Our birth story.
I went into the hospital at 41 weeks to be induced. Going into the hospital I was about 30% effaced with no dilation. I was hooked up to the fetal monitor and basically hung out. I was started on Cytotec one dose every 8 hours… for the maximum number of doses… Nothing changed. Cervix is proving to be difficult.
I was then switched to Cervidil.
2 doses of this 24 hours later… and nothing changed… Seriously. Fort knox cervix here.
I went down to have a BPP done to see if Baby was doing well. Here we discovered the my fluid level was on the low end of normal (totally expected at 41+2 at this point) So no going home to rest for me, I’m at the hospital to have a baby.
Next step. Pitocin at low dose to see if I will start to see some changes in my Cervix this way. Pitocin slowly increased at 8mg I was contracting but nothing crazy painful. So I went for a walk around the unit. I was doing full walking lunges… Contractions disappeared. Got back to bed. Increased Pitocin to 10mg. Now we are getting somewhere. I was on Pitocin for 6 hours total.
Check Cervix: I AM FINALLY 1 cm dilated WHOOP! (This was amazing, because if this did nothing, I was going to end up with a c-section)
I was allowed to rest for a couple hours and then came the balloon. I will say that this was very painful. I was on my back in a reverse trendelberg (head lower than feet) The Midwife and an OBGYN along with a nurse were in my room and inserting balloons into my cervix to apply pressure and assist in opening my cervix. The catheter gets inserted through my cervix and the first balloon is filled then another balloon is filled on the other side of the cervix.
This was inserted at 9 pm saturday 8/27. Pitocin remained off for the time being. I took some visteral and morphine at this point so I could rest.
2am, I rested some but was now experiencing some pretty painful contractions. So like a lady I puked. I called in the nurse and told her that I thought things were moving along and that we might as well re-start the pitocin. I also asked at this point to get an epidural.
***Side note: I did not write a birth plan. Working in healthcare I know that there are so many things out of your control and writing down my plan would have just made me disappointed that it didn’t go to my plan. I wanted to go into labor naturally, labor at home, get to the hospital, labor some more, then get in the water birth tub and magically have this baby… Obviously that is not what happened.
There was some other drama happening on L&D that night so I labored with the Pitocin until 6am. My labor pain was low pelvis and thighs. When I did get out of bed to use the bathroom from 2am to 6 am I could barely walk. (There went my idea of walking out my labor). At 6 am the most amazing man came into my room. The Anesthetist. AKA the amazing epidural man. I had the perfect epidural. I could move my legs and assist with turning. I could still feel my contractions but they were not painful any more. I could rest. I had been basically in bed/ confined to a 5 foot radius for 3 days going on 4. I was done. I wanted to be done. I had also continued to vomit several times due to the pain.. It was fun for all…
After my epidural was placed the midwife came in and check my balloon catheter. I was 4cm and 100% effaced!!! The balloon was taken out and I was left to rest.
at 9:45am I started to feel a lot of pressure. I was checked again and I was complete. I was left to labor down for a couple of hours. At 11:45 we started the pushing party! (oh another note I puked again right before started pushing) I pushed for 45 min and my perfect daughter came into the world. It was a wonderful surprise to wait to find out what were having. It was truly an amazing blessing.
Overall getting into labor was the long and annoying process. My body just was happy to stay pregnant. However, if I had not started the induction process when I did, I most certainly would have had a C-section. I had patient staff that allowed me to try everything to achieve a vaginal birth as long as it was safe for me and her. I wouldn’t change our birth story. It is our story and it is a good one. Once I was in labor it went quick. Which I am thankful for.
I was in the hospital for just under 100 hours. Lily was in the hospital in the outside world for 31 ish hours.
She passed everything with flying colors except for the heart test (the O2 test). We did have to stay for her to have a cardiac echo. She passed this without a problem. I was not stressed or worried about this because I could tell that she was doing fine. (I also had a stethoscope and did my own exam on her.)
IVF with ICSI gave me my beautiful daughter. Science is pretty awesome. God is the ultimate planner. Why my husband and I had to go with science to have our daughter, while others are able to get pregnant without assistance. I don’t know. But I can tell you this. I wouldn’t change it.
It took medicine to get her here. It took medicine to get her out. This girl will defiantly be moving mountains.