Birth Story: First Time Mom
It was October 2011, I was 6 months pregnant and just moved into my first apartment with my boyfriend Victor (husband now). This was my first pregnancy and I read extensively what to expect for labor and delivery for first time moms. Was I prepared mentally or physically to be a mother?! No book, online search or mom community would prepare me for this experience. Let me say I am a wimp when it comes to any type of pain, I scream when I get a paper cut. 😂
My due date was January 21, 2012. A week prior, I went to my prenatal visit to see my gynecologist. Dr. D told me that I had no cervical effacement or dilation. Cervical effacement and dilation is when the cervix opens and thins to allow the baby to move into the birth canal. Because this was my first child, he was not surprised by the lack of imminent labor. He told me to pick a date for my scheduled induction and I could wait until I was 41 weeks to deliver. I was beyond over pregnancy, so I picked the date of January 24, 2012.
On this date at 4 am, Victor and I woke up. I took a long shower and prepared myself for my life to change for the better. I was scheduled to be at the hospital by 6 am. I called my mother so she could meet us at the hospital. After arriving at the hospital, I checked into the labor and delivery registrar. The receptionist told me to wait in the lobby until a nurse on duty called me back. About 30 minutes later, I was undressing and putting on a hospital gown. I sat nervously on the bed thinking what is about to happen next.
The first registered nurse (RN) asked me a thousand questions, while another RN put in my IV. Pitocin was added to my IV fluids to cause contractions that would induce my labor. After five long hours, I started feeling contractions and it hurt like hell! I started to scream in pain and asked when I would be able to get an epidural. By this time, I was 5 cm dilated and 50% effaced. My amniotic sac still did not break on its own.
Around 1 pm, Victor left to go to the cafeteria to get something to eat. When he was gone, an anesthesiologist came into my hospital room. He explained the medication administration and possible side effects for an epidural. Then, he told me to turn my back towards him and sit on the edge of the bed. My mom held my hands for comfort. Ahhhh! Relief! I was numb and could no longer feel any contractions. Because I was numb, the RN performed an amniotomy. An amniotomy is when a practitioner inserts an instrument through your vagina and cervix to break your amniotic sac.
At 4 pm, Dr. D arrived to my hospital room. He checked me and told me that I was fully dilated and effaced. I had no clue! The epidural was working like a charm. He told me to get ready to push and have this baby boy. I had no idea how to push or could not even feel anything. Victor held one of my legs and my mother held the other leg. I pushed and pushed as best I could. Dr. D said, come on Regina you need to focus your mind and push harder. So, I did!
On January 24th at 5:50 pm, M1 was born at 7 pounds and 7 ounces! He was perfect! As they laid him on my chest, I cried and cried. I was a MOTHER!