The birth of Mary-Jane Charlotte Deacon.
Born Saturday 7 August 2004 at 12.47am, weighing 8.01 pounds (3680 grams), length 51cm, head 36cm.
This birth story really starts on Thursday 5 August 2004. Allan and I went and saw our specialist, as I was overdue by 2.3 weeks. He suggested that as I was already almost 4cm dilated maybe all we needed was a “kick start” to get labour going, so he arranged for us to meet my midwife at the hospital the next day. He also did a scan which showed baby was head down facing the left, which he said is an optimal position for a natural birth.
Friday we met my midwife at the hospital at 10am. I had been having mild back ache all morning. We got settled in the room and I went on the monitor. We were surprised to discover that I was having strong contractions every 10 mins. At 10.45am my midwife then did an internal and found that she would easily be able to break my waters. Which she did by attaching a fetal electrode to baby scalp so that I would not need to be in bed while being monitored. We later discovered that the cable that connects the electrode to the machine was faulty and they were unable to locate another one that was not being used so the electrode was later removed. The water started coming out in gushes, some big, some small. And my waters were Yellow! Midwife said baby must have passed a small amount of merconinum some week’s back, either when baby wasn’t moving or the time my waters broke. But as it was old would not cause baby any problems.
I remained on the monitor until 11am, the contractions were unchanged and the pain was still the same. Midwife suggested we go for a walk to see if that would make the contractions stronger. So we went for a slow walk to the café which took about 20mins. W sat down for a wee while and had some morning tea. We had just left the café and were going to go for a wonder out side when I had a huge gush (which was extremely embarrassing) So we rushed back to the delivery suite.
Just before 12pm Midwife did another internal and found that I had only dilated another cm. So an IV was inserted in my hand and the syntosin drip was started. So I had to get back on the bed and had to be monitored. The plan was to increase dosage every 15mins from 1 to 8 as long as a) baby was tolerating and b) the contractions would not last more than 2 - 3mins as this would more than likely rupture my scar. (Now I am unsure what strength the syntosin was as Midwife refereed to as a number not a dosage.) We started at 1, which baby was ok with but the contractions were unchanged. So at 12.15pm we went up to 2. After a few minutes the contractions started coming every 3 mins then I suddenly had a contraction that was not ending. And Mary-Jane heart rate became erratic which meant that she was not tolerating the contraction. Midwife had 2 turn off the syntosin. I think the contraction lasted about 5 mins before it stopped, then contractions reduced back to 10 mins apart. What I found really strange is that I was not feeling these contractions and the only pain I had was very mild backache.
I remained on the monitor for another 30 mins to ensure baby was ok and the contraction remained stable, which they did. Then I was able to get up and wonder around the room to wait and see what happens. I had intermittent monitoring which showed contractions were still the same. At around 1pm I went back on the syntosin but remained on 1, after a while the contractions started coming every 5 mins. (still no pain). I remained on the monitor most of the time bit was able to get up and go to the loo and stretch legs every so often.
At 3pm I had another internal, which showed still no change, so midwife phoned specialist who said we could try increasing the syntosin again but this time every 30 mins. This would mean I would have to remain on the bed and only get up to go to the loo. So we increased the syntosin to 2 and held our breath, this time Mary-Jane had no reaction and the contractions remained the same. After 30 mins we went up to 3. Then the contractions started coming every 3-5min. At 4 pm we went up to 4, after a wee while I started having contractions 1 min apart then 5 mins apart then 1 min apart then 5 mins apart and so on. Mary-Jane was ok with this so Midwife said we would remain on 4 and see what happens..
I think at around 6.30pm we went up to 5, then the contractions equaled out and were coming every 3 to 4 mins. At 7pm I started to feel the contractions and was able to cope with them We went up to 6 at around 8pm and the contractions started to come every 1 to 2 mins and were lasting around 2 mins. Midwife was really happy with this and said things were looking good. The pains were getting stronger but were still bearable.
As the specialist was due to come in at 9.30pm I had another internal at 9pm and we were shocked and disappointed to find that I had only dilated another cm, so since 12pm I had only dilated 2cm. We had thought that since the contractions were coming so strong and regularly that I should have dilated a lot.
So Hubby, midwife and I discussed what we should do. Mary-Jane had been wriggling a lot since about 2pm and midwife felt that she may have turned posterior also her head was not sitting the cervix which was not a good sign. Midwife felt that with the speed things were progressing that I would not be fully dilated until around 3.30am and that as I haven’t pushed a baby out before (Jonothan got stuck halfway out) that I may end up pushing for around 2 hours (like a first timer) so baby would not be born until 5.30am. She then left hubby and I alone to decided what we wanted to do. Hubby said it was my call. So I thought about it and felt it would not be fair on Hubby or Midwife to go on that long. I also I had not eaten since 11.20 am (as due to the possibility of having a c-section I was not allowed to eat) I wasn’t sure how long I would last, I felt I still had a few hours left in me but not 8.
So when midwife came in I told her with a sad heart than I would have a c-section. She said ok, turned of the syntosin and removed the monitors, so I could get up have a stretch, go to the loo etc while she went and found specialist. So I went to the loo and had a bit of a cry for my lost natural delivery, which helped me to get over it.
At 9.30pm she came back with specialist and informed him of progress and what had been decided. He reviewed the notes and said he felt considering how long we had been going and would need to continue for was the best decision. However he would not be able to do straight away as he had another emergency with undiagnosed breech that was stuck and said that if their was any complications his registrar would either assist or do my op So we should be called to go to theater at around 11.pm. We thought at least she would be born today and would be sharing a birthday with Rachael’s best friend.
Midwife said this was good as would allow us time to slowly get ready for theater. She said she would remain with us in theater, so as she had not had dinner yet she went of to have a break and have something to eat. So we packed up the room and allowed the reality to sink in. Midwife came back just after 10 and we started to get ready for theater. Not long after the register came and introduced her self and asked a few questions etc. Then the anesthetist came and we agreed upon having a spinal block over an epidural as the spinal works quicker and that I would have a morphine pump for pain relief after. Then waited and waited for the orderly to come and get us. Finally about 11.45 he arrived and off we went. At this point I was still feeling the contractions and continued to do so up until the spinal block was inserted.
Just after 12pm the anesthetist gave me an injection of local
mum2 AJ 05, Mary-Jane 04, Rachael 99 & Jonothan 94