Quinten was born March 22,2010 at 10:43am by emergency c-section. I'd noticed a dramatic decrease of movement over the 2 days prior and then sometime Monday morning, had a dream that the placenta had torn and that he was going to be born today and that I needed to make sure that happened. I woke up at 6am and when I had felt no movement at all by 8am, I called my midwife's office. The office is a 2hr drive from where I live as is the hospital I was planning to deliver at. After expressing my concern that something was very wrong, they said I could come in or if I felt better about it, try to get in to a local dr or even go to the local ER. I tried the OB office first but they said they couldn't see me until 3pm. I had the desperate need to know *now* that he was ok and even driving 2hrs wasn't ok with me so I called up to the OB department at the local hospital, told the nurse who answered what was going on and she said "You just come right up here now and I'll let admissions know you're coming." I asked my best friend if she'd be able to watch my kids for a bit since MIL was not feeling well and she said sure so I dropped them off at her house and checked into the hospital at 9:30am. It took 7 minutes to find the baby's heartbeat initially and then we right away saw serious frequent decells. The nurse went to call the OB who was on call, and while she was on the phone, I had a contraction and the baby's heart went down to almost nothing and then took 2minutes to get back up to 100. The nurse told the OB's office that he needed to get up there NOW. he came running in about 2 minutes later and watched the decells and another contraction and did a quick u/s to determine the baby's position since he'd been breech at my appt 5 days earlier. He'd flipped head down, and the dr also could see for himself just how much fluid I had. At first, he thought we should try a CST to see how the baby responded to the contractions but then I had a few more and he could see what happened without inducing contractions. The dr then told me that you generally see these decells if the cord is compressed but that there was no way this little guy's cord was compressed with all the fluid I had so he didn't know what was wrong but that I was right when I said something was seriously wrong. We could see that he wasn't doing well at all and his heartrate kept staying lower each time it dropped so we made the decision to do a c-section immediately. I was put under general anesthesia and they delivered him 2 minutes later- not breathing, or moving, gray and with a heartrate of 40bpm. With quick care from the peditrician and some oxygen, his 5minute APGAR was up to 7. I later found out that the placenta had indeed detatched- almost completely. It was showing signs of deterioration as was his umbilical cord. There was meconium in the fluid also indicating that he'd been in trouble for some time. I was told that he had a 2-5minute window where had he not been delivered, he'd have died. He spent 48hrs in the NICU, 24hrs on oxygen just for safety and 48hrs on IV antibiotics just for safety. To everyone's amazement, he is fine- alert, active nurses beautifully, is gaining weight. We were both discharged on the afternoon of the 25th.
Go Mom for having gone with your instinct. I wish you the best in your recovery, and Quinten is absolutely beautiful.
And that is an AMAZING story. I am so, so, SO awestruck that you listened to your intuition and set into action just in time to save your little guy.
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Mama to Umberto 12, Camille, 9, Piper 7, Rowena 2, and Jude Therese Prenatal DS diagnosis due December 23.
He's just beautiful. I love the first shot with those wide-open eyes. Just gorgeous.
Don't forget to post Quinten's stats on our Birth Announcements thread, stickied at the top of the DDC!
I hope you have an easy recovery and a wonderful babymoon.
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