On Thursday June 19th an induction was scheduled to bring Baby S into the world. He was comfortable in his temporary home and not showing too many signs of wanting to come out. Mommy had been using Primrose to try and get things stirred and had made progress to 3cm with some thinning by the time they checked into St. Joe’s Hospital on June 19th at 8pm.
We had agreed ahead of time that she would let me know once things really started getting going. It can often take some time to get an induction started. Around 2:30am I had nursed my little guy and felt like maybe I would go in and see how things were going.
Upon arriving at the hospital and visiting for a few moments it was clear labor wasn’t active even though she was at 16 Pitocin and moving up every 30 minutes. She had made progress to 5cm but was not in active labor. She was still able to visit and snack. We visited and talked about how things would go if she reached 20 Pitocin.
Around 7:30am the midwife came in and suggested turning off the Pitocin, taking a shower, eating something and getting some rest which would allow the receptors to get cleared out and then she could begin again.
We agreed I would go home and tend to my children while Mrs. R and her husband were able to get some rest and spend some quality time together in the quiet. I wanted to make space for those intimate final moments they could have together.
The plan was for them to call me once things picked up, just as before, and labor seemed active. I was hopeful to get a call sooner than later. But, it is typical for babies to come in the evening hours so I expected the day wouldn’t bring too much news. But, even more hopeful for the coming evening and a new baby to be born.
Everyone got some much needed rest and they began Pitocin again around 12:30pm.
Around 6:30pm I let her know I would arrive around 7:40pm as I thought maybe things would begin to pick up as the sun set.
When I arrived around 7:40pm her mom had joined the birth team, which was a nice support for her. The room was calm and the mood was anticipatory. She still wasn’t really in active labor and the Pitocin was climbing to 18 in the next few moments.
She was moving from sitting butterfly on the bed to standing and then to sitting on the ball. At about 9:30 she was reaching 20 Pitocin which was the limit of the dr.’s order, so we started to try a few different things. She did some squatting on the bed and on all fours for a bit trying to encourage the baby to come settle on the cervix.
We talked about AROM to bring the baby down and allow natural pressure to create action with the cervix. As she was laying on her side with a peanut ball with a stronger contraction than she’d had up until now, she felt something funny.
The nurse checked to see if anything was leaking and she didn’t see anything at that moment. Mrs. R felt for sure as if something had occurred. She stood up and sure enough there was a small leak. This made her very emotional as the impending change in contractions seemed as though they might be overwhelming for her.
The nurse and I calmed her and encouraged her that all would be fine and this is what we’d been waiting for all along. It was exciting to see some changing occurring.
At about 10:23pm the nurse wanted to get a check of where she was at. During this check she reported she was an 8cm and fully effaced and as she was checking the bag of waters it broke. A rush of fluid poured out. This was very exciting as we knew this would bring a faster end to what they’d been waiting for so long.
Once her water was broken the contractions really picked up in intensity and we began the work of breathing and concentrating through each contraction. She wanted to stand but as she stood the baby didn’t seem to like it very much so, the nurse asked her to lay back on the bed. She obliged and had several great contractions on the bed.
With very little time, I began to see that during the contractions she was instinctively bearing down. The nurse could feel the head at +2 station and coming down with each contraction. As the nurse went to call the midwife, who as off campus just about 10 minutes away, another contraction came on and with this one came another push. She couldn’t hold them off.
I asked Mr. R to come down to the edge of the bed because I thought for sure the baby’s head would emerge with the next push. We could see it crowning at this time.
Mr. R came to the bottom of the bed. I instructed him to have his hands out and ready just in case and also asked him to push the call button. With the push of the button I called to the nurse’s station that baby was coming now. It took less than 10 seconds for the team to be in the room, to have a nurse giving perineum support and the resident OB followed up 5 seconds later ready to catch the baby.
1 more push and the head completely emerged with the OB giving support. 1 more push and the shoulders emerged and baby S slipped out and onto his mother’s tummy. It was a smooth 40 minutes from water breaking to baby being born. 40 minutes of active labor. Who could ask for more?
It was an answer to prayers. Healthy 9lb 15oz baby boy and a quick active labor and delivery for Mrs. R. And, as an extra measure of luck baby S had a true knot in his cord. This is not so common and a neat thing to see.
The extra special part of the labor is that as we were remembering the Lords presence in the room and His ability to meet her needs, her nurse shared encouraging words and scripture with her as well reminding her of His strength and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. It was precious to see the Lords light being shared among the team.
She did an incredible job, stayed focused and committed to a natural birth and was given that gift. And also the precious gift of a healthy, robust, wonderful little boy.
I was blessed to witness their birth story and am thankful for Gods provision each step of the way.
Born on 6/20/2014
21 ¾ inches long