Birth Stories: Brandi's Perfect Mother's Day Gift


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Time to share another CafeMom birth story.

This time, I talked to Brandi (LelandsMommy) about the birth of her second child, Kyan, now 11 months old. Kyan's big brother is Leland, natch, and he's three.

Here's how things went down....


Brandi's Birth Story

I knew the baby was going to come soon. On Saturday night, I went into nesting mode. I finally went to bed at about 1am after my hubby promised he'd clean the whole house the next day as part of my Mother's Day gift.

At 4am, I woke up and heard/felt this faint popping sound from somewhere within my body, so I sat up, and that's when I felt the water start to gush. I nudged my husband and told him my water had broken. He was up, out of the bed, and dressed before I could say anything else -- I've never seen him move so fast.

When I got out of bed to clean up and change my pants I realized that the "water" was a pea soup color, and I knew that it was meconium. I wasn't worried, though, because I know many other women who had meconium births and had healthy babies.

While my husband loaded the car and got Leland ready, I called the doctor and hopped on CafeMom to let a few groups know that I was on my way to the hospital to have a Mother's Day baby.

At the hospital, they got me into a room right away because of the meconium. The contractions had picked up, so I asked for my epidural (I'd had one with my first son and knew I wanted one again). When the anesthesiologist got there, he was talking to the nurses about how he was at the end of his shift and so tired (it was about 5am), and I was his last patient before he went home. He rushed the job, and I knew almost right away that something was wrong. I was not numb AT ALL!

I kept telling the nurse that it wasn't working and she tried to convince me that epidurals just weren't as strong as they were when I had my first son. By the time I got to 8 cm, and was screaming at everyone who came into the room, the nurse finally believed me and upped the dose on my epidural. This turned out to be a huge mistake.

The epidural had been placed completely wrong, and upping the dose sent my body into some sort of freak out mode. My hearing went away completely except for a gong sound, my vision went all spastic, my oxygen levels dropped, and both the baby's and my heart rate sped up. Finally, they brought in another anesthesiologist who replaced my epidural, and things went back to normal.

Once the epidural was fixed, it was smooth sailing. The nurses had me push to get the baby to crown. It only took about three pushes, but then I had to wait an hour because my doctor had two other women ahead of me giving birth. Once the doctor finally got there, my beautiful baby boy was born.

Kyan was born at 2:07pm on Mother's Day 2008, He had blue eyes and a head full of blond hair. He was perfect :-)

Did you have an epidural mishap like Brandi's? What happened?

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