I am so excited to be writing My Positive Birth Induction Story, I know it’s been a month now but I have needed some time to recover and enjoy my beautiful baby. I would like to start this post of by saying this is a positive story but there may be some triggers in here, so trigger warning for NICU babys.
If you follow my social medias and YouTube channel you will have seen a vlog called ” I Am Struggling”. That was the last vlog before I was called in for induction. As you may or may not have watched that vlog, I had Polyhydramnios later in my pregnancy.
At the 35/36 week point in my pregnancy I had had enough, I was in so much pain with the extra fluid and was finding it so hard to move and walk. I was desperate to be induced, also with my first daughter I was induced at 37 weeks due to preeclampsia and Obstetric Cholestasis. So I was kind of expecting to have this baby around the same time.
I went at 37 weeks for an ultrasound to check how high the fluid level had got and was told if it is higher I will be induced, within minutes the sonographer said you will be getting induced this is way to high. I could of jumped for joy, even though I do find induction extremely painful I wanted nothing more than this baby to come out.
I was called in to the doctors room and was told that they would induce me at the next available slot which would be the following day Tuesday, I was so excited. I went back to the car to tell my partner and we arranged for child care for Olivia our eldest.
Tuesday came I called the number they told me to ring and was told that there were no beds available on the labour ward and I would need to call back later that day. I rang back a few hours later and I was told the same thing again and again, eventually some one called me and explained they would be postponing my induction to the following day due to midwife shortages. I was told I am to high risk with the Polyhydramnious, Strep B and hypertension for me to be alone and I would need a midwife with me constantly though my labour.
Anyway they asked me how my movements were with baby girl and I was honest and said she is a little bit quiet today. They called me up to the Triage to have a monitoring. So off we went, we took all our bags and left Olivia with her nan because we had a big feeling that I would be induced because I was in so much pain.
I forgot to mention at this point I had been contracting for 2 weeks and had only dilated to 1cm. That had me thinking induction would be so easy this time as I am already a little bit dilated and I have had a baby before.
When I arrived I was hooked up to the monitors, the nurse could see I was contracting but not regularly enough and then they took my blood pressure…. It was over 150. Then we were told you are not going home, you are being induced as soon as possible and will be having this baby.
As we got took round to this ward where you wait for a labour room to come available we were both getting really excited and said this is going to be so easy this time, my body is already doing something.
So the next day we finally got called round to the labour suite and I was given my own room to have the baby, they got things going by inserting the Pessary. Now I knew I would find this uncomfortable as I had this before and found it quite hard. An HOUR later I was contracting even two minutes! I was in excruciating pain and I knew this wasn’t right. It felt way more intense than before, the doctor picked up on the monitoring how frequent my contractions were, the pain I was in and the babys heart rate was also dropping. So they decided to take it out it was too much! I felt so deflated and useless as it was a big step back, I just kept saying to Liam why can’t I do it this time?
I had a midwife come in and examine me, she said she could break my waters and will do that when she can. With Polyhydramnious you need two midwifes to break your water because one of them has to make sure the cord doesn’t come down. The risk to it is that the cord could drop through and then the babys at serious risk.
Once the midwife came back to try and break my waters, I was so disappointed to hear when she said she couldn’t break my waters because my cervix is still closed right at the top. I was so so fed up!
So the next step was I was given the gel to try and dilate me further and get me contracting even more, so I thought oh that’s not going to happen so I won’t be having this baby anytime soon.
The next morning, the day before Christmas Eve another midwife came and checked me and my waters were able to be broken. It was the weirdest experience because there was so much amniotic fluid it would not stop flowing. It then continued to flow until she was born.
Then it was time for them to really get things going, so I was put on the Oxytocin drip. I knew things were going to get painful so I asked for the Epidural, I was expecting everything to go the same as my first birth.
The epidural was simple and not uncomfortable, it was done quickly too. I felt great and it was just a waiting game from there on. I was checked 6 hours later and I was a 4cm.
All of a sudden I felt pain and I knew when my contractions were coming, the midwife said you shouldn’t feel a thing. I said well I can feel it on the right side of my body. She then Called the anaesthesiologist and he noticed I had pulled out the epidural somehow. I was shocked but relieved that it could be fixed and I will be out of pain.
An hour later I felt the pain again, we assumed I had pulled it out again as I am a right fidget! The epidural was fully in tact and working but it wasn’t numbing my pain. The anaesthesiologist said it seems to have failed for you, I am sorry.
I was in agony I felt like I would never cope with this, I started on the gas and air. It didn’t take the pain away but got me through it somehow, all of a sudden I felt some heavy pressure down below and I was told her head was there. I have to say that was the most painful part the head! Anyway after some pushing she arrived, now baby girl didn’t have a great start too her life when she was born, I will create another blog post about what happened.
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