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from the hospital: abbey’s birth (5)


About an hour and a half ago the doctor came into the room and broke Beth’s water.

Breaking the water not only escalates the birthing process, but also increases the pain.  The amniotic sac acts as a buffer between the baby and Beth – no sac, no buffer; no buffer, no ‘gentile’ advancement of Abbey down the birth canal.

In other words, Beth has been in a LOT of pain.

. . . . . . .

Normally, the contraction monitor is around a 20 between contractions – and Beth is comfortable.

For a period of 10 minutes the contraction monitor never dropped below a 60.

Basically, Beth had a ten minute contraction without a barrier to keep Abbey’s hard parts from grinding against Beth’s pelvis.

Trust me, it was not a comfortable 10 minutes.

. . . . . . .

Taking a step back, when the doctor broke the remained of Beth’s amniotic sac, he also said that she was dilated 3 cm – and counting.

. . . . . . .

At the moment, I am sitting in the waiting room because the anesthetician is prepping Beth and putting in her epidural.

I imagine that I will be walking into a very different room when they let me back in the room.

. . . . . . . .

Special thanks:

Matt Elia (my biological brother, after 11p m visiting hours are over) and Casey Brewer – for bringing coffee, coffee mugs, and the baby book we forgot to pick out for Abbey before we made our way to the hospital.

Bruce, Catherine, Caleb and Claire – for snacks, flowers, and a late night covert excursion to the hospital.

Jennifer Tharp (Beth’s biological sister, after 11p m visiting hours are over) – who has been an incredible help staying with Beth and I in the room during the worst of the contractions.  A great friend, indeed.  A blogger too.

  1. willlovesvanessa
    February 19, 2009 at 2:32 am


    This is exciting! Can you start posting times on the posts?

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