Both my pregnancies were considered high risk because I have Factor V Leiden and have had a DVT in the past. I took Fragmin and later Heparin through the pregnancies.
I called the on-call doctor and was excited to find out that it was my doctor. She told me to have a shower and head on into the hospital. So I did. I started having contractions in the shower and after stepping out, there was another gush of fluid. (I went to all the prenatal classes, but I never knew your water doesn’t break just once!).
We had had our ‘baby bag’ packed for over a month so we got that ready and prepared to leave. Unfortunately, we had neglected to get a cab number ready so I had to look one up in the phone book! Since the bars had just closed on a Saturday morning we had to wait quite a while for the cab to come but the highway was pretty clear so we arrived at the hospital around 3:30am.I had already pre-registered so we went up to the maternity floor where the nurses were waiting for me. I got changed and did all the necessary check in stuff.
Funny story here…. If your water has broken they take a sample of it to make sure it’s actually fluid and it’s as it should be (Iit’s kind of weird because trust me- if it’s breaks you’ll know it!). Unfortunately, I hadn’t brought my underwear to the hospital cause I thought it was gross. Luckily for me when the nurse came looking for some fluid to test I was able to point her in the direction of the bathroom floor where I had had another gush while getting changed. And she actually tested it from the floor!!! Ewwwww……
They checked me out and I was 2 cm dilated- the same as I had been for 3 weeks. They hooked me up to an IV to give me antibiotics for Strep B and put me on the fetal monitor to check J’s heart rate and the contractions I was having. By this time the contractions were about 3 minutes apart. I spent quite a while just waiting. The contractions were too strong to sleep but not horrible.
Side note- I think they should give you whatever your heart desires when you’re in labour- doesn’t that make sense? A nice gourmet meal!
Around lunch time, my doctor suggested I walk for a while. Nilesh and I spent the next hour walking in figure 8’s around the delivery and mother babe areas of the floor. It was funny because another couple were doing the same but as the hour passed you could tell she was in more and more pain- meanwhile we just kept breezing by. It was obvious that the walking wasn’t helping- in fact, it seemed to slow the contractions down so back to bed I went. (I later discovered that they weren’t slowing down- it was just less painful when standing and moving). I tried in vain to get some sleep but never did.There was one nurse who kept driving me crazy- I seriously wanted to yell at her to leave me alone. She had a thick accent and kept calling me honey. Errrr……
At 4:30 pm, a mob of nurses came rushing in and moved me to another room. Apparently they had bumped someone’s scheduled induction and I was now getting their room.
They hooked me up to fluids and then when I asked for something to eat they informed me that I couldn’t have any food while being induced. It would be water or juice. Dang it! I wasn’t happy about that one… I was just about to eat some chocolate my mum had dropped off to me!
They hooked me up to the pictocin and instantly the contractions started coming on hard. They hooked me back up to the fetal monitor and the nurse watched Joshua’s heart rate. My doctor went off call shortly after that so another wonderful doctor took over. I had seen her once before so I was comfortable with her.
About an hour and a half later after trying the bouncy ball to no avail (I had to keep coming off it every 3 minutes for them to check Joshua’s heart rate and it was really annoying me) I got a shot to help with the pain. I can’t remember what it was though. It had been almost 16 hours and I was only 4 cm’s dilated. They were having trouble monitoring Joshua’s heart rate so they took the fetal monitors off and attached a monitor right to his head. It was the oddest feeling- every time he moved because there was this antenna thingy sticking out! The shot helped for awhile but 5 hours later (around 11pm) I was asking for another one as the first was wearing off!
After a few more hours I fell asleep. I remember waking up around 5:30 am and the doctor being beside me. I started gagging and like a true maternity doctor, she knew to grab for a bowl. Yes, I threw up in the doctors face. Not my finest moment but I’ve heard it’s quite common so I take solace in that.
She told me that Joshua’s heart rate had dropped so they had stopped the pitocin. It had been about an hour and his heart rate had recovered. They checked me and I was 6 cm dilated. I was not happy to hear I had progressed so little! She spoke to me about an epidural. I had NOT wanted an epidural. The thought of a HUGE needle being placed in my spine along with the added risk due to the blood thinners I had been on it was simply just not appealing to me. But, she explained the situation- about 27 hours since my water had broke it was looking like it would be a c-section very quickly.
I agreed to get an epidural and give it a try. The first one didn’t go in properly so they had to do it again. Let me honest for a moment here- it hurt! I was shaking badly and crying like a baby. I always thought you didn’t feel it because they did it during a contraction. Not true!
They gave me a catheter which is required when having an epidural. I then spent the next 5 hours waiting in a happy bliss. Everything from my waist down was fuzzy and I couldn’t feel the contractions at all. I must say it totally relaxed my body and by 11am I was 10 cm and ready to push. The OB came in for a consult. He checked me and asked for the latest estimates of Joshua’s size- which had been 7lbs 1oz. He gave me the ok to go ahead and try pushing.
It’s true that the urge to push to comes naturally. Even with the epidural, I had to push. I pushed for the next hour and 55 minutes.
Then a miracle happened- our beautiful baby boy was born….Nilesh cut the cord and they took Joshua to get checked out. He was having a bit of difficulty breathing so they called the pediatrician and gave him some deep suctioning. He did NOT like that! While that was going on I delivered the placenta. The doctor showed it to us and it was absolutely amazing to see the sac and lifeline that our little baby had been in the past 9 months.
They weighed and measured Joshua- he was 7lbs 2 oz and 20 and 1/4 inched long. The OB was called back in to help the doctor with the stitches. Yes, I had stitches =o( Then they wrapped Joshua up and gave him back to us.
Nilesh was a wonderful support through the labour and stayed with me the entire time (only falling asleep for a few hours!). My mum and oldest sister were there for the delivery and my niece was waiting patiently outside the room.
We were so excited to have our little boy with us – he is a miracle in every sense of the word and we love him with all our hearts!
We woke up Tuesday morning in mid-May to snow on the ground. I couldn’t believe it was snowing the day after it had been a beautiful plus 20 degrees! We got the call just before 8 am from the hospital that they had space for me to come in. So we got ready and left around 9:30. We stopped half way there for a bathroom break/diaper change. Then at the McDonalds- I knew if they ended up giving me pitocin I wouldn’t be able to eat so I wanted to grab a chicken sandwich.
We got to the hospital around noon and I checked in. After a bit of waiting, I was very happy to know that they had a room for me to go to. If you’re in labour you go to the triage place first. It’s a room with about 4 beds in it with just curtains between them. Usually you have to stay there until you’re just about to give birth. So I was relieved to bypass that place!
They hooked me up to the baby monitor and took a 20-minute strip. The lab tech came and took some blood from me. She got the vein on the first stick which was nice. Then the OB came in and checked me. I was still only 1 cm dilated, but the cervix had shortened from the week before. He decided to start me off with Cervidil and put it in at 1:15. I had to spend the first 2 hours hooked up to the monitor to make sure the baby and I didn’t have any adverse effects. After that, I only had to be hooked up once in a while to make sure the baby was ok.Me two hours into the labour… staying vertical for the first few hours made a HUGE difference in pain management!
I started having contractions pretty much right away. By the end of the two hours, they were about 3 minutes apart and getting quite intense. The OB came back and checked me again. I was only about 2-3 cm dilated. I was really disappointed to hear this. I decided to get up and walk around more. I had to stop and bend over each time I had a contraction so I just walked around the room. The contractions were getting quite painful and I was having a hard time standing up. Oddly, The worst pain I had was down my right leg and into my foot.
The OB came back at 4:15 and checked me again. I was 3 cm and in pain. He gave me some pain options: gas, morphine, or an epidural. I didn’t want the morphine as it had made me really dizzy and out of it last time. The nurse warned me that the gas would only help a little bit and to start using it this early could make me dizzy as well. I really didn’t want an epidural but the contractions were super intense and it had helped me progress with Joshua so I asked for one.
The OB spoke with the anesthesiologist and he agreed to give me one if my PTT (blood thickness) levels were ok. The nurse came to give me an IV so I could get some antibiotics as I had tested positive for strep B. She tried 2 different veins but wasn’t able to get anything. A lab tech came to take my blood but after a few sticks, she couldn’t get enough blood to fill a tube. She said she would send someone else to try.
Meanwhile, the OB came back and checked me again. I was at 4 cm and in full labour so he took the cervidil out. I alternated between short walks, swaying from side to side and lying in bed on my side. As the contractions got stronger and longer I tried kneeling and then going on my hands and knees when the contractions came. This helped a bit but after a while, I had to move from this position.
The rest of the delivery is a bit of blur. By this time, it was after 5 in the evening and the contractions were getting difficult to handle. They called a nurse from the ER to come up and try to get an IV in me. They warned me that he was really cocky, but he was good at getting veins. They were right on both fronts. He was rough, arrogant and annoying! But he got the IV in. The OB came back to check on me and was surprised that I hadn’t had the epidural yet. The lab tech came back and got enough blood to do the PTT test. The nurse started to get the stuff ready for the delivery. She told me she didn’t think it would be much longer- I wasn’t so sure.
At this point, I spent a number of contractions on the toilet as my body was getting ready to give birth. It was also at this point that I started to think I couldn’t do this or something wasn’t right. The contractions were so intense and close together that it felt like I was going to tear apart. It was also then that I started getting louder and louder with each contraction.
I stop here for a moment to make a formal apology to anyone within earshot of me while in labour. It hurt like hell and I screamed like it hurt like hell! Also an apology to Nilesh who I apparently bit on the hand- so sorry honey!!!
The nurse asked me if I wanted something to ease the pain until I could get the epidural. I told her “YES!”. She said she’d have to check me real quick. I was 6 cm. Again I was disappointed as I was sure I was going through transition. I was nauseous, shaking and in a ton of pain! She went to call the OB to get permission to give me the drugs.
It was just after 7 pm and up until this point Joshua and Nilesh had been with me the entire time. We didn’t have anyone to watch Joshua so he had come with us. Nilesh was great at keeping J fed, entertained and happy. However, all the commotion and noise (ie: me!) was getting to be too much for Joshua so the nurses took him outside to colour. I was glad that Nilesh was now able to be with me as I seriously felt like I was going to die.
It took a few minutes for the nurse to come back and another nurse to give me some phentenyol (sp?). As soon as she put the meds in the IV I started to feel like I needed to push. She checked me and I was at 8 cm. She suggested I try lying on my other side to help with the dilation. She asked the other nurse to call the OB. I rolled over and my water broke with the first contraction. It was 7:11. I knew I had to push, but the nurse told me to wait so she could check me first. I was fully dilated so she called for another nurse and I started pushing.
The contractions were one on top of the other and I had trouble catching my breath. I wanted to sit up more, but the nurse told me not to because the baby was already coming quickly. I pushed for just a few minutes and Tyler was born at 7:17. Two minutes later the OB came in and was surprised that he had missed the birth. He said he thought he had time to get changed into scrubs!I had asked that the cord not be clamped until it had stopped pulsating but because it was the nurse who delivered him she didn’t know and clamped it right away. Nilesh cut the cord and after a few minutes with me, they took Tyler to the bassinet to check him over. The nurses brought Joshua back into the room to see his baby brother.