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I have had 2 c-sections... the first due to FTP on an induction that should have never happened (same old story)...

The 2nd I wanted a VBAC, but at my appointment at 38W the Nurse Practitioner wanted to schedule a C-section and I did not want to so instead she set up an U/S to check on baby's size, etc. and then I could talk with my Dr. the following week. Went in for the U/S at 38 w 5 d and the tech walked out of the room right in the middle of it. She came back in and said they were sending me to the hospital for a c/s due to the extremely low amniotic fluid. They wanted to hook me up to monitors while they waited for the hospital to call when they had a bed available, but then 5 minutes later (right after getting hooked up) they told me to go over to the hospital. They were very concerned with my amniotic fluid levels- the highest one was a 2. The Dr. was at the hospital on a delivery, so they just sent me over. Come to find out she came back to the office to talk with me, but I was not there. I went home and packed a bag (on the way to the hospital) and see DD1 for just a minute as well as make sure my Mother in Law was set for watching DD1, and then drove to the hospital. While on our way the Dr.'s office and hospital called to see where we were as they were waiting for me. I got into the hospital and within the hour DD2 was out. They got me prepped as quick as they could. While they were registering me the nurse answered the phone and was trying to explain to someone's husband why they were not allowed to come in for the elective c-section they were scheduled for this afternoon ( I had bumped them out of the schedule). The Dr on call for the OB/GYN practice I was going to (not my DR.) came and explained why they were going ahead with the section and honestly I was ticked. I did not want another c-section, but they would not induce me because of my prior. The recovery both times was not too bad (up and walking within a few hours), but I was so much more educated the 2nd time around. I changed Ob/Gyn offices after my PP visit as none of the Dr.'s there are "VBAC friendly" as they had stated when I started going there. I switched at 27 weeks due to moving to a different state and needed someone to pick me up, but they assured me that barring any problems a TOL would be ok. Every single Dr. and CNP there told me over and over again I should just do repeat section and none of them were supportive at all. I should have known I would not jive well with them when at my first appointment the CNP told me that my BMI was high (duh I was 27 weeks preggo at that point)- she forgot to take into account that I was not the standard 8 week preggo patient in the first interview. I had only gained 10 pounds at that point and my BMI was normal (higher end) when the pregnancy started. OH well- live and learn!
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:00 PM   #13
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My husband and I suspected I was actually a month overdue as my LMP was a month before the ultrasound readout said it should have been, and I decided to induce as babies are known to be big in my family. I had gone as healthy and as natural as I could as soon as I found out I WAS actually pregnant (5 months into it, but that is a whole 'nother story). I was going to a midwife, was watching my diet, and made a rather flexible birthplan that included my wishes in regards to C-Sections and inductions.
I was induced at 44 weeks, and my body took the first round of inducement perfectly.
About 2 hours after it started, the nurses were getting a little concerned- they had stuck me in a belt monitor (much to my chagrin) occasionally to see how my DS was taking the induction, but were otherwise having me bounce around on the labor ball and walk. While I was taking it fine, they were noticing fluctuations in my son's heart rate (that was when they could even get a readout- the belt didn't like me )
I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but at 5 cm I couldn't take it anymore and asked for the epidural- and it all went downhill from there. I knew it wasn't the epi that had caused it as my DS was having issues with his heart rate before I had received any painkillers, but his heart rate started to crash. I was naked, couldn't move a thing from the waist down, had an oxygen mask stuck to my face, and the delivery nurse and the midwife had to help me get on my hands and knees so they could install an internal monitoring device. This was also the only position I could get into that kept my son's heart rate even. I had dilated from a 5 to an 8 within about a half hour, somehow speeding up as soon as the epidural was introduced. Suddenly I heard the midwife say "call the anesthesiologist and tell him to get back here, she has to go to the OR NOW." Poor guy, he had just left for the night after giving me probably the most painless epidural ever administered.
Needless to say, this was not the most dignified moment of my life. On top of my nudity, position, and Darth Vader mask, I was also shaking like a Chihuahua in the Arctic from the adrenaline and the drugs they gave me to stop labor. They were prepping me for the OR when I finally managed to squeeze through my chattering teeth "I am not leaving until my husband gets back." He is a very strong man, born and raised in New York and part Italian, but seeing me like that and knowing his son's life was in danger caused him to freak. He ran out of the room, and outside to have a cigarrette. Now, most of the nurses on the floor that night thought of him as a selfish jerk for doing that in my time of need, but I don't blame him in the least. My husband hates to see me in pain, and the thought of both me and his unborn child in a crisis situation made him need to collect his bearings. We had already planned for this situation and my mother was going into surgery with me for this exact reason. Thankfully, he came in right before they wheeled me down the hall. I don't think I had ever seen him more distraught. All I could say was "Everything is going to be fine", but thinking about the way I looked at the time I probably wasn't the greatest person to be saying that.
They finally got me into OR, and while I knew my son would be fine and that they were still following my birthplan to a tee, I was just wanting it to be done with. I was getting a little irked that the anesthesiologist sitting next to my head kept saying "just breathe, calm down, everything will be okay" (I was FINE, I just had to remember to breathe because of the epidural, it didn't help I'm allergic to anything with a caine in it, and the epi had benzocaine or something like that. I itched for hours.) Plus being strapped on a slightly inverted table in a crucified manner is not the way you want to welcome your child into the world. Although I will admit, I loved the look on the doctor's face when my mother actually asked if she could WATCH.
Everything was so quiet, save for the doctor going through procedure and the anesthesiologist droning in my ear. Finally, I felt the whoosh of air leave my lungs as they pulled my son from me. Time stood still as I waited for a cry, a squeal, anything. Suddenly, I heard this tiny voice yell "HEY!" All I could think was, "If that is my son, he's going to be a handfull. And I'm going to enjoy every minute of it." His heart rate stabilized as soon as he was out, his cord had tightly wrapped itself around his neck and was tightening like a noose the further down he got. My husband had actually said that might happen a few months before- DS was always a VERY active baby.
Funny thing was, I warned the midwife of my family and my husband's family's tendency to have big babies. His mother had to have him C-Section because his head was too big. I told her I was looking at a minimum 8 lb. baby. Her response was that I was having a 7 1/2 lb baby and I should have no issues delivering. I delivered a 21 inch, 8 lb. 4 oz. baby boy with a 15 inch head circumference. She finally admitted after that that I probably would have had to go under the knife anyway if I would have waited any longer. Go figure.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:35 AM   #14
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I had a difficult pregnancy with DS. I had struggled with IF and had just had a m/c. The doc wouldn't even say for sure I was pg until the u/s at 8 weeks showed a nice beating heart. (Two weeks earlier we had seen nothing, not even a sac.). I bled off and on throughout my pregnancy. I had many ultrasounds and nothing was said about my placenta. I was put on pelvic rest given my history of m/c and bleeding. At 36 weeks I had a small episode of bleeding. I went to L&D where they specifically looked at the placenta. I was told I was fine and that it was just the bloody show. The doc told me to lay on the couch and take it easy. At 37 weeks 4 days, I was standing in my house when I felt a huge gush. I thought my water had broken and was so excited. I looked down and saw that my pants were soaked with blood. I called DH, who was pulling into the driveway. I told him to turn the car around and wait for me to come out b/c we had to hurry. I threw on a clean pair of pants and we left. We made it to the hospital in record time. The bleeding had slowed, and luckily my doc was on call. He did an u/s and noticed that at this point the placenta was completely covering the cervix. They called in both OBs, the head of the anesthesiology department and a few others. They were trying to give me a spinal when all of a sudden they said "We have to go, we'll take one more shot at the spinal in the OR, but if it isn't done on the first try, we have to put you under." On my way to the ER, they had me sign all sorts of forms, including a permission for hysterectomy. I remember looking at my docs and saying "I don't care what you have to do to me, just get him out and get him out alive." Luckily, they got the spinal immediately and DS was born just a minute later. I got a quick glimpse before they took him to the special nursery. He ended up having to be transferred to a NICU out in town. (We were overseas, DS was delivered in a military hospital, then transferred to an Italian NICU b/c the military hospital didn't have what DS needed.). I was discharged less than 36 hours after my surgery so I could visit my son (visiting hours were from 3pm to 5pm every day and that was it.). DS came home 10 days later and is now a great 6.5 year old boy. I still get sad that I have never been in labor and never felt a contraction, but there is no question that my c/s saved both my life and my son's life. (My doc admitted this to me the day after DS was born, when he apologized for not catching it sooner. He said that DS and I were extremely lucky.)
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:58 PM   #15
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I had a difficult pregnancy with DS. I had struggled with IF and had just had a m/c. The doc wouldn't even say for sure I was pg until the u/s at 8 weeks showed a nice beating heart. (Two weeks earlier we had seen nothing, not even a sac.). I bled off and on throughout my pregnancy. I had man ultrasounds and nothing was said about my placenta. I was put on pelvic rest given m history of m/c and bleeding. At 36 weeks I had a small episode of bleeding. I went to L&D wher they specifically looked at the placenta. I was told I was fine and that it was just the bloody show. The doc told me to lay on the couch and take it easy. At 37 weeks 4 days, I was standing in my house when I felt a huge gush. I thought my water has broken and was so excited. I looked down and saw that my pants were soaked with blood. I called DH, who was pulling into the driveway. I told him to turn the car around and wait for me to come out b/c we had to hurry. I threw on a clean pair of pants and we left. We made it to the hospital in record time. The bleeding had slowed, and luckily my doc was on call. He did an u/s and noticed that at this point the placenta was completely covering the cervix. They called in both OBs, the head of the anesthesiology department and. Few others. They were tryin to give me a spinal when all of a sudden they said "We ave to go, we'll take one more shot at the spinal in the OR, but if it isn't done on the first try, we have to put you under.". On my way to the ER, they had me sign all sorts of forms, including a permission for hysterectomy. I remember looking at my docs and saying "I don't care what you have to do to me, just get him out and get him out alive.". Luckily, they got the spinal immediately and DS was born just a minute later. I got a quick glimpse before they took him to the special nursery. He ended up having to be transferred to a NICU out in town. (We were overseas, DS was delivered in a military hospital, then transferred to an Italan NICU b/c the military hospital didn't have what DS needed.). I was discharged less than 36 hours after my surgery so I could visit my soon (visiting hours were from 3pm to 5pm every day and that was it.). DS came home 10 days later and is now a great 6.5 year old boy. I still get said that I have never been in labo and never felt a contraction, but there is no question that my c/s saved both my life and my son's life. (My doc admitted this to me the day after DS was born, when he apologized for not catching it sooner. He said that DS and I were extremely lucky.)
WOW, I can't believe they didn't catch your previa earlier. Mine was clear as day on the 20wk u/s. You are both very lucky.
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What is FTP mama?
Failure to progress. Basically labor stalls and the OB doesn't want to wait for it to restart on it's own. Or in my case it never gets started because my body wasn't ready, no matter how much pit they put into me.
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I wonder what classifies you as FTP... since it took me forever to get from 3 to 9 even with maxed-out pitocin.
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I wonder what classifies you as FTP... since it took me forever to get from 3 to 9 even with maxed-out pitocin.
Usually how patient the doctor/midwife is. With mine, I was 5 hours on pitocin and it did nothing at all to my cervix - started long and completely closed and that's how I was when they took me off the pit. It started out as a light dose, but by the end it was cranked all the way up, and the contractions were coming on so fast and intense I felt like I couldn't breathe.
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I had a good pregnancy with DS. With the exception of some bleeding around 6 weeks and TONS of braxton-hicks Everything was healthy. DH was deployed in Iraq and due home about 2 weeks before my DD but DS was measuring big and my midwives weren't quite sure I would make it. We were planning a homebirth, so my sister came out 2 weeks before DH got home to be with me in case I went early. She was scheduled to stay a month. DH came home on Valentine's and we did all we could to get things going. I literally walked MILES through DC to try to get him ready to go. My due date came and went, my sister finally had to fly home b/c her tickets were non-refundable (I was 41 weeks). I went it at 41 weeks for my non-stress test at the birth center on a Thursday or Friday, all was fine and we discussed what options we had if I was still pregnant on Tuesday for my next scheduled appt, and I scheduled the mandatory AFI for Monday. Well Monday morning I woke up in early labor. I called work, called the midwives, and called DH. I was happy hanging at home, showering, watching tv, etc. The midwives and assistant came over about dinner time that evening and checked me... I was only at a 2 after laboring throughout the day and DS was posterior. They had me invert and then did teh rebozo, which got DS turned around and I progressed to a 4 when he flipped, so they stayed (they were considering leaving). Literally within maybe 2 hrs I started having pushing contractions and we thought "oh yeah, here he comes!". He had some meconium so we knew when his head came out I'd have to not push while he was suctioned but I was ecstatic to finally be meeting my sone. WELL.... go forward about 5 hrs and I was STILL pushing. Baby's HR was ok, but the midwives had literally tried EVERYTHING they could to get him out and he was not budging, so they called the back-up OB and we had to head to the hospital. (really not the most comfortable drive on earth). After we got to the hospital the poop hit the fan. I suspect it was partially b/c of the stress I was under (I really did NOT want to be there) but baby started having decels. They kept losing him on the external monitors and put an internal one in. They had me push through all this to try to get him out, and then as his HR kept deceling decided a C-Section was necessary. They asked who I wanted to accompany me (midwife or HD, our family is out of state) but apparently DS's hear trate became dangerously low b/c they changed their mind and said nobody could come. I was moved onto the table, my nightgown was hiked up to my boobs (I was in my own jammies) and they poured betadine over me. I barely remember meeting the OB as I started counting down for the anesthesiologist. I woke up a couple hours later in recovery (I had to have general) and they told me that the baby was OK but was in the NICU. Apparently he wasn't breathing at birth (duh - I had general anesthesia) and he was on CPAP initially but breathing on his own within 30 minutes. They wheeled me past him in the NICU on the way to my room but we were not supposed to touch him much for the first day or so. Miraculously my little fighter was off the oxyhood by 24hrs and I was able to nurse him when he went to cannula, and he was off the cannula by 36hrs. The neonatologists were surprised by how well he did and he was able to go home with me Saturday morning (he was born at about 7am Tuesday).

A lot of my family and close friends thought I'd be just crushed by how it all went down, but to be honest I was OK with it. Of course it wasn't the way I dreamed and it does really suck that I have absolutely no memory of my sons actual birth but I know that had I shown up at a hospital at a 2 with a posterior baby after 12 hrs of labor I would never have even had the chance to try. I felt labor, I felt pushing, and in the end he is healthy and so am I. For DH is was much more traumatic I think. Honestly so much so that part of his reluctance to have a second stems from his memory of how it went down. He said I could never imagine how it felt to have his wife and son wheeled away and there not be a darn thing he could do to help us

Even with all that we both don't regret our decision to go for a home birth, and would do it again if we could. Unfortunately my midwives won't do an HBAC unless you've successfully VBAC'd before. Luckily the OB that delivered DS is great, and supportive of natural birth so if we do change out minds about going for #2 I think we have a good chance of VBAC.
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my story starts off on a friday afternoon. doc had ordered a extra ultrasound as he was afraid this baby was getting too big. the ultrasound tech had issues seeing the baby, and brought in the head tech. he had issues seeing the measurements for the biophysical profile as well. his personal opinion was no c-section that weekend.. but if anything came up, go to hospital immedaitely. doc should be phoning me on monday. didn't tell me anything as to what he thought was wrong. not his place.

doc phones me on monday, and tells me to get my butt down to the hospital as soon as i could, to get another ultrasound on this baby, as they suspected possible edema? (water build up under the skin) nothing to worry about at the moment. but go asap, he was faxing my paperwork over. by 3 om, ultrasound done. forunately, nothing was wrong. she told me once that was done, they had suspected heart failure in the baby. as usually fluid build up under the skin was a symptom of that. and it was just that my baby was pudgy. and transverse. hopefully she would drop properly soon!

labour started on it's own after i got home. i labored at home till i was 10 cm and dropped off the girl at a friends house, called doula that we were on our way, and made our way to hosp. they admitted me, and did yet another ultrasound, as she was still transverse/breech. they could not find her feet. something did not feel right. i was whisked off to the OR for delivery. turned out, not only had she gone back into breech position, she had also wrapped the cord around her neck 3 times, and was noosed up tight to her placenta. which meant had i pushed her out, could have had alot of bleeding from me, and lost her due to lack of air. we were extremely lucky, and i have no regrets on the c-section. i just wish to not do it again.
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