I wanted to fill you in a little on Zach's birth. Everything is good now, but it was rough.
At the 41 week ultrasound we found out that Zach was breech (presenting bottom and foot first.) Combine that with the other "risk" factors (4 prior C-sections and big baby) and we had no choice but to do a C-section. I elected sooner rather than later since I was having a lot of contractions and was already 41 weeks. We scheduled for Friday afternoon. (June 14th)
During the surgery, Zach's head got stuck and compressed the cord. The doctor had to cut a bigger opening and Zach had to be resuscitated. That was scary because no one would say what was going on and yet I heard no cry and they called NICU right away. He recovered quickly...getting a 9/10 APGAR just 3 minutes later. I got to hold him in the operating room and that calmed me down.
During recovery I refused the routine (for big babies) glucose test because I know from the past they try to get me to give formula or glucose to the baby right away or threaten me with taking him away to NICU if I don't. (This is what they did with me with my last baby.) They expressed concern but I stood my ground.
About 6 hours after Zach's birth the nurse picked up on periods of rapid breathing (transient tachypnea.) Being a chiropractor, I adjusted Zach's atlas bone with the activator (which helps with all things brainstem related like breathing) then allowed him to go for 15 minute monitoring (under my husband's watchful eye.) It turned into an hour and several reports back from the nurse. She had called the pediatrician assigned to us who called the neonatologist on duty to examine Zach. The nurse said they were concerned about Zach "feeding by mouth" (breastfeeding) for fear that he would aspirate (inhale breastmilk into his lungs.) The usual procedure is to take the infant to NICU and feed glucose through an IV. This is at 1am. I did my Google searching on my phone and discovered that the main cause for transient tachypnea is a c-section birth because the lungs aren't squeezed enough. It usually resolves in 3 days. It's no big deal to aspirate breastmilk if it happens. I was ready for my fight! The neonatologist returned with Zach (and my husband) and acted like she was doing me a favor by "bargaining" with me to let the nurse watch our feedings and if anything gets worse to call her. She also tried to blame possible low blood sugar causing these problems since I hadn't allowed them to check. I politely shrugged her off and said I will remain skin to skin and breastfeed on demand and if anything appears concerning I'll get a second opinion from MY pediatrician in the morning.
By morning, Zach was breathing fine (and you can bet the nurse knew better than stand over me all night.) I let them check blood sugar once after 12 hours because I knew it would be fine by then (and it was) so they couldn't blame any problems on that.
Next, the nurse said Zach had a 101.7 fever. She measured axillary (under his arm) temp. I said that's weird, he doesn't feel warm. And I asked if it was because we were cuddling skin to skin so much...I was sweating from the heat. She took it upon herself to find the neonatologist again, who came in and started talking about infection. She suggested we do a blood panel. I said, can we just check his temp again? Low and behold it was normal.
They continued to monitor Zach's vitals every 4 hours until we checked out. The rest of our time there, the nurse involved in all of this and the pediatrician seemed a little put off that they were wrong about everything and that my doing nothing was the right call.
There were times that I felt like it could come to them taking Zach against my will and me having to get a lawyer. I didn't sleep a wink in the hospital. It's scary to think that this is how they treated me and afforded me "professional courtesy." I feel badly that most moms would have pushed into unnecessary worry and interventions. Still mad about it all!
Anyway, glad to be home now! Zach is awesome!
He was a natural nusling and has had only a couple of fussy times in an entire week! Hope he stays this easy!