Elijah’s Birth Story: Part 3

April 20, 2011 at 2:08 PM 4 comments

They got me back to bed and the anesthesiologist got there shortly. While she gave me the epidural, I sat on the edge of the bed with my forehead pressed into John’s. Thankfully I didn’t move, despite having a contraction during the time she was giving me the epidural. I don’t know what I would have done if they had made John leave the room while they administered the epidural – I hear having the husband’s leave during the procedure is pretty common. After the epidural, I sat up and was drenched in sweat, but I was not the only one feeling a little woozy. All the color had faded from John’s face. He had to sit down for a little bit, and the nurse even felt his pulse. He had gotten so worried about me and the pain I was in that he almost fainted.

When the epidural was in, I felt a really awesome cooling sensation, which was welcomed because I had been so hot that I felt like I was laboring inside an active volcano. After the epidural, I was able to lay down with a blanket over me, because it cooled me down that much (again, so glad that he wasn’t born on a hot day!).

At this point, I was able to finish up calls to our family – I hadn’t had time to finish those in the first hour we were in the hospital and then things started happening so fast. While I was on the phone with my sister-in-law, my doctor came in to check on me, so I got off the phone and talked with him for a few minutes. Now, what happened between then and when I was 9 cm is kind of hazy. I know that they checked me about every hour and every hour I was another cm dilated. Also, the midwife that had started out with us, Irene, got to the end of her shift at 9 PM and then we had a new midwife for the rest of my labor. All the midwives were great, but Irene was my favorite by far.

Sometime around 9:45, the new midwife checked me and said I was about 9.5 cm. She gave me some sort of homeopathic deal to help me dilate the rest of the way. Just after 10 PM, the midwife checked me and said that I was fully dilated and asked if I felt like I needed to push. I didn’t, but I ended up buzzing her about 5 minutes later, because I thought that feeling was starting. I started pushing around 10:15 and ended up pushing for nearly an hour and a half. I wasn’t allowed to push though all the contractions, though, because at some point, they hooked me up to oxygen and had me take deep breaths during certain contractions. I didn’t question it, because they just told me that my baby needed a break. What I found out later, though, is that Elijah’s heartbeat dipped down really low. At one point it was down to 60 bpm. My doctor came in around 11:15 and checked on everything and went to get scrubbed up. I remember when he came back in, I saw a silver dish get moved next to him and I thought “ok I think this is it,” but I also didn’t have a lot of faith that the pain was ever going to end.


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  • 1. purejoy  |  April 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    epidurals must be awesome. i had two kids naturally because of a spinal fusion making getting an epidural a dicey maneuver. i chose not to risk it… so i did a lot of heee heeee heeeeeing. thankfully, the Lord doesn’t allow us to remember the actual sensation of pain, only that it was painful. weird, huh?
    can’t wait to hear the rest!

    • 2. osarah  |  April 24, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      They are pretty great! I don’t think it did much at the end, but I am thankful for about 3 hours of relief!

  • 3. Mom in High Heels  |  April 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    You had quite a birth! I can’t wait to read the rest. Irene was my favorite MW too, but she went off duty before I delivered. Agnes was on duty and she was pretty great too. I was all for anyone who helped get him out. Was Hanke on duty for your delivery? He just walked over from his office for us.
    BTW, James Bond nearly passed out over the epi too. He was in the room when I got the epi for Indy, but didn’t actually see it. This time he got a full view and his legs buckled slightly. He too was white as a sheet.
    You pushed for an hour and a half???? Holy moly!!!! Did you get a medal?

    • 4. osarah  |  April 24, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      Ah yes, Agnes was the midwife who was pushing on the top of my uterus to get Elijah out. I’d forgotten her name. Basically, anything that happened from 9-9.5 cm on is a little fuzzy, so I only barely remember her. I know she kept admonishing me for being loud and not using all my breath to push. She kept saying, “you have to push, ma’am!” Hah.

      Dr. Hanke was there. He stopped in around 6 or 7 to check on me and then got there around 11:15 for the birth. He left the next day for a long weekend vacation, so I’m glad I caught him!

      Yup, a whole hour and a half! It was definitely tiring. I guess Elijah is my medal 🙂


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