What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Katharine Dutton
 I was due September 13, 2011 with my youngest son. After a few weeks of false labor, I woke up September 12th at 7 am with horrible stomach pain, but I couldn’t time them so I assumed they were just because I ate too much candy the night before thanks to my intense craving for heath bars. My husband told me to call the doctor to be safe and they told me to come down for a checkup. I got in the car with my husband, I was driving as he doesn’t have his license at the moment, and we began our 30 minute drive to the doctors office. I had been checked a few days before and was only 1 cm dilated.About halfway there the pain became noticeably worse and could be timed to every 3 minutes, but I had to keep driving. Somehow I was able to drive through the contractions to the doctors office who told me I was now 3 centimeters and in active labor and sent me to the hospital. I labored at the hospital for about 8 hours when the doctor came in to check me and told me I was about 7 centimeters but it would be awhile so just to relax. A half hour later I told my husband to go get the nurse because I felt like I had to push. The nurse came in telling me I wasn’t ready to push that I still had awhile before I would be 10 centimeters. My husband insisted on having the doctor come check. When the doctor checked I was more than ready to push and the staff started rushing to get things ready for my son to enter the world. 6 minutes after I began pushing, Colton Albert Dutton arrived at 5:01 pm on September 12, 2011.