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38wks, expecting my 3rd child, a girl, and like every morning I woke up with a need to go to the bathroom. It was about 7.30am so about time to start getting up anyway. Just as I sat back on the bed for that extra 5 minutes, my waters broke...great, could've happened while I was on the loo but nooo. I woke up my partner and told him to get a move on as we were 20mins away from the hospital and I have very fast labours...I was expecting baby to crown as we arrived!!
We made it to the hospital and I was checked over, dilating fine, babys head was perfect etc...but something wasnt right in my opinion. After having fast labours in the past, after 40minutes had past I was sure something was wrong and tried to voice this. I was told to stop panicking and that I may not even be in labour!! (The joys of hospital midwives and having a different one every visit!!!) I very loudly told the daft woman (sorry) that my waters had broken and I was 8 cm, so I 'think' Im in active labour!!
After what seemed like having the entire obstetrics team check me over, someone decided that maybe, things werent as they seem and I could be right!!! The portable ultrasound machine was bought in and viola, baby was breach with ankles wrapped around her head. I had to resist saying 'I told you something was wrong!!!!!' This explains why I was taking so long, considering my history and why it didnt feel 'normal'.
The next thing I knew my room was a flury of people rushing around getting me ready for an emergency c-section as there are a ton of risks and complications associated with breach babies. A drip was inserted into my hand and pethadine administered. We were already to go down when we were told that we would have to wait 15mins as the Op room was busy with another c-section. By this time, I had been in labour for approx just over an hour. I know, I know...dont say it lol, but for me thats a long time!!
After waiting the required time, and demanding pain relief but not getting any, we went down to the OR. I remember writhing around in pain on the bed while the Anethiest is going through his final list with me before giving me an epi or spinal block...whatever he was going to give...at this stage I wasnt paying much attention to him, just agreeing!
Then I had this big urge to push, and I remember looking into the OR room where the team were setting up and all of them were looking at me with their heads tilted to the side, mouths wide open....this kid was not waiting, it was coming out the same way it went in!!!
I was put onto the operating table, legs up in the stirups and the gas put on. This was the first time I had actually used gas as I hate the mouth pieces that you have to use...this was a proper suction mask so I was getting full effect. Im not sure if they gave me anything in the IV but I was out of it!!! First time Ive been high as a kite so I dont remember much of it but I wasnt feeling any pain!! I vaugely remember being told to push out my son (wasnt I having a girl???) and afterwards I felt like I had been kicked by a horse!!!
My 7lb.14oz son (someone got THAT wrong!!) wasnt breathing and it took several minutes to resus him before he was taken to NICU. By this stage I was coming round as they had taken the gas off me. To everyones surprise, I didnt tear or anything. I was wheeled up to NICU to see the baby once I was lucid again. Because of the trauma he was very yellow, excpet for his black butt and thighs from brusing.
'Baby' was allowed out of NICU that night and we were put into a private room for a weeks stay in hospital with him under lights. Luckily his hips were fine after the ordeal. This was the first time that they had had to vaginally deliver a 'frank breach' baby because of the high risks involved. By the end of our stay, we had finally decided a name for baby and we had both recovered. He is now a very active 4.5yr old and I have around 5 wks left before #4 arrives, HOPEFULLY the right way round!!!
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