Hospital Birth Story
2 Hospital Births -- one not as bad as
The next day, I went into the dr.'s office for the ultrasound results and was informed that I'd be flown out to the nearest hospital with better equipment (in our case, Winnipeg) as soon as the plane could come get me. "Just for testing, as a precaution," I was told. "If there's no problem, you can come back," the doctor said.
Well, when I finally arrived at the hospital in Winnipeg at 2AM, the referring physician was waiting for me, examined me and decided that I should be induced in the morning. The second he left the room, his understudy said that he didn't feel comfortable with me leaving the hospital (I was to stay with family for the remainder of the night), and informed me that he wished to start the pitocin as soon as possible.
After 4 grueling hours of trying to insert an IV (I told them I had horrid veins, and they wouldn't believe me 'til they saw for themselves), they finally established one and I hadn't slept in 23 hours. I was already getting delirious. They started the pitocin and told me to walk. Until the shift change. My nurse... I should've told her to leave the second she came in my room. She told me to lie down on the bed so that she could put the monitor on and EVERYTHING from that point on was a losing fight for me. I wanted to sit on the birthing ball. "No... can't keep the fetal monitor on when you're on there, and the baby sounds like he's not tolerating labour that well." I DEMANDED to be allowed to have a shower.
After the degrading process of having to allow her to strip off my clothes (to get around the IV), I was able to have a 15 minute shower before they told me to get out. I was only allowed to get out of bed to go to the bathroom one more time... where I contemplated staying until my wee one was born. But people kept pounding at the door saying, "Are you okay?" "Are you coming out soon?" I finally caved and went back to bed. Then I asked for an epidural.
Understand: In my whole 16 hour labour the first time, the pain was NEVER as intense as with pitocin. I was literally pulling my hair out with pain. The next hour, or so, after the epidural was put in, was a blur. I was hallucinating (talking to my other son, who wasn't there), among other things. Then, I felt this immediate INTENSE urge to push. I was at 10cm. They rushed me from the labour room to the delivery room. I started pushing, they started counting. I told them to shut up. The resident (who delivered my son) told me he was going to perform an episiotomy. I screamed, "NO WAY!!!" So, he sat and waited.
No perineal massage... he was lost. I
baby out on my own, in my own time. THEN, they took my perfectly
healthy baby (with a normal APGAR of 7) away from me and stuck him in an
Ohio bed where he lay screaming while the one nurse in attendance did
paperwork, and the resident sutured my slight tear (3 stitches).
Joy, & Raspberry Leaves
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