Chase Michael's Birth StoryI started swelling badly on Thursday 7/5 so we went to L&D that night but my blood pressure wasn't as bad as it had been at home, so I was discharged. I had my normal 38 week appointment that morning and my blood pressure was back up. When the doctor came in, she didn't even do a check up, she just told me congratulations, it's baby day. She told me to walk directly over to L&D to get checked in for my induction. I was in shock and instantly started crying. I called my husband and he left work.
I was started on pitocin that morning, my doctor broke my water at 4 and I was asking for an epidural by 7. I was progressing slowly but surely. The epidural never took full effect and the little effect it did have wore off after 2 hours. After several additional doses, they gave me a second epidural that worked better, but again wore off completely after a few hours. Apparently I just metabolize the meds too quickly. I could still lift my butt up even when I had it. Fast forward several long hard hours and my progression had slowed. I was still only an 8 by noon. At about 2:30 I was checked one last time, but I was still only a 9. The doctor came in and said he thought the baby was stuck, which was why I wasn't getting anywhere. After considering our options, I decided I didn't want to jeopardize Chase by pushing and lodging him in my pelvis, so we did a c section. It went well and we were very happy to finally hear our little man screaming. He did in fact have a spot on his head where he had been stuck somewhere on my pelvis, so good thing we made the choice we did.
I was kept in the hospital a few extra days because I'm suffering from post natal preeclampsia. I was finally released yesterday, but I still have to be monitored. Baby is doing very very well and we couldn't be happier to have him!