I contemplated for a while whether to share my labour experience here as I do not want to frighten my other mommy-to-be friends (eg. Yen, Jesslyn, BQ & May Yee). Any childbirth experience, regardless of how easy or difficult, is worth every effort. Hence, this post should be read with an open perspective, bearing in mind that:
1. Every woman goes through a different labour experience
2. Every woman has a different pain threshold (mine is embarrasingly low)
3. My experience should not deter you from having a birthplan as knowing your options and being prepared is always better than not.
He’s such a joy to stare at. He makes every single pain and stress endured during labour worth it. He’s our precious little Ewan.
It has been 9 days since Ewan was born and we’re still feeling the elation of his arrival, coupled with the anxiety of being new parents. I went through 34 hour of labour in total, timed from the very first contraction. Although not everything went as planned and as I’ve hoped/prayed for, we’re very glad to have done our “homework” and grateful that he’s safe and sound now.
This is a continuation of what happened after my last post dated 20 March 2010:
5.30pm ~ Contraction sped up to every 7 minutes. I took a shower, did a final check on my hospital list and made our way to hospital
6.30pm ~ Checked into our delivery suite. Contraction pain became more and more intense. I was only 1cm dilated 😦
7.30pm ~ I kept myself mobile, worked with gravity and handled the contractions one at a time by sitting astride a chair or leaning against a wall/my hubby.
9.00pm ~ On the verge of giving up and asked about other birth options. A very motherly nurse sat me down and encouraged me to keep persevering.
12.30am ~ Half way there, I was only 5cm dilated. Couldn’t bear the pain anymore. My body shivered uncontrollably and became numb from intense breathing. Tried Ethonox (50% oxygen, 50% laughing gas) and got woozy and weak; almost collapsed on the way to the toilet.
12.40am ~ Was asked by nurse to lie on the bed to check baby’s condition. Was reluctant because I knew the pain would be traumatic if I lie down. Gave in and endured the worst pain ever.
12.45am ~ Dr Choong checked on my progress. Knowing that this is my highest limit for pain, he ordered epidural at my request.
1.00am ~ Given epidural, calmed down and was knocked out from exhaustion. Epidural took effect; I felt numbness on the lower half of my body.
7.00am ~ Labour slowed down, dilation reached 8cm only in 7 hours. Began to feel contraction pain again and was administered with a higher dosage of epidural.
11.30am ~ 9cm dilated, 1 more cm to go. Felt nauseous from the effects of epidural; couldn’t eat or drink much.
3.00pm ~ The final leg, fully dilated to 10cm! Got ready to push. Dr Choong granted my wish to deliver sitting as upright as possible. With hubby as my cheerleader (he’s wonderful!), I began “pushing”. Vomited in between a push. After 7 – 8 times of trying, Ewan began to “crown”. Minutes later, he emerged.
I couldn’t hold back the tears of joy when my son was finally in my arms. He’s the most handsome baby I could ever ask for. We’re very blessed.