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Jamie – Do you have children?

Jamie – Do you have children?

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Everything was so new, like I had no idea what to expect. So, when it was time to have the baby, I wanted it to be as normal as possible. And it was really fascinating because I was hooked up to the monitors and I could still feel contractions. They ... Show More

Everything was so new, like I had no idea what to expect. So, when it was time to have the baby, I wanted it to be as normal as possible. And it was really fascinating because I was hooked up to the monitors and I could still feel contractions. They gave me an epidural to control muscle spasms, but I could still, like it made me realize that it was a whole-body experience, it wasn’t just you know, whatever. But it made me realize that it’s from head-to-toe, it’s amazing. So, I would tell my husband, here comes the contraction, sure enough he would see it on the monitor and go down. And then my doctor wanted to help and use like suction to get the baby out, and I was like, “no, I think I can do this all on my own.” And so, he and nurses went out and had a little pow wow for a minute, and they came back in and they were like, “okay, we’re going to let you do this.” And so, I pushed for 45 minutes and my first son was born. And it was very emotional because at one point they said, “what are you thinking, like in between contractions?” And I was like, “well, I’m really honestly remembering back to when I could feel, and like going to the bathroom.” And so, I just burst into tears, like it was so emotional just having to put my mind kind of before and to get through it as best I could. But I also think I had a little bit of advantage because I knew what paralyzed felt like. Women who get epidurals, they don’t know what paralyzed feels like, so they’re like, “how do I hold my legs?” “What are my legs doing?” I’m like, “yeah, I got my legs, I know what I’m doing.” So, I don’t know, it was a fantastic experience, it was really awesome.

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Jamie – Do you have children?

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Injured in 1993 at age 17, paraplegic
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Everything was so new, like I had no idea what to expect. So, when it was time to have the baby, I wanted it to be as normal as possible. And it was really fascinating because I was hooked up to the monitors and I could still feel contractions. They gave me an epidural to control muscle spasms, but I could still, like it made me realize that it was a whole-body experience, it wasn’t just you know, whatever. But it made me realize that it’s from head-to-toe, it’s amazing. So, I would tell my husband, here comes the contraction, sure enough he would see it on the monitor and go down. And then my doctor wanted to help and use like suction to get the baby out, and I was like, “no, I think I can do this all on my own.” And so, he and nurses went out and had a little pow wow for a minute, and they came back in and they were like, “okay, we’re going to let you do this.” And so, I pushed for 45 minutes and my first son was born. And it was very emotional because at one point they said, “what are you thinking, like in between contractions?” And I was like, “well, I’m really honestly remembering back to when I could feel, and like going to the bathroom.” And so, I just burst into tears, like it was so emotional just having to put my mind kind of before and to get through it as best I could. But I also think I had a little bit of advantage because I knew what paralyzed felt like. Women who get epidurals, they don’t know what paralyzed feels like, so they’re like, “how do I hold my legs?” “What are my legs doing?” I’m like, “yeah, I got my legs, I know what I’m doing.” So, I don’t know, it was a fantastic experience, it was really awesome.

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