Monthly Archives: November 2013

Posterior?!? WHAT?!?

I just received a copy of the hospital records for my induction, labor, and birth of Constantine. Turns out that the little brat did come out posterior. How come nobody told me this? Do they not realize that birthing a 9 lb 5 oz posterior baby vaginally makes for some serious bragging rights, and that this is the female equivalent of bragging about penis size?

I’ve modified all past posts to reflect this.

Anyways, here’s some interesting notes from my records:

  • They had thought he was in occiput anterior position with a “compound presentation” (hand, arm, or foot by his head). It wasn’t until after he was out that they realized he was “direct occiput posterior.”
  • The vacuum was applied when he was at a +5 station. I almost had that little troll out on my own. I’m betting I would have delivered with an intact perineum if he hadn’t been posterior or if I’d had more time to push, but they wanted to vacuum him out due to decelerations into the 70s.
  • It took three pulls and one pop-off to get him out with the vacuum.
  • My bishop’s score on the morning of induction was 3-4. The initial examination by my hot doctor found that I was dilated to 1.5, posterior (cervical position), firm, 50% effaced, and -3 station. His attending’s exam a few hours later bumped me up to a 2 and 60% effaced, but still a -3 station. A bishop’s score of less than 5 means that the induction is likely to fail, so I think I was right to fear going through with the induction.
  • One note says “will offer pudendal block.” Not sure why they decided against trying to talk me into that, but they never mentioned it. I would have declined.
  • The plan was definitely to start me on magnesium sulfate during the active phase of labor. Not sure why they decided against it (maybe because I blitzed from a 3 to a 7 in two hours and they realized things were moving fast enough that I wouldn’t need it?).
  • These records say “oligohydramnios” all over them. That just annoys me. I was a 6.3! That was normal. Low end of normal is still normal. Grrr.

I’m glad that I pulled a copy of these for my records. I’ll have to ask Sark some questions about my delivery next time I see him.

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New baby photo dump

Constantine doesn’t have craniosynostosis.

And now for some pictures of him, in no particular order, because I’m too lazy to arrange them:


3 weeks.

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Down with “natural” childbirth

As I’ve mulled over my birth recent experience, I think I’ve arrived at the conclusion that I dislike the expression “natural childbirth.” Here’s why.

I see natural childbirth blogs and Web sites with descriptions such as the following, from Natural Childbirth Stories: “Births the way nature intended. No pitocin. No epidural. Just the beauty (and intensity!) of the human body at work.” Hmm.

“Natural childbirth” is what I was shooting for when I started this journey, and I fought tooth and nail for it. In the end, I wound up with interventions which would not be considered “natural” by most NCB advocates, namely, Pitocin and the vacuum extraction. I think these interventions were medically indicated and absolutely necessary. Still, they probably disqualify me from the natural childbirth club.

But what is “natural childbirth” anyways? “Giving birth the way nature intended.” As someone with Rh-negative blood who pair-bonded with someone with Rh-positive blood, if I “gave birth the way nature intended,” I’d probably only be able to have one healthy pregnancy. Nature apparently intends for about 15% of women to have limited childbearing abilities. Modern-day obstetrical intervention has corrected that. Yet most NCB advocates would probably not discourage Rh-negative women from obtaining the recommended Rhogam injections, and would not say that your childbirth was no longer “natural” on that account.

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A (belated) blogiversary

Hard to believe that it’s been over a year since I started this blog (November 15, 2012). My doctor took my Mirena out on November 26, 2012. Now I have a beautiful son to care for, and my doctor installed a new Mirena on November 15, 2013. The circle has closed.

I’m not entirely certain of the future of this blog. I might simply use it to blog about pregnancy and childbirth in general, I might not.

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