I Used a Variety of Comfort Measures

Read Kari's story and learn from the Lamaze childbirth educator's comments that follow.

Kari's Story

I was two weeks past due. I went to the hospital at 7:30am and the doctor gave me a small pill (I can't remember what it was called) and broke my bag of waters at around 9:30am.

Almost immediately, I started getting low cramps. My wonderful nurse suggested that I walk around. This did me a world of good and gave me something to think about. As the labor progressed, I was given the opportunity to sit on a birth ball. The constant bouncing and pressure of the ball helped to alleviate my anxiety, as well as some of the pain. The breathing techniques I learned in my childbirth class also helped me to focus and sustain control.

Next, I was asked if I would like to sit in a tub with jets. Thank God for that tub! During each contraction, I pushed my arms against the armrests and let the rest of my body float. This helped so much!

And then it was time to push. I pushed for about two and a half hours without getting as far as I should have. The doctor asked if she could use vacuum extraction. I told her I wasn't sure, and she listened to my wishes. After the next contraction, though, I decided anything that might help this baby along would be great. So she used the vacuum and things progressed quickly.

I now have a beautiful baby boy, Carter, whose smile makes my world happy. I was able to bring him into the world without pain relief because of the many other options available to me. My husband was there with me every step of the way, helping me to remember to breathe. Experienced, caring nurses and a doctor who listened to what I wanted also supported me. I am still amazed by my strength and that of my little one. Every woman deserves this experience!

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