A little while later, the on call OB and resident arrived to check things out. They decided to break my water and I remember glancing at the long, crochet hook thing in the resident’s hand. At that moment, I was sure glad I’d had the epidural because I didn’t feel a thing. They noticed that there was a bit of meconium in the fluid so they decided that a respirologist would be present for the delivery in case Bo breathed any in.
I think I was about 8cm shortly after that. The nurse told me to let her know when I started to feel pressure or the urge to push. Then, I could start pushing any time. I was definitely feeling a bit of pressure down below but not an urgent need to push so we decided I would rest a bit longer.
Finally, a little before 4am, we decided to give it a go. I did a couple of practice pushes with the nurse and then the OB and resident came in. I did about 3 pushes with each contraction. It’s funny because, although it wasn’t easy, it felt a lot less intense than my first birth experience.
The resident said I was pushing really well and that she expected the baby to come pretty quickly. I didn’t believe that for a second. With Littleman, I pushed for 2.5 hours, so I assumed this one would be tough too.
After a few more pushes, the doctors stopped me and said that they could tell I was going to tear in the same spot where I had torn last time. They asked if they could make a small cut to help it along. Since it was going to tear anyway (and I couldn’t feel anything at that point!) I said sure. We moved on and kept pushing. Shortly after, they stopped me again. He was coming! A couple more short pushes and he was out! His cord was around his neck, but the OB stepped in and sorted that out quickly.
They had warned me that Bo may not cry right away if he aspirated any meconium. The respirologist was on standby across the room. But, as soon as Bo was out, we heard his cry immediately. What a great sound! I watched as D cut the cord and then the respirologist checked Bo quickly before he was wiped down and placed on my chest.
It really was amazing. After pushing for so long during Littleman’s birth, I feel like I was too exhausted to pay attention to a lot of things that happened immediately after. He didn’t cry right away and had to have some oxygen. Also, since he had some heart issues in utero, he was whisked over to a NICU team to be fully checked before I was able to really see or hold him.
With Bo, it seemed a lot calmer. There were fewer people in the room and I felt a little more “present.” I actually saw him right when the doctor pulled him out. And it was amazing to have him in my arms so quickly.
I delivered the placenta and then got all stitched up (from the episiotomy and tearing).
One thing I’m really happy about was the chance to try breastfeeding right away after Bo was born. We were skin-to-skin and the little guy latched immediately. It was so cool to see him eating so soon after being born and I felt good that I could actually see that there was colostrum there. With Littleman, we didn’t try until a bit later, he was reluctant to eat and I struggled to even hand express any colostrum. It felt so much less stressful to be getting off to a decent start with feeding.
D and I spent the first couple of hours after delivery getting to know Bo and trying to decide what his name would be. We had narrowed it down to three names but wanted to see him before we made a final decision. It turns out it was harder than we thought it would be. We wavered between two names for a while and finally gave ourselves a deadline of 6:30am. We knew our families would be (anxiously) awaiting news about our status and we didn’t want to make any birth announcements without a name. Once we decided on his name, we shared our exciting news with our families.
So that’s it. The story of how little Bo arrived on his own on his induction date, instead of waiting to be evicted! (For part one of Bo’s birth story – click here).