March 9, 2020

Birth Story – Birth After Cancer

My birth story ❤️


I found out I was pregnant at the beginning of February of 2019. This was a miracle baby, I never thought I could get pregnant. After having cancer, going through chemotherapy, and radiation doctors told me my chances would be very low.  I scheduled my first appointment at Estrella Women’s Center. I met midwife Tracy at my first appointment and instantly felt a connection to her. At that point, I decided to stay with a midwife and not see Doctor. Tracy was always available and so helpful throughout my whole pregnancy. 


A couple of weeks before my due date Tracy had shared some news that she would be out of town in a conference that weekend. I was so devastated because I wanted her to deliver my baby. I then was on a mission to have my baby before my due date so she can deliver lol. For about two weeks up until my due date, I was only 2 cm dilated. On October 4, 2019, at 4 am I went into the hospital as I started having false contractions. My contractions were 3-6 minutes apart. I got checked and the nurse told me I was only 2 centimeters dilated. Unfortunately, I got sent home. My contractions continued but we farther apart. The next day I tried to be as active as possible. I went to the gym and even went swimming. On October 7 I had an appointment with Tracy and I was still only 2 cm dilated. Tracy taught me exercises to help promote labor. Around 5 pm I started getting contractions again they were a lot stronger than the other day. My contractions were 2-5 minutes apart. I decided to go to the hospital again, when the nurse checked me I was still only 2 cm dilated but my cervix had thinned out. They hooked me up to monitor the contractions. The nurse told me I had to walk around for an hour to ensure I was in active labor. I was crying as I was walking because the contractions were so strong. An hour later after the nurse checked me again and I had not dilated. The nurse told me Tracy ordered some medications for pain management and I would be monitored for 30 minutes to make sure the baby was okay before I was sent back home. When being monitored the baby’s heart rate lowered and they told me I would have to be admitted. As soon as I heard those words I instantly asked for an epidural. I remember Tracy texted me that I had to rest and save my energy for delivery. I had my epidural and was finally able to relax. By midnight I had dilated to 8 centimeters. I was so scared to actually be at this point ready to deliver soon. When preparing the room I saw Tracy bringing a mirror towards the bed so I can see my delivery. I almost did not want to see because of how scared I was. My water had not broken until I started pushing. There were so many people in the room but all I could hear was Tracy’s voice and the nurse’s voice directing my next steps. I had to push for almost 45 minutes because he didn’t want to come out. I was crying out of frustration thinking I couldn’t do this. I will never forget seeing his little head coming out he was immediately placed him on my chest. I was so exhausted from pushing, I was relieved to finally be done. I was so grateful to be able to hold him in my arms. On October 8, 2019, at 2:16 am we welcomed baby Maximiliano to the world. Maximiliano weighed 8 lbs and 10 oz. I’m so grateful for my experience with having a midwife like Tracy. Thank you for all that you do. ❤️

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