It is going to take me a while to catch up on the thread. But here is our Birth story.
We arrived at the birth center at 2pm on Aug 12. I was told that a water birth was not an option for me since the baby was large, however I could labor in the tub. By 3pm I was given my first miso treatment. At that point I was 1 cm dilated. We then had a second treatment at 7 and by 11 I was having contractions however, I did not feel them. We decided to hold off on a third treatment due to the contractions and see what my body would do.
We had a good nights sleep, as good as you can get in the hospital and in the morning had another miso treatment. After the completion of the third treatment the midwife came and talked to us about doing one more miso or changing to pitosin. I knew that if I went with pitosin then laboring in the tub was out of the question since you cant be in the tub with an IV. Since I was responding to the miso we decited to go with one more treatment. At the completion of the last treatment I was able to feel some contractions and they were really not that bad at all. At this point I was 4 cm. We went outside to get fresh air and to walk around, it was 2:30 pm Aug 13.
There is a cafe area by the front doors that we sat at. I started to feel contractions that were a little different, then all of a sudden my water broke. I had an excess of amniotic fluid due to the gd, and the flood gates were open. kate went into the hospital to get me a wheel chair and towel to cover. As I waited by the front doors puddle under me, people were coming and going into the hospital. All I could do was sit there as fluid continued to flow. It would stop then start again. It seemed like forever before Kate returned. I was brought back to the birth center. Everytime I moved more water poured out. The nurse was amazed with how much was coming out. And Iwas so surprised as to how much my belly shrank.
Labor started right away. I used what I learned in hypnobirthing and there were times that Kate had no idea that I was having contractions. I took showers and was very relaxed even joking and laughing at times. We had created a great play list and were told that we had the most relaxing room on the floor. I was having my blood sugar checked every hour and it looked good. I was encouraged to eat something so Ihad some ceral. I asked the nurse to fill the jacuzzi tub which she started and I was really at peace. Then they took my blood sugar and it was elevated and I had to be put on an insulin drip. No tub and no showers. I had to have iv’s in both hands one for insulin and one for pitosin if my labor did not progress. Walking with one iv pole is hard enough, two is a challenge.
The best ways for me to relax (being in water) were now taken from me. By 11pm the exhustion of being at the hospital for 33 hours was hitting and the feeling of being restrained by the ivs did not help. I asked for pain meds. They helped and at 3 am I asked for more. They did not seem to help any more. I had hit the wall. I was 7 cm. I had been given more pitosin because my contractions were still 10 minutes apart. At 3:30 am I asked for an epidural. Something that I vowed that I would never do. I just could not do it anymore. After the Doctor struggled to put the epidural in I was given some relief.
By 7 am Amelia was not engaged and had actually moved away from my pevlis. Through out the whole process Amelia’s heart rate was great and everyone commented what a happy baby we had. A little before 8 am the doctor came in and said that Amelia was no longer responding well to my contractions. She was tired and her heart rate was not returning quick enough after the contractions so we had to do an emergency c-section. It is amazing how quick things happened. I was preped and Amelia was born at 8:16. Kate told me that the cord was wrapped around Amelia’s neck, so who knows what whould have happened if she had engaged.
Amelia weighed only 8 pounds, not the 10 plus they were expecting.
Although this was not at all the birth plan I wanted I am very much at peace with it all. I believe that it all happened for a reason. I am glad I had the epi when I did so that I was ready when the c-section was necessary. Amelia did what she needed to do to let everyone know that she could not come out the way I was wanting. My acupuncturist had said to me that babies know more then we know. This was helpful for me to keep in mind so that I could listen to what she and my body was saying and not to push my birth plan.
Loving wife to Kate. So in love with Amelia. Born August 14, 2009