Geoffrey's Birth Story
I went to the doctor for my 38 week check-up on March 22 and had my first internal exam. While the doctor was examining me, he said, “Wow!” I immediately got concerned and asked him what was wrong. He said nothing was wrong, but I was dilated between three and four centimeters and was 90 percent effaced. Before I left the office, I asked the doctor if I would know when I was in labor, and he said absolutely. Well I would have to disagree with that. I went from three to four centimeters at 2:00 pm to fully dilated at 11:00 pm feeling only two contractions.
My blood pressure was up and my doctor said that if I didn’t deliver over the weekend he would probably induce me on Monday or Tuesday. He told me to go home and rest (of course I went home and cleaned up the house), to stay home from work on Friday and to make an appointment for Monday for a blood pressure check. He also sent me to the lab to have some blood drawn to check for pre-eclampsia.
I got in the car and called my husband to tell him the news. He came home early so we could go run a few errands like put gas in the car, buy film and make sure we had everything we needed for the hospital. While we were out, we decided to stop for dinner at our favorite local Mexican place (I should mention that I also had Mexican for lunch.) I would certainly NOT recommend having Mexican food prior to giving birth, but hey, that’s just my opinion.
We finally got home around 9:00 and I did a few things around the house and got ready for bed. I got into bed and felt really weird, and I felt a strange pop in my tummy. I told Bryan (my husband) that I was going downstairs to read for a while and I would be back up in an hour or so. As soon as I got downstairs I had a few contractions — not too bad, just a bit uncomfortable. I went to sit in my glider and my water broke. I immediately called my doctor’s office. They told me to start timing my contractions, and when they were five minutes apart and about a minute long to call back. They said “it’s your first baby, it will probably be awhile.” They suggested having a cup of tea or taking a shower. “Um, I don’t think so,” is what I was thinking.
I got my husband up and we started timing the contractions. After about 15 minutes they were 1.5 minutes apart and a minute long. We called the doctor’s office again and told me to get to the hospital.
I told Bryan that I would try to get dressed, and he brought me my clothes; however my contractions were so close together I couldn’t even get dressed. I was in quite a bit of pain at this point. With each contraction I really tried to employ the breathing techniques I learned in our childbirth class, but the only way I could get any relief from the pain was to push. All of a sudden I felt a lot of pressure and put my hand between my legs and felt a little bulge. I called for Bryan and he took a peek and said “IT”S THE BABY”S HEAD! GET ON THE FLOOR!” So I did and two seconds later my husband delivered our son right there in our bathroom.
We called 911 after the fact, as there was way too much going on while Geoffrey was being born. They told us to tie off the cord, and in a panic I couldn’t think of anything to use. The 911 operator suggested a shoelace, so my husband sat down and unlaced his sneaker and tied off the cord. After a few minutes the police, fire and EMTs arrived. I had three men standing over me, and not one of them was my husband. One of the police officers was standing in the tub because my bathroom is so small.
About an hour later we were taken to the hospital via ambulance and taken to labor and delivery so my son and I could be looked at. I needed stitches, which hurt a lot worse than delivery. They finally got us into a room and took my son to the nursery to keep an eye on him for a while, then brought him to me around 4:30am. In all the confusion I forgot to put my glasses on and my contacts were packed in my bag, so it wasn’t until about 5:00am that I really saw my son for the first time.
Our suggestion for expecting parents is make sure you are prepared for all birthing situations. We know that it is very unlikely for a first-time mom to have such a fast labor, but I’m proof that it’s possible, and it’s best to be prepared. The only preparation we had was the birth class, which did not cover home births — but the videos did help my poor husband with the delivery. I should mention that my husband was very squeamish about being in the delivery room and always said he wanted to be down the hall and around the corner during the delivery. No such luck for him, he had a front row seat for the whole thing.
Geoffrey Patrick was born at approximately 11:30pm (according to the 911 call we placed). He weighed 7 lbs 10.8 oz and was 20.25 inches.
Geoffrey is now 10 months old and is a very happy baby. He loves to sing songs and read books (Okay, he mostly eats the books), he likes to play with the other kids in his playgroup and he really loves his kitty cats. Unfortunately for him the cats stay out of (h)arms reach and run away when he’s crawling on the floor.
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