Fertile Journeys

March 15, 2010

Nathan’s Birth Story

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lhoham @ 2:53 pm

This is very long! A lot happened during those 31 hours! 🙂

After 16 days of Prodromal Labor (with contractions every 2-8 minutes apart), my water finally broke around 4:30am on Thursday morning, March 4. I woke up feeling two small gushes and thought it was in my head. I got up and checked and my liner was a little wet. I got back into bed and felt another larger gush and knew what it was. I got out of bed and went into the bathroom where things really got going! We called the on-call doctor and she told us to head into L&D.

We arrived at L&D around 7:00am and went to triage. It took them quite some time to get things organized and finally a doctor came in to check me – I was only 1 cm dilated. They admitted me and sent me over to my room which happened to be in the high-risk unit. We spent some time there and walked the hallways for a while. I was having some contractions, but nothing compared to the Prodromal labor (go figure). I made it to 2 cm with walking when they checked me again. They decided to give me something to ripen my cervix. They put it in and I had to lie down for a while. After an hour or so, I got up and walked around again, but my cervix was not changing. They decided at that point to put in the Cervidel. After about 2 or 3 hours of that, my contractions were coming 1-2 minutes apart with lots of pain, yet my cervix had not changed very much. They decided they had to pull it out to let my body get some rest. They wanted me to try and rest throughout the over-night and they would try again in the morning. Around 9pm, I was in such horrible pain from the contractions that they gave me Stadol. It made me relax for a while, but I woke up to even greater pain. So around 1:30am or so they gave me an epidural – it took two tries unfortunately which was painful. I got some relief from the epidural and got a little rest. But, unfortunately it was short-lived. The pain was so intense with each contraction that they kept giving me more and more medicine through the epidural. It wasn’t working very well. Throughout the night though, I had progressed to about 8 cm. We were still planning a vaginal delivery. And Nathan was doing perfect.

Now things get a little fuzzy…I remember people in my room. I remember throwing up all over myself. I remember the nurse taking my temperature. I remember screaming in pain asking for more medicine. Oh, and I remember the anesthesiologist coming in and telling me if we had to do a c-section, I would need a spinal block. But, that’s about it (minus a few things here and there) on what I really remember. I was unconscious much of the time and hallucinating the other times. I had spiked a fever of over 104 and was very sick. Nathan’s heart rate began to rise and stayed up too high for about one hour. They made the decision that I needed a c-section. I was disappointed and crying even though I knew I couldn’t take it anymore. It had been 30 hours when they decided (31 hours at the time of the c-section). I was too sick. I guess at that point they started giving me antibiotics because they suspected I had an infection and they prepped me for surgery. I was so scared. I’m pretty sure the pain was from the infection mostly and less from the contractions – well a combination of both perhaps.

They wheeled me into the OR and made Ross wait while they put the spinal block in. I was still so sick and it was hard to move. They helped me get to the operating table and then sat me up to take out the epidural and put in the spinal block. The amazing OB (who was covering for my practice) held my hands while they put the spinal in. He totally didn’t have to. He could have waited to come in until after the spinal was done. But he stayed the whole time. He let me lean on him (even though there were nurses in there) and he let me squeeze his hands. He was an angel and I am so grateful to him!

Anyway, once I was numb, they brought Ross back to sit with me. I had asked the doctor not to say what he was doing because I was so scared (I didn’t want to hear “scalpel” or “cutting”). And he obliged. I didn’t hear what they were doing at all. I was quite nauseous so they kept giving me meds for that. A short time later, they pulled Nathan out! I was a bit nervous because I couldn’t see him and he wasn’t crying! But, Ross could see him. The NICU team took him over to the warmer and checked him out – he was perfect! Ross came back and sat with me (and brought Nathan over quickly for me to say hi) for a few minutes until Nathan was done and they sent the boys to the recovery room to wait for me. It took a bit of time to sew me up (much longer than I expected). I had the best team of doctors and nurses. Nathan was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 22 ½ inches long. He has a full head of brown hair, olive skin, and blue eyes. He is perfect!

Once they were done, they wheeled me into recovery where Ross and Nathan were waiting! I was so out of it and sick. I watched the boys together and saw the look on Ross’ face – pure happiness. I almost can’t even describe it. It was completely amazing to see him. They were still giving me lots of medicine at this point and I was numb and hurting. I couldn’t hold Nathan for quite some time because I was too out of it. Ross laid him next to my head so I could see him. Eventually, as I became more alert, I was able to hold him and try and nurse him. I loved nursing him from the very beginning. It felt so right.

After a few hours, they brought me up to my room – I got to hold Nathan all the way up there which was awesome. We enjoyed our time together as a family and a few friends came to visit during our stay. It was an incredibly rough few days physically. I was very ready to get out of the hospital. We are still waiting on test results to find out what exactly happened to me. It may shed some light on our previous miscarriage issues as there may have been a placental infection. They also took out something off of my fallopian tube which they sent for biopsy.

We’re all home now and doing great. It’s overwhelming to say the least and I’ve got a lot of worries about doing a good job and handling it all. But, we’re making do and learning every day. We have a very happy and very adorable little boy – and that’s all that counts! And here he is – Nathan Alan:

Kudos if you are still reading!!!


  1. OMG, he is such a cutie pie. I’m so sorry you had such a rough birth experience. I hope you are starting to feel better and enjoying your time as a family of 3. Congrats!!!!

    Comment by Amy from SK — March 15, 2010 @ 9:17 pm |Reply

  2. What a journey! He is beautiful. I am so sorry you had to go through all of that – hopefully, you’ll get some answers! Hope nursing continues to go smoothly for you!

    Comment by Tkeys — March 15, 2010 @ 9:49 pm |Reply

  3. That sounds a lot like my first pregnancy 7 years ago, and I know how you feel with all of the nausea. It’s so hard to concentrate on the task at hand when you feel absolutely miserable, sick on top of being in labor. Nathan is absolutely gorgeous and I am so happy for you. Congrats to your beautiful family!

    Comment by ShannyLou929 from SK — March 17, 2010 @ 11:14 am |Reply

  4. Adorable, cute and even perfect don’t begin to do this little boy justice! He is such a handsome, easy going little fellow. We are so blessed. And he has wonderful, devoted parents to love him and take care of him. I’ve got the spoiling covered!

    Comment by mom — March 17, 2010 @ 1:40 pm |Reply

  5. Hey linds…just wondering what the biopsy results were. Happy one month to all of you!!! (by the way, ctx 14 mins apart when sitting and 4 mins apart when walking. I feel fine and feel like the baby is coming…)

    Comment by Lynsie Steele — April 2, 2010 @ 4:28 am |Reply

  6. How scary! I’m glad you’re both OK. He looks soooo perfect! =)

    Comment by Alyssa — April 2, 2010 @ 7:58 pm |Reply

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