Alexanderia's Story By Valarie Williams Print
Birth Stories - C-Section Birth Stories
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 09:02
I found out I was pregnant in 1998 and was so excited like most mothers, of course. I had my first ultrasound at 18 weeks and it was so neat seeing my little baby for the first time on the monitor. The ultrasound technician could not tell what sex my baby was because the baby was lying on it's side. I didn't mind. As long as the baby had all ten fingers and toes and a heart beat I didn't care.

That night I received a phone call at home from the same lady that had given the ultrasound. She said something didn't look right and I would need to go to see a specialist. My heart fell. The next week, yes I had to wait a whole week to find out what was wrong, I went to see this specialist. There was a nurse that brought me into this room and started explaining things like down-syndrome and spina bifida to me. By now I was totally freaked. They gave me another ultrasound, and the doctor came in and told me that I didn't have any amniotic fluid which is called oligohydramnios. They aren't sure what causes it, but they do know that amniotic fluid is produced from you in the very begining of pregnancy and then your baby takes over. The doctor said there could be something wrong with her kidneys, bladder, uretha, or she could have down-syndrome. They did tell me that as far as they could tell (which was hard considering I didn't have any fluid) my baby was a girl. The doctor told me that I would miscarry or if she did make it to term she would not survive because babies need amniotic fluid to help develop their lungs. The doctor suggested that I consider having an abortion. I don't think so! There was no possible way that I could kill my child without knowing for sure there was a chance. Every month I had another ultrasound, and every month it was the same awful news only it got worse every time. There was extra skin on the back of her neck that was a sign of down-syndrome, there was something wrong with her foot... it went on and on. Finally at 8 months I got too much amniotic fluid and I started leaking.

On December 28th, a week before my due date, I went to my doctors appointment and when the nurse saw me I told her that I was going to have my baby that day. She said ya right. She went to listen for the heart beat and noticed that I was having contractions and had 3 of them 10 minutes apart. She said yup this is it. They sent me downstairs to the hospital and an hour later the doctor broke my water. The cord came out with the fluid and boy was there a lot of fluid, go figure. The doctor was not too worried about it at that time. The anesthesiologist came in and told me to sit up for my epideral, well when I did the baby's head pressed on the umbilical cord and both her heart rate and mine dropped fast. The nurse jumped on top of me and held my baby's head of the cord. They rushed me into the operating room and in 15 minutes my daughter Alex was born.

There was not a thing wrong with her, she was 6 pounds 4 ounces, blue eyes, and thick black hair that stood up straight. She is my little miracle baby. I don't even want to imagine what life would be like today if I had gotten an abortion.