Deegans Birth Story – Born at 32 weeks

25th of August 2007
It was a Saturday and I was having a cleaning day as I was having a photographer come and do some pregnancy shots. I did the vacuuming and cleaning (my partner took Hunter out for the day). I went down the street to get bread and milk & I bumped into a friend. He mentioned I didn’t look to good so i turned around and jokingly said “I’m probably in labour” (little did I know at the time). We have dinner, get Hunter ready for bed then I mopped the floor, had a shower because my back was killing me and go to bed. The time now was around 8:30pm. I couldn’t get comfy in bed and was having terrible Braxton Hicks but by 9-9:30pm the contractions where coming more frequent, every 10min or so. I said to my partner that i thought I was in labour. I tried to get some rest but by 10-10:30pm I got up as I was really uncomfortable. I jumped on the computer and bounced on my fit ball. I was timing the contractions about every 5min so I continued to bounce away (it really helped). Soon they started coming every 2-3mins and lasting about 30-50seconds so I thought I had better call the hospital. They said to come in. Luckily for us my sister lived in the next unit and she came over to watch Hunter as he was asleep. My partner and i got to Epping at about 12-12:30am. It took me about 5 min to walk to the ER from the car park.. I then went up to the birthing suite.

The hospital did the usual tests, hook me up to the CGT monitor. It shows that the pain I was having was really contractions ( I don’t think they believed me). I am monitored for about 1/2hr and then was told that I have to go to the Royal Woman’s Hospital and had arranged an ambulance. The ambulance arrived at the hospital about 3-3-30am the whole time I was on the CGT monitor. I finally arrived at the Woman’s Hospital at about 4am the 26th of August. I was hooked back up to the CGT (the only time I came off it was to go to the toilet). I tried to get some sleep which did not happen. My partner arrives at the hospital about 11am as he was sent home to check on Hunter and get some sleep. The doctor then told me I had a Bicornuate uterus. I asked why I wasn’t told before this and he presumed I had been.

 At around 3.30pm my parents came into the hospital to visit and while they were there my waters broke. I spoke to one of the paeds who let me know what was most likely going to happen. At this point my contractions have almost stopped with one every now and then (although I was still leaking fluid). At around jack, premature baby, spontanious labour, NICU, pre-term, personal blogs, blogging, premmie, premature baby born at 26 weeks, pre-term, pre-eclampsia, HELLP, PRROM, rupture of membranes, born at 35 weeks gestation 8:30pm I tried to sleep as I hadn’t slept since Friday night. Deegan starts to have some destats but he’s recovering ok. At 9:30-45pm the nurse comes to check on me and mentions I might be able to come off the CGT for a while to get some rest. The nurse went to double check with a doctor. At 10pm the CGT alarm starts going off. I thought it was because I moved as I was feeling quite uncomfy again. The nurse came back, looked at the CGT then went to the door. The next minute every doctor and nurse on at that time were in the room. A quick internal showed that I was only 3cm dilated. The doctor said they needed to do a C-section! The nurses grabbed an ultrasound machine because they couldn’t find his heart beat. It was there but only just. I was pumped with fluids as I was starting to panic. I was asked for my partners’ number or my parents, I couldn’t remember exactly as I went blank. There was a call through the intercom saying “code Green” and they rushed me in to theater. I heard the anesthetist telling the nurse to hurry up and get me ready. Before I know it I drifted off to sleep……………………………………………………………………..

I woke up at about 12am in a complete daze (the morphine was working).
I had no idea what day it was, or what was going on. The nurse told me I had a little boy and to try and get some rest. Deegan was born at 10:30pm on the 26th of August 2007. I woke properly at about 6am and the nurse gave me a few more details about my son, how much he weighed – which was 2133gms (he was huge). I asked if I could get up and have a shower and go upstairs but they wanted to wait for the doctor before I got up out of bed. I had breakfast and one of the nurses helped me express. After a long wait the doctor finally came in. He checked my wound. I got the catheter taken out and I had a shower. I finally went up to NICU at about 10-11am (on the 27th). Deegan was already 12hrs old and I was told that he was doing well. He was already off CPAP and was on room oxygen. He was hooked up to IV antibiotics.

The next day(28th) I had my 1st cuddle. Deegan was moved to SCN later that day surprisingly and I was getting discharged jack, premature baby, spontanious labour, NICU, pre-term, personal blogs, blogging, premmie, premature baby born at 26 weeks, pre-term, pre-eclampsia, HELLP, PRROM, rupture of membranes, born at 32 weeks gestationlater that night (7pm), not even 48hrs after a c-section. We went up to see Deegan before we went home and gave them milk (the little I had at that point). The nurses were just getting ready to pop Deegan under the lights. He wasn’t under them when I arrived the next day. On Thursday they took his IV line out and said he was being transferred to Epping tomorrow morning because he was doing well. I later read in his discharge papers that he had RDS, Sepsis. I don’t remember being told any of that though.

Friday 31st of August, Deegan was transferred via NETS to Epping. We met NETS there and they said Deegan coped well with the move. Deegan spent around 2 weeks in an isolette. There were a few troubles while there with he’s temperature, weight gain, reflux, and taking a bottle (he would choke).

He finally got the hang of bottle feeding and was having every feed orally except the 3am feed as they would use the tube. Both myself and the head nurse gave instruction to stop using the tube and to wake him up. I spent the next 2 days in the nursery. He had he full 48hours with suck feeds and the next day if he gained weight we could go home over the weekend (home leave although we had to go back Monday). He came home on the 1st October 2007 weighing 2985gms. He was 36 days old and we still had follow up eye appointment for the following week so we were kept busy.

Deegan is now 1yrs old and boy it has been a long year, but the time has gone quick. Deegan is now 9115gms and 72cm long. He still has alot of motor issues but the physio and OT are helping. His eating is getting better. His sleeping is great but it is the big smile 1st thing in the morning that makes it all worthwhile.

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