calendar and showed up for delivery day.

Where did you deliver?
In the hospital. Before I knew I was having a c-section, I toyed with the idea of a home birth. But, we live in a very rural area. If something went wrong, I was afraid we wouldn't be close enough to get to a hospital in time.

Uh, yeah. Wouldn't recommend a c-section without them. I had a spinal block all three times. I was nervous about getting it all three times due to horror stories about the block "taking" in the wrong direction (i.e. paralyzing me from the waist up, instead of the waist down). But, thankfully, that never happened.

Doctors discovered my first daughter was breech at 38 weeks. Despite days of me laying upside down on an inclined ironing board (not fun when you're 38 weeks pregnant), shining a flashlight and having my husband try to talk the baby into turning, and even investigating moxibustion, she remained breech.

My other two were head down, but I felt there were too many risks with trying a vbac. And, I really wasn't on board with the pain involved in a regular birth. I'm a wimp when it comes to stuff like that. I'll just take my spinal block and meet y'all in recovery, thankyouverymuch. Oh, and please have my morophine ready. ;-)

Who delivered?
One doctor, usually with another doctor assisting. I don't remember much about my first daughter's birth, as I was scared out of my mind. The doctor who delivered child #2 and child #3 was a sketch. He insisted on listening to Jimmy Buffet during my son's delivery and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack for my daughter's.

So, not exactly exciting birth stories that would keep you on the edge of your seat, but that's how it all went down. For many more riveting labor stories, head on over to Rocks in My Dryer.

Happy Labor Day, y'all.


Jen said...

Great labor stories. I especially like the part of your doctor listening to Buffet & Saturday Night Fever. I hope he wasn't dancing during delivery.

Christina Lee said...

I found your blog and enjoyed reading it! My son was breech too and they even tried the "version" technique- I know I spelled it wrong- where they try to flip lil ol baby before doing the c-section.
So many of my friends have now had 3 children that I even dedicated one of my jewelry pieces (I make hand-stamped jewelry) to them, and call it 3 birds on a wire!
Anyway, I'll stop back!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

What a great idea for a meme!

I laughed out loud at your doctor's choice of music. Was he dancing too?

Enjoy your Labor Day.

workthatwardrobe said...

I love labour stories. My first was nine hours, my second was 45 minutes. My third was 40 minutes (born at home) and my last was 90 minutes (and I had flu!).

heather said...

The whole "wouldn't recommend a C-section without them" thing? My friend Mitzi actually felt them cut. Yeah. Nice, eh?

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

That was great! said...

Love the choice of music by the doc. My labors were pretty quick (thank goodness) However, it's the weight afterwards that didn't go pretty quick. :(

Anonymous said...

3 c/s here as well. Hooray for drugs!

Darcie said...

Riveting birth stories are overrated anyhow. Although with Jimmy Buffet and Saturday Night Fever playing cameos, you totally get points for that.

It all ends up with the same result right?

JanMary said...

Snap - 3 sections and no labour here too.

Only a bit of drama - had pre-eclampsia with first, so she was born at 36 weeks.

2nd - non-eventful

3rd - gestational diabetes

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