Cesarean Birth Story of Katie RoseI'm hoping I will not be interrupted.
I have lots to share with all of you.
On Friday the 24th I arrived at the hospital around 10am, and might I add that I had my hair fixed and full makeup on. I was a little nervous but was set at ease with Katie's constant movements. She was very active and my husband kept telling her she was about to be evicted. I walked to Labor & Delivery and they told my husband they would come and get him shortly and asked him to go to the waiting room. This is now a hospital policy so that they can ask patients questions without family or husbands present. At first I was a little aggravated but after I was in there I was glad he wasn't there.
I had a wonderful L&D nurse named Heather. She was really sweet and funny but was a little taken a back by some of my requests, even mentioning that some of them could not be done. I told her that I had already discussed them with my OB and the Anest. Dept and that they would be honored. She was surprised that they all were. Anyway the most difficult part of my whole cesarean birth was the placement of the IV. I have really small veins, and it took three people over thirty minutes to finally get one in with a pediatric needle. It was in a really painful spot in my wrist along the bone. Katie was really active, her heart rate sometimes going as high as 174, I was having some contractions, and my blood pressure was doing very well. Shortly after the IV was in, my husband came back to the L&D room. Now we just waited.
A little after 12pm my sister and Steve, the anest. assist. came in. Steve is actually my neighbor, and he was able to get the anest. from his group that I wanted. I was THRILLED about that. A little before 12:30 I got the epidural. It was a breeze, I felt only pressure and it only took a few minutes. Everyone was really surprised how relax and easy going I was. All i could think about was how in just a few minutes I was going to meet my daughter. The epidural block took more on my right side, so I was redosed before going to the OR to get it more even. I was still able to move my body and feet with concentration but had a very good block by the time I went to the OR. Everyone in the OR was really jovial and funny, setting me at ease. They kept asking me how I felt, and I told them fine.
Once I was on the operating table, I almost felt relief. I could still feel Katie moving. My sister and my husband were there talking to me. I went in to the OR at 12:40, at 12:46 Katie Rose was born. While they were getting her out I had no pain at all, I could feel them pushing her out and as soon as they pulled her head out I felt relief. They held her up over the sterile field and showed her to me. She was covered with vernix and very little blood and she was crying. The first thing everyone in the room said was how much smaller she was than we thought she was going to be. My husband did not get to cut the cord like we had wanted him too, but that seemed to be the last of our concerns. Our pediatrician checked out the baby and declared her perfect. Her apgars were 9 and 9. My husband announce from across the room that she was very little and had lots of brownish black hair. He brought her to me and I looked at how small she was. She had lots of hair and had very small features. Her skin was a very rosey pink and she had lots of vernix all over her body and it was really thick in the creases of her skin. After a few minutes my husband walked her to the nursery to get weighed and measured and to get a diaper for her.
After Katie was taken to the nursery, Steve kept asking me if I was feeling okay. They were asking me all kinds of questions, and must have asked me half a dozen times if I had any pain. My pain was a Zero. None at all. In fact I had no oxygen, surprising since my blood pressure was running very low during the entire surgery. My Ob told me that I had very little adhesions and that my uterus and ovaries looked remarkably well for having had now three csections. My septum was still intact but flattened, and my placenta was very healthy looking. At 1:05 they were wheeling me out of the OR to my L&D room to recover. Twenty minutes from start to finish! I was pleasantly surprised.
As soon as I was in recovery I began asking for ice chips. I had really bad dry mouth and I also wanted to sit up in the bed. Steve came to monitor me and to redose my epidural and set up the PCAP. While he was in there, my blood pressure dropped to 88/33. They kept asking me how I felt, and if I was light headed. At this point I was feeling fine and did not know my blood pressure was so low. They brought the baby to me and told me that she weighed 6lbs 12oz and was 20 inches long. (she isn't 20 inches long tho) I unwrapped her from her blankets and took a look at all her little features. She was really small, and about that time my OB stepped in to check on me. She commented that she was small and maybe a little earlier than we thought but that everything looked great and I was doing well. I started to feel a little light headed and I was given ephedrine. My blood pressure was not recovering, and didn't for several hours. Instead of staying for 1.5hrs in recovery, I stayed four hours, though I don't think I minded because I didn't complain. I did have bouts of sleepiness, and disoriented for a good bit of my recovery from the low BP, however I was allowed to keep the baby with me the entire time. The only time my BP recovered to anything normal was when my dad and MIL visisted me in recovery, which my L&D nurse commented on jokingly.
Overall I would rate my birth experience as absolutely wonderful. This cesarean was easier than the last, and I had no pain during or in recovery. Baby wasn't really interested in nursing right away but did nurse three hours after birth for nearly an hour on both breasts. We did have some trouble nursing, but not for her lack of trying or interest. Her mouth is very small and my nipples are really large, so it took her awhile to get it into her small little mouth. The staff was absolutely wonderful and the baby nurse we had was very respectful of all our wishes. I absolutely got the best experience someone could dream of and everyone worked really hard to make it special.
I will post more about my actual recovery since it has been very different than my last planned cesarean. I am doing well and have been home since Sunday. I have so much to tell all of you and to talk about!