How A Routine Appointment Nearly Led To Emergency C-Section And What This Couple Did To Avoid Surgery
Sunshine Coast University Hospital
A standard routine appointment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital at 39 + 6 weeks pregnant picked up that Loreleigh baby's heart rate was lower than normal. Loreleigh and her partner Paul were planning on only a quick visit, but the midwife arranged for her to be checked with the team leader and more accurate equipment. The result was the same.
The team leader then called for a second opinion who also confirmed that the heart rate was low. They then called the on call doctor. During this time there was a flurry of action by about 6 midwives and doctors. She was promptly changed into a gown, an IV was placed in her hand, compression socks were placed on her legs.
They even went as far as shaving me - prepping me for c-section surgery.
Loreleigh and Paul share their story and how HypnoBirthing helped them. It's not all meditation and zoning out - HypnoBirthing educates couples so they have the knowledge needed to take responsibility, deal with overwhelming situations and make good decisions for the birth of their child.
7.00 pm: The doctor has just informed us that baby's base line heart rate was sitting at 80-90 and then would jump up to normal of around 130 and then go back down again. This was a consistent pattern recorded by the external monitors on my belly. He informed us that he was concerned that there is a heart arrhythmia in baby and he is not comfortable with sending us home. He advised that the only accurate way to get a reading of her heart is to place a clip on her head to record it directly from her. Easy enough right. Well no, this means that they will have to break my waters - and I will be leaving with a baby regardless. He said that I may go into natural labour but if it doesn't progress then they will need to administer a drug to help it start as they can't leave baby in there too long with possible issues of the heart.
Decision time - Paul and I decided to proceed with breaking the waters as top priority in any case is that baby is not a risk. We decided to proceed - breaking the waters - but hoping I will just go into natural labour.
8.00 pm: 1 hour after waters broken. No contractions and baby's heart rate is slow. Baby needs to come out. We are given two options. C- section or syntocinon to induce contractions. We decide syntocinon.
9.30 pm: Contractions have started but not by a lot - they were irregular and I was only 3 cms dilated and heart rate is up and down. Again they gave us the choice of c-section, but the doctor had changed by this point, we had a new doctor. He said that we could try again as he knew we didn't want a c-section due to hypnobirthing plans. We opted to try again with the syntocinon.
10.30 pm: Contractions have started. Go time. So this is the point where we got to put everything we practised for into action with hypnobirthing. 10.30 pm 09/05/17 till 3.15 am 10/05/17.
Over this 4.5 hour period every surge was intensifying as they progressed. Due to now being high risk - birthing in the bath was not an option. I had to focus on what needed to be done but under a whole new plan. I decided to do most of the surges on the birthing ball and on my knees on a mat on the floor leaning up against the bed and then also leaning onto Paul. Every surge was done with no pain relief and in a silent trance like state. I was completely in the zone and so focused on what needed to be done.
I was told then that I was only 6 cms dilated. This concerned me. I lost my focus.
But I shouldn't have. If I only knew that in half an hours time I would be holding my baby.
At this point I decided to change positions. I felt like I needed to be up on the bed - the beds move into a seating type position and it just felt more comfortable for me. I had also decided that I was at a point that I needed some pain relief. I opted to try a small dose of gas as I just needed the edge taken off on the contractions. The midwife obliged and set this up. What I didn't know though was I was now about to transition into active labour and my body took over completely. After two surges of my body really pushing baby out I was suddenly crowning and only needed one more surge to finish. I was told to focus all my energy into this last surge. The midwife increased the gas as she knew that this would be it.
The final surge was long and intense. My body know exactly what it was doing and I had no control over it - all I had to do was focus the energy of the sound coming out of my mouth and use it to push, and push hard.