Wow. Where do I begin? First of all I should say my baby is here and doing fine now. It was getting there that was so different from the norm. I will start from the beginning.
I checked into the hospital to be induced on the morning May 16th. I was three centimeters dilated and 50% effaced. I was already having contractions. The pitocin was started at 10:00 am. It was slowly upped through out the day. I really was not in much pain at all.
It was around 3:00 pm when the baby's heart rate started to drop. I had to shift sides. That brought the heart rate back up. An hour later it went down again and stayed down for a few minutes. It did that a few more times. I tried to remain calm. Around 4:30 they decided to break my water and attached an internal heart monitor to the baby's head. I was still only three centimeters dilated and 50% effaced. That is when I started to feel real pain. I had back labor with Michael. It was one of my fears that I would have it again. Well, I did. This time I was in so much more pain then before. I felt despair because I was not progressing. Laying on my right side kept the heart rate up so I could not move much.
At 7:00 pm the pain was overwhelming and I was considering getting an epidural. My nurse knew I did not want one, so she suggested trying a birthing ball. It was wonderful. It turns out that the baby was stuck on my pelvis bone. Thus I could not dilate or efface. While on the ball, the baby flipped into the correct position.
I stated that I needed to get into bed right then and now. I nearly blacked out as the baby flipped. A resident came in to check me.
This is where it gets interesting. She stated I was at 6 centimeters. This was at 7:26 pm. I remember looking at the clock and thinking that I had a long way to go. Boy was I wrong.
As the resident was leaving the room, I yelled, "I need to push." She actually said, "No you don't, it is too early yet." Luckily my best friend who is an OB nurse was with me and told her she should recheck me.
As she checked me she yelled, "I can feel the head!" People came running into the room. It was chaos. Alarms were going off. Two residents and a med student were working on me, trying to get the baby to wait until the OB arrived. My OB was in surgery because the resident told her it would take time before I was ready to give birth.
They tried to hold the baby in, telling me not to push. I tried, but it was impossible. I gave birth to my son, Jacob, 5 minutes after being told I was only 6 centimeters. Just as I was pushing him out my OB arrived. It could have occurred faster if they had not held him in. I have a grade 2 tear and skid marks along the birth canal because he came out so fast.
Jacob did not hold up through the delivery too well. It was very traumatic for him. His first apgar was a 5 and his next was a 6. He was not crying and was very limp. He also was blue. A special pediatric team worked on him. It was so confusing.
He was taken to the NICU. Once he received some oxygen, he started to do better. His color came back and he cried a bit.
I got to visit him an hour and a half after his birth. He looked so precious in his incubator. He has so much hair that I could braid parts of it, if I wanted to.
He has recovered well from his birth. He was discharged from the NICU yesterday. He has some other health issues. His diagnosis of Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum was confirmed. But on the other hand, it looks like he does not have any genetic disorders. Yeah! He does have some muscle problems and a heart murmur. We meet with his pediatrician to discuss everything today.
Here are his stats.
5 pounds 14 ounces
May 16th, 2001 7:31 pm