Well as you all know, on friday afternoon I was admitted to the hospital. I went in for my weekly ultrasound and while there they determined that my amniotic fluid was only a 2… which apparently is REALLY BAD. Because baby has a 2 vessel cord they couldn’t risk letting me go home. Totally understand that… and I knew that the baby’s safety was a higher priority than what I wanted…
So I brought Caleb home (he was with me at the US), we packed up a bag for Owen and made some calls to some awesome friends/neighbors, who agreed to help watch the boys.
Taking them on is a lot! So I am so thankful for those willing to help.
I will give the short version of this story :) – since I want to go lay down quicker….
… basically though I was given CERVIDEL (spelling may be off on that) – its basically this thing they stick in you that will soften your cervix and hopefully bring on labor. Because I was already contracting they thought this would do the trick and that would be it.
While you are given this CERVIDEL though they keep you hooked up to baby monitors….
These torture devices below:
Kidding, they aren’t torture devices and do serve their purpose… but to try and SLEEP with these on is pretty impossible unless you are heavily drugged. I could not sleep at all last night hooked up to these things. Each time you moved, they’d have to readjust to find baby again, the gel they use made me itch SO BAD! The itching was by far more uncomfortable than the contracting I was having every 3-5 minutes. It was almost intolerable.
When I finally broke down (at like 1:30am) I asked the nurse if I could just leave them off… she told me it was policy that they stayed hooked up at all times while CERVIDEL is given. Apparently there are risk to this CERVIDEL and that is why things have to be monitored closely. They failed to tell me the risk prior. Which frustrates me in so many ways…. but I wont get into that.
Basically I was told that they could continue to leave CERVIDEL in through the night, let it do what its suppose to do… then in the AM I would be given PITOCIN to really get labor going… and more than likely if given this, Id then get the epidural, then more pitocin, then baby would get distressed due to everything and Id end up with a c-section, since they were already on high alert with baby as is. I knew either way, PITOCIN or not, that I would have a horrible birth experience if I stayed hooked up to those monitors and got no rest.
It made no sense to me to keep me hooked up, ON MY BACK (so uncomfortable!) – not resting, not relaxing, then expect me to have the right mind set and strength to go through a labor and push out a baby.
What they ended up doing, because I just wouldnt let it go :) – was they took the CERVIDEL OUT, so that they could then UNHOOK those monitors… and allow me to rest for 4 hrs. Then after those 4 hrs, Id be rehooked up to monitor baby for 45 minutes, then they’d re-evaluate.
Not sure how soundly but I felt a lot better after those 4 hrs… and had hopes something would progress from this.
Yet here I am at home now.
Yup. I was induced… but am now home.
Come 6am they monitored me again and then ordered an ultrasound tech to come in and check fluid again. IF the fluid was up from yesterday, Id be able to go home… if I wanted.
FLUID was totally in the green and I was given the ok to go home.
I had not dilated any more through the night, although my cervix had thinned some, I was not in labor.
So I decided to go home.
I hated we bothered people with watching our kids… and I hated that I had to sit up all night being uncomfortable, poked with needles and so on… but in the end, Id much rather GO HOME – let Nature take its course and let baby come on his own time, if all possible.
I know in some situations INDUCTION is a must… but I think so often it is not needed or pushed to soon… and that is why there are so many women who go through such bad birth experiences.
The Nurse we had in the AM was awesome… I will be requesting her when we go back :) – she is studying to be a midwife, which I think is great! She told me that the C-section percentage rate at this particular hospital was 56%!!!! To add to that, she said being induced at 37 weeks with a 2VC baby, was pretty much guarantying a C-section by adding a 34% higher percentage to my situation.
She said that they even had said “May as well cut her now” – rather than waiting. I mean wow…
How messed up is that?!
Had I gone into this not knowing how a birth could go… I would of probably done exactly what they said… and would of ended up on a c-section table…
While C-sections have their place… I know they have been used to save many lives… For me, after 3 vaginal births, I DO NOT WANT A CSECTION EVER. Give me labor pain any day….
I know my body can do this…. and I think coming home was by far the best choice.
I am contracting every 3-5 minutes still. STRONGLY. Baby is face down and ready to go… I just need to let time take over… and be patient. Tonights a full moon, so Ive joked we will be back there tonight :-) – but in all honesty I would be ok if it went another few days or even a week.
So we now resting at home.
Ive been told to chug the liquids and stay off my feet. Not sure ill stay off my feet totally, I think if anything gravity would do me good ;-) – but I will take it easy and drink lots. As long as baby is moving well, I am good to go.
My dad is in town now too… which I think he is secretly a lil upset about ;-) – since he had originally planned to only come once baby was born HAHA… but I think it will work all out well and it will be reassuring to know there is someone here in the house, in case labor happens at 2am.
All this being said.
… and hopefully it makes sense :)
Thank you for the prayers and sweet words!
We will keep everyone posted via our facebook or the blog as things progress….