August 23, 2011
Army News Service|by Rachel Reischling
FORT POLK, La. -- As most Fort Polk residents slept July 6, Jennifer Ezzell, the spouse of Sgt. 1st Class Tony Ezzell, struggled on her own to deliver a healthy baby girl in her master bathroom in a duplex in Palmetto Terrace.
The couple was expecting a new addition to their family in early July and in the midst of a move from Dogwood Terrace to Palmetto Terrace. "I just kept repeating, 'let this move be over before the baby comes,' " said Jennifer.
Luckily, they had just completed their move when Jennifer felt the stork might be on its way.
"At 7:30 or 8 p.m. I felt contractions and went to the hospital. They checked me out, but at that point, I was only two centimeters dilated," considered the early stage of labor. They hooked me up to a monitor and the contractions were 10 minutes apart, so they sent me home and told me to come back tomorrow to re-check how I was progressing," said Jennifer. (Early labor, according to the American Medical Association, can last up to 20 hours, depending on how long it takes the cervix to dilate).
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