Eleanore Rae’s Birth Story

Eleanore Rae was born April 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm. 7 lbs, 20 inches. It was the exact opposite of the birth I wanted to have, but she is perfect anyway.

I started contracting at 2:15 am on Saturday, April 5th, and continued to have contractions all day long until they were 3 minutes apart for almost 2 hours in the evening, so I called Jason and he brought Five Guys home for dinner. I knew it was time to head to the hospital when I couldn’t eat any of it. We got there around 8 pm and I was 4 cm dilated. Two hours later, I was 4 1/2 when the nurse broke my water without my permission.
We tried every position possible to get things moving– lots of time on the birth ball (which had be blown up because no one had ever used it before), the tub, hands and knees, everything. By the next morning, I was still almost 5 cm, so I started pitocin (after the OB on call told me I needed a c-section immediately, but my midwife told us that wasn’t necessary at this point). After the pitocin started in, my pain really really picked up, but I was determined to stay natural. I was on pitocin for 5 or 6 hours, with an increased dosage every half hour, since I still wasn’t making any progress, and the pain just got worse and worse. I know Jason felt so terrible for me. The midwife told us that she didn’t think things were going to progress, and the OB was still pushing for a c-section at that point, so I got an epidural to see if it was just me tensing during contractions which was holding me back. An hour later, Eleanore started showing signs of distress– her heart rate kept dropping after contractions and the midwife noticed meconium stained amniotic fluid, which was not there before. She started doing better once they gave me oxygen, but I still hadn’t made any progress dilation-wise, so with not much support from my midwife on what else to do, and feeling so much pressure from the OB who kept saying we needed to get things going, we went in for the c-section at 3 pm, and Eleanore Rae was born at 3:20 pm.

When they held her over that curtain I just cried and cried (and Jason did too). She was so perfect and beautiful, and I couldn’t possibly love anything in the world more than her. We were absolutely shocked when they said it’s a girl! I think we both said, “Girl??”



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