Labor & Delivery Story time (induction)

I’ve been gone for a longgg time. My life has been in a bit of a transition phase. I’ve been getting rid of the negative people/things and energy and replacing them with all positivity.

So seven months ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl and I want to tell you about my experience.

This was my 3rd time getting induced. The hospital scheduled to be induced due to me being a high risk pregnancy. I was scheduled to get induced at 39 weeks on 5/19/19 at 7am. Seeing as this was my third time being induced I was expecting the worse. I expected to be in the hospital for 3 days while my body was prepped to give birth. This labor and delivery was sooo much different than my previous two.

So I arrive at 7am and the hospital was so quiet and peaceful and I was ready to meet my baby but I was also very anxious because I kept thinking about the pain I was about to be in. I was told not to eat a heavy breakfast before coming in so I didn’t and let me tell you I was HUNGRY..The hospitals give me Popsicles and that held me over for about 3 popsicles and then I couldn’t feel my teeth.

The nurse I had was named Rebecca and she was AMAZING. She was by far the best nurse I’ve had. Her bedside manner was awesome and she was so encouraging. She started an IV with Pitocin, which is a synthetic version of oxytocin. Oxytocin is the hormone that your body naturally produces to induce contractions, as well as serving as the famous “love” hormone. Which is why people will tell a woman to have sex to induce labor because when you orgasm you release oxytocin.

So As I’m waiting for the party to get started I was watching law and order SVU and a show about strange ER visits. Don’t ask me why I was watching those two shows while being in a hospital in a vulnerable situation but they kinda distracted me from the pain which was building up.

Seeing as this was my third fourth time being induced and giving birth I felt that it was bittersweet because I knew what to expect which prepared me but I was also scared because I knew what was in store for me. Every so often the nurse would come in and increase Pitocin and she continued to do this until my contractions were close enough together and strong.

For the most part I was handling the pain well. I’m not a screamer so I just breathed through the contractions. With every induction I’ve had a foley bulb inserted into my cervix. What’s that you may be wondering? Well a Foley bulb induction is a procedure where your doctor insets a catheter into your cervix. One side of the catheter is deflated. Once inside your womb, your doctor inflates the balloon with a saline solution. This puts pressure on your cervix and encourages dilation. The catheter falls out once your cervix dilates to 3 centimeters. Let me be the first or not the first to tell you that ITS IS SO UNCOMFORTABLE and it’s even worse if you get a nurse with short and/or fat fingers. The nurse who did mine could get it to stay in my cervix so she kept trying and it hurt so bad that I silently cried. Now keep in mind not everyone who gets induced uses a foley bulb. It’s just what works best for my body despite it being so uncomfortable. The nurse that was trying to put it in never got it to stay so she called in a male nurse that got it on his first try. Turns out the female nurse didn’t put enough Saline in the bulb. So at the point I’m in pain and a little aggravated that they didn’t get him after the first 3 times. 

So after the pain started to build up pretty badly I requested an epidural. Kudos to all the mothers that can give birth naturally but I’m not that person. My body needs the epidural to be able to relax so that I can actually give birth or else I’ll tense up and no progress will be made. Which I learned by trial and error from my first time giving birth and being induced and trying to do it natural. What I really dislike about the epidural is how heavy and ballon like it makes your legs feel and on top of that you have no real control of your legs for the rest of the labor and delivery. What I really like about the epidural is that it dulled the pain and I was able to take a little nap.

When I woke up from that little nap it was show time. The contractions were full force! At the point I’m shivering from the fluid from the IV and I definitely don’t need the Pitocin anymore. I was so cold that my wonderful nurse Rebecca wrapped warm towels around me to help with the shivering. During this time another nurse was coming in to check how far dilated I was. The foley bulb eventually fell out as my crevices softened. I was dilating but my cervix wasn’t effaced.

Effacement is the process by which the cervix prepares for delivery. After the baby has engaged in the pelvis, it gradually drops closer to the cervix. The cervix will gradually soften, shorten and become thinner. You might hear phrases like “ripens” or “cervical thinning,” so they put this big peanut looking balloon between my thighs which definitely did the trick.

Now the whole squad is in the room. The squad being the neonatal nurse, the labor and delivery nurse(s), the doctor, & my husband. All I know is the room filled with people to help me deliver my precious girl. So I’m pushing as the contractions come but I kept running out of air to push. I can feel my daughter almost out and I can hear my husband and nurse telling me how close I am but I couldn’t get enough breath to push my baby out.

Then finally one final push and she plopped out. I didn’t tear which I appreciated and I got to meet my beautiful baby girl Aahna.

The name Aahna is of Sanskrit origin. The meaning of Aahna is “to exist”. 5/19/19