Angel's birth story
Submitted by JAngelPsmomma
I was only a week overdue but the hospital in my town was set to remodel the surgery wing at our hospital so no one was allowed to need to be induced for 2 months after the week I was due. So, being a week late, the Dr. told me I needed to make an appt to set up a day to get induced. He'd give me 3 days but then I'd have to come back and if there was no progress, I'd have to go in. Had a fairly normal pregnancy with only one dehydration scare that ended in a day hooked to fluids in the hospital due to food poisoning for me. I wanted a natural, uninduced, no epidural, no pitocin, no Extra People, birth. Just me and my fiance , the Dr and the nurse. But if he said so I'd go through with it.
The morning of my follow up appointment with him, I couldn't sleep. My fiance came to wake me up for the appt and I had to go pee, naturally. I was walking to the bathroom and I thought I had peed myself a little. I'd normally be embarassed of this but I was very pregnant and my son loved my bladded to bounce on. So I went but then I noticed what I thought was my mucus plug and it seemed like more than just me letting fluid in the toilet. I told my fiance I thought my water broke but we were going to the dr anyway so we took off. Longest wait I ever had during my pregnancy. I finally got on the scale and the nurse told me to go pee in the cup but I told her I thought my water had broke and just then I sprouted a leak. So she sent someone after a wheel chair and they got me over to the hospital. I was only 2 cm but my water was broke so I got to start a lot of walking. 2 hrs later and still only 2 cm. They said they had to start the pitocin but I begged and they gave me one more hr for some kind of movement. I walked and bounced and did everything I could think of. nothing. So I got the pitocin. but I could still bounce on the ball so I stuck with that but then they made me stay in bed after my next check because of the pitocin and antibiotics I had to get from being overdue and having my waterbreak early in labor. they checked me on and off all day. they tried to put in a balloon thing that's suppose to help you dialate to at least 4 but my cervix was so far back they couldn't get it in. I had had my membranes stripped at my last appt so that was already done and there was nothing else they could do for me. but the pitocin made my contractions really frequent. I had 30 second contractions 4 in a row every 15 seconds and then a 2 minute break. for hours. but the clock was ticking. if I didn't deliver him within 24 hours from my water breaking, I'd have to get a c-section. by 10:30 that night, I was still at 2 cm but almost 70% effaced so that was something they said. I gave in and got the epidural. I was exhausted. i knew i should have gone back to sleep that morning. they couldn't get the spinal so i got the straight epi. takes longer to kick in but no shakes so that was great. then, they finally got the balloon in but it fell out in like 5 minutes. I was really disappointed but the nurse told me that meant I was at 4 cm and she checked and she was right. I had just needed to be able to relax a little bit. so I slept most of the night checking me on and off but woke up starting to puke at 8 am. fun fun. they thought this meant i was close but I was only 8 but that was a lot further than the night before. my fiance went home to let the dog out and take a shower. 2 babies had been born during the night that he had slept through. how I have no idea. about 11 that morning, I was finally 10 cm. but my son was still too high. so they put a pillow under one of my hips and had me rotate it back and forth for the next 3 hours. plus, they thought he was turned a little so had me get on all fours(difficult with an epi. got the scar on my leg to prove it) so he could turn. half hour later they thought he was straight so it was fine. finally, the nurse said that right after the delivered the 3rd baby from across the hall (all 3 were seperate mothers) that they'd come and I could start pushing. finally. around 1:15, she came in and we started. around 2:15, she called the dr and told him to come up, I was close. my fiance told me he could see my son's hair. I was so excited. but the dr came in and asked if he had time to change. needless to say, I told him no but the nurse said I had to wait anyways. thankfully he was quick. My son was crowning but I could tell something was wrong. my epi had worn off a few hours before so I could feel a lot and I told the dr I could feel me tearing up but we were past stopping so I ended up tearing. took 1 push and my son was out. We had known he was big but he ended up being 9 lbs 9.5 ozs 21 1/2 in long. but his head had been turned during delivery. he was born literally looking at my left leg so there was quite a bit of tearing and damage. And when my son was born, my fiance and I both noticed his nose right away because it was under his left eye. We were scared. the dr said he saw our faces and just pushed it back over to where it was supposed to be. It had just been moved during the delivery but it scared us. the nurse said I was the worst she had ever seen. a title I could have been without. they put the catheter rite back in due to the tearing that they had had from my epi. and i had to go down to radiology to see if I had a uretheral tear or not. lucky me. they said no but had a urologist come in the next morning anyways. I ended up staying in the hospital a week after he was born and had to have a catheter a week and a half. I've been to many urologists who say that my incontinence should everntually stop or I can have reconstructive surgery done(not recommended til I'm done with kids.) because of his size and the damage of delivery the dr's say I should have a c-section with my next child but I'm not so sure. I'd still really like to get my natural birth and if my next one isn't so large, I'll go for it. My son is now 5 months old and is the joy of me and his father's life. Unexpected things happen, no one ever told me I had to worry about any of that but He was more than worth it. I'm hoping to have another child when he's around 2 yrs old and hopefully it will go a little better. Despite the bad, he is the best thing I've ever done in my life. And I'd do it all over again even knowing the outcome. It beats a c-section to me.