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Baby Paiges birth story, induction epidural
First baby, fantastic expreience in public hospital

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#1 savannah_8

Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:30 AM

I was booked in for an induction thursday 1st Nov, we went to the hospital 8am and had to wait for a bed in day stay, had gel administered at around 3pm (long annoying wait ) was told it may not do anything as first baby and only 1ml. So i had bed booked in maternity to stay and was goin to be checked at 8pm by nurse and my caseload midwife was goin to come in the morning to assess me and start an iv drip to kick start contractions.

I was happy to stay as a bit scared to be in labour at home, so myself and dp entertained ourselves for a few hours and then i started to have pain at about 6 pm hard cramps and every 3 to 5 minutes, i was leaning over the bed with dp massaging my back and myself trying not to cry as there was a family in my shared room enjoying their new baby (i was in maternity recovery lol) i asked to be moved to birthing asap as things were happening way too quick, so i was finally in birthing at around 9pm when a room was avaibale (there was a baby boom as normal)

i started puffing on the gas which honestly only worked well in between contractions i felt quite drunk and out of it, my midwife Kate came in from home on her night off (shes amazing) and i asked for an epidural as i wasn't coping, i changed my mind frequently as i was scared of the needle in the back, but finally said yes i will have it please. I was around 5cm dialated, it took an hour to set up an administer as asesthesiologists are quite busy, so it was a bit of a blur of squirming crying and puffing on gas lol but only felt very small needle pricks and had the big needle in between contractions, i felt not alot but pressure. When it was finally in a relief washed over me it was amazing (i highly reccommend them they are amazing) i could relax, my partner said i was back to myself and not a zombie lol, this was around 1 am. I had a sleep and Kate said she would wake me when we could push.

At around 5 am kate said we can start pushing i could feel the tightening in my belly and a small amount of pain but nothing major and was pushing for a bout 2 hours, at this point a Ob came in and said ok we need intervention. I was quite upset as i knew that was the risk of having and epidural, also my contractions were really short, every few minutes but only 15 to 30 sec. He said we are going to use forceps and an episiotomy, i was so scared i of the cut and feeling it but my epidural made me completely numb and i felt nothing, staff were amazing telling me everything they were doing step by step. And with massive amounts of pressure and timed pushing babys head came out and a few minutes later her body with a big gush, she was out straight on my chest for skin to skin at 7.33am friday the 2nd nov screaming and sniffing trying to find my breast.

The placenta was delivered and knew i had to be sewn up obviously and heard the doctor (who was training another ob) say 3rd degree tear and i freaked a bit lol but he was only talking about the kind of suture used. They sewed up my episiotomy it took a long time around half hour (i was thinking oh my gosh my poor vagina lol)  all while admiring our amazing newborn. She was 3.7 kg, no wonder i couldn't push her out she was bigger than expected, length 52cm. Apgar score of 9 and 9 at 5 minutes later.  So around 12 hours labour from first contraction to delivery. Staff and my midwife were amazing (i wasnt sure what to expect going public in a very busy hospital in melbourne)  i couldn't have asked for better care and of course the pain was all worth it for our little girl.  original.gif

Edited by savannah_8, 17 December 2012 - 09:31 AM.

#2 saraal

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

awesome birth story' a lot like my first! congratulations!!

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