I have spent the last week pondering if I should add the birth stories of my children to this blog. I started with my first born the breech baby, luckily I had written down my seconds birth a few days after he was born. Here is the birth story of my second child born July 2010 on a Sunday.
As I wrote it in my journal 2 years ago, A Birth Story – My Second Born – An Almost VBAC:
so i was just basically contracting away for awhile got checked by midwife at midnight.. was only 2cm dilated she then also commented about the cervix being very very far back.
she gave me a suppositry that took the edge of the contractions to get some rest.. then by 4am they kicked up a notch.. and i had to do some breathing to get threw them, but it is totally manageable when concentrating on the breathing.
went to the hospital at 7am to get the baby’s heartbeat monitored, it was going down with the contractions. so she checked me again and i was only 4cm and the cervix was still so far back. she also said she could feel his head and then she pushed on it so he would turn in a more favorable position. after she did this did the real contractions take over! they got more intense, but still manageable with the breathing technique.
after she moved his head his heartbeat stabilized and we just basically carried on with the waiting.. by 11am i was checked again and she said i was 9cm.. and she wanted me to kind give little pushes to break the rest of the water that was in there.
so off we went.. then the trouble started.. i got to 10cm and had the need to push.. but baby’s head had moved into a funny place again and was basically too big to go threw the cervix at that angle. so it got stuck on it. midwife tried to move the cervix over it, but as it was already so far back it was very hard to work with.. so we basically tried for 2+ hours to push the little fella out! no luck. i was very tired and baby was also very tired and was not looking to good with all the pressure the contractions and urge to push was putting on him.. so we got the dr in.. he checked me out and said nope.. could try for epidural and another hour of pushing but he didn’t think it would work. so off we went for a Csec.. by now the cervix was swelling up with all the contractions and urges to push i was having.. my back was killing me!
i was shaking like a leaf the whole operation.. body was in shock and such. baby came out with one hell of a cry of protest.. was wide awake as well, he got a 10 out of 10 on the newborn test score they do.
My little boy was born at 3:18pm.. so i was basically in labor for 24hrs
i got stitched up and off we went to recovery where they check your blood pressure and things for 10min before they move you to the rooms.
i feel so proud.. hehe
Aah, he’s gorgeous though, congratulations xx
aah he crawled? ? I have heard they do that but Ive never tried it with my 2, that is stunning 🙂 YAY for you 🙂 nice story, glad he and you are ok 🙂 well done!
good for you and congrats but naughty baby refusing to come out
yes they do crawl up, we have been taught that in nct class, its a great way to bf if you are having problems, you just lie back pop them on your tummy or lower chest and they smell the milk and go to it, like all mammals do! i really want to try this method as then baby can latch on and i can be lazy!!!
Some times I think back on the births of my babies and ponder what I could have done differently. With my first I was along time in the feeling of guilt and disappointment with what happened to my birth that I wanted.
Second time around, I was happy that I had tried for the VBAC, It had allowed me to feel and experience my right of passage into motherhood. Our breastfeeding journey was also a bumpy road, but it is a long post and I plan to write it up soon.