In part one of our birth story, I shared that I went to my routine OB appointment only to learn that I would be induced one week early due to complications from hypertension. Here’s part two:
Fast forward to Thursday – the day of my induction. My husband and I showed up to the hospital around 4:00 PM eager to begin the process that would eventually lead us to meet our son. After a few minutes in the waiting room, we were taken back to labor and delivery. Around 4:30 PM, my doctor began the induction process with my first dose of Cytotec. It took about three more doses before I began to feel any real contractions. Around 10:00 PM, I began to feel consistent contractions mostly in my lower back. The nurses encouraged us to get some rest because this process was going to be long and grueling. We turned the lights down and tried our best to sleep. A few hours later, I woke up to even stronger contractions and the nurse suggested that I get the epidural now while I could still comfortably hold still. Around 4:30 AM, the anesthesiologist came to administer the epidural and the nurse started me on pitocin.
I dozed off again and woke up around 7:30 AM to nearly the entire labor and delivery staff in our room hovering over the fetal heart rate monitors. Our assigned nurse and L & D head nurse calmly told my husband and I that the pitocin was placing stress on our baby and that we would most likely need to deliver the baby via c-section. Around 7:45, my doctor came in for one last cervical check and confirmed that I would undergo a c-section.
The nurses began to prepare us for surgery and I was wheeled into the OR around 8:05 AM. At 8:24 AM, I heard the first cries our baby as he was shuffled out of the room to be weighed and cleaned up. After 14 hours, I couldn’t believe our baby was finally here and ready to live life in this world.
We feel so fortunate for the caring labor and deliver nurses who helped us deliver our son. Our birth story did not go according to plan, but all that matters is the outcome – a healthy and happy baby boy.