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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)

TITLE: I Didn't Have to Give Birth Alone
By Nell Bradford


Giving birth is the most amazing experience in the world, to me.
My husband knew I was pregnant before I did. The only symptoms I had were swollen breasts and occasional cramping which I couldnít decide if it was good or bad.

He recalls me throwing up most mornings and my thoughts, was that maybe it was food poisoning from the restaurant we had gone to that day.

After a visit to our Doctor; it was confirmed that I was definitely pregnant.
This was scary to me; because this was a new feeling and the changes happening to me were something, I had not experienced before.

My clothes were not fitting any more and the stretching of my skin; was beginning to expand my body.
In the middle of the night I craved strawberry ice cream and chili dogs. My husband was so sweet to get up in the middle of the night; just to answer my craving desires.

From the time that I found out that, life was growing inside of me; to the beautiful day of our sonís arrival, it has been an unforgettable event.

My second trimester was one of the most blissful times in my pregnancy. Not only was my belly growing, but so was the excitement that my husband and I had about the arrival of our new baby.

Now, I was 33 weeks, although my pregnancy has been mostly ok (except the nausea in the beginning along with the throwing up and the midnight cravings) yeah itís was ok.
Iím now dealing with leg cramps and contractions.
I was so excited, but id be lying if I said I wasnít scared out of my mind during that time in my life.
When I went into labor, I was alone in our condo, and the pain got really bad. I tried to reach my husband but he was working in construction and was out in the field at the time.

My closet family members (Mom, sister and brothers) lived about 5 states away.
So, after I couldnít get a hold of anyone, I went next door to my neighborís house to ask her to take me to the hospital.

She agreed, and on the way there, my water broke in her brand new car! Wow! This day was one my neighbor, my husband and I, would never forget. She was happy that we got to the hospital without giving birth in her new car.
Shortly, after I checked in and was assigned to a room, my husband shows up.
I was so happy and relieved, because I didnít want to give birth by myself. Well, I was in labor that day for 7 Ĺ hours. The doctor then decided that my pelvis was too small, to have a natural birth; so I had a C section. My husband assisted the doctor with the birth. (He cut the cord) I felt no pain, while they did it.

The next thing I remember is waking up in my hospital bed, and my husband face. He was smiling with our brand new baby boy in his arms. I thank God that I didnít go through the birth of our child alone; my husband was there to hold my hand and our new bundle of joy!

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Verna Mull 08/27/09
Hey, I can really associate with this except I had to do it alone in the delivery room. Husbands didn't used to be allowed. That made it pretty scary, but, oh, the joy when that baby is there! Enjoyed reading this.