Even though I posted on my BMB and the Pregnant Over 35 board, I am also posting my birth story here. When I was pregnant I would check this board regularly for new stories, so here is mine.
My original birth plan was to have LO at the hospital, delivered by an OB, vaginal delivery with an epidural. I also planned on having DH and my mom with me during labor but only DH, OB, and a nurse in room when it came time to push.
On March 12th I woke up at 3:00 am with contractions 3 minutes apart and bloody discharge (found out later it was my bloody show). Arrived at L&D at 4:00 am and was 3 cm dilated, 60% effaced. Contractions sped up quick to the point they were back to back and they were super painful. Luckily I was able to get my epidural by 7:30 am. By 11:00 am I was 8 cm 100% effaced and by 1:00 pm I was ready to start pushing. Of course just my luck, my epidural started to wear off when it came time for me to push. It still was taking the edge off but I was definitely feeling the contractions. My water hadn't yet broken so my OB broke it and some merconium came out as well so I was informed they would need to have a NICU nurse present for delivery since they would try to keep LO from crying immediately in order to suction him first to prevent ingestion of merconium. When I heard this I started to get scared so I asked DH if he minded if my mom stayed in the delivery room. He was totally fine with that so she stayed. My OB also had 2 students with him throughout my labor & delivery. So instead of this intimate setting I had hoped for I now had 8 people gathering around me for the pushing stage.
At this point LO was at -1 station and after an hour and a half of pushing was not progressing down much. His heart rate was also dropping with every push so they believed the cord was wrapped around his neck. They didn't want to stress him further so they advised me that an emergency C-section would need to be completed. I immediately began crying, not only out of the fear of surgery but also scared for my baby due to the heart rate decels. Everyone was super comforting and assured me this was the best thing for me and baby.
If I thought there were a lot of people in the delivery room that was nothing compared to the operating room. The number of people had to double. I must say my anesthesiologist was the best! I have heard stories of C sections where women say they feel a ton of pressure when the baby is being removed. I can honestly say I felt nothing. I was completely numb from the neck down. I seriously didn't even know they had started and the next thing I was hearing my baby boy crying.
My son, Luke Robert was born at 3:42 pm. He weighed in at a whopping 8 lbs. 5 oz. and 21 inches long. After seeing what a big boy he is I'm kinda glad I ended up with the C-section. I think he would have wreaked havoc on my nether regions, lol. I couldn't be more in love with him!
I wanted to post my story for everyone to see that although things don't always go as planned, it's all about what is best at the time for mom and baby. If things don't go according to plan at your delivery don't be too hard on yourself and trust in your support team.