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I was scheduled to be induced on December 22nd at 7 AM. When we got there I was started on the IV antibiotics for group B strep. My doctor got there around 8:30. She broke my water and checked my cervix. I was 2 to 3 cm/80% effaced. 30 minutes later the pitocin was started. My contractions came on hard and fast. They were coming every 2 minutes. I was dealing with them very well. My Nurse kept coming in asking if I was ready for the epidural. I kept saying no, I can handle these contractions. (I was soooo scared of the epidural). Everyone kept reminding me of the epidural, so finally I gave in. I felt like I was almost pressured to get it. The anesthesiologist came in and was telling me all the risks of the epidural, but she was talking so fast that she got my adrenalin all pumped up. My anxiety level was so high by this point. She had trouble numbing my back with the lidocain and when she put in the tubing it was hitting nerves making me jump. I layed down after it was done and started shaking really badly. My blood pressure went so low that they had to give me epinephrine. It was very scary. At this point it was about 1:00 and I was 4 cm. I was still having lots of pain on my right side. The anesthesiologist said she could pull the tube out 1 cm and it should help the numbing meds to reach both sides of my body. Well, she messed up and pulled it out. We had to re-do the whole thing again. It was horrible. My doctor came in at 5:00. I was still 4 cm. She was concerned that I had been 4 cm all day and the pitocin had been in full force the whole time. She said we needed to do a C-section. I was terrrified. A new anesthisiologist came in and kicked up the amount of meds going in my back. I was shaking again and he was telling me I would have to calm down and lower my heart rate or I would need to be given general anesthesia. I could feel them pushing and pulling on me. Then finally I heard the cry. I started balling. I couldn't believe it was my baby. My husband had the biggest smile on his face. She had lots of dark hair. We were shocked. I started to feel tingling on my belly as they were still working to get the placenta out and stiching me up. I was shaking again. I asked the anesthesiologist, "how much longer?" He said, "15-20 minutes" I was like, "oh my gosh, that's too long." He asked if I wanted to take a nap until it was over and I said yes. So he gave me some IV sedation. It was nice. When I woke up I was in a triage room and I got to see my husband and daughter again. I began to breastfeed, she latched on well. We were moved to a room and I got to see all my family and friends there. We found out the baby was positive for coombes, because her blood type is A+ and mine is O+. As a result she developed severe jaundice on Saturday and was put under the bili-lights in the level 2 nursery. Her levels came down on Sunday and was able to room in again with us with two bili-blankets. We were not able to leave the hospital until Monday (5 days in the hospital). We were sent home with a bili blanket. She is much better now. We have had to take her into the lab both days we've been home to have her bilirubin level checked. She was taken off the bili-blanket yesterday. Today her level went down to 11.8. She has been given a good bill of health now. We are thrilled to have her home and she's doing well. We love her so much.
She is soo beautiful! (and you look gorgeous too for just having a baby!)
I am sorry it was a rough time, and about the jaundice, but glad she is well now!
side note: With Gabe I did not want an epi..and they really tried to force one on me too (they make a lot of of money on those),a nd the only thing that saved me was I had a doula and she and my mom basically fought him off!