My 2nd VBAC – Noah’s grand entrance
My contractions began at about 3 am Monday morning (April 20, 2009). They continued off and on all day. We went to the scheduled appointment at the birth center where they did an NST. Once everyone was confirmed to be okay with baby, she wanted to check to see how far dilated I was. I seemed to have surprised her when she discovered I was right about 4.5 – I don’t know if I was too calm or what. Next, I was told to go home, stay active, hydrated, and be certain to eat.
We began making arrangements to get the kids taken care of. My mother took our daughter with her. We then met Jon’s parents in Avon for supper and passed off the little guy to them. Contractions sped up to about 8-10 minutes apart during supper. We then proceeded to go home and try to get ready.
Contractions held pretty steady around ten minutes apart, after a bit of fluxuating to about 12-14 first. I started feeling a little chilled so I decided to jump in the tub. I stayed in for a while until I got bored. It was nice and very comfortable while it lasted, however. I got out and lounged on our bed with a book for awhile.
We watched Bones and Two and a Half Men that we had DVR’ed previously. I honestly don’t recall if this was before I got in the tub the first or the second time.
It wasn’t too long before things began to get harder to deal with. I felt like I just really had to poop. I sat on the toilet for awhile, frustrated because I couldn’t do anything. I kept peeing though. Every time I thought I was done peeing, I felt more coming out, which rather confused me as I sat there. Finally, I decided to get back into the tub. It didn’t help. I felt even more like I needed to poop. It was odd because I wanted to try to poop right there in the tub, which completely baffled me at the time!
Out of morbid curiousity, I inserted a finger inside to feel if anything was going on. I felt something very hard, which puzzled me. I could not figure out what on earth would be so hard that I could feel.
The heat of the water started making me feel sick, which helped even less. Jon started putting some cold water in to try to cool it off. It helped, but not much. The heat made me feel like I was going to vomit. Finally he got the water cooled down, all the while trying to get me to get out. At one point, I was half hanging out of the tub in much pain. He finally convinced me and helped me climb out.
I laid naked on the bed, miserable. He had already turned the ceiling fan on high. I asked him to open a window. I kept on with that constipated feeling as I was racked with pain. Finally, Jon phoned Barb (the CNM) who (I believe) suggested we get to the hospital. Andrea (another CNM) had already let her know we would almost definitely be phoning that same night.
He finally coerced me off of the bed, although I still stood leaning over the bed sort of swaying back and forth. I tried to reach down to get my pants on, but was unable to. He had to help me get my pants on. Bending over was just not possible at this point. Sitting was even more unimaginable, although there was not much other way to get to the hospital.
Once we got to the car, I laid the seat back as far as it would go. The Jimmy Buffet CD I had been listening to earlier was still playing. I was able to focus on that fairly well. You wouldn’t think Buffet would be terribly conducive to laboring but, oddly enough, it did help.
I won’t lie. The ride was fairly miserable. The pain became almost constant – no real reprieve at all. Finally, we got to the hospital. Jon told me he could either drop me off at the front or I could stay with him and walk from the garage. I opted for the latter. I was not about to be by myself at this point!!
We parked, Jon grabbed pretty much everything leaving me to grab my pillow and we began walking. And walking. Every once in awhile I had to stop, grab the wall, and hold on, all the while feeling that strange needing-to-poop feeling. After the pain would somewhat subside, I would then be able to continue walking. Finally we get into the lobby where Jon said something about a wheelchair. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to sit down, but I also wasn’t sure that I wanted to keep walking. I decided to sit down.
We went up to the third floor only to find that we were at the wrong doors – after 9 pm they get locked. We went to the other doors only to find out that we had to go back downstairs to another set of elevators entirely to come back up to the third floor.
Once we finally got in, the nurses immediately knew who we were. We went into the room that was waiting for us. I don’t recall a lot of what went on while I continued feeling miserable. At one point, the nurse asked me to use the toilet. I sat there, peed, and suddenly realized that I needed to poop so badly. I started bearing down, trying unsuccessfully. At this point, I knew something felt off. I reached down and touched my vulva to feel what was going on and felt something hard. It startled me and I snatched my hand back. It took me a moment to get it together and I felt again, only to feel nothing abnormal.
I had been bearing down off and on. At one point, the nurse asked me if I felt like pushing. I said I didn’t know. It was about this time that she came in and insisted I get off of the toilet. I would later learn that my grunting had alerted the nurse, who was calling frantically trying to get anyone to respond and come to help.
The nurse walked me to the bed. It wasn’t terribly easy since I was walking bowlegged at that point. She had me lie down on the bed in order to wrap the straps for the baby moniters around me. I really wanted to be doing anything but lying down. She kept trying to get me to lie flat and I kept telling her no. I wanted to be upright but she wouldn’t let me, telling me I couldn’t without the midwife or an OB there. I was so angry!! Finally I rolled over on my side and refused to lie on my back.
I kept bearing down – by this time I had figured out what was going on with the feeling to poop that I had been having – and I felt this odd burning sensation. I remember hearing “rimming” used twice by the nurse. It was then that I decided I wanted the baby out and I wanted him out right then!! At one point, Jon told me the baby was out. I yelled back, “No, he’s not because I can still feel him!!!!” It was about then that I felt almost a woosh and the burning was gone.
Finally, Barb rushed in. Jon would later tell me that she ran into the room, donned some gloves and got to me just in time to catch the baby.
Noah was born at 12:06 am on 21, April 2009. He was 8 lb 15 oz and 21 inches long.