Cortney's Birth Story

Cortney was one of my roommates in college at SDSU (514 life) and was one of my sorority sisters as well. She is transparent, sweet, and smart and just welcomed her first son into the world with her husband Cody, please read her story below.

You may think I'm being facetious when I say my son delivered himself. Well I'm not, and he sure did!

My pregnancy was really enjoyable for the most part. I had nausea on and off for about 4 weeks in the beginning but no vomiting. However the doctor did find something concerning - I was low in a certain protein produced in pregnancy which could be something but could be nothing. It could result in preterm labor, low birth weight, or a few others things she said and I now can't remember. My husband Cody had also changed jobs (and thus insurance) right after my 1st trimester so I actually missed my screening for Down's syndrome. This was definitely the most stressful part of my experience, wondering if my baby would be healthy. The doctor gave me the option to do advanced testing and screening, but I declined because nothing would change my mind in wanting this baby. I have tons of ultrasound pictures from all the growth scans, and my little guy kept growing strong and on target.

Fast forward to June 29th, 2017 at 11:45pm and I woke up with contractions. Earlier that day I was having Braxton-Hicks so I didn't think too much of it, but I couldn't go back to sleep because I was timing them just in case. I took a bath, painted my nails, bounced on my exercise ball, and watched tv. The contractions started getting down to 3-5 minutes so my husband called his job and to the hospital we went! We drove to the hospital around 8:30/9am, and we later found out that just 30 minutes later a small plane had crashed onto a nearby freeway. Praise God for keeping us safe on that day! Unfortunately I was sent back home from the hospital because although my contractions were 3-5 minutes apart and only 2cm dilated - they were not coming in strong enough. Basically they were saying I wasn't in enough pain! They said to come back when my pain level was 10/10... I was at about an 8. So we drove home, drove through somewhere to get lunch, and by the time we got home it just kept getting worse. I couldn't sit on my ball, lay down, certainly couldn't get into the bath, and all I could barely do is stand over the dining room table swaying back and forth. I could no longer talk through the contractions, and I wasn't even sure if I could make it back down the stairs to the car. I couldn't imagine it getting any worse so we made it back to the car and to the hospital. I was crying by the time we got to the OB ED, and thank goodness I had dilated to 4cm and was admitted.

Leading up to that day, I kept an open mind in terms of wanting pain medication or not. I quickly realized that I wanted the epidural and I'm so glad I did. My total labor was 21 hours and 17 of them were with no medication - I was ready for the meds!! So I was given the epidural, my anesthesiologist was amazing, and I was also given a small amount of pitocin because my labor was progressing very little. Also at one point they had to turn me because my little guy was clamping the cord. His heart rate had dropped a lot. Thankfully it improved and all was ok. At this point my water still had not broken so the nurse did it manually and did everything she could to get things moving along more. They rechecked me after a little while and I was fully dilated and ready to start pushing soon. It was around 8pm and my nurse and just Cody remained in the room with me. She let me know we were going to start pushing, and once I progressed to a certain point then she would call the OB who was on call that night. I forgot to mention I had been doing physical therapy for 5 weeks before this because of my low back pain but also to prepare for delivery. The things I learned really helped me to engage the right muscles and I actually did PT instead of traditional birthing classes.

I pushed for about 30 minutes then she asked me to stop so she could call the doctor to come deliver him. I stopped pushing, but probably 15 minutes later a very strong contraction came through and he was born onto the bed. No one caught him - I was like "um I think I feel something happening?" The nurse expected this whole process to take 2/1/2-3 hours since he was my first kid. She ended up calling the OB too late and was standing across the room when my son decided to make his grand entrance. Cody and the nurse both rushed over and said "he's out!" I lost a lot of blood but everything ended up being okay. She put the baby on my chest and did what she needed to do with me. The doctor and other nurses followed shortly and I had to lay down for a while before they wheeled me over to the mother baby unit - I had almost fainted from the blood loss. Cole was always very active in my belly and he really couldn't wait any longer to make his arrival!

Stats for Cole Kingston:

Born at 39 weeks

Weight: 8lbs 1 oz

Length: 21 inches


My stats:

Medications: prenatal vitamin & vitamin D

Weight gained: 37lbs

Weight left to lose (at 9 weeks): 10lbs

Hospital stay: Fri night-Sun morning

EBF (went to go see a lactation specialist after week 1... best decision!!)

Maternity leave: 6 months

Paternity leave: 3 weeks


-bonding/feeling him kick & hiccup in my belly

-my Snoogle (pregnancy body pillow)

-the "glow"

-dreaming about baby & future with Cody

-big boobs! ;)

Least favorites:

-varicose vein on my leg

-leg cramps

-the smell of roasted meat

-some heartburn

-skin super sensitive right under my bra

-fitting in barely any clothes the last 2 weeks before birth

-BF super painful for first 2 weeks


Looking forward to the next one, God willing!