- 4 years ago
I debated posting my birth story, but I decided to share since it’s a bit unique.
My pregnancy with Amelia was pretty uneventful after having a MC the month before. At my 40 week appointment (at 39+4), I was 2cm/80% effaced. I was pretty much trying every trick to get her out, and to my surprise my OB suggested I try castor oil (I did my own research and read mixed reviews, and she aknowledged that some people don’t believe in it, but it couldn’t hurt to try as long as I didn’t over do it.) I was willing to try anything, so off to the drugstore I went. Let me just say, it’s a very, very effective laxitive and I was up most of the day and night on the toilet. I thought I was having contractions, so we went to the hospital at 1:00am where they confirmed I was having contractions, but they weren’t regular so they sent us home.
The next day (February 23rd), I was a bit let down that the castor oil trick didn’t work, so I spent most of the day walking and bouncing on my medicine ball, but still nothing. Darling Husband and I went to bed, and at 1:30am that night my water broke. It was so surreal, like a water balloon popping in me. Contractions pretty much started right after that, so I took a shower and off to the hospital for reals!
Nothing too exciting happened between when I got to the hospital at 3am and when I decided to get my epidural at 6cm because I couldn’t deal with the pain anymore (my contractions were 2 min long, 1 min apart at that point). Best decision ever, although I felt a bit guilty since I was trying to do it without an epidural.
I slept a bit and around 2:30pm it was time to start pushing. I used a mirror to see down there which I thought was pretty cool. About an hour into pushing the OB realized she was turned the wrong way, so he stuck his hand up there to twist her (despite an epidural this still hurt!). I continued to push for another 1.5 hours, and by that point I was exhausted and felt like I was going to black out. Luckily at that point the nurse got me some oxygen, howver things were still a blur. I continued to push and watchiNg her head come out via the mirror, and then all of a sudden my OB yelled out something to the nurses. The next thing I see are 2 nurses throwing the head of my bed all the way back. They each then took a leg and basically put all their force into getting my legs back as far as they could go. Because I watched a bunch of labor shows (One Born Every Minute) during pregnancy I had a feeling Amelia was stuck and I knew the dangers associated with that occuring.
I couldn’t see anything at that point and remember hearing my OB say he was going to deliver the posterior shoulder. Right after that I felt a crazy amount of pain and pressure (apparently my epidural had started to wear off), and a few seconds later she was born. I knew something in the delivery didn’t go right, and all I wanted to know is if Amelia was ok. She finally let out a cry and it was amazing. She was 8lb 10 oz and 20 inches. I was shocked she was so big! I’m pretty small (5’2, 125 prepregnancy), and I was betting she would be like 6lbs.
As I was doing skin to skin with her, my OB spent a good hour stitching me up. My husband was a bit shook up after what he saw, and told me he saw my doctor basically stick his hand past his wrist and twist the baby around. After the OB was done stitching me up (I had 5 tears, bothinternal and external), he told me Amelia ended up coming out with her hands by her face, which made her get stuck and because of that he had to try to get her hand down and deliver the other shoulder first.
I had no risk factors typically associated with shoulder dystocia prior to delivery. Considering the rate of shoulder dystocia occuring is apparently like 0.5% to 1%, I knew about it but never envisioned it happening in my birth. I am thankful for the epidural, although it was starting to wear off by the time she was born, it helped alliviate some of the pain (even the OB said I was lucky to have one because without it the pain would have been pretty bad considering he had to get his hand past her head as she was crowning). I am so thankful for the doctors quick actions and despite the shoulder dystocia Amelia was not oxygen deprived and no nerves or muscles were damaged.
And some pictures 🙂