Our Birth Story

Published June 26, 2016 by Jennie

Thank you so much for all the well wishes! It has meant a lot to me. I thought I would share our birth story. It was definitely a whirlwind and some parts are hard to remember.

On Friday the 24th, I woke up at about 4AM to my water breaking at 34w1d. I woke up my husband and we drove to the hospital. We were both surprisingly calm given the situation. I think we were both in shock.

When I got to triage the nurse told me that since I was not in labor they would try to hold it off since I was early. The original plan was to admit me and try to push back delivery as long as possible. I then spoke to the doctor on call. He said sometimes the risks of prolonging the pregnancy would outweigh the benefits. The longer we waited, the higher the risk of infection (the risk of infection increases after you rupture your membranes). He said 34 weeks is usually the point where the will not try to prolong the pregnancy anymore.

Since I was not in labor, he decided to give me a steroid shot to speed up lung development. That takes a day to work so we were going to deliver on Saturday. Even so, he said that the research on giving steroids at 34 weeks is mixed. At that point it probably does not help much but since it only takes a day to work it was worth a shot. Basically he was ok with trying to prolong the pregnancy for one more day but nothing more than that.

We scheduled a C section on Saturday. About 10 minutes after the doctor left I went into labor. It happened super fast. I went from no contractions to significant contractions very quickly. The doctors were surprised by how fast it happened. Luckily I had an amazing nurse who got the ball rolling so I could deliver.

The C section went smoothly. I originally struggled with having a C section versus a vaginal birth but once it came time to do it, I was just glad we had a way for me to deliver them safely. One I delivered, we got to see them and hold them for a few minutes and then they went to the NICU.

That evening I started feeling pretty bad. We found out I had a severe allergic reaction to the tape used on my incisions. The doctor actually told me she had never seen a reaction like that before. In the grand scheme of things it is not my biggest concern. It is frustrating though because it makes it harder to get around and the medicine used to treat it makes me pretty loopy.

I have attempted to pump and so far it is an epic failure. I pump every 2 hours using a hospital grade pump and have yet to get even a single drop. Not even one. I hate it.

I do plan on writing a post about our NICU experience. For now I will say it is the best and worst place I have ever been to. I am so thankful that our babies are getting such good care and the staff in the NICU are nothing short of angels.

Here are a few pictures.

 

We are also incredibly fortunate that both babies are doing remarkably well. They have breathed on their own the whole time (that is a big deal for preemies) and are eating. Yesterday they had all their IVs removed. Today they were removed from their incubators and are in regular beds. I know they need a little more TLC but I am so ready for them to come home! – Jennie

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27 comments on “Our Birth Story

  • Congratulations! Happy to read you and the babies are doing well! Don’t stress too much about pumping. My lactation consultant told me because I experienced infertility I might have a delay in my milk coming in, which I did even with my baby being 2 weeks overdue! Keep pumping and you’ll get there! 🙂

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  • So pleased the girls are doing well. I remember sitting there with a double pump after having my first and not getting anything. It was awful and I felt like a cow! But my milk did come in eventually so keep at it if that is what you really want. So sorry to hear about the tape allergy. It is so hard when things impact our healing. I had something similar with this baby and I felt really ripped off my the circumstances. I hope it comes good for you soon so you can get off the meds. Actually would the meds be impacting your breastmilk? All in all things sound pretty good. I am so happy for you that your miracles are finally here 🙂

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    • They said the meds should not impact anything but I still wish I did not have to take them. You are right that given everything all is pretty well. I am just ready for everyone to be home!

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  • So happy to hear things turned out well! Don’t get frustrated with the pumping. I started to pump about the same time you did and it took a while but my milk came in. I actually missed a day of pumping because I was so messed up from the drugs. What did help me was having a video of my daughter and a picture of her with me while pumping. Just a suggestion. It’ll come 🙂

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