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December 3rd, 2008, 05:39 PM
NorCalMom's Avatar Super Mommy
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Northern CA
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On Monday, 11/24, I had a prenatal appointment and a NST--no changes, still 3 cm & 80% effaced. Monday evening, around 5pm, I started having minor contractions--they were no closer than 15 or 20 minutes apart and did not seem to be gaining in frequency nor intensity. The next morning, however, they were about 10 minutes apart and a bit stronger. DH went to work, but by 12 noon, I was calling him to come home. I called the advice nurse, and she said to wait a couple of hours until they were 5 minutes apart. By 12:30 pm on Tuesday 11/25, the contractions were 5 minutes apart and we were on our way to the hospital.

Once we got to the hospital, we were taking into triage and I was hooked up to monitors. The RN and the midwife on staff checked me and advised me to walk around a bit to help the progression. My mom, DH and I walked around the L&D ward for about 1/2 hour, and in that time, my water broke. With that, I was automatically admitted.

Once in my L&D suite, I was able to labor in private with my mom & DH. The RN & midwife would come in to check me once an hour and also hook me up to the heart monitor for about 20 minutes an hour. From 2 pm to 2 am, I labored in this room and ONLY PROGRESSED 1 CM!!! At this point, it was apparent that I needed some extra help--natural labor progression wasn't going to happen any time soon. I got an epidural around 2 am with a dose of Pitocin. From 2 am to 8 am they gradually increased the Pitocin. I was able to progress to 10 cm and 100% effacement. At this point it was time to push; although, my labor was far from over.

Once I started pushing, one of the RNs noticed that I still had a bit of cervical lip that couldn't be moved out of the way. They ordered more of the epidural to be administered while more Pitocin was added. The anesthesiologist accidently administered too much this time, and I lost all feeling below my waist--I could barely wiggle my toes. Once it was 10 am, I could feel the urge to push, so my mom and DH held my legs, as there was absolutely no feeling in them. I pushed for 2 hours--they could see the top of the head, but she was stuck. She was coming out diagonally and got stuck on the right side of my pelvic bone. At 12 noon on Wednesday 11/26, the doctor came in and said he was out of tricks and that he recommended a C-Section.

Once in the OR, I was prepped and given the anesthesia. The anesthesioloist said that I will still feel pressure and I may feel my breathing slow a bit. Unfortunately, I was yet again given too much anesthetic, and I couldn't feel myself breathing AT ALL! I actually lost use of my vocal cords as well--I was completely numb from the throat down and it FREAKED ME OUT! Once DH was in the OR, he tried to calm me down, but I was in the throws of a full-blown panic attack--he said I looked terrified. The anesthiologist had no choice but to gas me, but unfortunately, I don't remember anything from this point forward until the recovery room.

In the recovery room, DH was able to bring the baby back to me only 20 minutes after the surgery--he bathed and swaddled her in the nursery while I was being sewn up and woken up from the gas.

Olivia Noelle
2:06 pm
8 lbs. 14 oz.
20.5 in.

We're so in love with her.
MC Aug 2007
DD Nov 2008
DS Apr 2011
Preterm labor Jul 2016
DD #2 Due Oct 2017
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December 4th, 2008, 09:47 AM
laisydaisymama's Avatar Natural Birth Junkie
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 22,043
omigosh she is GORGEOUS!!! sorry you had such a tough delivery but it's definitely worth it congrats!

homebirthing, tandem nursing, cosleeping, babywearing, picky vaxing, cloth diapering Christian doula mama


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