I cannot believe March is here already. A lot has gone on in my life in the past few weeks so I haven’t really done any serious comping since the end of January. The big thing in my life was the arrival of my gorgeous baby girl on the 8th February. So these past few weeks I have been enjoying every precious moment with her.
I only now feel ready to get back to some kind of normality. My birth experience was everything I didn’t want it to be. As you all know from my end of January posts that baby girl was keeping us waiting – in fact she ended up being 14 days late by the time she arrived!
I went in to be induced at 8am on Saturday 6th February, I was very optimistic in thinking she will be here with us before the end of the day, I was completely wrong! She kept us waiting until Monday afternoon! I was sent up to delivery on the Sunday afternoon to be put on a drip to kick start things but it never worked. By late Monday morning I was still only 4cm dilated and not progressing any further, in fact when they took me off the drip my contractions stopped. This baby girl really didn’t want to come out!
This is when things started to get a bit too serious for me as the doctors came in and said I have no choice but to have a c-section. I really didn’t want one but knew I had to for the sake of baby girl as by this time she was inside in the dry as they had already broke my waters in the early hours of Monday morning and it contained meconium.
So I ended up having the two things I really didn’t want – an epidural (I suffer with back problems and so this was on my list of procedures I didn’t want) and a c-section.
The epidural procedure ended up being not as bad as I thought it would be, I am really grateful to the kind anaesthetist who took her time and was very gentle.
I have never been into hospital before so I was very anxious before heading in, but then knowing I was having a c-section made me very nervous. My husband was amazing throughout everything and he ended up holding baby girl as soon as she was born for the first contact before me as I had lost 4 pints of blood and they needed to sort me out before I was given her in recovery. This was the worst part for me as I know she needed that skin to skin contact, and was all I could think about for a few days after.
I am very thankful to the doctors in theatre who saved my blood and cleaned it before I had it given back to me as I have a rare blood type. If they didn’t do that I wouldn’t have been able to go home the next day as I would have been to weak.
I was determined to go home the following day to start the new part of my life with my husband and baby girl, and thankfully they allowed us to go home 22 hours after the c-section.
So there you have it – My baby girl’s wonderful birth story.