Elena Christina has arrived (dramatic birth story)!
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|Sun, 08-12-2012 - 3:47pm|
My little Ellie was born on August 6th at 1:02 p.m. I am sorry for the overdue announcement, but it has been quite a week!
Sunday afternoon I went into early labor. I had been feeling a dampness since that morning and we were concerned that my water may have broken, so we went to the hospital. I was especially alarmed because earlier that week my fluid levels had been measuring low.
At the hospital it was determined that my bag of waters WAS intact, but they admitted me for observation anyway because my fluid was still low and the baby's heart rate kept dipping below 90 every time I had a contraction. At this point, the contractions were irregular, generally between 8 and 15 minutes apart and they were only lasting about 30 seconds. I was only 1 cm dilated.
In the morning, after a long sleepless night hooked up to monitors, the contractions still weren't speeding up and I was only 3 cm dilated. It was decided that I should be induced with pitocin, because the baby's heart rate was still dipping. They believed that my contractions were putting to much pressure on her umbilical cord and wanted to get her out asap.
Pitocin was administered, the contractions intensified and I received an epidural when I was 5 cm dilated. As the contractions became longer and more frequent, the baby's heart rate continued to drop for longer and more frequent periods of time. At about noon it was decided the safest course of action was a C section.
Ellie was born at 1:02 p.m. She is perfectly healthy and had an APGAR score of 9, but she is rather thin. Only 5 pounds, 8.5 ounces at birth and 20 inches long. Evidently, she had a very small umbilical cord that was missing its outer sheath. The sheath is supposed to protect the cord, which explains why my contractions were able to put so much pressure on it. Also, the small cord probably limited the amount of nourishment she was able to get, which explains why she is so thin.
The whole ordeal was obviously terrifying and emotional. DH was a rock and stayed calm for me the entire time (although I know he was a wreck on the inside). I'm just so grateful she is okay. Oddly, I had a completely uncomplicated pregnancy up until the 38th week when the fluid issues arose. In all I gained a healthy 35 lbs and never expected an emergency C section.
Ellie is just a little angel and DH and I are out of our minds in love with her! I'm healing well, my milk has come in and I am determined to fatten this child up! Attached is a photo DH took at the hospital when Ellie was 2 days old. I'll post more photos soon. I hope all goes well for the ladies still waiting to deliver.