Stuck on you: The birth of Aria

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I was scheduled to be induced at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30 (I was 39 weeks and three days) and was given three doses of Cervidil that night. I didn’t have “typical” labor pains—I felt it all in my back that night and into the morning.

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31, my doctor came in and broke my water, and that’s when the contractions started in my stomach. I was put on Pitocin. I made it until noon that day (19 hours after induction), but when they told me I was still only at 4 centimeters, I caved. I decided to get the epidural, so I could rest before I had to push my daughter out.

At 6:30 p.m. and four rounds of Pitocin later, I was still only at 4 centimeters. My doctor, who I love and trust completely, told me our baby was stuck. She explained that my frame was just too small to push her out—so we were going to have to do a C-section. I burst into tears as my husband and all of the nurses told me to cry and let it out … because our baby would be there in a matter of minutes.

Lying in the operating room was all so surreal. Before they let my husband come in, I kept feeling my eyes close and about to roll back in my head. Within minutes, my doctor was saying, “OK, we’re going to pull her out right now.”

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My husband kept telling me not to cry, but as soon as I heard our daughter’s cry, I couldn’t hold it in. Soon I was bawling. I looked over at my husband, and he was tearing up. From that moment on, our lives have never been the same.

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