Jacob is now five week's old and i have been wanting to write his birth story for week's but being a busy mum of three i just have not had any time at all lately to blog. I was induced with Jacob at exactly 39 week's pregnant due to having high blood pressure in pregnancy and being on medication to control this and you can read all about my induction experience and the lead up to the actual birth here .
I had been in hospital since 11am and the day seemed to drag waiting for labour to start and it was a strange feeling knowing that i would be having my baby within 24 hours of arriving at hospital and even though i had given birth twice before i was expecting my labour to be long and i think i was half expecting something to go wrong in labour due to being induced before my due date.
I had been feeling really uncomfortable since i had the pessary inserted at 12pm but there was no sign of labour but after my waters were broken at 6pm i felt lots of pressure type pains at the bottom of my bump and once i was moved to the delivery ward at 7pm these started getting stronger but they did not feel anything like contractions i had experienced in my previous labours . I still thought that labour was hours away at this point and that i would not have my baby until the following day, but i think i must have knowing something was happening as i refused to let the other half leave me at all to go for a coffee break.
At 8pm there was concerns for my blood pressure as it was getting higher and higher and i was hooked up to monitors to keep an eye on baby's heartbeat and it was found i was contracting seven times every ten minutes. So the doctors were called and they were thinking of given me drugs to slow down my contractions but thankfully lying on my side on the bed slowed them down a bit. But the doctors were not at all happy with my blood pressure and they told me it was dangerously high and i was at risk of a bleed to the brain if they did not lower it, so a cannula was inserted in my hand, bloods were taken and i was injected with blood pressure medication to try and lower it.
At this point i was still not in established labour i was getting contractions and they were two minutes apart but they weren't showing up as strong on the machine and i was not in a lot of pain the contractions just felt like a lot of pressure at the bottom of my bump but they were starting to get more painful. I asked for some pain relief but the midwife said i was not in labour and to wait a few hours until i was in labour but i could have some paracetamol and gas and air.
I was so happy to have the gas and air, i seriously love the stuff as it takes the edge of contractions the gas and air made me feel really light headed and like i was very drunk though this time around.
By now it was about 8.50pm and the contractions were getting stronger and i was starting to feel tired so i asked for some diamorphine to help with the pain. By now i had a different midwife as they had a shift change and she examined me and said i was 5cm and she would get me some diamophine but even though i was only 5cm she asked if i was sure i wasn't getting the urge to push as they can not give me it to close to baby's birth. I had no urge to push at all so i was given the diamorphine at about 9.15 and told that it would take half an hour to work.
No sooner had i had the diamorphine and i started going a bit crazy saying i couldn't do it any more i didn't want to give birth as i knew it was going to hurt and could they not get the baby out for me. And as soon as i started saying this the midwife quickly started setting her trolley up and getting everything sorted for the baby's arrival and said the baby would be arriving soon as i was in the transition stage and asking if i wanted to push and i said yes but i'm not going to or you will take the gas and air off me but she said i could keep the gas and air if i pushed as baby was not happy as baby's heart rate was starting to drop.
While this was going on my blood pressure was still dangerously high and i was getting my blood pressure taken every ten minutes and i was keep being injected with blood pressure medication to try and lower my blood pressure by the doctor who was in the room the whole time as she was concerned about it and she was keeping a eye on baby's heart rate too.
I was examined again and told i was only 7cm but if i felt the need to push then to just go with what my body was doing, so i pushed and i remember not wanting to as i knew it was going hurt but the midwife the doctor and the other half were all telling me to push and i glanced over and seen the heart rate machine drop from 150 to 80 so i knew i had to get the baby out quick as he was not happy. And his head came out and they were telling me to push quickly to get the rest of him out and i didn't know this at the time but it was because the cord was around his neck and the midwife was trying to get it off. And then after a few more pushes baby was born he was passed straight to me and the midwife said he is defiantly a boy as i had not been convinced he was even though i had been told he was at two scans.
He was passed to me and he let out a little cry and then started making strange noises and was not breathing and i started to panic and kept saying he is not breathing there is something wrong with him and the midwife quickly cut his cord and told the doctor to go and get help and started rubbing him on the back and he started to scream and then i eventually got to give him cuddles.
I then had to delivery the placenta which seemed to take ages , i was then checked over and told i had torn but that it was best to let things heal on there own, and as soon as i give birth my blood pressure dropped back down to normal i think it was just so high off the pain of labour and the pain relief not working in time and the midwife checked the blood from Jacob's cord in a machine due to his heart rate dropping in labour but thankfully everything was ok although has apgar score at birth was quiet low.
Then we were left on are own in the room with are baby boy for a while just cuddling him and getting to know him. And we were brought tea and toast which was lovely as i was starving after giving birth, and Jacob demolished a bottle of milk. He was then weighed and he was 8lb 6 1/2 oz so much for the small baby that they kept saying that i was having throughout my pregnancy, he was my biggest baby! Jacob was then dressed and checked over and his temperature was low so he was wrapped up in blankets and we were told to cuddle him to try and warm him up which his daddy done while i went for a shower and i felt fine after the birth.
We then went to the post natal ward at around 1.30am where we had to spend two days as the doctors wanted to keep an eye on me for 24 hours after birth due to my blood pressure and also because Jacob had hypothermia and needed to be kept warm in a special heated cot and he also needed to be monitored.
And that is how my little boy Jacob entered the world at 9.31pm weighing 8lb 6 1/2oz. My whole labour was recorded as being 1 hour and 1 minute long from being 4cm to delivering the placenta but was only 40 minutes from being 4cm to Jacob being born it was so quick and the easiest and less painful of all my births. But looking back now at how high my blood pressure was and Jacobs heart rate dropping it was probably my most dangerous, i am just glad that i was not fully aware of how dangerous things were while i was in labour and that Jacob was born as quick as he was so that we avoided any intervention.
And two day's after he was born we were able to take him home and start are new life as a family of five.