Monday, June 29, 2009

More on Tytus' birth

I will continue from the post above.

I talked with Shae a lot, we prayed, and decided that I should have this baby in the hospital. I didn't have full breaths and new that with my hard, long labors, that I might need extra help. I kind of had a feeling I might need an epidural....oh no! I talked with my mid wife and she agreed. Dr. Brown had done a home birth with my midwife, so I thought maybe she would be different than most doctors I had been around. She was, yet wasn't. She seemed to understand more, but still was very clinical. I think it took awhile for her and I to really come to an understanding. I tried to make sure she new I respected her opinion, yet I was not one to just follow her blindly. I would do my own research and make up my mind based on her recommendation, my own feelings, research, and lots of prayer. She did lots of tests on me, checked my oxygen level in my blood, it was fine....she checked the baby with a AFI and NST. It was an ultrasound and stress test. Of course, baby was perfect. She had a chest x ray done. Everything looked great. That is when she decided it might be the pregnancy asthma thing. She had me start an inhaler as well as the other one I was using. I had to do the steroid one once a day and then later increased it to twice a day. I was told to do my ProAir inhaler first then wait ten minutes. Then, I had to do the steroid inhaler. I did it in the morning and then again in the evening. I had to do a peak flow meter. It measured how much volume I had in my lungs. It was horrible. It was when I measured that every morning and night that I realized just how bad it was. My readings were between 100 and 120. That is pretty bad. The inhalers helped, though. It still didn't ever get any higher than 120. The doctor said she wanted to give me an epidural at 4 to 5 centimeters. Then she told me she would like to induce at 38 1/2 weeks! Induce! I told her that we would really have to think about that one. Inducing is so bad for me and baby. Inducing causes contractions to be much harder. It makes it harder on the baby and tends to make their heart rate go down which then leads to a c section. That is surgery and opens you up to all sorts of infections. The birth process has a purpose, it helps prepare the baby's body for life on the outside. All of the contractions squeeze the baby to help push out the fluid in his lungs, among other things (research it, it is amazing). I will add more later. I have to get the kids to bed!

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