Hi Everyone, I'm Asher and I have a pretty crazy birth story! *Long post warning*
On Monday, August 5, 2019, I had my routine weekly checkup at the Dr. I was 39 weeks and was just waiting for labor to begin at any moment. I hadn't been feeling great, and my swelling was at an all-time high. All my labs and blood pressures had been OK up until then. But that day, they came back not so perfect. My Dr recommended I head across the street to TMC for further labs. Brian, my mom, and myself, sat in labor & delivery triage, waiting to hear from my Dr, talking about where we were going to get lunch after we were done there.
Next thing I know my Dr is there, and she is explaining to us that I have pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome (very scary stuff), and she urged that we begin to induce labor immediately.
I was disappointed and scared but I knew it had to be done. I was transferred into labor & delivery and was started on drugs immediately. Usually, these drugs take one or 2 doses to begin the active labor phase. They are administered in 12 hr increments. And after 24+ hrs, I had not dilated at all. One more dose and 12 hrs later, the drug finally got me somewhere. Two days in the hospital and I was barely dilated enough for the next step in the induction process.
Pitocin was delivered to begin "real" contractions but despite having longer than normal ones, I was still not getting anywhere with dilation. We gave it about another day and kept upping my dose until I reached the max. I still wasn't dilating.
On Thursday morning, August 8, the Dr advised we break my water. I agreed. Then the real hell began. I went through what seemed like endless hours of back labor before I couldn't take any more. That afternoon, I got an epidural, and then was able to rest for the first time all week.
By Fri morning, Aug 9, I was fully dilated and the Dr told me I could start pushing the baby out. I spent the next 3 and a half hrs pushing with every contraction, but the baby wouldn't budge. As it turns out, he was facing the wrong way, and his head was sideways, lodged and not moving down.
There was nothing else we could do but a c-section at this point. *cont'd in comments* - 3 hours ago