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One mom shares what happened when she gave birth and what she might have done differently.
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Leslie: I was induced. I was about a week late, and we scheduled the time with our doctor. I went in the night before. And did not realize—
Leslie: It was going to be a 22-hour ordeal. The nurses gave me Pitocin to get things moving along. And then the next morning, I think they even gave me another drug.
Dad: They gave you a couple.
Dad: And then they broke the water.
Leslie: And then they broke the water. And after that, things just started moving along. The contractions just came pretty quickly. I went from 2 centimeters dilated to 10 within an hour and a half. So [laughs] it was a little intense during those couple hours. I asked for the epidural. And I was adamant about I wanted to enjoy the experience of my daughter's birth, and the pain was just too great for me to enjoy the experience. We did a lot of breathing techniques. My husband was counting with me, trying to count through the contractions, holding my hand. He was rubbing my back and my thighs, which was great.
Leslie: My daughter Audrey, she could not get through. And there was no progress whatsoever. So the doctor finally came in and used a vacuum and had to pull twice, poor thing, so it broke her skin on her head a little bit. But she was fine when she came out, and even though we didn't want to have to use anything like that, it actually turned out great, because it got her out of there. She was out of distress. Her blood pressure had peaked a little bit and mine was dropping—
Leslie: A little bit, actually. So we had to move things along.
Episiotomy and recovery
Leslie: I had the pleasure of having an episiotomy [laughs]. And it was a level-2 tear. I was told they had to do a cut and a tear. And it definitely is painful, and anyone who says it's not is not telling the truth. It was probably the most painful aspect of the post-birth experience. And so I was still dealing with issues out into 10 weeks. And I shouldn't have had to deal with some of those issues if I had gotten enough rest and had people to help me. So I think people need to have more resources, and they need to understand exactly what the mom's body is going to be going through to be able to get the resources they need to help them.
Dad: Yeah, on that same note, it's also—I'm just—I'm glad I was able to take so much time off work.
Leslie: Hmm. Yeah.
Dad: I was able to take about 3 weeks off in that time. Because it was really—it was a very difficult time and it was very—our time, but, you know, I am also really glad that we—we went through it, obviously, and happy that we did it. And I think it brought us closer together as a couple and a family.
Leslie: In the birthing class, they talk about the husbands and how they can be supportive and what they could say. Well, there was a point where my husband kept talking to me.
Dad: I had been practicing for several months. I was well rehearsed in my lines. I didn't need to have them right in my hand. I was all set, and—
Leslie: So for the hour and a half of labor—
Leslie: He kept talking to me and he wouldn't stop talking. And I was trying to count through each contraction and then pushing.
Dad: With encouraging words.
Leslie: And he was very encouraging, but at some point in my head, I was screaming profanities at him and I had to stop him by saying politely, "Honey, could you please shut up?" That was the nicest thing I could possibly say at the time. And I was actually proud of myself for the—
Dad: I couldn't hear her the first time, so she had to say it 2 or 3 times before I—
Leslie: So I did have to yell and say, "Please shut up." But it was—it was a great experience.
Leslie: Because he was very supportive. He was there for me.