So we went in, Baby looked great, and my bp would stabilize if I stayed laying down. So we started cytotec, and kept going through the night. By Thursday evening I had finally made it to 3cm and 50%. Baby looked great still. We took the night off, I got permission to eat, (though I.d been sneaking food throughout the process) some benadryl to sleep and then we'd start pitocin first thing Friday morning. Throughout the process the nurses and midwives were so supportive and really amazing.
Friday am I had a cervical exam, and was back down to a stretchy 1, so they canceled the pitocin. I was so disappointed. We discussed options and decided to try and use more cytotec since we hadn't used all the doses up. After 1 dose was back to a 3 and 60% effaced. So we had dinner and started pitocin around 5PM Friday.
I was on pretty much constant monitoring, and baby kept looking great. My bp's rose when I stood or pretty much did anything but side lie, my swelling was increasing and so was the protein in my urine. However Id mostly have bp's of 130ish / 80 ish. Even still the clock was on. They agreed to continue as long as my bps didn.t go through the roof and baby looked good, which meant laying on my side through all the contractions. My doula and I discussed using an epidural to help keep bp low during contractions and pushing, because I really wanted to avoid mag sulfate.
So after 8hrs of pitocin contractions 2-3 minutes apart on my side I.asked to be checked. I was only a stretchy 3. So basically no progress. It was 1:30 am and I asked to have the pit turned off so I could rest and restart after a few hours sleep.
This was the only time I had a hard time. The midwife on call was insistent that we couldn.t stop and start. I insisted we had discussed it as long as baby and I looked good and we did. Finally I insisted she.turn it off AMA. So she did. I slept til 7 and we started up again. Then the same midwife came in insisting I take mag sulfate. my bps were labile but generally good, baby looked awesome. I insisted on getting labs done first, knowing she was going off shift soon.
The next midwife came in, we discusssed labs, the plan to do an epidural if I.couldn.t side lie or bp rose, and she checked me. I was 5cm, and she suggested breaking my water. I was already on the clock, so I agreed.
At 11:30 am she broke my water. The contractions were so much more intense. I had been using my hypnobabies, but it wasn't cutting it, so I tried a couple.standing, snd it was bearable, but my bp rose to 155/98, and I had to get back in bed. So 2hrs after she broke my water I asked.for an epidural. I was so.grateful to all the nurses and midwives. Even though my birth plan was pretty.much out the window they all read it and tried to follow what they could. I wore my own clothes until we broke my water,they'd wait to ask me things until a contraction was over, the midwife only checked me when I asked her to, so we tried to.salvage what we could.
My doula couldn.t be with us for much of this time due to the blizzard travel ban so the nurses helped my dh keep me as comfortable as possible. They never suggested epidural, waited for my request, and were awesome.
So around 2ish i got the epidural, and rested The back up doula arrived at around 5, and was.so good at helping dh and the nurses turn me side to side. The pitocin was increasing the swelling badly, but I had no idea. Baby looked good still, and I started feeling pressure at 7, so they checked and i was.fully dilated. We all agreed to let my body labor the baby down, so i hit the button for more meds since it had worn way off.
while we were laboring her little posterior head down her hr started rising and stayed a little elevated. So we started pushing when I felt pressure and pushed for 3 hours. I moved as much as I could even onto hands and knees and kneeling. Even with the epidural my bp wad rising way high and her hr was getting really high so we all agreed to a c section.
So at 12:44 am Sunday 2/10/13, Jodene May was born weighing 9 lbs 12oz 20.5 inches long. She is healthy as can be and we are in love. The doula was so awesome and helped me get her skin to skin and latched within an hour and a half. I was pretty numb and couldn't have managed without her.
So far she nurses well.
Edited by Dakota1235 - 2/16/13 at 6:24pm