February 7, 2000
We were due to the hospital at 10 am. I'm going to be induced into labor today. Wow, I'm about to have a baby!!!!! I got hooked up to the machines. Now we wait.
I just had my first contraction that I could actually feel that beginning and the end. It didn't hurt, but I could feel it!
The nurse, Lara, is really nice. We have really lucked out - Dr. Ottavi and now Lara. We have so much confidence in Dr. Ottavi and I feel very comfortable with Lara.
I've reacted to the Pitocin very quickly, according to Lara. I've started to have regular contractions. They are spaced pretty evenly. Its a good sign, Lara said.
I have an IV in my left wrist. It hurts a little, but that's normal. It administers the Pitocin and two antibiotics - because of my heart problems. I think its the same reason that I have to have antibiotics before a dentist appointment.
Everyone came to the hospital this afternoon. We sat in my room and played cards and talked. Just waiting.
Christine and Cathy came by this evening too. They brought food - grrrr! I haven't had anything to eat since this morning for breakfast.
Lara left at 7pm and a new nurse, Kim, came on. Shortly after she came on, we moved to another room - more chairs for visitors and a private bathroom. We were getting the royal treatment now! (Little did we know we were in for a long haul!)
I had a big contraction - made me cry, (Lindsay too) but it might have been also because of a full bladder. At least that's what the nurse said.
February 8, 2000
Everyone went home. Nothing seems to be happening.
Since midnight, I've been sleeping on and off. At 3:30am, Nurse Misha talked to Dr. Ottavi. Dr. O said to check the cervix - the baby had come down a little. Misha tried to insert a baby moniter and to break my water but couldn't because I wasn't dilated enough for her fingers and probe to fit in at the same time. She decided to wait until Dr. Ottavi came in - Misha wasn't comfortable doing this. At 4:15am, I had the epidural. It wasn't terribly painful to administer but it burned and I didn't expect that.
Chris says I've been pretty strong, but I know that its because he's here to support me. The first time that Nurse Kim checked and said I hadn't progressed at all, I felt depressed. The second time she checked, I still hadn't made any progress, but I wasn't too devastated. I was just too tired.
All the nurses here love Dr. Ottavi. So do we. I wish she could be here during the whole time though!
Dr. Berens visited briefly.
Dr. Ottavi arrives. She checks me - 3 cm and -1 station. Great sign! (All this time and I'm only 3cm!) She broke my water with the crochet hook - it felt warm and wet. (Chris's point of view - lots of bloody mucous at first, then a stream of clear fluid).
Now I'm having steady contractions which I can sometimes feel, but nothing like before the epidural. I'm very relaxed and will probably sleep now.
Dr. Ottavi came back to check - I'm at 4cm!
A new nurse - Lori. She came and checked on me because "I felt it in my butt"! (That's what I really said to her!) 5cm! 1cm an hour is average for this point, so we have at least 5 more hours to go! I've been strongly urged to get some sleep. It feels really good to finally be making progress.
One quick observation: "epidural = happiness"
They increased the pain medication. It was starting to wear off!
Dr. Ottavi returns. 9.5cm! I went from 7cm to 9.5cm in about a half an hour! Now we just need the baby to come down a little more. I have a slight urge to push, but I can't yet.
The contractions are getting quite strong and Dr. Chait gave me another dose of the epidural. I'm quite calm now. I have still a tiny bit of cervix left to dilate. The contractions make me feel like having a bowel movement but its just the baby's head pushing its way out.
The nurses get the room and the bed ready for delivery! At 3:35pm they tell me to start pushing. It takes about 6 contractions for our beautiful baby to be born.
|Name: Maya Devi Bradfield|
"Maya" means magic and "Devi" mean Goddess
Date of Birth: February 8, 2000
Time of Birth: 3:55 pm, Pacific Standard Time
Birth Weight: Seven Pounds, Zero Ounces
Birth Length: 19 1/2 Inches
Number of Hours in Labor: Almost 30
Reading this now, I can still remember a lot of the feelings I had at those precise moments. The feeling of joy I had throughout my labor and delivery. The feeling of sheer panic when Chris left the room for 5 minutes to get a drink and go to the bathroom. The relief of my water breaking. The pain of that first big contraction. And the immediate frantic need I had to hold my baby after I woke up the next morning (from being unconscious for 14 hours because I lost a lot of blood during delivery and had to have a transfusion).
There is almost nothing I wouldn't do to go back and hold that baby again, even just for a moment...