Welcome Home Baby: My Epidural Birth (#2)

What good would a blog series about welcoming home a baby be with out a birth story?  I’m seriously a sucker for a birth story.  Am I the only one?  That day is, um, monumental, and I think a small part of each of us wants to share it.  I started yesterday in My Epidural Birth story part 1.  I left you with a long pregnancy story, with some kidney stones thrown in for good measure, that led up to my fear of the epidural needle.  So let me continue my journey with you today!  Here are the other posts in my Welcome Home Baby series:

  1. Series Index
  2. Packing for the Hospital
  3. My Epidural Story (#1)
  4. My Epidural Story (#2)
  5. Hospital Stay
  6. First Two Days Home

My Epidural Story Part #2

July 30th, 2011

Remember?  The fear of the epidural needle is in my mind.  I don’t want to pass out during delivery, and risk my blood pressures dropping, let alone being embarrassed that I can’t do this.  I am 38 weeks preggo, and I end up having to go to the hospital because of a migraine headache.  Long story short, I need a 24 hour urine collection to check for preeclampsia symptoms (my blood pressure is high also).

August 3rd, 2011 

My OB calls and tells me that my 24 hour urine test came back with tons of protein in it, so in other words she wants a “date” with me that night to induce labor.  I am two days shy of 39 weeks, so no biggie.  My husband and I get our butts there and the induction starts with some suppositories (lovely huh?).  I spend the night starting to have mild contractions and dilating nicely.

epidural during delivery

August 4th, 2011

4:00am: I continue to have contractions but they don’t feel too bad…just like period cramps at this point.  The nurse checks me and I am dialated 6cm.  I could either have some drugs through the IV to numb the pain and do the epidural later, or have the epidural right now.  She says that 6cm is a common time to administer it.  (by the way, I am still nervous typing this, 9 months later!)  My husband and I agree to do it now.  The time has come!!  This is the one moment that I have been nervous about this whole pregnancy (and yes, even before I got pregnant).

4:30am: My friend used some meditation CD’s in preparation for her delivery.  I also decided earlier in my pregnancy to try them out just in case the epidural didn’t work I would have something to fall back on.  So I put the ear buds in, lean over a table, hold vice grip my husbands hands and breathe.  To be completely honest this is what I felt:

  • little poke from a numbing needle
  • small pressure/movement
  • no pain!!!

It’s kinda weird though because I remember talking to the doctor putting it in, but it’s like I don’t remember all the little details.  I know I was not hypnotized at all from my CD, but I think I was able to take my mind somewhere else oddly enough.  And the best part is….I didn’t even FEEL faint!!!  Yes, I am proud that I gave birth to my son, but very proud that I didn’t faint!!!

epidural during delivery

11:00am-ish: I was able to sleep through the contractions (how much better does it get than that?).  I was dilated to 10cm (no pitocin yet either!), and we started pushing!  It took a bit for me to get the hang of pushing.  We would take breaks and let the baby come down on his own (laboring down, my doctor called it).  After a bit though the contractions were not coming as close together and we realized he was face up instead of face down.  My pushes were not doing a whole lot.

2:00pm: After thinking of using the vacuum, but continuing to try, I was finally able to turn him the right way.  A little pitocin was given so that the contractions would keep coming.  We pushed, took breaks, pushed, took breaks etc.

6:02pm: After about 2 hours (not consecutive) of pushing our son was finally born!  I remember seeing him for the first time and not being able to hold in all kinds of shock and disbelief sounds.  I still couldn’t believe that there was actually a human living in me and I was seeing him for the first time.  He was so cute and so weird to touch.  I couldn’t believe it.  I still can’t.

epidural during delivery

OH, and the kidney stones!  The epidural did not affect the area where the stent was and so I had some pretty good pains over there during contractions.  3 weeks after our son was born I was able to be sedated fully (breathing tube and all) and get that darn stone blasted to pieces!

SO, the epidural needle is totally do-able and hardly hurts one bit!  Don’t fear the needle (smile).

Anyone else have fear of the epidural needle??

Come back tomorrow when I talk about what to expect during your hospital stay.

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9 comments to Welcome Home Baby: My Epidural Birth (#2)

  • I didn’t fear the needle. Wake up call! It hurt! I was relieved once it worked, but she kept hitting a nerve and I could feel it in my hip.

    • spoonmomma

      Oh no! I wonder if some of it has to do with who is administering it? When I passed out during the spinal for my stent surgery it was a student, and the doctor was talking her through it…not good for a nervous pregnant lady!

  • Aspgriswold

    Congrats on the beautiful baby!!! Happy SITS day!!

  • Say, did they clean your boy off? At our hospital, the standard protocol is to leave them sort of slimy because the stuff they come out with is supposedly like lotion. I remember asking “Aren’t you going to clean him off?” and they were all NOPE.

    • spoonmomma

      They wiped him down a bit after he was born right before we did skin to skin. He didn’t really leave my chest for about 45 minutes after he was born. And they gave him a bath maybe 2 hours later??

  • Deb

    Hey there, here from SITS. Great story. I also had an epidural and I didn’t want one because I was afraid it would slow my labor down and I would end up with a C-section. The former didn’t happen, the latter almost!

    I was a little afraid of the epidural but was way more afraid of the contractions I was getting at that point… wow, I really underestimated the amount of pain.

    Anyway, Happy SITS day and I’m going to check out the rest of your blog now!

  • Happy SITS day! I was also terrified of an epidural – for no reason. I actually had nightmares about it!

  • I was definitely afraid of the needle. But, after going through labor sans drugs 7 times, emotionally I was done. Babies 8 and 9 were both medicated births and turned out great!

  • I’m not afraid of needles but then I had two bad experiences while pregnant. I had an extremely painful amniocentesis (we think the doctor hit a nerve) and then my epidural was painful as well. I could feel the needle going into my spinal column…ah! The anesthesiologist gave me more freezing and that helped.
    Maybe I should have started by saying I *wasn’t* afraid of needles.
    I’m glad your epidural went well! And you have a happy, healthy boy. That’s the best part.

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