Jacob's Birth Story
My first baby’s delivery was everything I hoped it wouldn’t be. I had toxemia, was induced at 36 weeks, and after 33 hours of labor was only 5 centimeters dilated, resulting in a c-section, and my baby weighed in at 4lbs. 9ozs.
This time around I was going to have everything different. My doctor was a specialist in high-risk pregnancies, and was very willing to assist me in having a VBAC. I felt that I missed the whole “birthing process” with my first child, as I did not even get to the “labor” stages of birth before having a c-section.
Everything went smoothly throughout the pregnancy. My blood pressure remained low, and no signs of pre-eclampsia appeared. On Feb. 6th, 4 days beyond my due date, my water broke at 3am. We went to the hospital and after 4 hours, my contractions were not yet regular, so they started me on pitocin. By 5 pm, I was 10 centimeters dilated and ready to push!
After my first push, the baby’s heart rate dropped significantly. The nurse immediately called for the doctor. At that time, about 20 hospital staff were in the room. They proceeded to use the vacuum and forceps to assist in my vaginal delivery (as there was no time to prep me for a c-section). It was so intense that at one point when they were trying to get the baby out, a nurse was up on the delivery table pushing my belly to help move the baby out. When my son Jacob was born, there was a significant amount of blood from the delivery. (At that time the doctors thought that the placenta had abrupted). Jacob was critical, as his apgar was only a 3 due to all the blood he swallowed during the birth. Luckily, after 5 minutes, and thanks to all the wonderful folks who worked on him those 5 minutes, his apgar moved to 9.
Meanwhile, the doctor was repairing me from the episiotomy that tore from front to back. After three hours of recovery, my blood pressure dropped to 40/25! It was at that point in time that the doctors realized that I was bleeding internally due to a uterine rupture (something that happens about 1 in 50,000) . I was sent to emergency surgery for 2 hours while the doctors worked feverishly to repair my uterus so that I did not have to have an emergency hysterectomy. I ended up needing 4 units of blood due to all the blood loss I incurred.
Happy to say, I am on the road to recovery, and my husband and I are blessed to have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter (Kendal Marie) and healthy 2 1/2 month old son (Jacob William). We thank God every day that Jacob and I are here to tell this story. (There is a 70% chance of the baby dying when born during a uterine rupture).
Hindsight would tell me that not experiencing the true “labor” process and having two c-sections would have been much better than going through what I went through. I wish all those attempting a VBAC the best of luck!
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