David's Birth Story

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This post may have taken me 7 weeks to write, but here it is:

On Wednesday, December 6th, my stomach felt upset before bed. I figured I had eaten something bad. I even texted my mom, who I had dinner with that night, asking if her stomach was upset. Around 4 am, I woke up with stomach cramps (turns out they were contractions). I told Micah I had gas pains and after some convincing from him and my mom we decided to go to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, my sister called and I told her I wasn't in labor and that I probably just had to poop - embarrassing I know!

Once we got to the hospital, the nurses hooked me up and confirmed I was in labor. The midwife checked me and I was already 5 cm dilated! We called our families and let everyone know it was go time!

I labored unmedicated until 7cm. David's heart rate needed to be consistently monitored which made moving around impossible which made managing the pain difficult. At this point, I was told I was going to have to stay in the bed so I decided to get an epidural. Although an epidural was not in my plan, it was probably the best decision I made.

I quickly dilated to 10cm and we began to push. With the first push, David's heart rate dropped. They put me on oxygen and waited for his heart rate to go back up, which it did. At this point, my midwife decided we would let my body "labor down." They put a peanut ball between my knees, laid me on my side, and let me rest for 3 hours. Without the epidural, there was no way I would have been able to lay like this for 3 hours.

Finally, it was time to push again! My midwife explained that an OR was open in case his heart rate dropped again and we had to have an emergency c-section. I pushed for an hour before David was born with the cord wrapped around his neck and body, which explains why his heart rate kept dropping. We are so lucky David was born perfect and healthy.

I am so thankful for everyone who shared this special day with Micah and I.

Thank you Micah for being so supportive through labor and delivery. Watching you become a father was the best part of the day!

Thank you to our parents and siblings for being so helpful and sharing in the joy of the day!

Thank you to all our family and friends for cheering us on and welcoming David into the world. We heard it was quite the party in the waiting room!

The Harrison Family of Three

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