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Two Birth Stories

Disclosure: I am P&G mom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I’ve got two beautiful daughters who are 6 years apart in age. I had Olivia in 1998 when I was 20 years old. My water broke in the middle of the night at home and we rushed to the local hospital in Pembroke, ON. I wasn’t in much pain at this point and the nurse said I was about 4 cm dilated. I remember calling my parents at 5 am to tell them I was in labour.

My labour progressed quickly after that. I recall asking for an epidural but was told there was no anesthesiologist at the hospital. He had to come from Deep River and by the time he would get there, it would likely be too late. They did give me a shot of Demerol which helped slightly. Laughing gas did nothing for the pain. I pushed for 1 ½ hours and was so tired! I actually fell asleep between the contractions. At 9 am, my baby girl was born. She weighed 9 lb 10 oz! My doctor was completely off in predicting her size. They told me she’d weigh around 7 lbs.

Here’s Olivia only a few hours old….

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My parents came in about 10 am that morning to see how I was making out with the labour. They were told by the nurse that I had already given birth! My mom figured I’d be in labour a lot longer than I was. She was in labour for 24 hours with me. In total, my labour took only 6 hours which I guess is considered quick for a first baby!

I ended up having complications after the delivery and developed a large hematoma that was the size of a grapefruit. The pain was out of this world. I was in the hospital for 4 days and only was released when the hematoma started to absorb back into my body on its own. I had nurses and doctors coming in to look at my bottom because I guess something like that doesn’t happen that often at our small hospital. At that point, modesty went out the window and I didn’t care who looked. I just wanted it to go away! It eventually did, but I was bruised for about 6 weeks after.

Fast forward to October 2004 when I was pregnant with my second daughter, Bridget. Again I was told the baby was measuring around 7 lbs. I woke up in the middle of the night with sharp pains in my stomach. I noticed I was also bleeding. The pains were coming fast and furious and I said we need to get to the hospital now! We had a plan in place to drop Olivia off at the neighbours house and then we raced to the hospital in St. Albert, AB. There was no break between the contractions and I seriously thought I was going to deliver in the car. We made it to the hospital and I was rushed in and examined by two nurses. I was 6 cm dilated.

They got me into the delivery room and then my water broke. I said she’s coming…it was like Bridget pushed herself out! One push and she was out and the nurses were able to deliver her safely. The doctor didn’t show up till later! I guess they don’t have a doctor there in the middle of the night unless there’s someone about to deliver. The nurses figured they’d have time since I was only 6 cm when I arrived. Nope. So nurses delivered my baby girl, Bridget. She weighed 9 lb 5 oz and looked so much like Olivia did when she was born. In total that labour was 45 minutes. I’m not having anymore babies, but if I did I’d worry that I’d have no time to get to the hospital knowing how quickly my labours progressed!

Bridget, only a few hours old….

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I was released after only 24 hours after giving birth. I was ok for a few hours and then I had to go back to the hospital. I had something fall out of me! At first I thought my uterus fell out because it was huge. I was terrified. I went to the ER and they admitted me back into the hospital and said I would need surgery. Turns out the doctor didn’t deliver all the placenta and they would have to give me a D&C to get rid of it.

As luck would have it, I also developed a hematoma and needed to have my stitches repaired. Lucky me. Why my babies were so big I don’t know! I was a 6 lb baby at birth and my husband was 4 lbs.

My girls are now 15 and 8 (almost 9). They are beautiful and my pride and joy. I love them so so much.

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My sister, Jillian, Bridget & Olivia

P&G and Walmart Canada Prenatal Programs

Back in August, Walmart Canada and P&G started sponsoring a series of prenatal programs in hospitals and community centres across Canada by providing soon-to-be parents with special gift bags with Pampers product. They included reusable Walmart gift bags with a package of Pampers Swaddlers, a sample of Pampers wipes and an educational pamphlet with important info about car seats, birth plans, etc.

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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