Labor and Delivery

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On Friday September 27th I went to New York Methodist Hospital.  Dr. Noel decided that it was best to induce labor on that day.  She did not want the pregnancy to go past the due date for too long. Ryan thought that we should be patient and let the labor come naturally but I was tired of waiting and I wanted to see my first son.

We got to the hospital at 8:15am and stayed in the ‘multipurpose-room’ for a while because all the delivery rooms were in use. Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long. Someone had given birth earlier that morning and they were cleaning up the room and preparing the room for us.

As soon as I got in my delivery room (#4) a nurse came in asking me questions about my health and well being.  She then attached me to several monitors so that they can monitor the baby’s heart-rate and my blood pressure.  Initially my blood pressure was border-lining on high.  The nurse said it is most likely because I was anxious.

Lets Get It On

When they measured I was 2 cm dilated and my cervix was still thick. At 12:30pm the doctor inserted Cervidel to help soften the cervix.  The Cervidel caused me to get constant cramps from around 5:30pm.  When Dr. Noel measured at 6:30pm I was 3 cm.  The cramps were getting stronger and every now and then I will get a contraction. 

Those cramps quickly became unbearable and after a little discussion with Dr. Noel I told her to inject the Demoral. At 8pm when they injected the Demoral I immediately threw up.  The Demeral did nothing to easy the pain of the contractions. It only made me feel lightheaded in between them.  It was useless. Ryan told me to keep changing positions and for a while it helped with the contractions.  But that only worked for so long.

By 9:30pm I wanted to have the epidural because the cramps were even more painful than they were earlier. I informed the doctor and she paged the anesthesiologists. Unluckily for me, he was in the middle of a C-section. This phase was the most difficult part of labor. Waiting for the anesthesiologist seemed like a lifetime. Ryan was there trying to help me through my contractions by coaching me, rubbing my back and saying kind words but there was only so much that he could do.

Eventually, after what seemed an eternity, the epidural was administered.  It was inserted at 11:48pm and while the doctor was still injecting the medicine I promptly fell asleep. 

I Kept on Pushing and Guess Who Showed Up

When Dr. Noel checked me at 3 am I was 4 cm dilated. At 5:20am I was fully dilated and I started to push. At that time the contractions were not strong anymore so I just pushed on a timed schedule.  At two minutes intervals I pushed for a ten second count, 3 times in a row. Ryan and Dr. Noel was counting with me.  Dr. Noel was very encouraging.  Ryan counted fast and  that was even more encouraging :).

The pain was not that bad I just kept pushing and one hour ten minutes later (6:30am) I heard my little boy crying..

Date: Sat. Sept. 28th 2002
Time: 6:30am
Weight: 8lbs, 4ozs
Sex: Boy
Height: 21”

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