On March 2nd I gave birth to my daughter. I was 36w1d. I had a normal pregnancy except for a two vessel cord. I had several consults with a perinatologist who felt confident that there was no problem with the baby. I have a history of going late (I was induced at 42 weeks) so I still can barely wrap my mind around the fact that she was born at 36w.
I arrived at the hospital at 7:30 pm and the midwife found that I was completely dilated. She broke my water and there was meconium present. Baby was born about 10 minutes later. She came out blue and apgars were 5, 8, 9 (after they gave her oxygen). It was found that she had meconium in her lungs.
Anyway, here we are about to embark on the 7th day in the NICU. She was on a ventilator for about half a day, and after that she had some oxygen through a nasal cannula. She kept pulling that out though and they found that she seemed to tolerate room air well enough. However the past day or so her blood oxygen levels kept falling into an unacceptable range so they hooked the cannula back up with a low flow.
She's still tachypneic - sometimes breathing as much as 100 times per minute. They tell me that this is no surprise based on an xray of her lungs. They say that she looks very good compared to how her xray looks.
I would really appreciate stories from anyone who has been here before. The doctor warned me that this could be a slow process, but right now I feel like it will never end. I alternate between thoughts of "it's ok, this is not an abnormal problem" and "this is never going to end." I am beginning to feel worn out emotionally. The doctor originally estimated a NICU stay of 7-10 days and I just have little hope that she'll be better by 10 days.