Typing this out on my phone, please forgive typos and grammatical errors.
Born at 4:34am
5 hours Castor oil to birth
1 hour active labor
7lbs6oz 21", Apgars 9&10
Last night, 9/17/12, I was 40+2. With my scheduled repeat c-section only four days away, I decided to opt for castor oil. I walked to Walgreens around 9pm, bought the CO and a few other things.
10:30pm- I took the dose of Castor oil with some orange juice. Had some irregular ctx around 1am. I decided to get some rest because they seemed like they would peter out.
At 3:15am I awoke to pretty painful contractions. I went to the bathroom, I started leaking a little amniotic fluid at that point and I came on MDC to post about it. I had to get in the shower at 3:30am, in an attempt to ease the contractions. I posted on MDC about how it would be a cruel cruel joke if it wasn't real labor.
After about 5 minutes of showering I decided to run a bath. I plugged up the overflow with paper towels to get the water deep enough. Contractions were manageable with the water. I moaned through them. They were about 2 minutes apart, a minute long each. They started getting more intense. I moaned loudly through them. The bathroom is right across the hall from our kids' room. My 2yo woke up at that point, id say it was around 4:15. i heard her and told her to go get daddy. i started yelling for him at that point. he finally came and i told him to call his mom to come watch the kids, and to get his stuff together for the hospital in between my conractions. i needed him there for hand holding at that point. he ran back in for three contractions. between the 3rd and 4th, he quickly informed our DDs of the situation.
He was back in the bathroom for that 4th contraction. I knew it was a pushing contraction. I told my DH to stay with me, the baby was coming now. During ctx #1, my body pushed involuntarily. I had a little bloody show and DH kept commenting and giving me play by play on the situation between my legs, lol. A smidge of the head was visible. My DH started freaking out a little and asked to call an ambulance and wanted to get scissors for the cord. i calmed him down and got ready for ctx#2. I gave it a wimpy push and my water broke. I felt a small pop and my husband commented on the gray stuff coming out of me. It was vernix. her head came out a lot more, but slid back in after the contraction.
Ctx #3 hit. I bore down hard and supported her head so it didnt fly out. another push birthed her to her thighs. I told DH to just pull her out at that point. She pinked up and cried right away. I then instinctively knew something was amiss. I told DH to get a bowl, twine, scissors, and to call the ambulance. he came back in. i handed him the baby, stood up and pushed the placenta out into the bowl. the tub was dark with blood. he had already made the 911 call.
I was gushing blood everywhere. i was feeling faint. I reached for the shepherds purse in my mrdicine cabinet and put a dropperful under my tongue. bleeding slowed dramatically. I felt faint so i spit out the tincture and laid down on a pile of dirty laundry. my mil was there at that point and sat in the dining room with the baby. dh got me a shirt and i put on my underwearr that had a pad already in it and sat on the stretcher. i lost consciousness for a few minutes. they took me to the ambulance, and baby (who was perfect) to the other. DH opted to ride with me just in case.
They put me in the trendelenberg position and i came to quite quickly.
DH and I were the dream team, making sure our wishes were met. I kept my placenta, baby had no formula, pacis, no shots, vit k, etc. she nursed as soon as the attending assessed my bleeding.
Im resting now. It turns out my hemoglobin was 7.5 despite my supplementation. im resting trying to get it back up.
Oh, and no tears!!! Baby came out facing my right hip and with a nuchal hand.. Totally surprised, lol.
Edited by WindyCityMom - 9/18/12 at 8:29pm