Birth Stories: Delivery with an Epidural

Natalia gave birth two weeks early to her second baby, Maya, after her water broke unexpectedly. Watch her discuss her positive delivery experience with an epidural.

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-It's such a shock this time once you deliver that it doesn't matter how you got there, just that you got there. I was two weeks early with Maya. My son, who is almost 2, was a week early, so I thought I would be a little bit early, but it was totally unexpected. I went out to a really lovely dinner with my husband and we went for a walk and went to bed and I woke up at 3 in the morning and my water broke. Just kinda wasn't sure what was happening, but I called my doctor and they had me go into the hospital. At the time I went in, Maya was not head down, so her head was kind of on my hip. I just kind of got on my hands and knees and rocked back and forth for a good half an hour. And by the time my doctor got there, she had, you know, moved herself down so that was nice. I was induced because I didn't go into labor naturally. I wanted to labor as much as I could without the epidural during both labors, but I had a great experience. I just had a fantastic-- I had a fantastic delivery experiences both times with an epidural. I was on my back. I was-- You know, I was on Pitocin. I wasn't feeling anything because of the epidural. I had no kind of concept of where I was. And I felt a little bit of a twinge. The baby's heart rate dropped, so the doctor came in. And they said, okay, just push now. I think I pushed nonstrenuously maybe three times and she popped out, so it was really nice. I mean I couldn't even believe. When they took her out, it was like relieving. That's it? I was in labor for about 5 hours and Maya was born at 3 o'clock in the afternoon on September 22nd. I think my biggest advice is just kind of go with the flow because I know sometimes you can get kind of tied to a plan or what you want your birth to be like. And I had two really beautiful positive experiences.

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