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Maggie Grace's Birth (smooth induction story)

I've always enjoyed reading birth stories, so wanted to share mine.

Now that we are home and settled, and Maggie is sleeping, I thought I'd take a minute (or 2 or 3)! to write my birth story.

On Friday, October 4,  I had my bi-weekly BPP & NST  due to my amniotic fluid being low.  I was 38 weeks 4 days.  Maggie did very well on both but my fluid level had dropped below 5. I was told when & if this happened, I would be admitted.  I was told to come back to the hospital at 11:00 pm for the induction process.  We went home and finished up last minute things we needed to do and finished packing our bags. I couldn't believe that the next time I walked through our door, we would be bringing our sweet baby home.  We decided to go out for a nice dinner first.   We got to the hospital about 10:30 and they admitted me then.  I was 3 cm dilated and 100% effaced so we didn't need any cervix ripening.  I was started on pitocin right away.     I was told to try and get some sleep.  Surprisingly enough, I did doze off and on till around 2:00 when contractions started fast and furious.   By 4:00 they were so agonizing.  The checked me and I was at 6 cm.  It was at this point I decided to ask for the epi.  Luckily  the anesthesiologist was just finishing up with another patient a couple of doors down so I didn't have to wait long.  She was amazing.  My DH was so good in helping me breath through contractions and was amazing during the epidural.  it was not bad at all.  It took about 20 minutes for it to work.  I could feel my abdomen tightening up, but the pain was gone.  I had a pump that I could use if it started to wear off.  By now it was around 5:30 am and I was exhausted.  I somehow managed to fall asleep till the shift change when there was a lot of activity going on.  At 7:30 the nurse checked me and I was at 8cm.  I was starting to feel the contractions a lot more but I didn't want to use the pump because I wanted to be able to feel something while pushing.  At 8:15 I had to use the pump because the pain was really coming back.  Around 8:45 I all of a sudden felt an incredible amount of pressure and the urge to push.  My DH called the nurse and she came in and checked me and I was complete.  I couldn't believe it was time to push Maggie out!  Luckily my doctor was on call for the weekend so she delivered me.  I pushed for about half an hour and out she came, all 8lbs 6 ounces and 20.5 inches long! I was terrified of the induction because of all the horror stories I had heard/read about.  Thankfully my induction could not have gone smoother.

All the tears and heartache over the past several years were all worth it to look upon her precious face and know that she is ours....

Me 35, DH 36
TTC summer 2008
Diagnose me. DOR, DH perfect
IUI # 1 6/2010, BFN
IUI # 2 8/2010, BFN
IVF # 1 10/2010 Canceled poor response
IVF 1.2 12/2010 BFP! mc 6 weeks 2 days
Mental health break for 10 months
IVF # 2 10/2011 BFN
IVF # 3 5/2012 BFP! 10 eggs retrieved (best ever)
7 fertilized transferred 3
Beta #1 14dpo - 72, Beta #2 17dpo 145 Beta 3 20dpo 521
First u/s June 15 saw HB 126 bpm missed m/c 7/5/12 10 weeks D&C 7/6/12
IVF#4 ER 9/30 ET 10/3 Beta 10/16 BFFN. IVF #5 final with o/e. ER 1/21 only 1 retrieved, hoping my lonestar is the one. Beta #1 2/6/13 = 209.... please let this be it! Keep growing lonestar! Beta #2 2/8/13 - 586! , Beta #3 2/10/13 = 1898. First u/s perfect little heart beat at 116 bpm. Measure 6 weeks 1 day. EDD 10/14/13
3/4/13 measuring right on track beautiful heartbeat 171 bpm, graduated from RE to OB... bittersweet.
PAIF/SAIF always welcome! Its a girl! 

Maggie Grace is here!  10/5/13... 8lbs 6 ounces of pure joy!

TTC#2  No birth control since DD was born.  Getting ready to jump back in the saddle.  Weaning this month. RE
appt scheduled 5/8.   Here we go again!

IFV# 6.  10/27  6 retrieved 4 mature 3 fertilized.  2 made it to 3dt 10/30. 1"very pretty 8 cell" and 1 6 cell.  Beta
11/13.   Please stick embies!!!!  We love you so much already! 11/12/14  POAS, BFP... beta tomorrow!
11/13 beta #1  924!!!  2nd bet 11/15 1906, one more on 11/17 3rd & final beta 3430.  First u/s 12/5, 7w4d, 2 heartbeats,
both measuring right on track....2nd u/s... all is well... both beans measuring right on track... released from RE... first
appointment with MFM 1/5.  Looks like this is really happening!


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