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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:50 pm 
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[align=center]Just over five months ago, I had my beautiful baby girl. When I went into labor, I was taking 18-24mg of Subtuex (suboxone) and determined to have a vaginal delievery with epidural. My previous pregnancy resulted in c-section, so this would be v-bac. All of the doctors believed that I was a good cadiate and would have a successful delievery. So I continued my dose and did everything I could to improve my chances.

During February, I experienced labor on-and-off, for weeks. Then finally, Feb 16th, the real deal began. My mom took my son home with her and my significant other met me at the hospital, where I labored for about ten hours. The contractions were so intense, they gave me epidural pretty early, broke my water, and knocked me out with sleeping medications. When I woke up, the epidural wasn't working and I had intense back pain. It was unlike anything I experienced and no position was helping. My baby's heart rate kept dropping low during contractions. I don't remember anything much, I was off somewhere else in my head, trying to cope. Finally, they suggested c-section being a possiblity... because of her heart rate. The pain was so unreal that I actually made the decision to just go ahead with the c-section.

Thank God, I did. Because she had a pinched cord... and my uterus ruptured. Not in the front where my old scar tissue was... but in the back. Her elbow was coming out through the plancenta. It was a medical emergency and I was knocked out minutes after seeing my daughter pulled from my body. We came close to losing our lives.

[/align][align=center] My daughter was 6lbs and 15oz... 20 inches long. A picture of health. She was in my room as I regained consiousness, in her daddy's arms. I got to meet her before the rest of the family and we had our time together. She was also kept in my room the entire time. My SO spent the night so I never had to send her to the nursery. No problems feeding. No problems with jitterness, or anything.


I had a rough time with pain control post-op. But they did everything they could. For over 24 hours, I was kept on the epidural. That provided some relief, along with toradol. Then after that, they gave me pain pump and I could press the button as much as I needed for relief. Continued toradol. It was really rough, but got easier once I got up and moving. (Almost two days later.) Once I was able to walk around without much struggle, they changed me to oral pain pills. Then 24 hours later, I was released with my daughter and given a week's supply of pain medications. Which turned into two weeks... then I stopped my last dose for about 10 hours and restarted the suboxone... no problems. I followed my sub-doctor's advice with this.

Today, my baby girl is still without a problem. SHe is sitting up now, babbling, trying to crawl, and the happiest baby ever. We are just smitten. The doctors and nurses treated me with respect at the hospital, and it was a warm experience. I did inform my ob-gyn about my medication use when I was pregnant. I was on fentanyl for chronic pain. Then made the decision to switch to suboxone with the ob-gyn's support. Found the most amazing addiction-pain specialist who helped me out and supported me throughout the entire experience. He kept in touch with my ob-gyn even though they were not afflicated with the same hospital. I made sure to speak with the nursery's head nurse... made sure she understood what I was taking, and why... and heard my concerns. I had a bad experience during my first delievery because of pain pills. At a different hospital. I feel as if making sure everyone was on the same page and being an active part in ensuring my daughter's well-being made this experiece more pleasant. Like most of us, I was afraid of cps, social workers and doctors harrassing us, Nothing happened. No calls were made. No social workers spoke to me. No nothing.

With my son, I did have to speak with the hospital's social worker and they kept my son without any reason for a week. o So I was nervous!

Poorly typed... I have a baby on my lap! But that's my experience. I'm hoping that I see more women on this board having similar experience... minus the c-section pain, but they did everything in their power to keep me comfortable. It was bad... but could have been so much worse! I could have been burying my baby girl. So I feel so blessed.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:11 am 
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thats so awesome how ur birth turned out, c section or not, you should pm me, did you have dr. "c" or do u know someone that has had him? i hope i have a similar one! my baby is due wed, i also have my next appt. with the dr that day...


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