Friday, August 13, 2010

My Birthing Experience

Pushing. Minutes before birth.It’s Thursday evening, and our little boy is sleeping peacefully in the bedroom, giving me an opportunity to reflect on what has been happening to us in the last couple of days.

Contractions. Close to water breaking.I have to say that giving birth was probably single most painful experience in my life (physical pain that is), but I don’t regret for a second that I chose not to use any pain meds. I can do it again — and hopefully, there will be a chance in the future. )

Arrival. Seconds after being born.My contractions have started Saturday night. Actually, I wasn’t even sure if those were real contractions or not, because I did not perceive them as contractions per say, but as a pain in my lower belly which was coming and going. The pain was very manageable in the beginning, and even though I was waking up almost every hour, I got some rest and slept through the better part of the night.

Morning after birth.I decided to time the intervals between the contractions in the morning, since if they were more or less regular, that meant that I was experiencing the onset of a real labor, and not a false one. They were about 10 minutes apart on average. I called the hospital and found out that my doctor, Lana Selitsky, was not on call, so if we were to come, Dr. Pastore would help us. I met doctor Pastore during one of my prenatal visits, and I liked her. She told me that judging by my voice I am not in too much of a discomfort, and that I should come to the hospital either if the pain gets much worse, or if the water breaks.

In the hospital. Day after.After Danya woke up, we got some breakfast and watched TV. Meanwhile, my contractions started to get stronger and intervals between them got shorter. We still weren’t sure, however, if I was in labor. Well, d. Borya came to the rescue. He checked my belly and confirmed that I was having a real thing. We weren’t sure when to go to the hospital, because I didn’t know how strong the pain should be to indicate the right dilation. D. Borya helped again by checking my cervix later in the day, which was 6 cm dilated and almost effaced at that point.

Monday evening.To the hospital we went, and at around 6:30pm I got admitted. I got transferred to the delivery room soon after admission, at around 9:15pm my water broke (I was 9 cm dilated at that time). I started pushing in another 15 minutes or so, and at 10:10pm our son was born.

Going home. Tuesday morning.Danya and his mom were in the delivery room with me (his dad had to stay outside since they only allowed 2 visitors to be present) during the final stage. T. Oksana held one of my legs and Danya was on the other side watching and giving me his support. It meant a lot to me that I wasn’t there by myself.

Home. Looking at a toy.The funny thing is that we were in room #8 on 08/08 and there were 7 people in the room… that is before Aroshka made his grand appearance. He was put on my chest right away, and I felt a sense of relief that he got through without complications (doctors had to cut me a little and I got a couple of minor tears, but that’s nothing). I have to say that I was happy to see our little boy at last, but it took some time for me to really bond with him.

I am feeling overwhelming love for him right now and it grows stronger and stronger with each minute we have him. I truly did not understand what it is the mother feels for her child before we got our own baby (I am writing this and I can’t stop crying for some reason — I know that my hormones are messed up right now). )

We got a little scare in the beginning — Aaron could not breath too well on his own. A pediatrician came in and she said that he’s got a little bit of fluid in his lungs. She considered taking him out to NICU in case he had an infection (which was highly unlikely since so little time has passed between the water broke and he was born), but luckily after she sucked out the liquid he was able to breath normally and she let him stay with us.

We spent 2 nights at the hospital. I had a little bit of difficulty getting the breastfeeding going, but we are getting better and better at this.

Right now little Arosha has a jaundice, so I am trying really hard to provide enough food for him to get the bilirubin out of his system. I know that it would have been a faster process if he was on formula (and we might still have to give him some depending on his blood test results which we should get from the doctor today), but I am a firm believer in breast feeding and really hope that it will work out for us.

Overall, I am very happy with my birthing experience. It was painful, but as my sister said — giving birth is the easiest step in the long process of growing a human. ) I hope that Arosha will be growing healthy and happy and I am looking forward to the years of living as a part of a larger family. )
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