Kayla's early arrival By Stephenie Nprth Print
Birth Stories - Premature Birth Stories
Thursday, 05 February 2009 11:36
My husband and I had only been married three months when I got pregnant. We weren't sure if we were ready, but decided we could handle it. I was healthy and only 21, so it would be a routine delivery, we thought. At about 25 weeks, my blood pressure started to rise. The doctor told me to stay in bed as much as possible and not to worry. By 32 weeks, it continued to climb and my head hurt terribly and constantly. We live in a small town, but I had a great ob doctor. When he tried magnisium sulfate to lower my pressure,to no avail, he decided to send me by ambulance to a bigger hospital to start the process of childbirth early. They started a pittosin drip to start contractions on a Wednesday. Progress was very slow and my pressure was only getting higher. By that Friday, my pressure was at stroke levels. Finally, I started heavy labor pains and was given an epideral. By that saturday at 1:17 a.m. my little angel was born. The doctors used a type of vacuum to ease her out instead of traditional forcepts. She was blue and I didn't even get to see her for a day and a half. Remarkably, she was only on oxygen for about an hour and didn't need a respirator at all. She weighed 4 lbs. 10 oz. and I had to make the 2 and 1/2 hour drive home and leave her there for 8 days. I called three times a day and visited twice before she got to come homw with us. Leaving that hospital was the hardest thing I ever had to do. My husband couldn't afford to miss any more work and I didn't have anywhere to stay. I was still very sick and week myself and I needed to rest for when she did come home. She is a healthy 6 year old kindergartener now and she tests on a first grade level in school. You would never know she went through so much just to get here. Needless to say, I don't leave her very often.