One Born Every Minute
When it comes to Your Baby, Trust Your Instincts
There is nothing more unique than your birthing story, each one is different no matter how many children you have. I have two children and each story is different, the only thing that was the same is that both my children were born in the same birthing room. My son’s birth was probably the most challenging and the issues occurred long before entering the delivery room. He is my stubborn December baby - we did everything we could possibly to do motivate him to come before the holidays. After all it only made since he would be a little earlier since his sister was an early bird. But he didn’t.
Christmas Day came and went and he just wasn’t interested in making his grand appearance. I was uneasy about this pregnancy, he didn’t move around much and I was always worried something was wrong. I even went to the hospital several times with this pregnancy to get him checked out. And as the days approached my due date I became more certain that perhaps something was wrong, I wasn’t gaining weight and I rarely felt him move. We had an appointment with our doctor the day after Christmas and she suggested we induce labor the next day.
I have to admit I felt a sigh of relief; I needed to know he was okay and this was the best way to do it. It just felt right, regardless of the resistance we felt when we mentioned the induction to family. They believed it was important for us to wait for him to come out on his own. But for me it wasn’t about rushing him out, I felt it needed to be done now. I think it was my motherly instinct telling me that something was wrong and he needed some help.
So we headed to the hospital that 27th of December with no signs of labor and they began the process. Part of me hated it because with my first child I didn’t have the option, my water broke early and I had to induce. Doing it again meant that I would never know what “real” contractions felt like.
But we trusted my instincts and the process began and as predicted it was completely different than my first birthing story.
I had a nurse that was refusing to get me the epidural and if you remember those old Tom and Jerry commercials where Tom will throw a refrigerator or something at Jerry, well let’s just say I wasn’t very happy. Luckily the shifts changed and I found a more understanding nurse. But there were still a few bumps in the road.
There was one point, when my husband had stepped out the room, that the nurses and doctors charged in the room, apparently his heart rate lowered to unsafe levels to the point that they needed to be prepared for an immediate procedure. Luckily everything was okay after a few minutes.
He was born a healthy boy but there is one moment that I will never forget, that told me that my instincts were right all along. One of the doctors came in to check him out and mentioned he looked over due – like he wasn’t getting enough nutrients. I did the right thing.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to you and your baby is to trust your instincts because they are usually right.
Tune in to the second season of the unscripted series "One Born Every Minute." Premieres Tuesday, November 29 at 10 pm et/pt on Lifetime.