A Mother’s Story – Carolina Brandon

Meet Carolina Brandon. She’s from Peru, but moved to the U.S. 10 years ago and currently lives in Maryland! She will finally graduate from UMBC in May with her degree in Spanish. She loves to run, paint, and read! She also has a 16-month-old baby who is the love of her life!

A Mother's Story - Carolina Brandon

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A Mother's Story - Carolina Brandon

The Beginning

I was 28 years old when I got pregnant. Sometime in mid December 2015, Christmas came and my birthday too, but I was feeling weird. I really thought I was having indigestion from eating so much over the holidays. On January 7th, I got a pregnancy test and yes, I was pregnant.

I went to school during the Spring of 2016 and took four classes. I worked until August and my due date was on September 16th, BUT my baby was 8 days late.

The Labor

On Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, I started having minor/very distant contractions. By the time I went to bed that night, I knew that this was my last night at home being pregnant. At 2am the next day, I was in pain. So we woke up, took a shower, got breakfast, and headed to the hospital (which was an hour away from where I live). We arrived at 6am and I was 3cm dilated.

They didn’t admit me yet because it was too soon. I walked around and in an hour I was at 4cm. They had me go to my 41 week appointment where they tested my placenta and amniotic fluid. Luckily, everything was okay, but I was at 5cm. The doctor told me to go get lunch and then head to the hospital.

We ended up going to the mall, but I was in real pain, so we headed to the hospital and, when we got there, I was at 6cm.

The Birth

Around 2pm, my boyfriend had to leave for some hours and I believe I blocked myself mentally because I didn’t want to give birth until he arrived. This meant I didn’t dilate any more. 

By 9pm, I was still at 6cm and that’s when I decided to get the epidural. I was induced and they broke my water at 10pm. Finally, at 8am the next morning, I was fully dilated. Now, I won’t lie, that night was great. I was able to sleep thanks to the drugs and thankfully, I did because I needed to prepare for what was coming.

At 10am, I started pushing. they placed a mirror in front of me and I remember when I saw his head coming out. That’s when I said that was it and pushed with all my strength. The next thing I know, I had my baby in my arms. Sebastian was born on September 24th at 11:12am.

My labor was almost 2 days long and I was falling asleep between contractions, but thankfully everything turned out fine. I was able to deliver naturally.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Carolina.

-Trying Not to Go Crazy,

Signature - Rachel
A Mother's Story - Carolina Brandon

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