My ob/gyn booked me for an induction. We went to the hospital at 9 pm where I had a non-stress test. This is when they put a heart rate monitor, and another monitor that checks contractions, on my stomach for about 20 minutes. Then you see a doctor to put in a catheter. This is a balloon that helps to induce labour that is put in about 12 hours before the actual induction process starts. It turned out that I ended up having contractions about a half hour later. I still went home and waited for my contractions to get strong enough to go back to the hospital. A couple of hours later I was back at the hospital.
I was admitted right away and moved into a birthing room. These are one-person rooms for deliveries as opposed to the rooms with two or more people that you start off in. After a few hours of contractions I got an epidural.
The anesthesiologist comes in and puts the epidural in your back. As scary as it sounds to have someone put a needle in your back, it’s not so bad. It stings a little bit, but once it starts working you don’t notice anything at all. Unfortunately, the epidural slowed down my labour a little bit. On the bright side the epidural worked so well that I was actually able to take a nap.
The doctor came in soon after and broke my water and it was almost time to deliver. It usually takes about an hour to deliver a baby. Nathan was born at almost 8 am with his umbilical cord around his neck. This meant that he spent about three days in the NICU for monitoring before he was able to come home.
He is happy and healthy and is currently enjoying being a little brother to my 3-year-old son, Collin.
--- Lisa Wlodarski