Childbirth: Miracle Of Life Essay, Research Paper
Childbirth: Miracle of Life I found out that I was pregnant at 6 weeks when I went to the doctor because I was having severe cramping. I was shocked to say the least when the nurse came back into the room and told me I was pregnant. My pregnancy went by very smoothly. I had no problems besides the heartburn towards the end. I loved being pregnant! Feeling my baby kick was the best feeling in the entire world! My Step- Mother had been staying with me two weeks prior to my due date, just in case anything happened, who knew since it was my first child. Well time had come for her to go back home and to work, so on Sunday February 16, 1997 she went home. I awoke on Monday morning feeling quite awful, but forced myself to get out of bed and go to work. I figured that it was just because I was closing in on my due date. While at work that day I made quite a bit more trips to the bathroom than usual, of course they all had to point that one out for me. Around 2:00 that afternoon I really began have a bad backache, I didn t know what was causing it other than the baby lying wrong. At 2:15 I felt a great urge to go to the bathroom and thank goodness I did because my water broke not long after I reached the bathroom. I decided to let everyone know that it was going to be my last day for a while I was having the baby. I called my father in Indiana to meet me at the hospital (he was just there to pick up my stepmother the day before). We (Amy, Mike and myself) arrived at the hospital around 3:30 or so. I went right up to the maternity ward and changed into a gown before I was even checked in. My parent s arrived around 6:00 or so. The contractions didn t begin till around that time, too. I was feeling pretty good till I began to get vomit because the room was so dry and I was so thirsty. I wanted to get out of bed, but they wouldn t allow it because they were afraid the baby s umbilical cord might wrap itself around his neck. I stayed in bed until my water stopped leaking, or at least I tried to get out of bed (it didn t work to well).
I couldn t handle the pain any longer; I had to have a pain shot, by this time it was already 11:00 PM. At this time my mind was made up that I would have an epidural, I wasn t going to be able to handle that kind of pain. After the shot I feel asleep and slept until the medication had worn of around 1:30 AM. The anesthesiologist was supposed to be coming in soon after that for the hardcore medication, he didn t show up until around 5:30 that morning. I feel asleep as they were inserting the epidural into my back. The nurse came in to check me around 7:45 in the morning and I was only dilated to 4 cm. I awoke at 8:00 and felt like I was ready to push so of course I begged my dad to call the nurse and make them get in there so I could. They didn t believe that I was fully dilated so the came in to check me and I was (much to their surprise). Well it was time to go and I was more than ready. Everyone was in the room, and I was wanting this child out NOW. After 50 minutes of pushing he was out and I had a beautiful 6lb 15oz son. .