I am strong because when I was in labor, I was in back labor for nine hours and wasn’t progressing so I had to go home.
I am strong because after laboring another 10 hours at home I went to the doctor to get checked and was in full blown labor but only dilated to 3 cm.
I am strong because I did not want an epidural, but more than that, I didn’t want a c-section so I got the epidural to help my body relax and dilate better.
I am strong because I had been up over 24 hours in labor and got the epidural, but because everything was going wrong and they were checking on me every 30 minutes, I never slept.
I am strong because after laboring a full day I wasn’t past 6 cm and had to receive pitocin, which was not in my birth plan.
I am strong because when my temperature spiked, I was given on a nonrebreather face mask to help with my babies decelerations and managed to stay calm.
I am strong because my epidural stopped working when it became time to push at 30+ plus hours, and I had all back labor with the baby posterior.
I am strong because I pushed for three hours to avoid putting my baby through a c-section.
I am strong because I still have sad feelings about getting an epidural and pitocin but look at my healthy baby I know it was all for her.