I’ve been trying to find time all week to write my birth story so I’m going to attempt to now :)
During my entire pregnancy I have been saying that Isaac was due on September 16th (my husband’s birthday), but based off my dating and gender ultrasound they decided his due date was the 28th. For weeks before he was born I was also having horrible pelvic pain that I never experienced with Eli, to the point that I could barely walk.. The midwives didn’t think anything of this and just told me it was round ligament pain and we couldn’t do much about it.
On the 16th I had my 38 week prenatal appt, and had been having contractions all day & the pelvic pain got ALOT worse. They said it could be early labor and that they’d possibly see me the next week to deliver Isaac, but I was only 1 1/2 cm and 50% effaced. The contractions continued all that night during my husbands birthday party.
The next morning I woke up with alot of pain in my back and having contractions every 5 minutes. I called my midwife and she said it sounded like he was “sunny side up” and I needed to try to get him to turn and to come in when contractions were less than 3 minutes apart. I still wasn’t convinced I was really in labor at this point though lol. I called Jesse and told him I was sorry he had to miss work for a false alarm but just in case he should come home haha..
Once he got home things really picked up. Within an hour they were 2 minutes apart & we had to leave for the birthing center. I was 6cm and 100% effaced now. They got the birthing tub ready for me and tried to help me with the back pain I was having which was now unbearable. Counterpressure made it worse & the tub didn’t help at all. :/ Once my water broke they noticed very dark meconium in it and we had to be transfered to the hospital.. they checked his position and he was stuck in my pelvic bone unable to turn or drop (the pain i’d been feeling for weeks) and his heart rate kept dropping. I ended up with an epidural because I couldn’t dilate any farther with him in the position he was in and it had been hours of me in transition. Just like with Eli it only worked on half my body and I could feel the contractions on my left side but not my right. I could move my left leg but not my right.. such a weird feeling. Once I had the epidural I was able to calm myself down enough for them to put me on a peanut ball to try to turn him.. 30 minutes on my left side and 30 minutes on my right.. it worked & he dropped!!
After 14 hours of labor Isaac was born on September 17th at 10:23pm. ♥ One day after his daddy’s birthday. Because of the meconium & his heart rate dropping so much while I was pushing, he had to go straight to NICU. He ended up being just fine, and we got to do skin to skin and nurse for an hour before they did any other testing. :) Not a single part of my birth went the way I wanted it to go, but it was still so perfect.. I don’t regret a single thing. :) Hopefully if we have a 3rd I can get the natural, unmedicated birth I want, but I’m very happy with how things went. All that matters is that my boy is safe.