Updated: May 1, 2020
It was a bit difficult for me to write this particular birth story because it triggers a lot of different emotions in me. It was a time of great joy while being a bit traumatic. Usually natural/no-meds birth, although being hard, is a fairly simple experience for mama. The pain increases as time goes on and then it is time for you to push your beautiful baby out. Ian's, a.k.a. Mickey, birth was not as simple.
I began labor a few days before I had him. It was much like my first baby's birth and I was pretty surprised. I expected for him to come earlier than he did but he began to rev up just when he needed to. :)
When I began to actually have labor pains, my mom and sister were with me so we decided to go get some tacos and then I wanted to head to Ulta to get some lipstick (to be cute after I had my baby of course). The pains kept coming so hard and fast that I decided I had to concede and go home. I hesitated to go home since I had been in labor the last couple of days, I didn't want to think that this was it! But it so was. :)
I was in constant communication with my midwife and she told me she was on her way because based on how my labor went with Nunu, my now one year old, Mickey was most likely coming fast and NOW. (If she hadn't come then...if she hadn't taken such good care of me...knowing my birthing patterns...Mickey might not be here today. So grateful for Bethany Stricker!)
Her student midwife arrived first, Kim, checking my vitals and Mickey's, everything was great! Bethany, my midwife, arrived and checked on all the things that Kim had and everything was moving right along as it should, until my water broke.
I have noticed that when my water breaks, nurses and midwives tend to check to make sure baby is ok and now I have a better understanding of why this is the case. When things shift inside, it might shift in a way where the baby is not in as great of a position and might not be well. This is normally not the case, but in my situation it was.
When my water broke, the umbilical cord came down first, then Mickey came down head first on top of the cord (prolapsed cord). This created an emergency situation for him because he lost his source of oxygen. He was not longer in the sac because it had broken and so now he was in my uterus with no access to air. My midwife checked to see if his heart rate would return to normal and it didn’t matter what position I was in, his heart rate was too slow, meaning he was not getting air. I was in my tub sitting upright, moved to the birthing tub, laid back and got on my knees and there was no change in his heart rate. Then Bethany asked me to move to the bed and lay on my back. It wasn't until I laid on my back on my bed that all was right, for a few moments. There it was! A healthy, strong heartbeat. When she needed to move me on my knees, as I was having a contraction, I felt the need to push and when I did my umbilical cord came out first! (Nothing should come out before baby). In that moment, she told me that I had to push him out immediately and then told Stetson, my husband, to call 911 emergency.