- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
Jonah’s Birth Story
I was due on November 15 and hadn’t had any signs that labour was impending. I went to bed that night and was woken up at 0300 with period-like cramps. I was uncomfortable, so decided to get out of bed and have a bath. Right from 0300, I was having these mild “cramps” every 2 or 3 minutes and they only lasted about 10 seconds. By 0600, my husband got up and asked what was going on. I didn’t think for a minute that I was in labour. From 0600 to 0930, I continued to walk around the house and the cramps never changed in frequency, but did eventually become about 25-30 seconds long. This is not how I expected labour to start, so was completely in denial. Also, I never lost my mucous plug, nor did I have any bloody show. Just before 1000, I was getting quite uncomfortable and since I didn’t know what was going on, we decided to head to the hospital just to get checked out.
At this point, let me just say that my plan was to have a completely natural birth.
When we arrived at the hospital it was very quiet, so we were brought directly to a delivery suite. The nurse checked me at 1020 and I was 3cm dilated and 80% effaced. I was totally shocked, as I still hadn’t thought I was in labour. She broke my water at 1040 and I was 4cm. From here, it all got a bit crazy!
The doctor came in at 1100 and checked me – I was 5cm. By 1130, the contractions were intolerable and coming every 2 min, but still lasting only about 30 seconds. I was desperate for an epidural. My lovely husband spent 20 minutes trying to talk me out of it and remind me how much I wanted a natural birth. I knew there was no chance I could do it without some pain medication. While waiting for the anesthetist, I had to use the bathroom and had 3 or 4 extremely intense contractions there. The last thing I wanted to do was lay back in the bed, so I stayed standing in the bathroom. The nurse checked me there and I was 6-7cm. It was now about 1230 and the doctor made another appearance. I was checked again and was at an 8! No epidural for me!
I did get a dose of Demerol and started using the gas, both of which took the edge off the pain. By 1300, I was fully dilated, but the baby was still at zero station, so the doctor said she wanted to wait a while to see if the baby came down. The baby didn’t budge. Then she had me push for about 15 minutes, and there was still no movement. We waited again for 20 minutes, and this part was beyond excruciating. The baby’s heart rate was also dropping with my contractions. Finally, she had me push again, with no progress. At 1430, the doctor decided that I needed a C Section. They wheeled me across the hall and I was given a general anesthetic while my husband waited outside the OR. Baby Jonah was born at 1448 weighing in at 8lbs 10oz.
When I finally got to see the baby a few hours later, it was obvious why the baby couldn’t move down, as he had a large lump on the side of his head. Although my birth was not at all what I expected, at the end none of that mattered when I got to hold my son in my arms.