This is my child’s delivery story. His birth wasn’t easy and didn’t go as smoothly as I had envisioned.
My doctors agreed that I needed to be medically induced to begin the labor process. They believed it was the right course of action due to my asthma. My husband and I spent about 2 to 3 days and nights in the hospital room while I was drugged and medicated. He told me that I would (still asleep) scream in pain, try to remove tubing, attempt to get out of bed but fall instead. No one was able to sleep. Finally labor begun. Three epidurals later – the hard pushing begun. Five and a half hours of continuous pushing and nurses prodding me, the doctor decides we need an emergency c-section.
Before the nurses wheeled me out of the room to surgery, I remember being given nausea medicine. Instead of preventing nausea, the nausea medicine actually made me throw up everywhere (including on myself). At least I didn’t poop! Right? Haha. No one was allowed to come back into surgery with me while I was being prepped. More needles were injected into my spine – numbing me. A big sheet was put up so I couldn’t see beyond my nose. My whole face was itchy and my asthma was starting to act up. The surgeons let my husband come in and he had to administer my inhaler for me. I couldn’t move my arms… nor could I speak. This was how I thought I was going to die, to be completely honest. Once our son was removed he didn’t cry. All of us were exhausted.
I cannot remember what exactly happened after initial skin to skin contact. We did end up in another room, which we were stuck in for a week and a half. Our son, Aiden, had high bilirubin levels and needed double the light therapy. On top of that he was badly injured from all the pushing because he was attempting to come out forehead first. The scratches near his eyes are from the nurse’s fingernails! During our extended stay I had severe migraines and nausea. Nurses also reinserted at least two catheters (because the first one wasn’t put in correctly and leaked all over the floor). Aiden’s delivery was not a delightful experience but I am extremely grateful that it wasn’t worse. He has healed remarkably well and fast!