Madison's Birth By Jennie Print
Birth Stories - Premature Birth Stories
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 09:55
Well I have to say that I had the perfect pregnancy. It took my husband and I over a year to get pregnant. I started Clomid in December of 1999 and my doctor told me that within 3 months I would be pregnant. I thought to myself yeah right. On March 23, 2000, I was pregnant. I knew exactly when I conceived since I was on Clomid. I found out on a Thursday that I was pregnant. I couldn't believe it.

At six weeks, I started bleeding. This scared me to death. I went to the doctor and everything was fine with the baby.

I was never sick during my pregnancy. I felt wonderful. I was just glad to be pregnant. I only gained 3 lbs through the whole pregnancy. We found out at 20 weeks that we were having a little girl. We were so excited. We decided to take the Bradley Method of childbirth. At 24 weeks they told me to relax more because my blood pressure had gone up some. So I relaxed more. My husband was great through this time.

At my 37-week appointment I was a fingertip dilated and 30 % effaced. My blood pressure had gone up again from the last weekly visit. So on that Sunday I had to collect my urine for 24 hours to see if they could detect protein. My doctor was afraid I had toxemia. On Tuesday my doctor called and wanted to induce me. I had an appointment and that Wednesday so I kept it and went to the doctor. I had a lot of protein in my urine so they planned on inducing me at 9:00 pm that night. The toxemia had started to affect my kidneys and liver. I get there and do the whole changing of clothes into a hospital nightgown. Believe it or not but this hospital doesn't carry maternity nightgowns. They expect you to wear a regular one. I was so huge that it wouldn't fit. I demanded a larger one.

At midnight they put the Cervadil Gel in. I slept with it in all night and they took it out at noon the next day. The day was Thanksgiving Day. They checked me and I was dilated to a 2 and about 50% effaced. So they started Pitocin. I stayed on that for 6 hours and made little progress. They decided to let me eat and put the Cervadil Gel back in. So at 7 pm on Thanksgiving Day they put the Cervadil Gel back in. I sent my husband home at 10:00 pm. The doctor said I would have the baby sometime on the 24th. I was tired and he was too. I hadn't slept much the night before. Labor and delivery beds are not very comfortable. At 2:00 am I got up to go to the bathroom. I get back into bed to get comfortable and I hear a pop. My water had broken. Very little fluid came out. I rang for the nurse and she check and said that my water had broken. No one told me that inserting the Cervadil Gel again could bring on labor. My contractions started immediately after my water broke. They started at every 3 minutes lasting 2 minutes. They started the pitocin at 3:00 am. By 3:30 I have called my husband and he is on his way back to the hospital. My contractions are measuring off the monitor. Sometimes they would be less than 30 seconds apart it was awful. So I get into the shower and stay there for about 30 minutes. My husband arrives and I am about to die. I am having back labor.

At 4:30 I got a shot of Nubian (I will never do that again). It didn't really help with the contractions but made me sleep between them. At 7:30 I am not able to relax any more. I am only dilated to a 4 and 100% effaced. I asked for an epidural. I can't handle the pain any longer. Every 30 minutes they are coming in upping the Pitocin. At 8:30 they come in to put in the epidural. Well they decided they didn't like were my IV was so they stuck my over 20 times to put in a new IV. Buy this time I am just ready to go home. Around 9:30 the epidural goes in and it doesn't take. From 8:30 to 10:00 I dilate from a 4 to an 8. So at 10:00 am they put it in again and I am in heaven.

Then the baby goes into distress. So they put a catheter inside near her head to give her extra fluid and she is fine. I sleep until 12:30. They check me and declare I am a 10. At this point I am told I can push. I was so exhausted by this point. But I start pushing. They turn off the epidural and I push for 3 hours. Around 3:20 the doctor comes in so I assume I am getting close. The epidural wore off around 2:30 but I could feel the urge to push. The pressure on my bottom made me feel like I need to poop badly. At 3:45 pm Madison Grace was born. They had to use the vacuum to help get her out. I tore naturally and only had to have 2 stitches. She was a little stunned at birth and they gave her a little oxygen to help her out some. She never cried which scared me because I though all babies cried when they were born. She weighed 9 lbs and was 21 � inches long. She was 2 weeks early. They doctor said she would have weighed well over 10 lbs is she had arrived on later.

I have to say that I didn't have the birth that I wanted but I don't feel bad about what happened. By taking the Bradley classes I was able to understand everything that was going on in my body and be able to make the right decisions. It helped to educated my husband and myself.

We are still hoping that next time around we will have the natural childbirth that we were planning the first time.