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Birth Stories: "My Water Broke …"

Julia, who recently gave birth to her second daughter, shares her birth story after her water broke and her labor was induced. Julia also gives tips on how to push Baby out.

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-I went to bed and my husband rolled over and he works in the city and he said, you know, should I-- what should I tell my boss? And as he was asking me the question, my water broke. So, we called the doctor. And because she was my second, they told me to come in. I got to the hospital. They got me all setup. I was only 2 or 3 cm dilated and the baby was still very high. They put me on Pitocin. Same as the first time. After a couple of contractions on the Pitocin, I got the epidural. I didn't have any like grandiose ideas that I was going to make it through. I mean I'm pretty much a pain wuss in general, so I was-- I was pretty sure that it was gonna happen at some point. And then at around 4, we were looking at the clock and they came in and checked me and they're like, okay, you know, you're 9 cm. We'll wait a little bit more, but if you feel pressure to call us. And about 10 minutes later, I buzzed them back in and they were watching the monitors and I was like, I think I'm ready. So by the time they got everything ready, it was about 4:15 and I pushed for 5 minutes and she came out. I was in labor for 7 hours, and at 4:26 in the morning on September 11, Hannah was born. The one thing that stuck with me that tell everybody that I know that's pregnant is when the time comes, if and when the time comes to push, to push like you're doing a sit-up and not like you're going to the bathroom 'cause it's not using the same muscles and I think that's why my pushing was so successful. It's labor. It's work. You know, it's gonna-- it's gonna be hard and then it's gonna be over. So, it's a, you know, short-term pain, long-term goal.