At the point that Brooks was born, I was over a week late, and while I truly loved being pregnant, I was ready to meet my baby boy. At first, I wanted to do a fully natural waterbirth. I quickly realized I was crazy if I did not get an epidural, but hey any women who have been able to do it all natural: YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!! The hospital I delivered at also did not have birthing tubs. The only pain medication/treatment I planned to get was an epidural, but that is not what ended up happening.
Before I get into the labor story, I would like to add that in September I had gotten dehydrated and I was around 32 weeks pregnant. This caused me to have severe pains in my abdomen and contractions. I was in and out of the hospital for three days and put on medication to stop contractions, so if you are pregnant, STAY HYDRATED!
On November 15th, I had my OBGYN appointment, and after consulting with my doctor, I was dilated to a 1.5/10 and scheduled to come into the hospital at 4 p.m. Hunter came home from work around 2 p.m. and we ended up getting to the hospital at 3 p.m. because my contractions were getting worse. Once I got in they inserted a medication called cervidil (or dinoprostone) which softens your cervix so you will start dilating. I kept asking for an epidural but they kept saying it was too early. Not long after this, they did offer me Stadol, a pain medicine, once I was dilated to a 3/10. Now I did not want any mind-altering drugs, and I thought that this was going to be like a liquid form of Advil or Tylenol. Guess what? It wasn’t. Once it is already in my system, the nurse says, “By the way, you might want to close your eyes.” I should have listened because right after she said that the room started spinning.
I said a lot of crazy stuff, but I only remember a couple. My mom had gone and got Hunter and I Zaxby’s. Hunter cut up my chicken because I couldn’t chew well, that is what I am referring to when I say “Hunter is having a hard time” in one of the videos. Well, I was kind of slinging my arms around, so Hunter kept moving my sweet tea away from me. I started crying because he kept moving it from me, but he and my mom were laughing at me because I was acting so crazy. They asked me why I was crying, and I said “Y’all are laughing at me and making me feel bad”, they felt really bad and started apologizing and I laughed and told them I was crying about the sweet tea. I believe that is in one of the videos, too.
Then, the anesthesiologist came in to give me my epidural, and as she was injecting it (I was still whacked out on Stadol) I asked, in a very calm manner, “Is this supposed to paralyze me from the waist down?” and she starts freaking out thinking that I am paralyzed and she’s asking me to move my legs and feet. I wiggled my toes and said, “I am not paralyzed, I just thought I would be for a little bit.” She and all the nurses start cracking up, saying they’ve never heard someone ask if they would be paralyzed so calmly before.
After getting the Stadol & epidural I fall asleep, and only woke up when my nurse came in to check my dilation. She told me I was at a 6/10 and my water broke as she checked me. I went back to sleep and Hunter and the nurse woke me up and told me I was at a 10, and that it was time to start pushing. I woke up and threw up once because of the Stadol, one of the nurses yelled at me and said “STOP THROWING UP! THE BABY WILL COME OUT BEFORE THE DOCTOR GETS HERE IF YOU KEEP VOMITING!” Like I can just stop vomiting???? So I pushed for about 15 minutes, I would say about five to seven times. While I am pushing I am asking my younger nurse where she went to school if she was married, if she had kids, all of that fun stuff. She was kind of laughing because I was interviewing her as she held one of my legs up to my chest so I could push, I told her that I figured I figured since she had seen everything I’ve got, might as well get to know one another (haha). The doctor comes one minute before Brooks was born. Brooks came out at 2:00 a.m. on the dot. I ended up getting two stitches and that was it. Once I was done pushing, the younger nurse stayed back for a minute to tell me, “You were made for birthing babies!! You did amazing!” Yeah well, it’ll be one and done for me, sorry to disappoint!
And that was my labor experience! I was very blessed to have such an easy, positive experience. I definitely recommend Tanner hospitals, their labor, and delivery, as well as postpartum, nurses are absolutely amazing!!
Here are some videos of me on Stadol for your entertainment.