Mishael's Birth Story
I discovered I was pregnant in May, 2006, with a due date of February 13, 2007. I planned on working until February 1, intending to have a few days to myself before my daughter was born. However, she had her own plans on when she was coming out! On February 1, I went to bed at about 11 PM and awoke two hours later from a very sharp pain and the urge to go to the bathroom. I went to the bathroom and then went back to bed. A few minutes later, I felt another sharp pain and it dawned on me that I must be in labor. I woke my husband and told him to start timing. The contractions continued getting stronger and stronger. Since I thought I was just in the early stages of labor, I didn’t want to go to the hospital just to lie in a bed, so I held on. I went into the shower, thinking it would help ease the pain of the contractions.
Instead, I noticed the contractions were getting closer and closer so I told my husband we better head to the hospital, which was about a 20-minute drive. We grabbed my bag that I had packed a few days earlier, and off we went, leaving the house at 1:55 AM. When we were about five minutes from the hospital, my water broke. I told my husband to drive faster because I could actually feel the baby’s head. I kept my legs closed really tight, thinking somehow this would stop the baby from coming out! We arrived at the labor ward and I told the nurse on duty that I needed to go to the bathroom. When I tried to go, I could actually feel the baby’s head coming out! I called out for help and was assisted to the bed. As soon as I lay down, I had this massive urge to push. The midwife on duty was trying to set up the monitor and I told her that I wanted to push. She asked me to wait until she had the monitors in place, but Mishael was not about to wait. I also couldn’t stop myself from pushing, and after three pushes, our precious second daughter was born at 2:45 AM, weighing in at six pounds, six ounces.
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