Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Speedy Delivery Process

I know second labor tend to be faster than the first one, but I thought it would still take two to three hours. Instead, we were at the hospital around 12:25 am, and the baby was born around 30 minutes later. Yeah, I didn't expect a speedy delivery process like this! Aelig was born after 15 hours of labor!

A week before the labor, my OB told me that I was already 2cm diluted, but she didn't know when the baby would arrive, she even prescribed me the regular urine test on 20th of June. So, I thought I still have time.

Friday night, I had my first contraction around 10:40 pm. I didn't pay much attention until I noticed that it was regular, like every six minutes. I told hubby, we decided to wait for one hour to make sure it was not a false alarm. I thought the contractions would ease away, just like what happened for my first pregnancy. But it persisted, by the time we left home, it was so painful that I had to stop walking.

We were in the car at 12 am sharp. We sent Aelig to a friend's house, then rush to the clinic. When I entered the delivery room, the contractions became so unbearable that I didn't even manage to take off my clothes. The midwife instructed me to go directly to the delivery bed, at that moment I sensed a splash of water leaked out. Oh, my water just broke! The midwife quickly checked on me and announced that I was fully dilated at 10 cm, so no time for epidural. Oh no, I was hoping to have epidural right away to ease the pain.

I was on panic mood. I never expected that I have to deliver without epidural. The midwife told me that the harder I push, the quicker the pain will be over. She asked me to push right away while she was preparing for the delivery. At that point, I can really feel the contractions, there were so much pain that I felt I can't handle it. The delivery team consisted of the midwife, a doctor and a nurse. They urged me to start pushing right away. They repeated several times that I'm the only one that could make the suffering stops as they can't help me. I tried hard but it was not enough. I couldn't concentrate, my body was fighting the pain, instead of using it. I had several successful pushes but each time I stopped to take my breath but the team kept asking me to continue. I told hubby I can't do it and I was screaming out of my lung. I even asked him to help me. The doctor was tough on me, he asked me to cooperate seriously as there was no kidding anymore. I did try but I think I failed. I had not enough breath for continue pushes.

After 25 minutes of pushing, the doctor decided to use a spatula to guide the baby out. He did that because the baby's heart beat was deteriorating. I thought I could relax when the baby was out, but the whole sewing process was killing me. It lasted forever and the midwife kept pressing my stomach. I had never had so much pain in my life. Because of my failure in pushing, my perineum was severely torn.

Every labor is different, now I know. I don't know if I would prefer the first delivery experience, but for sure I need a break.

Here the proud hubby presenting his daughter : Awena. She is in good health, I think that's the most important after all.



14 comments:

  1. Thirty minutes is fast. I admit I am quite scared when this time will come for me. Hope it won't be as painful. congratulations once again.

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    1. Every woman and every labor is different. Try to get yourself ready, I heard that some women managed it very well because they know how to breath and push correctly.

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  2. Maybe it was a too fast. I'm not an expert at childbirth, but I heard that if the birth is too fast that the body doesn't have enough time to prepare and that there is more chance of tearing.

    How do you pronounce Awena? Is it Aw-ena or A-wena?

    Watch out, if you have a third one it will probably just fall out of you!

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    1. Yep, I got some tearing. I barely remember it though. It was a bit sore but not as a bad as the word "tear" sounds!

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    2. It is pronounced A-wena.

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  3. Mark came out pretty fast as well for a first child, I arrived at the hospital at 4 a.m. and he was born at 11 a.m. Seemed very fast to me and no epidural either. I feel like I had it easy though, it was painful but not as bad as I had thought.

    She is VERY pretty. I mean it... some newborns, ahem, take a bit of time to look cute. She is perfect from the start. Your husband is cute too, if I may say (first time I see a picture of him).

    Congrats, you did a great job! Take it easy and recover well.

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    1. Ok you had made the day for my husband. :-)

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  4. Congrats!. Take good care.

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  5. Congratulation BE.
    regards casper

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  6. Welcome to the world, Awena.
    Your sister would be jealous of you getting all the attention, but you would grow up adoring her anyways. Beside your parents, Aelig is your bestest friend.

    Bee, having two is a handful. But the joy is boundless. Although it is not too fun trying to break up a fight between a child and a baby... one thinks you hate her, and the other doesn't understand.... and god forbid both of them being sick at the same time!

    Take care and have a good rest.

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  7. what a beautiful name, Awena!!

    Hahaha .. your delivery is so similar to mine. I was so panic because I planned to take epidural but it was too late. I can still remember the pain and confusion on pushing the baby out. Anyway, you made it. Take good rest now .. I screamed too!! I think the whole hospital could hear my screaming!

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  8. Congratulations Bee Ean ! It is glad to hear that you have delivered second child. It sound difficult and a lot of unpredictable challenges during your second pregnancy. But like what you said, healthy is most important and looking at the lovely Awena, is worth while. By the way, how is your diabetic ? Does the glucose level back to normal ?

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