Birthing Story

Okay… Finally found the time to blog about my birthing experience. It is a bit long so please bear with me here.

Where was I? Oh right, my last long entry was actually the day before I delivered little Erin. Let me continue the time outline.

17 March 2007, Saturday
8 PM: Contractions are coming in regularly now at 10 to 15 minutes interval. I’m feeling more pain (menstrual cramp-like pains) in my lower abdomen and sometimes in my lower back. But pain is still tolerable and I can still manage to joke around with J.

10:30 PM: Regular contractions now at 7 to 10 minutes apart. I ring up the Delivery Suite because it was getting to be really painful and uncomfortable. The midwife who answered my call (Agnes) told me that it was still too early to come to the hospital and that I should try to get some rest/sleep. Duh! How can you get some shut-eye if the contractions are quite regular? Anyway, so I put down the phone and head to bed. I asked J to put a hot water bottle on my lower back, hoping that it would somehow ease the pain. By this time, things were growing more intense by the minute and it was getting harder for me to move around.

11:30 PM: Contractions were now at 5 to 6 minutes interval. Oh the pain!!! I tried to huff and puff but believe me, it did not help me at all. The pain was excruciating that I had to hold on to J for support and squeeze his arm so hard to somehow relieve me. At this point, I was already cursing. So, with whatever strength I could muster, I rang up the Delivery Suite once again and Agnes was there at the receiving end. I told her the current situation and guess what she told me? “What do you want to do?” Duuuuhhh!!! I said of course that I already wanted to go to the hospital. And she replied, “Okay, we’ll check your condition but if all is okay, we might just send you back home.” What is wrong with this woman?!?

18 March 2007, Sunday
12:30 AM: J, my mom and I leave for the hospital. On our way, I was heaving quite heavily as the pain was becoming very unbearable. There was a vehicular accident along Yamba Drive but J insistently drove through the accident site. He just shouted to the police officers that I was in labor and they easily let us through.

1 AM: We arrive at the Maternity Building of The Canberra Hospital. I sat in a wheelchair because I could hardly get up and walk. Delivery Suite was situated at the third floor. Agnes, the midwife who I talked to earlier, greeted us and even joked how I came in style (being in a wheelchair and all). We were led to a room where I was asked to lie in bed so that Agnes could monitor the baby’s heart rate and the regularity/intensity of the contractions. This went on for quite some time while I was trying to cope with all of the pain.

2:30 AM: Agnes gives me an internal examination. God, that hurt!!! She said that I was already 8 centimeters dilated. She asked me if I was ready to push. Duhhhh!!! Kanina pa ‘no! She told me to get up and go to the toilet to pee. J had to help me to the loo but by the time I sat there, it felt like all hell was going to break loose! The pain was so intense it felt like the baby was going to drop any moment. So Agnes told me to just come back to bed so that we can now start pushing. I was in a semi-reclined position, with legs apart. J and my mom were holding one hand and leg each to support me, while Agnes stood at the sideline. Agnes just stood there giving me verbal instructions as to how to properly push the baby out. In a short while, my water broke and the pushing began.

This time, the pain was more bearable because the pushing part actually distracted me from feeling the pain. However, it can get really tiring because you have to hold your breath for long periods of time. To put it simply, it felt like being really constipated and you just want to push with all your might to relieve yourself. Anyway, I digress. πŸ™‚ After several long pushes, J and my mom could already see Erin’s thick black hair. Once her head was out, Agnes told me to give short pushes so that the rest of Erin could come out. At this point, I felt a burning sensation down there. This is probably the point where those tears came in. By the way, I did not take any pain relievers throughout labor and delivery nor an episiotomy.

3:23 AM: Baby Erin is born into this world, weighing 2710 grams. In comes the night duty OB-GYN to sew my tears up. All were classified as second-degree tears. I got 6 stitches all in all. Ouch! There was local anesthesia applied so that didn’t matter to me at that time. I was completely in awe as I saw our little bub being checked and measured. After all the fuss, Agnes told me to get up and to take a shower because I had to vacate the room by 6 AM and transfer to the postnatal ward, which was located at the second floor. Talk about speed!

6:10 AM: I was wheeled into room 13 of the postnatal ward. Erin stayed with me in the room the whole time we were admitted. And so the sleepless nights began…

20 March 2007, Tuesday
Erin and I were discharged from the hospital. They found Erin to have some jaundice (separate post to follow) but still we were sent home and were instructed to just expose Erin to indirect sunlight to rid her of it.

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8 Responses to “Birthing Story”

  1. Hi Leah! Found your site through Liv’s.. just wanted to say congrats on your baby Erin! I have an Erynne too.. and their birthdays are so close — a day apart! Mine just turned 2 on the 19th… cherish your baby, they grow so unbelievably fast 😦

  2. Congratulations Leah and hubby and welcome baby Erin Chloe! πŸ™‚
    Glad your labor didn’t last for a long time and that you managed without any drug πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Leah, congrats for a successful delivery! And more congratulations for giving birth without epidural! WOW! Galing! πŸ™‚

  4. Good thing you drop by our blog. I’ve been wondering why I’m having difficulty opening your blog. Congratulations may baby ka na πŸ™‚ sana kami din magkaroon na this year 😦

  5. congratulations! welcome to the world, erin! πŸ™‚

  6. No Anesthesia!!! My God, you are a brave woman. Bravo for you.

  7. wow! hiningal ata ako dun. if i may ask, bakit midwife ata ang pinag uusapan natin?! ganun ba sa canberra? bilib ako sayo… walang pampamanhid! πŸ™‚

  8. FAYE:Iba healthcare system dito. Since may shortage sa doctors dito, if low risk naman ang pregnancy mo, you are only referred to a midwife. otherwise, sa specialist ka na. besides, if you’re having a normal delivery, the midwife is just there to coach you. most of the work will come from the mother talaga. πŸ™‚

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