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Final Stages

Around 3:00 pm, my doctor came in to check me and I my cervix was about 5 to 6 cm dilated and 100% effaced. By this point, I wasn’t feeling anymore pain because the epidural had done it’s duty. And I was relaxed. She decided to go ahead and break my water. I thought since I was numb from my waist down, I wouldn’t feel them break my water. But I was wrong. I could still feel the water gush out. It felt like I peed myself. She check the fluid and it was clear, so that was a good thing.

Even though I couldn’t feel the contractions anymore because of the epidural, I knew when I was having a contraction, not only because of the machine but because every time I had a contraction more amniotic fluid would come out. I remember constantly feeling like I was going to the bathroom. That’s another thing that let me know I was having the contractions more often now.

The time went by, I was listening to music and watching tv, my mom was in and out of the room, my brother was in the room, Zach stayed by my side and tried to make me laugh, and Zach’s sister and mom was in the room as well.

My nurse would come in and out of my room every hour or so to make sure I was doing okay but they didn’t check me again until about 6:00 pm. I was fully dilated and ready to push. I could feel some pressure downstairs but I was pretty numb. My nurse told me, “Well let’s hold on, your doctor is in a meeting and she will be out pretty soon.” I was completely fine with that. Hayden could stay inside me as long as she wanted. So we waited and waited and waited.

 

Finally, the nurse came back in and said she say that the baby seem a little stressed out but nothing to be concerned of and she told me we were going to go ahead and push. She gave me an oxygen mask to help give more oxygen to the baby. Nobody was moving around quickly or in a panic so I wasn’t concerned at all.

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I started pushing around 6:30 pm, with Zach holding one leg and my mom holding my other leg. I still couldn’t feel anything when I was pushing but they said I was doing a great job so I kept pushing the same way. My doctor came in around 7:15 pm and Hayden was born at 7:34 pm
The same time I was pushing her out and gave birth, my fellow classmates were actually walking across the stage receiving their diplomas. They were starting a new chapter in their lives, and I was starting a new and very different chapter in my life.