Birth Stories: Tonya's Super-Fast Delivery


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Tonya with Sarah

I love featuring moms in Pregnancy Buzz. It's wonderful getting to know you all, but also to share your stories -- I find them all so inspiring and I know other moms do, too.

From time to time, I'd like to feature a mom's birth story. Up first is Tonya (sunmoonstars), who delivered her second baby impressively fast. In fact, if she has a third, I can't imagine how quickly that one might come!

Here's her story.

Tonya's Birth Story

My husband Adam and I are both 35 and we live in New York State. Our first child was Abby, and she's almost five. Our second was Sarah, and she was born in September, 2008.

She was two days late. I started having contractions at home, but I wasn't sure when to leave for the hospital because I only had a few before they got really strong. My doctor had given me special instructions; we were to go to the hospital when the contractions were five minutes apart (not three like she tells everyone else). Well, the contractions went from 11 minutes apart to two really fast! So we left for the hospital and I was lucky that NO ONE else there was in active labor.

Adam left our car at the curb, took me inside, and then ran back out to park it. The nurses rushed me right in. I don't remember getting undressed or in the bed. I was just pushing right away -- and that was it! There was a midwife there and she delivered Sarah -- my husband didn't even make it back from parking the car! And my doctor missed it, too.

When Adam came back, there I was with the baby. I was at the hospital a whole ten minutes, no time for pain meds or anything. But the midwife and nurses did a great job. Sarah was perfect and healthy.

In the end, I was in active labor less than two hours. I had a feeling Sarah's delivery might be fast -- mine with Abby was only about five hours total and we were at the hospital only an hour before she was born.

I don't think we'll have a third baby, but If we do, I'm leaving for the hospital after the first contraction!

If you've given birth before, did you have a really fast labor and delivery?

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aenima49 aenima49

First contraction, ha!  I'd park your butt at the door of the maternity ward at 36 weeks.  HEE!

julihood julihood

Yes, my second child was 35 minutes of active labor and I pushed for only 9 minutes before she was born.

mrsno... mrsnoble2004

Well my first was 7 hours, my second an hour and a half, my third I'm not overly sure maybe 15 to 20 minutes (I had felt "funny" most of the day before she was born, went to get checked and got admitted at 4 cm.) Spent most the night with an off and on back ache and they wouldn't let me walk around because they were really busy and once my active labor starts it doesn't take long.

doulala doulala

Tonya, you might prefer a homebirth next time.   It is truly lovely to let it all just goooo!   :-D



doulala doulala

My labor was ramping up gradually and not any big deal that special day.    I realized it was time to get to the birth center and upon ariving the midwives insisted that I get ready to deliver (I wanted a water birth).   I said, "Thank you for humoring me, I know we still have a lot of time, though!"   But they told me if I want this to get in now--  hehe,   my baby was born within a half hour.

At 10-pounds she practically fell out of me, such a simple and sweet delivery!!

LilSt... LilStar9905

 All 3 of mine were quite fast. Not ten minutes like the story posted though. My first i had my son within 3 hours after getting to the hospital, my second was born within an hour after getting to the hospital. And my daughter, my third, once my water broke i started to push. I am due in 3 weeks and hoping this is a fast one, i have a gut feeling it will be the quickest, EEK!

4monkees 4monkees

My 3rd child was a total of 30 minutes of labor and only the last two contraction really hurt.  I went from 4 centimeters 10 centimeters in one contraction.  In one push he was out the doctor didn't even catch him! Good thing there was something under me to catch him.  If i didn't havea doctor appointment that morning and they didn't tell me to go to the hospital, i woul have never made it.

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