Meghan Cook


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Name: Meghan Cook

Age: 34

Hometown: Vestavia Hills

Give us the cliff’s notes version of your birth story.

As a first time mom, I had no idea what to expect during labor and childbirth.

When I started having contractions a week prior to the due date, I didn’t even

realize what was going on at first! I woke up at 4:30am and it took about an hour

to figure out it was the beginning of my labor. After that, everything seemed to

happen in a flash. After calling my doctor around 7:30am, my husband drove us

to their office where a monitor confirmed my contractions. How exciting, I was

then wheeled over to labor and delivery in the hospital. Everything was going

perfectly until it was time to break my water to accelerate contractions. Once that

occurred, my contractions became irregular and our baby girl’s heart rate would

temporarily drop significantly during the stronger contractions. My doctor kept a

close watch and continued to keep my husband and I informed on what was

happening. Around 5pm I was finally at 10 centimeters so we began the pushing

process, but if things took a turn, an operating room was on standby for an

emergency Cesarean. With all the emotional twists and turns, I felt absolutely

confident in my doctor and trusted her completely. My husband was by my side

the entire time and was my rock. He, my doctor and a team of nurses cheered

and encouraged me while pushing. After a short while, our beautiful little girl was

finally here! After quickly unwrapping the umbilical cord from her neck, they

immediately took her away to be stabilized. While it was likely only seconds, it

seemed like an eternity to finally hear her sweet cry; which brought us to tears of

joy. She was soon placed on my chest, where a mother and daughter meet face to

face for the first time. It was such a beautiful and miraculous moment – the warm

feeling of new motherhood.

What was your first reaction when finding out?

I was ecstatic!

What was your most common food craving, or most unusual craving?

I normally don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I wanted dark chocolate

constantly during pregnancy.

What was the hardest part about being pregnant?

Honestly, I loved being pregnant. I was very fortunate to not have morning

sickness, which helped me enjoy every minute. I naturally missed things such as

coffee, sushi and occasional glass of wine.

Where were you, what were you doing when you went into labor?

I was in bed, sound asleep when the contractions started at 4am.

What was your labor experience?

I attempted natural but eventually received an epidural after intense contractions.

I was in labor around 11 hours in total.

Was it better or worse than you had anticipated?

I tried to avoid preconceived notions or plan going into it, and kept an open mind,

so I think that helped ease any worries. I also completely trusted my doctor,

which to me is extremely crucial in having a good labor experience.

Baby stats? (Weight, length, time and date of birth)

Weight – 6 lbs, 0 oz

Length – 19.5”

Time – 5:37 pm

Date – 1/20/2017

What were your thoughts about labor?

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with labor, so I was of the notion to just go

with the flow!

What advice would you give other women about pregnancy?

All pregnancies are different, but I would say enjoy the experience as much as

possible, because it goes by so fast. Connect with family or friends during this

time too and share the experience with them. My husband and I would talk

about the different things going on – when I first felt her move, when he could

feel her kick, when she started having hiccups – and it made the pregnancy

that much more special and brought us closer together. Also, my other piece

of advice is to find the right doctor for your expectations. Accept that things

may not go as planned, since their top priority is a safe delivery. This is such

an emotional time and being comfortable with your doctor and their decisions

makes a world of difference.

Have you ever thought gosh I cant do this, and why?

There are certainly times when it is overwhelming, but I never thought I couldn’t

do it. I just took a step back, said a prayer, and sometimes simply asked for

help.

Did you enjoy being pregnant?

Yes! I absolutely loved being pregnant

What were your first thoughts when you saw your baby?

It sounds cliché but I really thought she was the most beautiful thing I had ever

seen.

What is and how did you choose your baby’s name?

I had always liked that name Camille, so when I shared it with my husband it was

a fairly easy decision. We felt it was classic, less common and flowed with our

last name.

How long were you in labor for and what pain relief did you have?

I was in labor around 11 hours and had an epidural.

What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?

The worrying – I never believed my own mother all those years when she told me

how much she worried about me growing up…turns out, she was right!

Tell us something she has done to make you laugh

She will dirty a diaper and “grin” just 10 seconds after changing one. We may not

find this as funny when it happens for the hundredth time!

What is the best part about being a Mom?

There’s that quote that compares having a child to having your heart walk around

outside your body, and it is so true. It’s amazing to have that much love for your

child and being able to see them grow every day is truly a miracle.

Do you believe in staying home or going to work?

I believe in both. Each mom has to make that decision based upon what is best

for her family and for herself. Neither choice is better than the other and I don’t

think anyone should be made to feel guilty because of their decision to do one or

the other.

What is the most rewarding part about being a mother?

The unconditional love and patience you feel with your own child.

What is the one thing you never had that you want for your baby?

It is a testament to my parents that to date I can’t think of a void after over three

decades. Kids will always want more toys or play more; they’re kids. I hope my

husband and I can love and provide for our sweet girl as our parents did and still

do for us.

Any advice for future Moms?

I’ll just say the same thing that I’ve been told – the days are long, but the years

are short. Enjoy every minute you can.

Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?

My husband, Ty has been a huge help getting me through the first few weeks. He

has shown such love and support for me and Camille and I don’t know how I

would have done it without him. Also, my parents and in-laws have been a

tremendous help as well.

Who did you want in the delivery suite with you, your husband or someone else,

and why?

I only wanted my husband with me in the delivery room. He helped me focus and

kept me calm when things got a little tough. He held my hand the whole way up

until she was here.

What was the last non-baby related book you read?

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

What’s the most useful baby product you have? Why do you love it?

We love our Halo bassinet. It makes it so much easier having her right up next to

the bed during the night. The other product we love is our Fisher-Price Rock n

Play. When we need our hands free for 15-30 minutes, we can watch the

automatic rocking motion and soothing music safely lull her to sleep.

If a newly pregnant mom asked you why she should take birthing classes, what

would you tell her?

We enjoyed a few of the birthing classes. I would say don’t expect to come out of

the classes an expert by any means, and some may even lead to more questions

than you had going into them. We found that some perspectives and techniques

have slightly changed since the time of our parents and grandparents due to

more research. The key benefits to the classes are numerous guides and support

resources to mentally and physically prepare for labor, delivery, and return to

home. Some classes could save your child’s life or prevent challenges in nursing; why

not be informed?

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