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#1 mrs_bubbles

Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:43 PM

Birth  story of Zachary John
  
  Born  13th December at 8:37am
  
  This  is probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever written but the most amazing  and beautiful. How can I put into words exactly how I was feeling and how I  felt during the labor and birth of my firstborn son, Zachary John? As I sit  here and write this, he is sleeping beside me. Zachary is now five weeks old  " FIVE WEEKS! Where has the time gone? I have spent the last five weeks  sitting here staring, cuddling, feeding and just admiring the tiny precious boy  that my husband and I created, and the boy I carried within my body for nine  months. I have spent the last five weeks telling myself to write this but never  knew where to start or how to start. I have stopped and started this story so  many times.
  
  [/color]  How  did it all start? On Friday 2nd December, I awake early hours of the  morning with extreme loin/back pain. I managed the pain during the night by  having boiling hot showers every two hours, rocking on all fours and using my  lavender pack. By 8am I couldn’t handle the pain any longer. I knew I wasn’t in  labor as I had been battling this loin/back pain for a few weeks. I was  exhausted and tired and knew something wasn’t right. I emailed my OB advising him of what was happening. He rang me within  half an hour asking me to come into the hospital to see him. I drove to the  hospital, struggling with the pain. Not sure how I managed to get there safely,  but I did. He organized an ultrasound and the ultrasound showed I had an  obstructed left kidney. The y couldn’t find any kidney stones and put it down  to the way my uterus was laying. Around 3pm, I was admitted to the maternity  unit and seen by the Urologist on call. He advised me that I would need a stent  put into my kidney to unblock the kidney and keep it flowing. I was terrified  of going to theater, even though it was only a quick half hour procedure. I was  terrified as my husband wasn’t with me, he was at work and wouldn’t be home for  a few days. My mum stayed with me the entire time though - she was such an  amazing support during my pregnancy, surgery and the labor and birth. I was  worried about the affects the general anesthetic would have on my son. I was  advised that it was only a light anesthetic and would have no affect on my son.  I agreed to the procedure and went to theater around 7pm. I was discharged the  next day. Throughout the next week, I was free of the loin/back pain. On  Saturday 10th December, I woke up in the morning with the exact same  loin/back pain. I phoned up the hospital and was advised to return. I phoned my  mum to take me back to the hospital. I had a shot of pethidine which killed the  pain but made me dizzy and then I started vomiting. I was seen by the OB on call as it was my doctors weekend off. He advised  me that he would keep me in for the weekend on pain relief as I probably had  another obstructed kidney and would need to be induced given that I was close  to 37 weeks. He said he would leave any decisions up to my doctor when he came  around to see me on Monday morning. I stayed in hospital all weekend anxious  about what my doctor would decide on the Monday. I really hoped he would induce  me as I couldn’t imagine struggling with the pain any longer. I was afraid I would  feel exhausted by the time I actually went into labor and would have no  strength and energy to make the most of labor, when the time came. Monday  morning arrived and my OB walked into my room.  He advised that I would need another ultrasound but he thinks the best option  would be to go ahead and deliver my son. He gave me two options: a c-section or  induction. He advised that induction would be a good option but to be aware  that it may fail given I am only 37 weeks and my body may not be ready to  deliver my baby. In that case, I would end up needing a c-section. I told him I  wanted to try for a natural birth so I took t he option of an induction. He  told me that he needed to go and check that the delivery suites were free and  the staffing levels were sufficient. He told me that it may be today, tomorrow  or at the latest Wednesday. My husband was on his way back from work and  arrived after my OB had been around. He  arrived at the hospital at 10am. We sat around for a few hours wondering what  the final decision would be. In the meantime, I went off for another ultrasound  and the results showed my right kidney was now obstructed. Wise decision to  induce me as the Urologist advised me he wouldn’t put in a second stent and  leaving it could cause further problems.
  
  At  12:00pm a midwife named Hannah came into my room and told me to pack all my  things together as they were moving me rooms. I asked where I was going and she  said the birthing suites. This is felt so surreal! I was going to have a baby!  My heart could hardly hold the excitement. From then on, I couldn’t stop  smiling! I was over the moon that I was that little bit closer to meeting my  baby boy. I really had no idea what to expect at this stage but I really didn’t  care because I was on the way to having my son.
  
  At  12:30pm my OB put in the gel. At that stage my  cervix was hard and closed nowhere near ready to have a baby! The dose was the  initial 2mg dose. He advised me to rest for an hour to let the gel work on my  cervix. He said that he would come back and check on me in a few hours and if  nothing had happened he would put in a second dose and if nothing happened  after that, then a c-section would be needed. Within ten minutes of having the  gel put in, I started having tightening. The midwife hooked me up to the  monitors and told me that I was having small irregular contractions. For the  next few hours, my husband, mum and I tried to relax and rest but it was so  hard given the excitement. I was terrified at this stage that i would need a  c-section as it was something that played on my mind. I remained hopeful though  given i was having small irregular contractions.
  
  At  5:50pm my OB checked my cervix and much to  everyone's surprise i was 1.5cm dilated. The gel had worked wonders and my body  was on its way to have a baby! I was just so relieved that my body was going  after the little kick start. My OB went ahead  and broke my waters. I sucked on the gas the entire time and it was one of the  most painful experiences of my life. A small hook is inserted up into the  vagina and they break your waters. All of a sudden I felt a big gush of liquid  and it kept coming out in puddles for the next few hours. I couldn’t believe  how much fluid is inside around the baby. My sister and sister in law were in  the room and i couldn’t stop giggling every time more fluid would come out.  They would know exactly when i was leaking as I was giggling. My OB couldn’t believe it and had never seen somebody laugh  and smile so much during labor. I smiled all the way to the end. I was so ecstatic  and felt no fear about childbirth. I trusted my body that it knew what to do  and I had wonderful support through my husband and my mum.
  
  At  6:35pm i was started on the sintocin drip to speed up and intensify labor.  Almost straight away my contractions were extremely intense and felt like they  were on top of each other. I tried a few different things to manage the pain.  Rocking back and forth, my husband massaged my back, I rocked back and forth  and bounced on the fit ball. It was hard to stay active as I was hooked up to  the contraction monitor, heart rate monitor for my son and had an IV inserted.  My birth photographer arrived around 7:30pm and straight away she got to work.  I never noticed her taking photos. She was an amazing support also having been  through childbirth three times. By 9pm I was begging for a shower as my  contractions were coming every 2 minutes and never seemed to get a break in  between. They were so intense they made me vomit and the vomiting didn’t stop  until I was near ready to push. The midwife allowed me to have a quick 15  minute shower as I needed to get back on the monitors ASAP. I kept looking at  the big tub and feeling slight disappointment that I couldn’t use it. I had a  shower and it was such an amazing feeling. I had the hot water on my back and  then my husband was spraying my lower stomach with the hot water. I tried  several different positions in the shower, on all fours, squatting, leaning  over a chair but the most comfortable was standing up. I dragged the shower out  to 30 minutes as I kept having contractions and was refusing to get out of the  shower. Eventually I got out of the shower. I could barely walk two steps  without another contraction hitting me. I thought I was doing really well with  managing the pain and my husband and mum kept encouraging me saying how well I  was doing. At around 10pm i started the gas. I sucked so hard it made me dizzy.  It took awhile to get the hang of it. I felt so high and drunk. I was saying  funny and silly things that made my husband and mum laugh. Apparently I was  over the top loving and tried to keep kissing my husband and telling everyone  how much I loved them even the midwife! I remember leaning over the bed talking  to my mum and telling her that I couldn't do it and wanting the epidural. She  told me that I COULD do it but if I wanted the epidural, then it was my choice.  I wanted to see how far along I was before asking, I felt if I had progressed  to about 6cm then I would keep powering through so I asked the midwife to check  me. She checked me at 10:35pm and I was only 3cm dilated! 3cm I COULDN'T  BELIEVE IT!!! I felt so disappointed I cried. I had managed hours of intense  contractions on top of each other and had only managed to get to 3cm. I asked  my midwife when did she think i would be ready to deliver and she said probably  not until late morning/early afternoon. At that point, i asked for an epidural.  I was managing the pain with the gas but knew i couldn’t manage for another  8-12 hours. I was exhausted and tired and needed sleep. I felt like i was drunk  and i was starting to loose focus. I wanted to reserve my energy for pushing  out my son.
  
  At  12:20am the epidural was done and took about 15 minutes to kick in. It didn’t  hurt. I sucked on the gas the entire time and only felt a tiny pinch as the  local anesthetic was given. After that, I didn’t feel a thing. Once i t had  kicked in, it was amazing. I couldn’t feel the contractions, only a slight  tightening of my belly. I was numb i n my vagina and bottom and my legs were  heavy, but I could still feel them. A catheter was inserted as i wasn’t able to  get up and use the toilet. I didn’t feel the catheter being inserted. It was so  amazing to be pain free and i was able to sleep on and off all night long. My  husband, mum and the birth photographer were also able to nap on the chairs and  regain some of their energy too. My husband had worked a 12 hour shift at work,  then driven 12 hours to the hospital and then stayed awake my entire labor so  it was nice for him to be able to catch a few minutes sleep. My sister, nan,  mother in law, father in law and sister in law were all sleeping in the waiting  room as they didn’t want to leave the hospital until he was born. Once I was  completely pain free, the nurse stopped the sintocin drip as I was having  regular strong contractions all on my own. She said if at any stage they  stopped, she would start the drip back up again.
  
  At  2:10am the midwife checked my cervix and I was 5cm. I couldn’t believe it! I  was so excited that I was half way there, half way to delivering my son. I went  back to sleep thinking I wouldn’t be ready to push until around 10-11am.
  
  I  was still half asleep when my OB came at  6:30am to check me. I expected to be maybe 7-8cm dilated. Then he said was “are  you ready to have a baby?!” OMG!! I was 10cm dilated fully dilated and ready to  deliver my son. My body is incredible. It took soooo long to get to 5cm  dilated, and then in 4 hours it had dilated another 5cm to the point i was  fully dilated. WOW!!! I was not expecting to be ready to push at 6:30am. The  last few hours being pregnant was such a surreal feeling. I am about to say  goodbye to my huge and beautiful baby bump and say hello to our much  anticipated son. My OB then  turned off the epidural as I wanted to feel the  pushing stage. He then left me for about half an hour for it to wear off. I  started feeling tightening again and they were getting more intense each time.  At 7:15am I started pushing. I pushed three times during each contraction. My  midwife Hannah was amazing and the support she gave was incredible. She told me  exactly how to push and I pushed that way every single time. I pushed for about  40 minutes before I was almost ready to deliver his head. I told my midwife  that I was so desperate to see what color hair he had. When she could see the  top of the head she told me he had brown hair and once I had finished the  contraction, I turned to my husband and said “I told you so!” My OB then told me to put one leg up on his hip and the  other leg up on Hannah’s hip and pull my legs each time I had a contraction. He  said I was doing very well and my pushing was fantastic! Each time I pushed, he  told me to push as if I was angry, very very angry and I put everything I had  into pushing like I was angry. Then I would smile in between. The end stage of  pushing, felt like I never got a breath. Delivering his head was painful and I  felt such a pressure in my bottom. I kept saying “I feel like i need to do a  big fart!” and was reassured that no, it was his head. So I kept pushing. My bottom  felt like it was going to explode and that’s the only way to describe the  feeling. As his head was coming out, my OB  told me to do small half pushes so he could try and keep my perineum intact. I  never felt the ring of fire that people so often tell you it feels like. I just  felt extreme pain and pressure but knew I was sooo close to delivering my boy!  The whole pushing stage, I kept my eyes close. Every time I would open my eyes  I would feel dizzy from the pushing. They asked if I wanted a mirror but I kept  my eyes closed anyway so no point in that. The birth photographer took photos  though and showed me every now and then where I was up to and that gave me  inspiration and motivation to keep pushing with everything I had! Once his head  was out, it was such a relief. My OB pretty  much fished his shoulders out and he was born. It was such an amazing  incredible feeling and one that cannot be explained in words. He was placed up  on my chest and wow the first glimpse of my son. I was overwhelmed with love.  The feeling i had at that moment is one i can barely describe. He looked up at  me with his big eyes and i just could not believe that was my son and i am his  mummy. My son graced us with his presence three weeks early on the 13th  December 2011 at 8:37am weighing 8 pounds 1 ounce 52cm long and a head  circumference of 33cm. The midwife couldn't believe how big he was and asked  whether my dates matched up - and they do!
  
  I  delivered the placenta without the need for the injection within 10 minutes  after birth. My placenta was healthy and my cord was super long according to my  doctor. I asked my doctor whether I had any tearing and he told me I had a tiny  graze at the bottom but no need for stitches. He said I pushed like an expert  and most first time mums don’t push like that. Wow! No pooping and no stitches  I realllllly got lucky!! I really felt like I had an amazing team delivering my  baby. Between the support of my husband and mum and the support of my midwife  and my OB. I felt in incredible hands. I  had incredible trust in my OB and admired him.
  
  Meanwhile,  I held him on my chest and breastfed him for the next hour. Breastfeeding him  for the first time was magical. Then I asked if they could weigh him etc so my  husband could have his skin to skin time. Watching my husband hold his son to  his chest was such a beautiful moment. The way he looked down at Zachary just  melted my heart. The love he has for this little boy is so beautiful to watch.  He is an amazing husband and incredibly supportive. I remember thinking these  are my two people MY husband and MY son. Wow. Such a beautiful feeling. I have  a little family. I have wanted this since before I could remember. This is our  first born - our son. He is all ours to love and teach and learn from.
  
  A few  hours later, It all hit me and i was overcome with emotion. We had wanted this  for such a long time. We had tried month after month each failed month would  break our hearts and i would loose a little hope each time. Finally, our OB started us on Clomid - a fertility treatment to assist  in ovulation. We fell pregnant first month of the treatment - very lucky! The  first appointment where was saw his little heartbeat to this moment he was  born. Such an amazing journey and one that cannot really be summed up in a  birth story. I will never ever forget what it feels like to long for your baby.  
  
  Looking  back it all feels like a dream. Alongside marrying my husband, this was by far  the most amazing day of my life. The feeling i felt when my son entered the  world and was placed up onto my chest was just something that words cannot  describe.

    

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#2 opethmum

Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:11 PM

Awesome story! Thanks for sharing. I cried !

#3 mummaorange

Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:16 PM

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Tears are streaming!!

What a beautiful story and beautiful slideshow. How magical <3

Congratulation you are a stunning family <3 x

#4 Hooray Henry

Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:25 PM

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and photos.  I remember seeing your photos before but HAD to look at them again - so gorgeous.

#5 fozzer

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:41 PM

just lovely....love the slideshow...beautiful. Your son looks just gorgeous...

#6 Stronger

Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:31 PM

How absolutely beautiful!! What a well written story and a gorgeous little boy!! Congratulations to you and your DH!!! All the best!!

#7 Soontobegran

Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:45 PM

Gorgeous birth story and amazing photos.
Congratulations, Zachary is beautiful original.gif .

#8 Jocelyn_expecting

Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:11 PM

Oh my goodness I just cried like a little girl! What a beautiful story and what a beautiful family. You are simply gorgeous!  wink.gif

#9 Ellen D

Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:04 AM

Now look what you've done! You've done gone and made me all misty eyed!!!

Beautiful birth story, and gorgeous photo's!!

Oh, and handsome little man by the way!!

Sending you all hugs original.gif

#10 Purplepearl

Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:48 PM

What a beautiful story and so sincerely and beautifully told. Thank you for sharing it. Congratulations on your little man. Yes - I am crying too original.gif !

#11 sarahec

Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:13 PM

Love the slideshow, your mum and husband are so sweet, and you look very happy throughout!

#12 Mishu

Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:40 PM

I loved your slideshow, your son is just gorgeous. And you are radiant!

#13 beachmumof1

Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:07 PM

Just beautiful!! What a lovely little family you have!!
Congratulations on the birth of your darling little boy.

Hope your kidney issues have sorted themselves out without the strain of pregnancy.


#14 Guest_mbride_*

Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:15 PM

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful story. Little Zachary is absolutely beautiful. Your story was really touching and one that brought me inspiration. We've been trying to conceive for 12 months and haven't even had any luck ovulating yet with all the drugs. About to move to IUI and IVF shortly thereafter and reading this has given me hope. It can be a long road but its a beautiful journey and the outsome is oh, so sweet! Love the story and an even more amazing slideshow! Enjoy motherhood!

#15 Minimouse27

Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:18 PM

Just gorgeous OP

All the best xx

#16 readyandraring

Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:35 PM

oh you have me sitting on my couch sobbing, what a gorgeous slideshow and the music was beautiful!

Congratulations

#17 Tesseract

Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:57 PM

Wow. Just, wow. I have read A LOT of birth stories, and this is one of the most inspirational, your attitude is amazing! What an amazing woman!

#18 mrs_bubbles

Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:07 PM

Wow wub.gif thanks for such lovely feedback!

So glad you all love my birth story and the slideshow.

I watch the slideshow at least once a week, can't help myself hehe.

mbride - so glad I have brought you some inspiration. Just don't give up. A baby seems so far away and at times I felt like I wouldn't get there but it happens and when it does, it's just amazing!

#19 LittleJacksonOne

Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:07 AM

I'm with the others! Beautiful! Crying also original.gif hehe

Thankyou so much for sharing your story, as I havnt had my first child yet it all can seem a little scaring but reading your story gave me amazing hope that no matter what happens, its Beautiful! Yay!

Hope you and your family continue to go well and be joyful! original.gif

#20 MiloandOtis

Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:54 AM

Thanks for sharing, the slideshow is amazing, certainly brought on the tears!

#21 mks81

Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:21 PM

What a beautiful,euphoric birth story, so positive, even when the birthplan wasn't going right.
And the slideshow is just beautiful.I loved seeing the photo's of your mother and yourself together which brought a lump to my throat as my mum wont be able to be there for my little one's arrival.Cherish those photo's, they are truely something special!

#22 BrindleGirl

Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:09 PM

Thank you for sharing such a personal and precious journey wub.gif wub.gif

#23 geishagirl

Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:52 PM

Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. The slideshow is just beautiful!

I would never have considered a birth photographer before, but your photos really make me think twice! Just beautiful.




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