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May 28, 2008


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I cannot BELIEVE that you got treated so poorly after the delivery of your babies! I got teared up reading it! At least the NICU nurses provided you with support. I had a (sort of) unexpected c-section 3 years ago; after it was discovered my daughter was breech when I went into be induced at 40 weeks, 1 day. It was my second baby and I just figured I would delivery vaginally with no problem, so I was unprepared for what a c-section and the direct after procedures would be like. Even though I couldn't move my legs, the recovery nursed had me breastfeeding withing 10 minutes of being in recovery. The unknown was so scary to me - I can't even imagine what you went through. Your adorable babies are so worth it, though!


Hi Karen,I have been reading your blog since right before Sam, Abby, and Ellie were born. I just wanted to thank you for telling the birth story of your 3 beauties. I am going to school to be a nurse, more specifically a neonatal nurse practitioner, and I love reading about other peoples experiences. I am sorry to hear about your practically non-existant nurse...at least now I know what not to do! Thank you again for sharing your birth story and more importantly, your family.

Beth amp; Steven

Karen, This post was beautiful. I felt like I was in the room with you. You have inspired me to finally write A's birth story (14 months later!) which was a planned C-section. There were also a lot of minute details (and some scares)that I know I'll forget if I don't record. Thanks for inspiring me to do so... and, again, for sharing your journey with your beautiful triplets.


i love birth stories. maybe because i compare them to my own? anyway, thank you so much for this! and i am seething about the way you were treated postpartum. horrible, evil nurses! :'(


I hardly ever comment, but I stop in each morning looking to see if you have a new post up. Thank you for sharing their birth story.


your story is so moving- i'm sorry you had evil nurses. i had one semi-negligent one but luckily that shift wasn't one where i needed much help (during the day, entire family in the room, etc.)


Thank you for sharing that! I cried through most of it. :-)


I am seething at the way the nurses treated you! However, I continue to be impressed with how wonderful Dr. P and his entire practice are. Thank you for sharing your story.


wow. I sure am glad I popped that popcorn... :)

Sicilian Mama

HI there! I've been reading your blog for awhile, but this is my first time commenting.First, thank you so much for sharing your story. I am 20 weeks pregnant today. I am not technically IF, but I have experienced a few miscarriages and this pregnancy had some complications in the beginning (i'm just now starting to finally enjoy being pregnant).Anyway, I appreciate your honesty in the treatment you received in the hospital. To be honest, I've been terrified by how I am going to be treated when I go into labor for I've heard other horror stories. My question for you is what kind of advice do you have for other expecting mothers. What kinds of things should we look for in the L&D of our hospitals? What kinds of questions should we ask about the care we'll receive when we take our hospital tour? Like I said, I'm terrified of staying at the hospital for the few days I'll be there, so any advice is welcome.AGain, thank you so much for sharing your story. I am sorry that you had such a horrible experience, but I'm glad that in the end everything was OK.


Wow, am I glad I didn't deliver at that hospital! Sounds absolutely awful! Beautiful post, and great story! I teared up reading it, and I did feel like I was right there with you. It brought back a LOT of memories from my C-sections as well. Especially the full exposure part! Thanks for sharing!

In Search of Morning Sickness

I thought this was absolutley beautiful (although I'd wish you'd been treated far better). Thank you for sharing part of this for the rest of us to look into and share. You are so generous and kind. What an experience. And what a blessing that your beautiful little triplets survived those 33 weeks and are now doing so well. It's so great to see.

lucky #2

Oh, the timing of your post couldn't be better for me. It really helps me get my mind around what is about to come. Of course, I hope my nursing staff is competent! Your hospital's nurses sound absolutely evil. I hope that you wrote a scathing evaluation when you were gone. Although, I am glad to hear that the NICU staff was wonderful. Thank you for sharing!!!


OMG, Karen! Your experience sounds SO MUCH like mine in so many ways. I had a complete panic attack during the delivery, my Baby A was taken to another room after he was born, and my time in the post-partum unit was sheer hell. The nurses were evil. They never answered the call button or the phone. Every time a new nurse came in the room she asked me where my baby was. No one wanted to give me a transport to the NICU, take out my hep-lock or give me pain meds. Lady, that sucked and I'm so sorry you had to go through it too.


I would not have signed a consent saying I had already consulted with someone when I had not either. That is not a stupid thing at all.What caused the rushing in the ears?I am so angry about how you were treated by the postpartum staff!Your doctors are most impressive, as is your supportive pharmacist husband.Thank you for sharing all of this with us.


Thanks so much for sharing your birth story! Congrats on your triplets! I fought tooth and nail not to have a c/s too. But after 48 hrs of Pitocin even I had to admit that 3cm wasn't going to cut it. In the end it was all good and I went onto have two more c/s! Turns out my pelvis is very narrow on the inside, wish I could say the same for the outside!


Thank you for sharing your birth story with us. I experienced a rainbow of emotions as I read through your experiences. They run the gamet from anger to tears of joy. :)


The part about the last time to feel the babies kicking in your belly had me in tears! I'm sorry things weren't quite the way you wanted, esp. the postpartum nurses. I can't imagine that first night in the hospital...Thanks so much for posting your story. I have such a crush on Dr. P!


I am absolutely appalled at the care you received (or lack thereof) after delivery. Having had 4 c-sections myself, I can only just imagine the intense pain, fear, and anxiety you had in those hours post-op. Just because your birthstory wasn't all roses and sunshine, it doesn't make it any less miraculous and breathtaking. I'm glad that you shared it with us.

Jason and Samantha

Thank you for sharing your story. I can't believe what happened after the birth. I look forward to reading your blog.-SamanthaNLCM


Thank you so much for sharing! I loved reading your birth story, even as I cringed at the poor treatment you received by the L&D staff. I certainly hope you wrote a letter to the hospital administrators. That would be valuable information for them to know (particularly if you remember names).I am still amazed at how well you recovered and how successful you've been at breastfeeding the kids, too. You are a rockstar!


thank you for sharing your story Karen. I had been warned about the evil post partum nurses....since I was on hospital bedrest for 10 weeks, word got back to me how badly it was....and they all described the same things you did....I begged and pleaded to the doctors to let me stay in the HRP unit after I delivered....since the nurses there knew me....and they agreed....and they admitted that the postpartum nurses are used to healthy women coming in and delivering full-term healthy babies...and do not realize how very very different it is to recover from not only a triplet c-section, but from months and months of bed rest. you cannot clean your own pumping equipment! how ridiculous when i read that..among all the other things you endured. Anyways, your post brought tears to my eyes, thank you....you are an awesome mom!- Kelli


NacomleavmoCongrats on the 3 wee ones. Sounds like you have your hands full


Wow, I'm sorry you had such a terrible experience after your birth. It's bad enough being in the hospital and being groggy from surgery, without having to beg for basic care.


What a story! I really can't believe teh way you were treated after the babies were born. Just ridiculousThanks for sharing their story though, you had me in tears at work, especially when I scrolled down and saw all their most recent pics.

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