At my 37 week appointment on October 1, 2001, my doctor told me that my blood pressure had been going up steadily for the last six weeks. After seeing my blood pressure reading of 148/100 that morning, she instructed me to have a non-stress test and have my blood pressure monitored. She said there was a possibility that I would be induced that day, depending on how my readings were.
I went to Labor and Delivery and was hooked up to the monitor and to a blood pressure cuff. My readings were dropping, because I was laying down. The doctor decided not to induce after she saw them and sent me home with instructions to do a 24 hour urine test for protein on Thursday.
On Friday morning I took the sample back to the lab. On the way home from the lab I told my husband I had a feeling we'd be having a baby over the weekend. He said he'd take me to my mother's house just in case I needed to go to the hospital.
That evening a nurse from Labor and Delivery called and informed me that my results came back too high and that I had all the signs and symptoms of PIH, Pregnancy Induced Hypertension. Therefore, my doctor requested that I go directly to the hospital to be induced. I made several necessary phone calls, packed my bag, and my father-in-law took me and my mother to the hospital.
When I got to Labor and Delivery, it was about 6:30 p.m. They took me to a room and had me change into a hospital gown and I signed all my admittance papers. The nurse hooked me up to the fetal monitor. She then started an I. V. in my left hand. They started magnesium sulfate right away, as this would help keep my blood pressure down.
The monitor showed I was having contractions about five minutes apart. My doctor came in and examined me. I was dilated to five centimeters and 100% effaced. She broke my water and told my nurse to start the pitocin. My doctor informed me that since I already had a well established contraction pattern and was already dilated to five centimeters, I could have an epidural if I so desired. I was not too keen on having it, so I declined. My mom had a history of short labor, so we were hopeful it would be the same for me.
At about 9:30 p.m. I told Kerry that I was feeling a lot of pressure and she called the doctor. My doctor came in and checked me and I was at 7 centimeters, and at +1 station. She also discovered that the baby was facing up. She tried to turn the baby but the baby put up a big protest so the doctor stopped. She told me that it wouldn't be too much longer, that I was doing wonderfully.
I was having back labor because of the baby's position and the contractions were getting really bad. At 11 p.m. I finally asked my nurse if I could have something to take the edge off of the pain. She checked me and since I was completely dilated, she couldn't give me any pain medication. My husband told me that since I had made it this far, he knew I could deliver without medication.
My nurse informed me that my doctor was next door delivering another baby. She showed me how to push and I did a couple practice pushes until my doctor showed up. When my doctor came in she checked me and said that it was time to have this baby. At 12:15 a.m.I started pushing. My husband had one leg and the nurse had the other leg. I pushed for a half an hour.
Then at 12:44 a.m., Evelyn Heidi, my beautiful baby girl was born. She weighed six pounds, two ounces. She had a head full of hair, and was just gorgeous. After the placenta was delivered, the doctor gave me four stitches.
Breastfeeding started without a problem. The nursing staff was wonderful. My life has changed for the better. Evelyn is such a wonderful child.