Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Birth Story, Cole Henry

My 2nd Birth...

I woke up around 5am on 2/19/08 with easy contractions, but they were different than the previous weeks. I basically continued on with my day as normal. Contractions were all over the place (which happened with me last time).

My mom came over and cleaned my house (way cool). Around 12pm I got irritated about being in the house and we went and ate lunch at Ruby Tuesday.

When we got home, I cleaned some more and wandered around. Around 4pm I was getting really irritated about where I was in labor, and that I was bored in the house. So, I got everyone together and we took a quick (2 min) trip to my doctor's office to get a "progress report". Once I got there, my contractions started getting worse. He checked me and I was 6cm and 90% effaced. Told me to head on over to the hospital.

We ran home for a few last minute things and went in. My doctor called over to L&D and got me THE BEST nurse there. She has actually looked into opening her own birthing center (but the interest still isn't here). She did all doppler monitoring like I wanted and when they wanted one strip she just held the monitor on me herself for 20 minutes.

Anyway, about 8:45pm I started feeling a lot of pressure all of a sudden and made my husband go get the nurse (she had stepped out for a minute). There was a lot of scurrying about trying to find a doctor. Mine wasn't there yet and the on-call was heading into c-section. My nurse was trying to find a midwife from downstairs while putting on gloves to possibly catch the baby. The on-call walked in (because apparently someone thought I was only at 30 weeks gestation), but stayed anyway to catch.

Pushing was QUICK! His shoulders got stuck for a second or two, but pulling my legs/knees back was enough to free them, no biggie. I felt a big pop when his shoulders came out. Baby was born at 9:06pm. He was 8lbs 5oz and 21inches long (HUGE, more than a pound bigger than my last, who was 6 days past her edd). I had a tiny tiny tear that wasn't really on my perineum and didn't need any attention.

I had a lot of bleeding (again) with this birth AND my water never broke and they had to tear it off the baby.

This was such an easy birth!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's been a long day.

It's been a long day.

Somehow, I'm still up and blogging from my bed. There's nothing much to say tonight except... ::sigh::


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

C-Sections reach 1 in 3..... WOW.

Mar 18 2009
For Immediate Release

Cesarean Rate Jumps to Record High; 1 in 3 Pregnant Women Face Surgical Delivery

More Women Forced into Surgery; Few Mothers Recognize They Can Reduce Their Risk of Surgery

Redondo Beach, CA, March 18, 2008 – The National Center for Health Statistics has reported that the cesarean rate hit an all‐time high in 2007, with a rate of 31.8 percent, up two percent from 2006.

“Every pregnant woman in the U.S. should be alarmed by this rate,” said Pam Udy, president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). “Half or more of cesareans are avoidable and over‐using major surgery on otherwise healthy women and babies is taking a toll.”

A major driver of cesarean overuse is underuse of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). The VBAC rate currently hovers around 8 percent, far lower than the Healthy People 2010 goal of 37 percent. Driving this decline is the growing practice of hospitals banning VBAC.

In February, ICAN released the results of a new survey showing a startling increase in the number of hospitals banning VBAC. The survey showed a near triple increase (174%) from November 2004, when ICAN conducted the first count of hospitals forbidding women from having a VBAC. In 2004, banning hospitals numbered 300. The latest survey, conducted in January 2009, counted 821 hospitals formally banning VBAC and 612 with “de facto” bans.1 Full results of the research can be seen at http://www.ican‐‐ban‐info. Between formal and de facto bans, women are not able to access VBAC in 50% of hospitals in the U.S.

Research has consistently shown that VBAC is a reasonably safe choice for women with a prior cesarean. According to an analysis of medical research conducted by Childbirth Connection, a well‐respected, independent maternity focused non‐profit, in the absence of a clear medical need, VBAC is safer for mothers in the current pregnancy, and far safer for mothers and babies in future pregnancies.2 While VBAC does carry risks associated with the possibility of uterine rupture, cesarean surgery carries life‐threatening risks as well.

“The choice between VBAC and elective repeat cesareans isn’t between risk versus no risk. It’s a choice between which set of risks you want to take on,” said Udy.

Studies from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal–Fetal Medicine Units Network, one most recently published in the February 2008 issue of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, demonstrate that repeated cesareans can actually put mothers and babies at greater clinical risk than repeated VBACs.3

In October 2008, Childbirth Connection released a report called “Evidence‐Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve,” 4 showing that the state of maternity care in the U.S. is worrisome, driven largely by a failure of care providers to heed evidence‐based care practices. For most women in the U.S., care practices that have been proven to make childbirth easier and safer are underused, and interventions that may increase risks to mothers and babies are routinely overused. The authors of the report point to the “perinatal paradox” of doing more, but accomplishing less.

“All pregnant women are faced with important choices in their pregnancies. It is critical for women to understand what their choices are, and learn to spot the red flags that can lead to an unnecessary or avoidable cesarean,” said Udy.

Women who are seeking information about how to avoid a cesarean, have a VBAC, or are recovering from a cesarean can visit www.ican‐ for more information. In addition to more than 90 local chapters nationwide, the group hosts an active on‐line discussion group that serves as a resource for mothers.

For women who encounter VBAC bans, ICAN has developed a guide to help them understand their rights as patients. The resource discusses the principles of informed consent and the right of every patient to refuse an unwanted medical procedure. The guide can be found at http://www.ican‐‐right‐refusewhat‐do‐if‐your‐hospital‐has‐banned-vbac‐q.

About Cesareans: When a cesarean is medically necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both mother and baby, and worth the risks involved. Potential risks to babies from cesareans include: low birth weight, prematurity, respiratory problems, and lacerations. Potential risks to women include: hemorrhage, infection, hysterectomy, surgical mistakes, re‐hospitalization, dangerous placental abnormalities in future pregnancies, unexplained stillbirth in future pregnancies and increased percentage of maternal death.

Mission statement: ICAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal‐child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery and promoting vaginal birth after cesarean. There are 94 ICAN Chapters across North America, which hold educational and support meetings for people interested in cesarean prevention and recovery.

1. A “de facto” ban means that surveyors were unable to identify any doctors practicing at the hospital who would provide VBAC support.
2. Best Evidence: VBAC or Repeat C‐Section, Childbirth Connection
3. Mercer et al, Labor Outcome With Repeated Trials of Labor Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008;VOL. 111, NO. 2, PART 1 Silver et al, Maternal Morbidity Associated With Multiple Repeat Cesarean Deliveries, Am J Obstet Gynecol 2006; VOL.107, NO. 6
4. Evidence‐Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Womb to Bloom

I'm really diggin this new site... way cool... check it out

I'm trying!!

Seriously! I really am trying to be a good blogger, but I'm, well, I guess I'm just not that interesting!

Day in the Life - St. Patrick's Day addition:

This morning I cleaned the living room (sophie actually helped!!). As a treat for helping, we went to McDonalds (I know, I know) and ate INSIDE. Sophie just loves this. We even went to the McD's without a play place... she still loves it... weirdo!

Anyway, then we went and got some color wonder markers and the special paper. Yay! No more coloring on my walls! Then we head to the store (For Pet's Sake) to do some work.

4:30pm is my Yoga time. My time to be with adults, and only adults and get a nice workout. As usual, it was wonderful.

I get back at 5:30pm to a completely pathetic crying baby. Geez! Some little kids had come into the store yelling and woke him up. Mandy was NOT happy, until I got back (haha).

Then we got home and I cleaned the kitchen... the chore I asked my OH-SO-RELIABLE husband to perform... ugh! Sophie helped me with dinner, she likes to pour the rice in the pot and help me season the chicken. While we were eating, Sophie (who can't sit still to save her life) falls off the chair and smacks her head on the floor. She's gonna have a huge bruise... I swear, people must think I beat my children. They are both so clumsy.

Then, for dessert, we made GREEN milkshakes in honor of the holiday! Cole was in heaven.

Then, of course, we had to take a nice warm bath to get rid of the "stickies" and the cold from the milkshake. Then book, then bed for Sophie. Nursed Cole, and they are both asleep! Yay!

It was a pretty good day!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mobile Blogging!

How awesome is mobile blogging? Pretty awesome!


I am such a facebook geek. I really could sit at the computer, kids asleep, just trying to find people I know.. or once knew. I know, it's lame, but it is my quiet, wind down time after all the craziness of the day, the kids, etc.

Everyone needs that.

Hey! Don't you want to be my friend!?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Childbirth Education Class

Childbirth Education Class
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn

Starting April 2, 2009 through May 7, 2009
Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: a place to RENEW, 148 E Main Street, Dothan, AL

Phone: 3347269267

A six week course on Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn.
Class will be for couples, and will be held at the wellness center: a place to Renew

For more information or to register, please contact Ashley Motzenbecker by phone or email.

Price: $50.00 per couple

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sad News in the Wiregrass

I am so saddened by the horrible shootings in Geneva and Samson today!

My thoughts are with everyone touched by this event!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A great birth!

I attended a wonderful birth this weekend! It is so refreshing to see a normal labor lead to a normal birth! How exciting!

I feel so excited and it makes me want to have tons of babies, just so that I can experience the euphoria that comes right after giving birth!