Labor – a play by play recall of events.

To say my labor was long and rife with problems would be an understatement.  That being said, I would do it one thousand times over in a heartbeat.

Here’s a play by play of the events leading to the birth of Iggy Judah Frost, who arrived into the world on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:01 a.m.

Even after the torturous labor, I would do it again in a heartbeat for this little guy.

Even after the torturous labor, I would do it again in a heartbeat for this little guy.

Sunday, July 5 – 7:15 p.m: After sitting down for a relaxing dinner with Fran I stood up and felt a SERIOUS gush.  OK, I either peed my pants or my water just broke. 

Sunday, July 5 – 9:00 p.m: First contractions start.  After calling the midwife I decide to go to bed and get some shuteye before the big event ramps up.

Monday, July 6 – 7:00 a.m: My contractions feel pretty full on, so we call the midwife and meet her at the local Maternity Unit to have them measured on the CTG machine. 

Monitors baby's movement, heartbeat and Mom's pulse.

This contraption monitors baby's movement, heartbeat and Mom's pulse.

After 40 minutes of monitoring, she goes on to tell me my painscale is only at about a 1 or 2 out of 10.  Embarrassed and dejected I head home and wait for the onslaught to begin.

Monday, July 6 – 11:30 a.m: I’m not sure which is more painful, my labor pains or watching the Tyra show while working through contractions. 

Not stoked.....

Not stoked.....

I’m convinced that they’re ramping up, so we arrange to meet the midwife again for another CTG session.

Monday, July 6 – 2:00 p.m:  Apparently I’m a pussy when it comes to my pain  tolerance.  I get sent back home with two paracetamol and a codeine tab to deal with the pain. 

Monday, July 6 – 4:00 p.m: Coming hard and fast at 5 minutes apart and lasting at least a minute, I know I’m not imagining how full on this pain is.  After insisting, we meet the midwife at the hospital to try and get some pain relief.  Another hookup session on the CTG machine follows and upon examination, I’m 8 cm dilated!  I KNEW I wasn’t imagining this….

Monday, July 6 – 6:30 p.m: Time for the epidural.  Hell yeah, bring it on!  The anesthetist  administers the needle and I don’t feel a thing.  Perfect!

Surprisingly, having this inserted in my spine hurt less the IV put in my hand.

Surprisingly, having this inserted in my spine hurt less the IV put in my hand.

Monday, July 6 – 6:55 p.m: After a regular pattern, the baby’s heartbeat suddenly falls off the monitor.   An emergency team runs in and attempts to stabilize my blood pressure and bring baby’s heart back.  After 6 minutes (and 30 seconds away from a rush down to theatre), the heartbeat reappears and I narrowly avoid an emergency C section. 

Monday, July 6 – 10:00 p.m: Now fully dilated and partially recovered from my ER run in, it’s time to start pushing.  I can’t feel below my belly, but am committed to getting this baby OUT!

Monday, July 6 – 11:30 p.m: Baby’s position is posterior (back to front and chin up), so all the pushing in the world is not going to move him.  A specialist is called in and she proceeds to roll in the ventouse – a vacuum device used to assist in the delivery of baby. 

The last thing you want to have put on bubs' head.

The last thing you want to have put on bubs' head.

The metal suction cap is placed on baby’s head, a vacuum attached to the tube, pumped up and then ideally the baby is pulled out with the next few contractions.  In my case, baby wasn’t moving so we had to move on to Plan B – the forceps.

Tuesday, July 7 – 12:30 a.m: A pair of forceps looks like an ancient torture device, or something that should be serving the family salad.  One handle is placed on each side of baby’s head and then pulled HARD. 

Warning: may result in baby conehead.

Warning: may result in baby conehead.

Let’s not talk about the third degree episiotomy the specialist had to carve….  After a 20 minute session, Iggy was born at 1:01 a.m.

Wrapped up tight.

Wrapped up tight.

Dad and Iggy.

Dad and Iggy.

Tuesday, July 7 – 4:00 a.m: With my epidural worn off and legs back up and running, we were sent packing to the after birth care centre with Iggy in his car seat.  

Showered and ready to leave (at 4 a.m).

Showered and ready to leave (at 4 a.m).

Week 1 with Iggy was a whirlwind.  Observations and commentary to follow shortly…….

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mason Hell-Cat on July 21, 2009 at 3:03 am

    This was fascinating, Lucy! Well written and illustrated.
    So happy that it all worked out and Iggy arrived safely!

    Reply

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