I was only 33 weeks when I went into premature labor. I had gone to sleep at 10 pm and for some reason I woke up an hour later (probably due to a contraction). I felt like I had to pee, so I got up and headed to the bathroom. As I was relieving myself, I felt a big gush of water. My water had broken. I called my doctor and he told me to come to the hospital.
At the hospital, I was put on Terbutaline to stop my labor. After the third round of shots, my labor stopped. I was given betamethasone to mature my baby's lungs. After three days of waiting, and dilating to 2 cm, my Doctor did an amnio. The baby's lungs were mature enough, so when I went back into labor they would not stop it. I was taken off the baby monitor and was taken to an observation room to "wait it out."
At 3AM the next morning I woke with intense contractions. A nurse checked me and I was at 10 cm. I had only been in labor for 20 minutes. Since I was off the baby monitor and in so much pain, I had barely enough time to tell the nurses that I was in labor. The contractions went from one minute apart, to constant PAIN. They hit so fast I could barely talk. I also did not get my epidural that I had planned on.
My doctor was running around trying to get on his scrubs. I asked the nurses if I could push and they said NO. Are they crazy or something? Telling me not to push when it hurt like crazy and the urge to push was unbearable. Obviously these nurses had never had a baby!
When it was time to push, there were about ten doctors from the NICU in the room, my OB/GYN, two labor and delivery nurses, and two OB/GYN doctors who I think were just there to check out the scenery, all gathered around “my area” to observe. I only had to push six times total. Corey weighed three pounds, fifteen ounces, and was 18 inches long. After 20 days in the NICU, he came home. Corey is now doing well and had no problems from being born early.