Read Heather's story and learn from the Lamaze childbirth educator's comments that follow.
On my due date, June 25, my bag of waters broke. I called my doctor, and he told me to go to the hospital for a test. Once we arrived and had the test, the nurse said my water had broken. Then she took another test and said that it actually hadn't. I asked her if I could stay in the hospital anyway, and she said no.
By the next day, I was in pain. By the day after that, my husband was convinced that I was in labor. I had the chills and was shaking (in the heat of summer in Arizona!). We called the doctor and told him that we thought I was in labor and that I had the chills. He said it would be all right for me to take a warm bath.
Later that morning, I was in a lot of pain and went to my regularly scheduled appointment. The doctor instructed my husband to get me to the hospital as soon as possible because my water had been broken for a while.
I ended up having an emergency cesarean. At 12:45 we had a baby boy. His first Apgar score was a three. After five days in neonatal intensive care, he was released. Six months later, he has yet to be sick. His name is Samuel Nicolas.
I feel it is crucial that people know my story so they will demand answers in similar situations. My intuition told me that something was not right. If it had not been for my appointment that day, our baby might not be with us today. We are thankful for the care that Samuel received in the hospital and cherish every moment with him.