23 News Anchor Tina Stein Welcomes New Baby, Updated w/ Blog!

Baby Claire has arrived!

What a whirlwind weekend! Since I was getting close to my due date, it was recommended I visit with all three doctors in my doctors’ group because any one of them could deliver me. On Thursday, the doctor I had never met before told me my stomach was measuring smaller than it should be and ordered an ultrasound. We went the next day and the ultrasound tech told us my doctor wanted to see us right away. When we got to his office, he told us the baby is three weeks behind growth wise, in the 2nd percentile and weighed about five pounds, two ounces.

I only weighed five pounds, nine ounces at birth and am just a small person--five feet. The doctor said that could be it or there could be a problem and we run the risk of "having a dead baby by Monday." Talk about scary! He recommended I be induced that night.

There was so much going through my mind at this point. For one, my parents were on the way driving from Florida, and the snow had just started to pick up. The last thing I wanted was them to rush and me be stressed out about them on the road. I also had switched the subgroup of doctors so I could deliver at the hospital with the labor tub.

Being induced made me no longer a candidate for using the labor tub, which was a huge bummer. I had heard pitocin makes contractions much stronger, so I was worried I'd cave and need an epidural.

Being a journalist, I’m naturally skeptical of other’s motivations, especially people I don’t really know. My husband is very much the same way, so we decided to get a second opinion from my other doctor.

She talked to two other doctors from non-affiliated hospitals and they all recommended the same thing. There was no harm getting the baby out at 38 weeks, but there could be a problem if we waited.

So we rushed home in the snow storm, and where we were the roads were awful of course. My parents had literally just got to my home from driving up from Florida. We had 15 minutes to pack and turn around and go back to the hospital. They started prepping my body that night and at six in the morning the induction began.

It was fairly tolerable at first. But after hearing my next-door neighbor’s groans, I knew it was just the beginning. Probably at about noon, the pain got pretty bad. But I hung in there, thanks to my great support staff. My husband couldn’t have been better, he’s my rock and I honestly think I got through it because of him.

On a side note, he lost his eye in a fireworks accident about six years ago. Knowing what he went through was motivation in a way. As weird as it may sound, my parents were in the room for the labor part too and they were tremendous help.

I almost caved and got the epidural, but I didn’t. It was just an hour and a half later that I was able to start pushing. It took only like three or four sets of three of pushing before my beautiful baby Claire Laren (pronounced La-Ren, like Sophia Loren) arrived at five pounds, seven ounces. A bit larger than the ultrasound showed. She’s perfectly healthy and scored a nine on her Apgar Test. We couldn’t be happier!






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  • by Dan Location: Rockford Illinois on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:28 AM
    Congrats Tina On your Beautiful Little Girl Claire Is A Sweet Name And She Is A Lucky Little Girl To Have Parents Like You & Your Husband Good Luck & Enjoy Your Little One
  • by Debby Location: Rockford on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    Congratulations Tina! You and your husband have been richly blessed...Claire is healthy and gorgeous!! She is a lucky little girl to have loving parents. Take care and enjoy your daughter!
  • by Diane T. Location: Rockford on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    Congratulations to you and your husband, Tina! Baby Claire is absolutely beautiful! I am so proud of you for not "caving" to the epidural, and for working so far into your pregnancy. Looking forward to seeing your pretty face back at the anchor desk, but not too soon. Enjoy your beautiful bundle of joy!
  • by Mari Location: Beloit on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
    Congrats to you, Tina, and your husband. She's as beautiful as her mother!!! Glad you and Claire are doing well! Enjoy your little bundle of joy!!
  • by Billie Location: Poplar Grove on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    Congrats to you and your husband, she is adorable and very beautiful name, enjoy your bundle of joy, god bless
  • by Deborah Location: Loves Park on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:06 AM
    Congratulations Tina!! Claire is absolutely Beautiful! She is so tiny but I was happy to hear you are both doing well :) Once again..Congratulations !
  • by pat Location: south beloit on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:24 AM
    congrads on your new baby daughter she is beautiful.
  • by MELISSA Location: ROCKFORD on Feb 13, 2012 at 09:56 PM
    I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU FOR YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND TINA I AM GLAD TO HEAR YOU AND THE BABY ARE DOING WELL. I WATCH YOU ON THE NEWS EVERY NIGHT AND YOU ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE ON THERE I WATCH 23 NEWS AT 5 6 & 10 EVERY NIGHT AND AGAIN I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND FROM MELISSA
  • by Don and Freda Manzullo Location: Egan on Feb 13, 2012 at 08:19 PM
    Tina, what a beautiful baby girl! Claire is a lovely name and we are so happy that she arrived safely.
  • by Sherry Koteski Location: Ashton, IL on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:02 PM
    Congrats on your beautiful daughter, Claire! May God bless all of you! Enjoy the best times of your life!
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