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I will right out the whole birth story soon (when I'm not typing an nursing!) But here is a run down of the last week!
Labour was really good and amazing - and hard! Anabela Grace was born at 5:05 am on May 16th 2010 at home in bed! She weighed 7lb 6oz, and is 20 inches long. Labour started around 10pm on Friday and then I got a break most of Saturday day. Labour came again Saturday night around 6pm and she was born Sunday morning after only 13 minutes of pushing - head shoulders and body all in one push!! I tore slightly but didn't need stitches - and I still haven't even taken a tylenol
She started having trouble breathing about 2 hours after birth and ended up having a pulmonary hemorrhage (bleeding in the lungs) No one is really sure why - the best guess is that she came out so fast that her lungs didn't get compressed - so there was still fluid in them (they were suctioned). and had to be in the NICU for 6 days Level 3 for 4 days and then level one for 2. That was truly the hard part. I was very lucky - the nicu here is very family and breast feeding friendly so I always could be with her, touch her - and hold and breast feed her once she was off the breathing tube. The hardest was being called to nurse on demand when I was staying in a separate building - so I was only getting an hour or 2 of sleep - when I was lucky. (though I am so grateful the hospital provides a free place for moms to stay to do that!) The last 2 nurses she had we so great - they really helped me breast feed and let me basically sleep in the ward with her to get her to eat enough (she had to eat 53 mils every three hours!) I also loved the lactation consultant who got the doctors to turn off her TPN IV and take out her feeding tube so she was actually hungry when I tried to breast feed!
I'm a bit frustrated that I've heard a little ' OH! I don't know about those home births' after this - I mean to me this is a beautiful example of how safe home birth is!!! We had an emergency - and it turned out WELL! I'm really grateful I had a home birth with midwives. They were still with me 2 hours after deliver and immediately started oxygen and called the ambulance when she began to have problems. They stayed with us for most of the first day and came back to the NICU to help me breast feed. I had no drugs - which I'm truly amaze any of you do at a hospital - so I was well enough to immediately get up and go with Anabela to the hospital and it also meant there was nothing in her system affecting her at birth. She also got to cuddle and nurse a little in those first two hour - which I think helped her once she was allowed to nurse at the hospital. (that was stressful! it's one thing to learn how to nurse but another with a baby covered in monitors, a feeding tube, an IV, a bunch of people around and having the baby weighed before and after to see if your nursing enough to be allowed to stay in a room together or go home! - no pressure at all!!!)
So 6 days later she was off all the IVs breathing help and was nursing enough to come home. They discharged her - I went and called my DH and my mom, went to the washroom, and went back to the NICU to get her - and whoosh! A big gush off blood - I soaked through my pad my pants and dripped on the floor - so I had to go to emergency! Luckely the nurse who was taking care of her was kind enough to keep her until my DH and friend were able to get to me and her. Long story short - they have no idea why I bled like that - I think it's because I had only spotting post partum - I think I held it all in until I knew she was ok.
The first night home I was completely terrified. I didn't know if I was ok (they had to do the u/s the next day) and I was so scared to take care of her with no monitors or nurses to help me. I ended up setting my alarm to go off every 2 hours so I could check to make sure we were both still alive. After about half the night I started to actually sleep. Last night was our second night home and I finally really slept. Still in short spurts since she likes to nurse so much but we are starting to feel human again.
Thank you Kiliki for my first beautiful Siggie!
mom of 2 angels and an earth baby
I'm so glad you checked in with us. I'm so glad you had a wonderful birth experience, and it sounds like the hospital/NICU stay went okay as well... so glad you were able to nurse on demand there, thats amazing!!!! I hope you and your baby take time to heal, snuggled and enjoy your time together!! ((HUGS))
I have been praying for you and your little one! I'm really glad to hear that things are going okay now. I was really scared for you when we heard news that your little girl was having breathing issues.
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Thank You, Pattyandthemoos, for my beautiful siggy!