Sunday, August 20, 2006
A short, very incomplete summary of our birth story with Lana:
Rachael had a perfectly healthy pregnancy, and her water broke at 37 ½ weeks.
We went into the hospital expecting a normal delivery. Labor did not progress well; she had to have pitocin and still labored throughout the night and most of a day. She went without pain medication until she began running a very high fever.
She had the already-present infection (chorioamnionitis) and contracted another infection during delivery.
Her fever became dangerously high, and Lana began running a fever.
As the doctors were preparing for emergency c-section, Lana began to crown, and Rachael delivered her without surgery.
We thought this was the end – it was just the beginning.
Because of the infections, Rachael’s uterus was weakened and did not contract. She hemorrhaged and bled out, literally losing half of her body’s blood volume in minutes. It was a crisis situation.
Thankfully, the nurses and doctor made good choices quickly and saved her life. She underwent two blood transfusions, and many, many rounds of IV antibiotics.
However, her fever lingered on; for almost 2 weeks we stayed in the hospital. The doctors called in specialists – measures such as a DNC or flight to UAB were discussed. In the end, God very clearly stretched out his hand and healed Rachael, and we were all able to go home.