Aurora's Birth Story
Aurora Kay DeBerry. Born April 13, 2019 at 2:10 p.m.
Most of you know our sweet baby had a short NICU stay after she was born. I want to do a little blog post about our experience with that as well, but this will be the labor and delivery experience that brought her here.
I started having high blood pressure around 33 weeks. It measured high two appointments in a row, and protocol states you need to be induced at 37 weeks pregnant. Though this was not in my plans, I trusted my midwife’s opinion and agreed to early term induction. It was nerve racking at first, but I was at peace knowing it was her ordained time to come to prevent complications for both of us that could accompany gestational hypertension. This was my first time being induced, but it could not of gone more perfect! The nerves were real, but needless to say, this is a happy induction story. Delivery was fantastic! The whole process was incredible!
Around 2:30 p.m. on April 12th, my midwife gave me cytotec, a drug used to ripen the cervix and start contractions. By 6:00 p.m. I went from basically nothing, to 3 centimeters with mild contractions with no rhyme or rhythm. They suggested a folly bulb to help “open me up”, if you will, and hopefully bring on more of a pattern to the contractions. I didn’t know much, but I’ve heard about the dreaded balloon of water they shoved up your nether regions and the horror stories that went with it. Of course it was a very, and I do mean very, uncomfortable process to get in, but it wasn’t as bad as what some people experience. Contractions did get a heck of a lot stronger after it was in though.
After close to 10 hours with the bulb, it fell out and I was at 6-7 centimeters! That was around 4 in the morning, so I still had like 10 hours to go before we got to meet baby girl. I was hoping labor would kick in without further medical intervention since I was closer to a 10 than a 1. It was explained to me that I was a forced 6 centimeters not a natural 6. This makes it difficult to continue by yourself. My midwife really wanted to start pitocin in hopes to amp up the strength and regulation of contractions. I pleaded to have my waters broken first, praying the pit wouldn’t be necessary. After she broke my water, and not much was happening, I agreed to a small dose of pit.
Let the record state: Pitocin is the devil. It was the devil my first go around and it was definitely the devil again. After two hours of pitocin and almost 20 hours after being induced, my body was tired. Skyler had been pushing for the epidural since we got to the hospital just because his sweet nature cannot see me in pain. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against the epidural and obviously not against medical assistance. I just know that sometimes it can slow down the process and because I was so early, I knew it would take a while anyway. I received the epidural between 10 and 10:30 a.m. With Koan, I imediately went numb. Basically paralyzed on one side and almost paralyzed on the other. I could not move even my toes. While laboring with Koan I actually begged them to paralyzed me because I was in so much pain for an extended amount of time. After this epi, I felt like I could possible still walk. That was slightly scary, as I was expected total rest and numbness, but it was nice that the edge was off.
I hate needles. I cried before, during, and after the needle went in. I also had the shakes until she was born. Blah. That wasn’t the best time of my life, but it was still a neat experience.
Fast foward 3 1/2 hours…
My labor and delivery nurse came in at 1:50 p.m. to check and see if I had progressed more because on the monitor they could tell her head was being pressed down. Made sense because I had been feeling extreme pressure for about an hour and a half. She gloved up, went to check me, and with a surprised look on her face said, “lets have a baby!” She was almost crowning! We got ready to push and I bared down, ready to give it my all. I pushed twice and she made me stop until the midwife came in. Once she got there, I pushed two more big times with a couple of little pushes after to help me not tear bad and she was out! So, basically I pushed a total of 4 big times and 2 or 3 minor pushes. That was nuts! I literally pushed for an hour to get Koan out. Completely different experience. Was checked at 1:50, she was here at 2:10. Pushed probably a combined total of 5 minutes. Miraculous I swear. I didn’t even tear! Which was a shocker considering I was cut 3 times with Koan.
They handed her to me, put her on my chest, and all I could think was how beautiful she was. I held her just a few minutes then they weighed and measured her in the room and I got her back for a few more minutes. She was 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and 18 inches long. Just perfect. Absolutely perfect.
Until she wasn’t...
That was a bit dramatic. It really was a beautiful experience. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I absolutely wish she could’ve came on her own, but the risks outweighed the benefits of waiting in this situation. Rory is doing amazing now! She is completely and totally thriving and is perfect in every way! That just wasn’t the case when she was born and she required 4-5 days of extra assistance. We knew something was wrong because of the distinct shade of purple she looked.
Again. She is doing fantastic! I just want to express my feelings in a blog post to get it out of my system and just to always remember the experience and how God’s hand was on everything while it is fresh on my mind.
Side Note: S/O to my mom, dad, mother in law, sis in law, father in law, and others that were there supporting us and covering us in prayer.
To my baby daddy for being my rock and being with me through every contraction. I couldn’t of done it without you. Sky was so attentive and supportive through everything and when Rory was born, he didn’t leave her side when she was rushed away. The best daddy.
Aurora’s Birth Part 2 to come, but for now, take a peak at these sweet pictures of our incredible labor and delivery of baby Aurora Kay<3