We're rapidly approaching Cora's 1st birthday and the day she was born is still as vivid in my mind as if it happened yesterday. I love reading birth stories so I thought I would share Cora's birth story. My birth experience was very PG so don't worry about reading anything too graphic. This post is a little long, so feel free to skip if birth stories aren't really your thing.Cora was breach so our options were to a) get a c-section or b) have a version (aka ECV) where they basically attempt to turn the baby around from the outside. We opted to attempt the version since we hadn't had any complications and our doctor said we would make a great candidate for it. We also opted to have it at 39 weeks (generally they will perform the version between 37-39 weeks). We chose 39 weeks so Cora could 'cook' a little longer and we knew that either way we would meet the baby that day. We scheduled the version for May 1st.
May 1st, we woke up really early to get to the hospital since the version was scheduled at 6:30am. We drove down to the hospital and I had to take a moment (aka cry) before going in. It is weird to wake up in the morning knowing that your life is going to change that day.... knowing that you're going to meet your child for the first time face-to-face... knowing that nothing will ever be the same.
We walked in thinking that we would be able to alert our families by noon whether the baby was there or I was in labor... Boy, were we mistaken! We got into a room and they set me up with an IV and baby monitor. At about 8:30, we met the anesthesia people that were on shift. and then we waited, and waited and waited. At about 10:30, they moved us into a delivery room. Our nurse told us we were just waiting for the anesthesia people to be available because a couple emergency c-sections came up. Our nurse was 35 weeks pregnant so she could sympathize that I was hungry/thirsty and snuck me a couple ice chips at that point. And then we waited some more.
Side note: I originally wanted to try it with no pain medication, but they said they almost never do it without the epidural and would highly recommend the medication... I should have stood firm on that because the epidural was really uncomfortable for me and it didn't even work.
At that point they start the version... aka two women putting all of their weight on my stomach trying to spin my baby around in my uterus. NOT FUN! The nurse said I handled it well, but Cora is just as stubborn as her mommy and decided to stay put. Luckily Cora's heart rate was perfect and she wasn't in distress, so they were able to try turning her for a while. Finally after 30 minutes of trying, they told me I would have to go in for a c-section. I just remember crying like a little kid and saying "I don't wanna be cut open" when they asked me if I was okay. Not my proudest moment.