Thanks Moe :)
Yes very surprised how the hospital let the labour go on so long! In detail though, I was given "prostin" (the medication to ripen your cervix, to make it shorter and softer and more ready for birth) at 7am. I was told I would be reviewed at 1pm (6 hrs on) to see how it had effected my cervix, if it wasnt "ripe" at 1pm I would need another dose. At 10am I started getting contractions that were 2-3 mins apart and lasting 30-45 seconds each time. MOST horrible feeling ever as Brax was also the wrong way around, his spine was along my spine. For the first hour of contractions I was running to the toilet thinking I needed to do a poo. After this I finally figured out I didnt need to go, these were contractions. I was monitored for the contractions and told I could have panadol and a hot pack, I later reported this nurse for her treatment as she made a very rude comment during her handover and it was made right in front of me, was NOT happy with this woman!
Anyways, at 1pm I was reviewed and the dr said nope your cervix isnt ripen at all but told me they couldnt give me any more prostin as it would increase the contractions and make the pain worse. Change over occured at 3pm and finally I was given a birth ball I could bounce around on, a better hot pack, offered towels for a shower and finally at 5pm was offered pethidine. The pethidine lasted maybe an hour but at least it was a break. After more hours of agony I was finally reviewed at 9pm and given prostin again as my cervix was STILL not ripe :( Hubby went home at 10pm to get some sleep and I went back to the maternity ward where I spent the next few hours from 10pm to 3.30am on the ball, the pain in my back and rectum was so bad I couldnt lay down or sit on the bed at all, I needed the special ball to take my weight without placing too much pressure on me.
At 3.30am I went to the nurses station absolutely bawling my eyes out and complained. I was due to be reviewed again at 4am anyway but the nurse on rushed me downstairs to the labour ward again. At the labour ward they reviewed me again and my cervix still wasnt ready, major :( so they gave me pethidine again at 5am. At around 7am I woke up, again in loads of pain. Hubby arrived somewhere between 8 and 9am and between 7 am to 10am I was on the ball the whole time.
At 10am I was examined, I was 5 cm dilated (HOORAY! Cervix finally ready and opened!) I was given an epidural, had my waters broken and given a drug to start the "real" contractions (as most of the contractions i was having before werent actually making the baby drop).
Contractions started more frequently but thankfully I didnt feel a thing thanks to the epidural. During this time I managed to get some sleep, chat with hubby and the midwives and felt alot more relaxed :)
Around 3pm I was suddenly asked to roll over onto my side, with the epidural this was impossible so had to have hubby plus two midwives turn me. This happened a few times and I was told that Braxs heart rate had dropped massively. The drugs to keep contractions going were stopped and Brax had blood taken from his head, believe it or not they scratched his head with a probe through my vagina, weirdest thing ever. And then an agonising wait where the machine delivered results, Braxs lactate score was fine. They test the lactate because basically when our bodies are stressed we produce lactic acid. In babies if they have a high lactate score it means their bodies are breaking down muscle and they are sturggling. Braxs score was fine but as soon as they started the contraction drugs again his heart rate continued to drop suddenly and was becoming very low, it got down to 40bmp where as a normal score is between 120-180bpm I was told.
They scratched his head another two times, each time his lactate score was rising. Eventually at 5pm I was given a choice. Stop the contraction drugs for half an hour and then scratch his head again and play it out, see how it all goes. OR go have the emergency c section immediately. By this stage I was so stressed and well and truly ready to meet my boy that I said yes straight away to the c section. Fast forward to 5.42pm and eventually Brax was born!!
Bad news for Brax, he was born with a BSL of 1.7, couldnt breathe, had the cord wrapped around his neck and also had a knot in the umbilical cord. Very bad start but so glad I didnt wait any longer and chose the c section when I did. And fast forward now, 2.5 wks on and Brax is amazing, sleep deprivation and all, I love every bit about my boy and being a mum :) :)