- 2 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
Hello everyone, things have been a little busy here, but I find I actually have a little time to share my birthstory, so I thought this was the best time to let everyone know how it went. Now I didn’t have the birth experience I had planned and wanted, but our little boy is here and healthy.
I started this all by going in to be induced on Thursday 11/29 to be induced as I was 41 weeks and I had started to have high blood pressures and signs indicating I was going to develop pre-eclampsia near the end of my pregnancy.
On Thurs night they placed the cervedil, which remained in for 12 hours, at the 12 hour mark, about 9am friday morning, when it was removed I had only progressed to 1 CM dilated and 80% effaced, which was a big change for me as I had minimal changes before. Later that morning they gave me a dose of another medication they administer down there, and 4 hours later I had dilated to 1.5 CM, but was having steady weak contractions the entire day. A few hours later, when I still had no change, they placed a foley catheter and inflated the balloon on the end to force me to manually dilate. Two hours and a lot of very hard contractions later (at this point I was in active labor) I had dilated to 4 cm, and they started my pitocin drip.
It didn’t take long for my contractions to get from hard but tolerable to very painful, despite hanging out in the bath tub, so I adandoned my plan for a natural birth and got an epidural. Thank God I did! The pain relief was almost instantaneos, and I was actually able to get a couple hours of sleep over night, as did poor DH. At about 630am on Sat Dec 1st the Midwife checked me and I still had not progressed more, so they decided to break my water. Shortly after that things got moving pretty fast, and I was finally fully effeced and dilated by 1pm, when I started pushing. Three hours later, I had made some progress, but it was minimal, I was only able to get the baby’s head to plus1, and I was having some serious nausea and sciatic nerve pain, despite the epidural and additional boluses and IV pain meds. The OB doctors were consulted and it was determined that the baby was face up and they were unable to surgically assist with the vac or the forceps, and the call was made for a c-section.
At 406pm, on Sat, Dec 1st, I gave birth to our son, Collin Ryan, via C-section. Apparently not only was he face up, but he was crooked, and the sholder was being pushed into the birth canal along with his head. He weighed in at a whopping 8lbs 7oz, and was 20 inches long. We are still in the hospital, and will be staying till Tues or Wed, but he is healthy and doing well, and I am recouperating. So far we seem to be making good progress with breast feeding, and he’s much more alert now. I don’t have too many pics yet, but here are the few I do have. Sorry I don’t look so hot, this was right after arriving on the post partum unit after my C-section, so I was still feeling the affects of the medications I got for surgery.