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Finally getting around to writing this. So when I went for my monthly ultrasound at 34 weeks at the high risk specialist, the doctor told me that he didn't want to see me go past my due date and that he felt it'd be safest for her to come between 39 and 40 weeks. So I started the first induction on Monday, June 6th at 6:30pm (I was 38w6d). I was 0cm and 50% effaced so they started with cervidil overnight. The cervidil was placed at 7:40pm on Monday and taken out the next morning around 6:30am. I was 1-2cm and 50% effaced despite contracting all night. They started pitocin at 9am and increased the dose every half hour til it was at 18! My contractions were strong and coming about a minute apart. Sometime late that night the doctor came in and checked me. I was still 1-2cm but now 80% effaced. Not really great progress. They placed another round of cervidil overnight. Another doctor (my least favorite one in the practice) comes in Wednesday morning and removes the cervidil and checks me. No progress at all. She says she's going to start pitocin again and leaves. Apparently she went and spoke with one of the two high risk specialists (and the one that I only met once, NOT my usual doctor) who told her to send me home. So I was sent home Wednesday afternoon in tears. I couldn't eat and I was really sore and tired and still feeling contractions though when off the pitocin they were 7-10 minutes apart. I felt really weird in the morning and my vision was funky and I had the worst headache ever so I took my blood pressure and it was crazy high despite being on like the highest safe dose of blood pressure meds. I called the OB who had me come in to have the nurses check it in the office. Two nurses checked my blood pressure because they couldn't believe how high it was reading. I was sent over to L&D right away. Luckily DH and I still had our bags packed from the failed induction. At L&D my blood pressure went back to normal after laying on my left side for awhile. The OB who originally induced me was on call and was kind of pissed that I was sent home in the first place. Apparently the two high risk specialists had totally polar opposite opinions on whether or not to induce me, and all 5 OB doctors in my practice seemed to have different opinions too on whether to induce and how to go about the induction. Anyway, she checked me and I was still 2cm and 80% effaced. She said she'd like to place a foley balloon to manually dilate me but she explained that I might end up with a c-section since my body was obviously having trouble responding to induction methods. I agreed to the foley balloon-- I was sick of my body having high blood pressure spells (it had been going on for awhile) and I trusted my regular high risk doctor more than the doctor that just saw me once. They inserted the foley balloon Thursday afternoon and started the pitocin. Again it was increased every half hour-- this time until the machine said 19. I got no sleep and my contractions were about 45 seconds apart and STRONG. The foley balloon was supposed to fall out on its own once it dilated me to 4-5cm. Well come Friday afternoon, it still hadn't come out. They finally decided to remove it. Apparently there was something weird about it (the doctor and nurses kept saying "hmm, that's never happened before..." while they were draining the balloon and removing it) and it was stuck on something? Anyway, they removed it and I was a 3 and 75% effaced (apparently the 80% I was told before was being generous and this doctor called it 75% instead). The doctor said she was afraid to break my water because of how high up the baby was-- she didn't want the cord to slip. She urged me to get an epidural because I was tensing up through the contractions and she thought I might actually progress if I was relaxed more. That and she was basically saying it looked like I'd need a c-section and that I might as well have the catheter placed now. So I got the epidural and I screamed the entire time. Apparently I have a scrawny boney back that made it really hard to place. Plus the pitocin was still cranked up and I was contracting hard the whole time. They kept wanting me to answer questions and I couldn't talk through my contractions. Finally the epidural was placed and I felt great. The resident came in and checked me after a little bit and I was at a 4 and still 75% but the baby was a tiny bit lower so she broke my water. She said I had a TON of water. She went to tell the nurse I was now a 5 but before she could finish saying it, I was a 6, then a 7, then an 8 and 90% effaced and the baby was at the 0 station finally. So all that change within 1 minute. They set up the table for pushing and left. My family came back in and they were watching TV. I kept saying I felt strange and a lot of pressure but no one was really listening to me because I wasn't in pain after the epidural and I was a bit dopey. Finally it got so bad that I called the nurse in and said I *needed* to push. The resident came in and checked me and sure enough the baby was right there. The doctors were getting ready to have a shift change so there was confusion as to who was on call. Finally a doctor came in and threw on scrubs while I tried my best not to push. I pushed for about 3 minutes when the doctor said that her heart rate was starting to drop and that I really needed to push harder. That was all I needed to hear. I pushed with everything I had and she was born at 3:42pm on Friday June 10th, only about 15 minutes after they broke my water and after tons of pitocin cranked all the way up, 2 rounds of cervidil, a foley balloon, an internal monitor, antibiotics, and a last minute epidural (placed about 20 minutes before she was born). So much for natural child birth. She weighed 7lbs8oz and was 20 inches long and scored a 9.
Thank you Jaidynsmum for my beautiful siggy!
Last edited by ashleyj88; July 1st, 2011 at 01:33 PM.
Oh my... That is such a hard story to read. I wish things could have been better.
I got the epi from the tensing up thing, too. I went from 4 to 9.5 in an hour and half though, not 20 minutes! Seems like the water breaking did the trick!
She looks so tiny in that picture for being over 7lbs!!
She does look tiny in all the first pictures we took. I kinda think part of the reason is because I have giant hands with long fingers (bigger than DH's and he's 6'2") so a 10 pounder would look tiny next to my hands haha. That and I think most of her weight is her giant head (36.5cm)
She was 7lbs1oz when we left and she looks a lot bigger in the going home pictures IMO: