Birth Story (Cassidy born 10/06/01)
Mom to Autumn 11/9/98 and Cassidy 10/06/01
Boy, I wish my labor had been this easy!!
I went in for the ultrasound at 38-1/2 weeks to determine the
baby's weight and for my NST (nonstress test). My blood pressure
was high (150/97). My OB was afraid I was becoming preeclamptic
like I did with my first pregnancy. He said he would check to
see if I was dilated. If I was, he would go in and strip my membranes
and that would put me into labor either that night or sometime
over the weekend. It turns out I was 2 cm and 50% effaced - so
he stripped my membranes - OUCH! I went straight home. An hour
later I was having contractions 7 minutes apart. When they were
5 minutes apart we went to the hospital. They sent me back home
because I still had a smile on my face (and I was still 2 cm and
50% effaced). They told me to go home, take my insulin, eat, and
walk. The nurse was certain the contractions were a false alarm
and would stop if I walked...but they got soooo much worse.
My husband and I walked up our alley for two hours, stopping
every two to three minutes for extremely painful contractions,
and finally went back to the hospital. With those contractions
I was only 3cm! I was told to walk around the hospital.
They took a blood sugar and it was 50. They put dextrose in
my IV. Then I was 4 cm. They gave me Pitocin after a couple of
hours and had me go through contractions with it for a couple
of hours to make sure that I was in strong labor before giving
me the epidural. At 5 am the epidural was in place and I fell
The nurse woke me up at 7 am to tell me that the baby must be
lying on the cord because she couldn't get the heartbeat on the
monitor. When she checked, it turned out the baby's head was on
its way out. This was pretty funny because I had been sleeping
and didn't feel a thing. The doctor and my mom got there just
in time to see me push about three times for the baby to come
out (my husband was there).
The doctor was shocked to see a 5-pound baby come out because
he thought I was going to have an overly large baby (gestational
diabetes). I got to cut the cord myself because my husband was
chicken. I nursed the baby for a few minutes before they checked
the blood sugar on the baby (that was in my birth plan). The blood
sugar was over 70 and that was great. They checked baby's blood
sugar periodically for the next 24 hours and it was always good.
I tried to nurse baby a lot to keep the blood sugar up.
A couple pediatricians in the hospital had trouble figuring
out the baby's actual gestation age, but I know my dates were
right because I was trying to get pregnant and was watching my
cycles and ovulations closely. Now they are saying the low birth
weight was caused by the diabetes because the placenta may not
have been providing enough nutrients to the fetus. If that's the
case, then it's good we got the baby out, but I have to say I've
got a real healthy and thriving baby here. No worries. We never
got the result of the ultrasound for fetal weight that I had before
labor started - I'm curious what they said. That's it.