June 12, 2012

Maeva's Birth Story: Part 2

When I ended part 1 of Maeva's birth story, I was 7 cm dilated and had been given an hour to progress or it was back for a c-section. Well wouldn't you know when they checked me around noon, I was a 9+! I think we were all shocked when the nurse told me that. My doctor came in after he heard I'd progressed and was joking with us saying he heard the governor issued me a reprieve. We were very thankful for the progress, and now things were getting VERY real!

At that point, I decided not to press the epidural button anymore as I really was afraid of not being able to push good when the time came. Some nurses and the resident came in to have me do some practice pushes, and then they let me rest for a little bit. Shortly thereafter, my doctor walked in and announced it was time to have this baby! I wasn't expecting him to say that just yet, but was excited nonetheless. I pushed for about 25-30 minutes, but it was slow going. She was still pretty high, and on top of that, she was OP (face up), which makes the delivery even harder. My doctor was able to reach in and turn her before delivery so she ended up delivering face down. As I mentioned, she was still pretty high and my pushes weren't getting the job done so they tried to get her out using the vacuum. Unfortunately that didn't work, so they ended up putting on the forceps, and that did the trick!
It was time to push again, and suddenly she was coming out...it was the craziest thing ever! They immediately placed her on my stomach and I couldn't believe what had just happened! I was completely in awe. And then I realized she wasn't making any noise, so of course I asked what was wrong and why she wasn't crying. They assured me she would, and shortly thereafter she let out her sweet little cry. Patrick cut the cord, and it was all happening just like I'd imagined...except maybe a little better. :) It was SO surreal!
After having some time with her, they took her to clean her up and measure her. 
She was born at 2:11 pm, and was 7 lbs, 13 oz, and 19.5 inches long. Just 4 oz. more than her big brother, but an inch shorter. :) 
In the meantime, the resident, my doctor, and the nurses were taking care of me. Maeva didn't exactly come out smoothly. I'll spare you the details on this one, but they were working to stitch me up. I had been feeling great, but slowly started feeling a little worse. Things were pretty tense at this point as the resident was the main one doing this, and my doctor was supervising. It was taking awhile, and all I knew was the look on Patrick's face was making me nervous. I heard my doctor say I was losing too much blood and they needed to get this finished up. I asked Patrick if everything was okay, and he reassured me it was...but I knew from the look on his face that he was a little concerned. 
At some point during all of this, they handed Maeva back to me. She nursed for a bit, then had some more skin to skin time with me. It was so special but I was definitely starting to feel much worse at this point and I was just SO tired.  
I think this picture really captures the moment. I can see some concern on Patrick's face, and I was just worn out but enjoying some cuddles from my sweet girl.
After about an hour and a half, they finished working on me. I was feeling really weak at that point so I gave Maeva to Patrick so I could get some rest. As time went on, I felt more and more out of it. Patrick was concerned about my blood loss, but since he wasn't the doctor he hadn't really paid close attention to the details of everything. However, he thought based on how I was acting I had lost too much blood and wasn't doing well overall. He didn't want to make a big deal out of it or overstep boundaries, so was trying to decide the best way to handle the situation since no one had been back in to see me yet since the delivery. Fortunately right about then the night nurse came on duty, and when she walked into the room and saw me, she immediately knew something was wrong, based on the fact that I was white as a sheet basically. My blood pressure was also extremely low. She called the doctor right away, and they ordered a CBC to see how much blood I'd actually lost.

It ended up I'd lost about half of my blood supply, thus the reason I was so weak and out of it. My doctor ordered a blood transfusion, and by late that night I was starting to feel much better after receiving the transfusion. I remember everything up to her delivery and for about an hour after that really clearly, but the rest of the day is somewhat of a blur. I just was too weak to stay alert and kept drifting in and out of sleep.  Sunday was much better though, and while still weak I felt so much better and wasn't out of it at least, thanks to the transfusion.
My recovery has come with challenges of it's own, but for me, it has been much better than my c-section recovery so far. I'm still very happy with my decision. None of the complications I experienced were related to the fact that I had a VBAC, and fortunately none of these things effected Maeva either. I am so thankful that the Lord had his hand of protection upon both Maeva and I during delivery, and that I had the opportunity to experience a va.ginal birth, even if it was a little eventful. I am just so incredibly thankful to have our little blessing here! 


  1. I am so happy for you that you got the birth that you wanted for sweet Maeva. That is amazing :) Sorry about the little complications at the end, but so glad you're doing good now ;)

  2. Wow---that's quite the birth story. I'm glad you are happy with everything, despite the complications!!! And get yourself over to our website, http://www.thechirpingmoms.com to win that adorable baby girl some hair bows---we have an awesome giveaway this week just for precious little girls!

  3. I'm so happy and proud of you for going for a VBAC! It's such an amazing experience. And wow! how scary to have lost so much blood! Glad you're recovering well and have that sweet little girl to love on!

  4. Beautiful story and pics! Thanks for sharing. So happy you got to have the birth you wanted. Hope your recovery continues to go well!

  5. It must be interesting to have a doctor hubby in situations like this--I am glad that everything turned out well. I had a c-section too, and I haven't decided what I want to do if/when we have a second. but it is nice to hear a successful VBAC story. I hope the rest of your recovery goes well (:

  6. How scary!! So glad you and your beautiful family are doing so well!!


  7. What a beautiful birth story!! Glad they got you all fixed up and on your way to recovery. Thank you so much for sharing the details of your VBAC. I'm doing my research so I can make that decision when the time comes to have a second. I just feel in my heart that I want that experience.

  8. Glad things worked out well for you. My 2nd and 3rd babies were both born face up - not an easy delivery!

  9. I'm so glad you got to have the delivery you desired! Such a wonderful birth story! As I was reading the 2nd part I was yelling in my head..."why hasn't anyone checked her hemoglobin yet?!?!" I'm so glad everything ended up well for you & sweet MB! What a beautiful blessing!!! xo

  10. Wow. Gad everything worked out. Maeva is beautiful!

  11. I'm glad everyone is ok. Like I said before, very convenient to have an ob/gyn for a husband! Thanks for sharing your story!

  12. so happy for you that you got to have the birth that you wanted to have! Ive always wondered about a VBAC because I also had a c-section the first time around.


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