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I was scheduled to be induced Friday Nov. 7 but got a call from my OB at 6:00 and was told we couldn't really induce because of my previous CSection--a major oversight on his part and he was so apologetic, but I was just thankful that he reviewed my chart in time. We decided I would go in and he would break my water and go from there.
I had been having very crampy contractions since 4am anyway so I was ready for anything. My water broke around 8:15 or so and I started contracting more regularily and it was more painful. I actually got the epidural around 9:30 although the pain wasn't intolerable but the anestheiologist was available so I jumped on the chance. The baby did have 1 episode of his heartrate dropping, but a change in position helped that. Unfortunately it was during this time I realized the epidural wasn't working in my left hip or vaginal area Not fun, but oh well. By 2 pm I was 9 cm but it took 1.5 to 2 hours before I got to 10. I started pushing and pushing and pushing. He got so close to coming out within 20 min, but just seemed to get stuck. After 4 hours of pushing, much crying on my part (painful hip, aggravation, frustration....) I finally begged for my mom to help me make the decision to keep pushing or go for the Csection. I couldn't decide, but within 20 sec of Mom being there, I chose the CSection and glad I did. Not only was the umbilical cord wrapped twice around his neck, he was "sunny side up" and my uterus was so close to rupturing it wasn't even funny. During the operation a small artery was damaged and so I lost more blood than normal, but overall came through just fine and so did Will. I was so excited to meet my little boy I couldn't stand it. The labor was hard, and I went through a lot, but everyone, especially my OB was glad I chose the CSection. Not a great story to read, but knowing that I have a healthy little boy to show for it makes it all wonderful
William Barrett "Will"
Born 11/7 at 8:13
7 lbs 3 oz
20 " long