Sunday, September 30, 2007

Birth story

Went in for the scheduled induction on 9-20 (my due date) at 7:30 am... started pitocin about 9:30... shot of nubain around 10:45.... epi at 11:45... 7 cm at 12... started pushing around 3:45.. Payton was born at 5:06 pm... I have a 4th degree tear... held Payton on my stomach for about 15 seconds then was stitched up while they suctioned her.

Payton was born with spontaneous pneumothorax, which is a buildup of air in the space between the lung and the chest wall. As the amount of air in this space increases, the pressure against the lung causes the lung to collapse. It resolves on its own over time. She went to the nicu and I wasn't able to hold her until Friday and that was only for a few minutes before they put her under an oxygen tent. They were concerned with fast breathing, but it was resolved and she came out of the O2 tent on Saturday.

I was released on Saturday and Lane and I stayed in a hotel so we could be close enough to go feed her in the middle of the night. They took out her IV on Sunday morning and she was released Monday morning!!!

We're home and doing well. The doctor's say this happens in about 5% of newborns and it goes undetected. She's a totally normal newborn and is as healthy as ever.... just a little bit of a rough start, but she's completely perfect.

We're tired to say the least and I'm emotionally drained.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

Hi Courtney! I'm happy to hear that you are doing well. I'd love to see more pictures if you have some! Let me know if you are up for meeting over lunch sometime!