Saturday, July 12, 2008

It was.......a good night

So last night I worked at the big house.
I came in and picked up a patient who had arrived the evening before for decreased fetal movement. She is being cared for by a CNM I work with frequently at the LDRP hospital.
The baby is reactive but measuring small so the midwife decides to go ahead and induce the next morning. Through the night the mom was having sporadic contractions and occasionally the baby would have a spontaneous deceleration in the heart rate but would recover and look fine. So, they attempted pitocin augmentation. They got the pit started and within fifteen minutes the baby had a seven minute deceleration, so off the pit goes. The mom continued to contract and by about 1:30 yesterday afternoon had made it to three centimeters so the CNM breaks her water and they place internal monitors on baby and the uterus. The continued all day with the spontaneous decelerations lasting anywhere from 3-8 minutes, but in between the baby was beautifully reactive. At 6:15pm the CNM checks mom and she had not changed her cervix so they decide to call in the doc and proceed with c/section since the baby won't tolerate pitocin. The doc is hung up at the LDRP hospital doing a c/section and this one wasn't emergent so we were just going to hang out until he could arrive.
Here's where I come in. Got report and headed in to assess the patient and make sure we were all on the same page and things were in-line to head to the OR once the doc arrives. I am in the room assessing the patient and chatting with the family and having a good time when the baby decides to have another deceleration, down into the 60' flip the mommy to her far left side, place O2 by facemask, increase IV still down but coming up slowly.....vaginal check......9.5cm, just an anterior lip. The CNM comes in (she had been in the lounge on the phone with the doc), baby recovers nicely and we start pushing. Baby handles pushing wondefully and and hour and 20 minutes later we have a girl!!! Oh, I just love it when those kinds of things happen. Baby had a nuchal cord, not tight, but short! BTW, for all you L&D RN's......she had IUPC and MVU's were NEVER adequate......not once!!!!! Women's bodies are simply amazing.
So, I got her recovered and sent to postpartum and was able to sit down and have a nice relaxing dinner and then picked up a triage that had come in with her water broke.
This couple was absolutely wonderful. The mom was undecided on whether or not to go natural so I told her we would just play it by ear...We spent the night walking the halls, sitting on the birth ball and by 0330 she was 3cm and baby had moved down to 0 station (when she came in @MN she was 1cm and baby was high at -3). She spent some time in the shower, which she LOVED! and just did amazingly well. I really spent 95% of my time in that room providing labor support and just enjoying this couple, they were soooo great. At 0700 this am, I did not want to go home.....I wanted to stay with this couple and support them...I wanted to see their sweet little girl be born......I felt like she was really in a groove and I didn't want that disturbed by a new, strange face coming into the room. I feel like it is such an honor and privilege to be allowed to form such an intimate bond with someone and to witness their transformation into parenthood. I just didn't want to leave them......I feel like continuity in care is sooooo important and makes women feel secure and relaxed.
Situations like this keep me motivated to continue with my school work and become a nurse-midwife. If I had been her midwife I could have provided all that support and then stay with her and provide that continuity of care that I feel every woman deserves.

Now, I am off for a week! Woo! Hoo! Headed to camp with the church youth group. My oldest is now old enough to be part of the youth group and attend camp. Me, being the protective mother I am.....totally not ready for my kid to be so independent of me! I am going along as a camp cook. He will do his thing while we are there and I will be hanging out in the kitchen, so I am not going to be hovering or bugging him :) I just wanted to be know, in case he needed a hug from mommy or something. He hasn't ever spent more than a night or two away from home and this is for a whole week, so I wanted to be a little closer than 2.5 hrs away........just in case :)

Monday, July 7, 2008


Here's another one for the "what the h***" archives.
First pregnancy, twins.....both are vertex
Scheduled for primary c-section at 38 weeks.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Choices....or the illusion thereof

Worked last night at the single room maternity care hospital. Not too bad a night except that I started the night in the O.R. and ended the night in the O.R. The O.R. is my least favorite place to be and I always end up there when I'm having a good hair night!!! Never fails.....I even told myself driving to work last night to be prepared to hit the O.R. first thing cause the hair was looking pretty darn good.......and sure enough!!!

The first c/s was distressing for the poor mom because she had been admitted for elective induction on Sunday evening...had cervidil all night, pit started early Monday morning, doc broke her water shortly after pit started.....made it to 5cm by 6pm last evening just to discover the babe was breech!
Now, the nurse that cared for this patient said she thinks the baby must've turned during labor, she only checked her once, about noonish, and is confident it was head she was feeling. This nurse is a good one too and it definitely wouldn't be the first time a baby has flipped during labor.
This patient was being electively induced (doc is on vacation next week) at 38 wks and the babe was barely over 6#. But everyone did well and that baby is sooo cute!!

The midpart of the night was pretty uneventful and then 4am hit! 4am seems to be the witching hour in labor and delivery. That's when it all hits the fan.
We were schedule to have two inductions arrive at 5am and the am scheduled c/s was to be there at 5am also. Well, at 0430 we had a patient, who was scheduled for a c/s later in the week, show up because her water was broke. She had a c/s scheduled because the baby was breech (she wasn't happy...3rd baby, other two were vag deliveries) and much to her excitement when she arrived we scanned her and the baby had turned head down!! So, she was admitted as a labor patient
Not ten minutes after we got her in a room another patient comes in thinking her water broke and has been contracting, so we used some nitrazine and confirmed the leaking of amniotic fluid so I told her she is definitely staying and having a baby today.
I told her I was going to call the doctor and let them know she was here so they could head in and we would get her ready for her repeat c/s unless she was planning to VBAC. This is when she perks up and says she had originally wanted to VBAC but that her doctor didn't think she could birth vaginally because with her first child she never made it past 6cm. After some probing I found out she was electively induced at 39 weeks and after 14 hrs of pit they did a c/s. I explained to her that it was her choice what she wanted to do and she could discuss it further with her doctor but that her body didn't fail her the first time around, the induction did.
So, since she was contracting I checked her cervix and to her surprise found that she was almost 3cm, 80% effaced and the baby was -1 station. Granted, I am no physician but I have had my hand in lots of pelvis' and this girl seemed to have adequate room and her pelvis felt totally normal. I reminded her that she was weeks earlier with this baby and so it would probably be smaller (first was just over 7#!). So, she asked me to ask her doc if she could attempt a TOL when I called him.
I honestly thought this doc wouldn't mind letting her VBAC, he is one of the only ones in this town that is open to it and tends to be so laid back!! So I expressed to him her wishes and let him know she was dilated, contracting every five minutes, baby was well applied and things were looking great. No......not happening, doesn't think her pelvis is adequate.....prep her for c/s, he is on his way. What the h***!!!!!!!!!!!! This girl is 5ft 8inches, not overweight and about to have a baby that ended up being 6# even.......and her pelvis isn't adequate?!
Found out later that this gal has a family member who is an OB in a much larger city with an even higher c/s rate than ours.........think that had anything to do with it, hmmm!

So gals, in my city I have found that if you or anyone you are related to are in the fields of medicine or of will have a c/s. It's just getting worse, seeing women talked into primary c/s or talked out of VBAC and then finding out her brother is an MD or her aunt is a lawyer.....never fails.

Man, I get wordy!!! Can you tell I talk alot.....need to learn to be more concise!!!!

Well, I think it is time for a nap.....didn't sleep too well when I got home this morning and now I am starting to feel yucky!