I realised Emmeline is now 6 months old and I haven’t yet got round to posting about her birth. So as I am taking part in #Blogtober17 and today’s topic is babies. So the perfect opportunity to do so!
I had an Emergency Cesarean with my first baby due to him being an undiagnosed breech. I also had post birth complications and I had a lot of anxiety around having to have another cesarean. From the start, I knew that if I was able to I wanted this birth to be a natural delivery or VBAC as they call it. My consultant fully supported my choice as long as A) baby was head down and B) arrived before induction. The baby could not be turned or be induced due to my previous section.
Emmeline certainly like to keep me on my toes. At her 20 week scan, she was breech, typically. I know that there was so much time for her to turn, but I was worried and spent the next few weeks upside down quite a bit to spin her around. We had a scan booked at 37 weeks to check her presentation until then we would plan for the VBAC.
At 28 weeks I had a routine GTT to test for Gestational Diabetes and I got a call the following day to say I had failed the GTT and I would now be under the Diabetic care team. At this point, my hopes for a VBAC went out the window. Diabetic babies are often delivered early. This would mean a planned induction, which I believed was impossible due to my previous section or a planned cesarean anyway. Even if my Diabetes was controlled, I would not be allowed to go beyond 40 weeks. If labour does not start by then, women are induced due to complications. As I was 12 days late with my first baby, naturally I thought the chances of me going into labour naturally would be pretty slim. On the upside, routine scans now confirmed baby head down, whoop.
My consultants were great and it was still agreed that I could try and VBAC as long as my diabetes was controlled. If I didn’t go into labour naturally then I could be induced via a soft induction. This basically means breaking my waters and if needed a low level hormone drip and 24hrs to deliver or I would have to have a cesarean. I would take that!
I was booked in for my induction on 06th March 2017. As predicted this baby showed no signs of coming early. On the morning of the 06th, we got up so early as the hospital is about a 30 minute drive. We arrived at the maternity unit only to be told they wasn.t expecting me. For an anxiety sufferer that is not what you want to hear on the morning, you are desperately hoping for a VBAC but possibly facing a cesarean.
I don’t know what had happened but I was allowed to be admitted. The plan was to see if my waters could be broken straight away once the consultants arrived at 9am or if I needed a cook’s ballon to open my cervix first. That’s when I was advised the consultant on duty, didn’t really believe in the cook’s balloon and I may have to have chat with him if my cervix wasn’t open. This meant cesarean. No way. All my notes and plan up to this point had been the use of the balloon so I could try to VBAC. I was examined and found to only be 1cm dilated if that. However, they would try to break my waters.
My midwife was lovely, AMAZING even. She said she would give it a damn good shot and she did. My waters were broken at around 11.40am. I was told to have a walk around and they would hope I would start contracting soon. I was very nervous as my waters broke with my first baby but I never started contracting (lucky in a way, as his induction to start things off was when he was identified as being breech!).
This time, however, I started contracting almost straight away. I was checked an hour and a half later and I was found to be 4cm. Although it was progressing due to the Diabetes they wanted it to be a bit quicker so I was then hooked up to the hormone drip on the lowest level. Things really started to move at this point. After another examination, the drip was moved up one more notch. I think it was just about 4.20pm when I felt the urge to push. The midwife then confirmed I was 10cm. I hadn’t had any pain relief up to this point. Just a few drags on gas and air, but I really didn’t like it. I asked if I could have something but I was told it was too late!
I ended up pushing for quite a while. In the end, I had assistance with a ventouse and little Emmeline was born at 5.10pm. She weighed in at 8lb 1oz. Somehow against the odd’s, I had the VBAC I had so much hoped for! My diabetes was well controlled throughout my pregnancy and birth and Little Emmeline passed all of her Blood Sugar tests and we were allowed to leave the following evening. I hope my story can instil hope into all those who wish to VBAC as there are so many negative stories out there. I am proof that even when faced with the greatest odd’s, it can still work out just fine!