I'm glad you are both doing well!
What an amazing journey you have been on. TFS your story.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Realized I had not posted about actual birth here.
Birth story (DH wrote the majority of this to share with our birth classmates hence the mom/dad references):
Baby arrived early, on December 15th (despite his Jan 10th due date). Mom's midwife noticed an elevated blood pressure at her 36 week appointment on Dec 14 and ordered some blood labs, as well as have her do a 24hr urine collection for protein. When the blood results came back on Dec 15, her liver enzymes were very elevated, so we were admitted to the hospital that very day due to danger of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome, throwing our whole birth center birth plan out the window. They wanted to induce immediately, and both mom and dad were in a bit of shock and denial until they checked mom's cervix, and it turned out she was already 4cm dilated, 100% effaced, at 0 station, and mom was already having contractions without really feeling them (other than some slight tightness in her abdomen). Obviously baby wanted to come out. A quick urine sample test showed protein in the urine. They started mom on a magnesium-sulfate IV drip to reduce the chance of seizures (which can occur with HELLP syndrome) and antibiotics as the GBS test had only been done the day prior and results were not back yet. The doctor broke mom's water, but otherwise we didn't have to do any inducement. The nurse allowed mom to get out of bed at one point and labor while sitting on the toilet which may have helped advance her dilation from 4cm to 8cm by the next cervical check. They offered to let her labor in the tub however at that point mom was feeling pretty hot and woozy from the magnesium drip and she elected not to as she would have to come out of the tub for the actual delivery. Mom labored great, without pain killers or Pitocin. She tried lying on her side for a while to help with back labor. Finally, baby came out screaming about 5 hours later from when we were admitted. Baby was placed directly on mom's chest and did not need any interventions from the NICU team who were able to leave the room shortly after his arrival. Placenta took a little longer to be delivered than anticipated (about 40 minutes) so Pitocin was started to help bring it out intact as we did have a secondary lobe that they did not want to lose. Mom had only minor tearing (not even 1st degree per doctor) and just had two stitches placed. He was 36 weeks and 2 days, but came out 6 lbs 11 oz., though a little short at 19.3 inches. Mom and baby had to stay at the hospital 2 days because of frequent jaundice checks for baby, preliminary results showing positive GBS so they wanted to make sure that baby did not develop an infection, also to work on his feeding as he was losing some weight, and mom needed to be monitored for her blood pressure, liver enzymes and blood counts.
I think I had posted some of this in earlier post. After being discharged, he was put on a supplemental feeding routine, first with syringe and straw then later with bottle, to help gain back lost weight but is now doing full-time breastfeeding without supplements. My blood pressure is now back to normal and I was able to taper down my blood pressure meds to nothing and my recent labs show that everything else is normalizing. Unfortunately, from what the ob/gyn and other medical resources have told me, I'm at higher risk for developing HELLP syndrome again with future pregnancies and will need to be monitored more closely by an ob/gyn. Guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there. Right now I'm just enjoying time with my little guy.
just getting caught back up on your lodge. Congrats on getting a great birth even with the stressful circumstances. mag is evil!!! glad your health is returning to normal and Phineas is starting to gain weight. The first weeks with an, even slightly early one, are hard. Just as a bit of encouragement, I developed pre-e between my 34/35 wk with my first and had to deliver. With my second and so far with my 3rd i haven't even had slightly elevated bp. My doc told me that my risk actually went down with subsequent preg. unless baby was with a new partner...??? Hopefully your next pregnacy(ies) will be smooth sailing. Phineas is adorable!
<3 Dh Jason 3/22/03
Baby #4 11/24/13