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A Nurse Delivered My Baby!

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It was four days past my due date. I was anxious.  

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Angela Chee: Since it is my second child, everyone thought I would be early. For days, I thought I was going into labor, then the contractions went away. Finally, in the middle of the night, they came for real, and they came on strong -- right away, about four to five minutes apart.

We got to the hospital, and after a few hours, I was fully dilated and effaced and ready to push. But the nurse said, "We are still waiting for the doctor; she should be here any minute."

I was trying to stay calm and not get annoyed, because I was ready and I could feel the pressure and urge to push. Then the nurse couldn't find the baby's heartbeat. She looked under the blanket and rushed out the door. Next thing I know, seven nurses had rushed in -- the baby's head was already out! What?

I didn't know exactly what was going on. Is she all right? It all happened so fast. Everyone was rushing around me and reassuring me. Then they said push, and out came the baby. My husband was supposed to catch the baby, but there wasn't enough time for that.

I was a little concerned, but fortunately, there were no complications, and the baby was fine. Then the doctor came and finished the delivery, but by that time, my new baby girl was already in my arms. She was a healthy 9 pound, 8 ounce bundle of joy. Can you believe it? Almost 10 pounds -- yikes. It was a big surprise, considering my first was less than 7 pounds. I guess all those contractions a week before helped move the baby along.

Overall, it was a little stressful, but I guess I should be grateful for an easy delivery, and that the nurse was there to help.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Christina January 5, 2010, 7:02 AM

“We’re waiting for the doctor…” Wha!?! It’s a BABY! I don’t think babies are in the habit of waiting for a doctor’s convenience. This really encapsulates what, in my opinion, is the over-medicalization of natural human functions.

That being said, congratulations on a safe delivery and a beloved addition to your family!

Brenda January 5, 2010, 10:59 AM

I had almost the same situation. My doctor was doing an emergency C-section. The nurse told me, close your legs, lay on your side and don’t sneeze.
I should have had my son around 12pm and he came at 1:30 since my doctor didn’t get out until then.
It is kinda annoying. I had to endure another hour of unnecessary labor. I know it wasn’t the other Mom’s fault but ugh!

Brenda January 5, 2010, 1:44 PM

This happened to a friend of mine and her doctor had to refund some of the money she paid for his services! Something to look into!

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