birth story (Baby Evelyn)
By Sarah (lappa1)
a type 1 diabetic from the United Kingdom.
She had a great pregnancy with no complications,
but did have some excitement at delivery.
Baby Evelyn was born by C-section.
This beautiful girl has changed her mama's life.
arrived on October 1, 2004 at 4:02 am.
She was three weeks early and weighed 5 pounds 9 ounces.
It all began
at my 36-week appointment. The consultant told me that a diabetic
placenta deteriorates sooner than a non-diabetic one. I was told
that going to 40 weeks would be like a non-diabetic going to 42
weeks. They wanted to induce me at 38 weeks. I was a bit miffed
that they hadn't mentioned this before. I was concerned about being
induced as I had the impression it increased the chances of having
to have a c-section.
at my parent craft classes suggested I try some old fashioned ways
to encourage labour myself. Once I reached 37 weeks, she recommended
fresh pineapple, sex, curry, raspberry leaf tea/tablets. So
37 weeks to the day I purchased the pineapple and the raspberry
leaf capsules. The packet said take 1 or 2 three times a day.
I took one tablet
at about 4 pm and about an hour later I started to feel sick. I
checked my blood and I had gone low so I sipped orange juice. The
juice didn't help, my blood sugar stayed low, and I just felt more
and more sick and full of juice! By 7 pm I thought I ought to have
something to eat, but my blood sugar was still low. I was too scared
to take more insulin. I felt so sick I couldn't stomach much food.
I nibbled some toast and fell asleep. When I woke an hour later
I expected my blood sugar to be high (after the toast and no insulin)
but it was still low and the queasiness was worse. I hadn't been
sick at all throughout my pregnancy, so I was worried.
I called the
hospital and whilst I was explaining everything to the midwife,
I finally vomited. I felt a bit better after that and she told me
to try and eat again and call her back in an hour. I tried to eat,
but the queasiness came back. I vomited again and the midwife told
me to go in so they could monitor me.
I got to the
hospital at 11 pm. They settled me in and hooked baby up to a heart
rate monitor. My partner went home so we could all get some rest
for the night - or so we thought.
the heart rate monitor frequently and quizzed me about contractions.
I had a bit of backache but nothing strong. Evelyn's heart rate
was dropping and the doctor was getting concerned. I felt absolutely
awful. I thought I was going to lose her.
me and I was 3 cm dilated. The doctor decided neither Evelyn nor
I was up to a labour. He decided to deliver her by c-section right
away. They called the team together and rang my partner at home
at about 2:30 am. They wheeled me into theatre at 3:30 am. Evelyn
was born at 4:02 am.
The half an
hour from when they took the monitor off her, until I heard her
cry was the longest and worst of my life. All I could think was
'Please God, let her be ok?' When I heard her cry I was so relieved.
When they brought her around the curtain to show me she was all
wrapped up and her beautiful big blue eyes were peering out at me
- I will never forget it. She didn't look phased at all. She is
still really chilled out - she can't see what all the fuss was about!
We have been
really lucky. She has been with me ever since. Her blood sugar remained
stable so she didn't have to go to special care. My stitches healed
fine. My blood sugar has since been stable.
for 3 weeks. We struggled--but that is another story.
She is 4 weeks
old now and my life has changed so much. I love being a mom!
Thanks for taking
the time to read our story.