May 10, 2008

my story of giving birth

My first entry for the Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival

I have seen videos of actual women giving birth and I have heard different stories about it, and I have never thought that I would be telling my own story of what I think is one of the most joyous experiences of being a woman.

I was scheduled for my OB checkup that day and she did an IE. I was only 1 cm dilated and she told me that it would not be too long before "the D day" arrives. On the morning of next day, I saw some blood stain on my underwear and was a bit alarmed. My husband and I decided that we go to my OB's clinic and there she did an IE. I was already 2 cm dilated and she told me to go to the hospital and have myself admitted.

At the hospital, my husband was not allowed inside their labor room. I was alone from 12 noon to 6 p.m. while they were monitoring my contractions. They were also watching my blood pressure as it was getting a little bit high. My OB came in at 6 p.m. and did an induction. The contractions became more painful, but I was able to tolerate it well. They then brought me to the delivery room. I tried pushing without anesthesia but my attempts were futile and I decided to have an epidural anesthesia. My OB said that after 1-1/2 hours, the effect of the anesthesia would wear off and that I should deliver my baby during that period. So I pushed and pushed, but my baby would not come out. A nurse would help push my tummy, but it was of no help. At that time, I wanted to punch the nurse who was pushing my tummy because it was so painful. My OB was seeing my baby's head, but he would not push through. After 1-1/2 hours of pushing, I was really, really tired and I know that my baby is also tired. It was then that my OB decided to do a Cesarean section and I consented. I was transferred to the operating room and was prepped and given spinal anesthesia. I was really, really scared of the spinal anesthesia and I had to curl up as best as I could so that the anesthesiologist could palpate the right vertebral space. All this time, I was holding a rosary and praying that all goes well. After some time, I felt numb from the neck down. I was awake and there was music playing inside the operating room, which helped me relax.

I think it was only after 5 or 10 minutes until I heard my baby's first cry. I was so relieved that I said, "Hay salamat, lumabas ka rin." This got everyone in the operating room laughing. They brought him to me and I kissed him so sweetly. I prayed and was so thankful that I got through okay and we had our bundle of joy. All the pain was well worth it.


theworkingmom said...

The pain and hardship is all so worth it, right?

Happy mother's day and thank you so much for joining the 1st edition of the Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival. I'll inform you when the collation of articles is up on my blog.


megamomph said...

You must have been so relieved!
Thanks for sharing the experience.

theworkingmom said...

The 1st edition of the Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival is up! Click here to view the roundup. Thank you so much for participating! I'm inviting you to join us again in the 2nd edition. Here's the call for articles.


baduday said...

Hi Jeng! Hats off to you for being brave! Must have been scary and painful when they were giving you the spinal anesthesia. : )