I've been having issues with my birth. Wondering if my csection was necessary or not... could it have been avoided?? I didn't educate myself before hand, I wish I had. :(
I went to the hospital in early labor, although I thought it was full blown labor. I was 40 weeks 1 day. After being hooked up to the monitor, they discovered DD was in distress so they gave her a nst ultrasound which she failed because of her tone. They decided to induce me with pitocin, which was more pain than I could handle but I stuck it out for 12 hours. I asked for the narcotic medication instead of the epi but they wouldn't give it to me because her heartrate wasn't good enough. I wasn't dilating and a nurse said that an epidural might help me relax and dilate, so I got the epidural. Her heartrate still wasn't good so they had me roll over on my side and put on oxygen. That didn't help. I had dilated to 4 cm, but then I stopped. They wanted to get me to dilate more so they broke my water. It was filled with heavy merconium. Her heart rate was still not good. They gave me an hour to show some progress, any progress, and I didn't. I managed to get them to give me 2 more hours and they did, but I was still at 4 cm. They turned the pitocin off to try and see if that would help her heart rate but it didn't. They finally did a csection and found out that she was descending hand and head first, which was probably not putting enough pressure on my cervix to dilate and caused my labor to stall.
Could this have been prevented??? I have problems accepting my birth experience because I always play over and over in my head how things could have been different had I been more assertive or educated about childbirth or perhaps hired a doula. Would it have been foolish to not be induced when the baby failed a stress test? Would her hand/head presentation ended up in a csection or shoulder dystocia anyway? Was the merconium caused by the pitocin or was it causing her original distress that led to the pitocin? I know I will never know the answers to these questions 100%, but do you think my birth could have gone better had I not been induced??? Just refused it, walked out of the hospital against medical advice with a distressed baby... :-/