Friday, May 4, 2012
March of Dimes/Prematurity Awareness
My son Eli was born at 28 weeks. So March of Dimes strikes home for us. After a very normal pregnancy aside from the morning sickness that was constant, at 28 weeks and 6 days I started bleeding, so after a trip to University of Washington Medical Center, I was wheeled back for an emergency C-Section. On the way to the hospital I was shaking, not knowing what was happening and scared for the life of my child. In my head I thought we would go there, they would give me some magical pill or IV and I would be back to normal and we would go back home. So when my midwife told me to pack my bags I threw some socks in my purse. Why socks, I don't know....so my feet wouldn't get cold?!? After we got to the hospital at 8am I was in Labor and Delivery meeting an OB-GYN that was checking my cervix...I was about 3cm dilated and my membranes were bulging. So at first they told us there was nothing they could do and I would be wheeled back for a C-section. After about 10 minutes we were told they were going to try Magnesium and give me steroids for the baby. So they admitted me and put me in a delivery room, where we were greeted by about 20 different doctors, nurses, interns, surgeons, the NICU team....can you say overwhelming!?! They explained the process and started the IV's. After a few minutes I was having rolling contractions that would start in my lower back. After an hour or two of complete pain and torture, I was wheeled back to the operating room. At 2:21pm, my son Eli was born. Immediately they wheeled him off to the back room and my husband followed. He was then transferred to the NICU and I to the recovery room. I saw him for a few minutes that night. I was given a breastpump and told to try to pump as breastmilk was the best for him (obviously!). donation to March of Dimes, however big or small it may be, it all makes a difference!