Monday, October 8, 2007

Birth Story from Sarah

Hi all! Maya Grace has finally arrived! My labor experience was pretty amazing and I am really happy with it! I was able to make it through with NO drugs (with the exception of antibiotics for Group Beta Strep) and only needed 2 bags of IV fluids.

Labor story:

On Friday, October 5th I had my ultrasound that showed possible growth restriction and they decided to induce (I was 6 days past my due date). Up to this point I was 1cm dilated, 50% effaced, and had had no contractions. I was upset about the induction and really hoping that I wouldn't need Pitocin. I updated my birth plan to acknowledge that it was probably necessary, though, and tried to mentally prepare.
4pm - arrived at the hospital, checked into perinatal
6pm - cervidil started - this is a drug that is used to prepare your body for labor and to start dilating your cervix; they told me that it was possible (but rare) that the cervidil would put me into labor...the plan was to leave the cervidil in for 12 hours and then to start Pitocin in the morning.
6:10pm - contractions start
6:30pm - contractions worse and don't fully back down before building up again - coming about every 1-2 minutes and lasting as long. I can breathe through but that's a little rediculous!
6:45pm - after Peanut's heartrate dropped 2x they removed the cervidil and started me on IV fluids to try to get my uterus to relax. contractions continue.
7:00pm - my water breaks!
7:30pm (because perinatal is SLOW) - they have checked to confirm my water breaking, moved me to L&D, and started me on antibiotics for GBS; I am now 4cm dilated (yay!). Contractions were very regular and pretty strong; I cried through some of them but DID NOT ask for drugs :) I labored while walking around, in the bed, on the birthing ball, etc. There was a point where I was becoming afraid of my contractions and as soon as they would start to decrease I would get scared of the next one. I realized this and started to really concentrate on calming myself down. I was also praying between them, which helped.
9:00pm - Midwife arrives (she had no idea I would be going so fast) and I'm dilated to 7cm! I get in the tub and, while it was not easier at this point, I was able to relax a little bit.
10:00pm - My body starts pushing on its own...eek! That is a scary feeling. MW checks and I am still only 7-8cm. I got out of the tub and used the bathroom; at this point I was half-crying and my mom thought I was really losing it. After this, though, I was able to move to the bed. By the time I got in the bed, I was 9-10, they had me lay on my side to try to get Peanut to turn (she was sunny side up - they didn't tell me this at the time, though...probably a good thing :)), and I went to 10 right away.
10:15pm - PUSH! Hehe :) Toward the end Maya's heartrate started to drop and there was a point when they couldn't find it at all. They didn't tell me but I could tell something was up from the looks on people's faces; they also started to call in a doctor. They had me get on my left side and put an oxygen mask on me. I knew that I needed to get her out ASAP so I pushed AND prayed harder than I even thought was possible.
11:03pm - Maya Grace arrived! She came out crying (thank God!) and I got to help deliver her body and pull her up onto my belly. She got to stay there while they cleaned her off and for a while after. She did have to go to the special care nursery just for a few minutes because they didn't have time to get my second round of antibiotics but other than that is totally healthy and got 9s on her apgars :)

This was the most amazing thing I have ever done.

Michael was AMAZING through the whole thing. Around 8:30 or so I became so focused that I literally couldn't speak anymore - this lasted until I was pushing - Michael was guessing what I wanted because I could only answer yes/no questions and he did an amazing job. While I was pushing they brought over a big mirror so that I could see my progress and it helped to bring me back and focus my pushing.

It was absolutely the worst pain I've ever been in, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat :)


We came home from the hospital last night. Maya and mom are doing great!

Maya Grace

I added lots of pictures to the gallery, take a look.

Friday, October 5, 2007

She's coming!

I had my ultrasound this morning and it looks like Peanut will be joining us tomorrow! My fluid looks good, she's practicing her breathing, moving all around, and she did well on the Non-Stress Test (which is where they monitor her heartbeat with relation to contractions and movement). But...she's now measuring in the 20th percentile (down from the 45th 3 weeks ago). Her measurements were almost exactly the same as they were 3 weeks ago and according to the ultrasound weight (which I know can be off) she's only gained 6 ounces in that time, which puts her at 6lbs. 11oz. So the doctor wants to start the induction tonight with cervidil and then hit me hard with the pitocin tomorrow. I'm still hoping to go natural (as natural as I can, anyway!) so I'm hoping Michael is up for it! I'll let you know how it goes :)

Maya's on Her Way

We saw Maya on the ultrasound again today. She's looking good. The doctor was a little concerned that she might not be growing quite as fast as she would have liked so she went ahead and scheduled us for induction tonight. The first step is Cervidil which should help prepare Sarah for Saturday when they give pitocin. Maya will probably be born tomorrow afternoon.

We're very excited!

Here's a ruminition I had before Sarah got pregnant to tide you over: "I am afraid if I ever have twins or triplets that I would try to carry too many at a time and drop one."

Monday, October 1, 2007

Peanut, GET OUT!

So I'm officially 2 days past my due date. Definitely not gonna get me a world record, but come on, Peanut! There are people waiting to meet you!

I've decided she's either:

a. Lazy

b. Stubborn

c. Both

At least if she's both, she'll have gotten characteristics of both Michael and I (I'll let you decide which is which...not that it's difficult :)).