Tuesday, April 24, 2012

coming out.

When River's head began to crown, my husband said that he got stuck.

He could see that I was REALLY pushing (all I could think of was, "Get the baby out!") and he was aware of our doctor's movements which seemed a little frantic.

I had felt pretty strongly that this baby was going to be on the bigger side-- almost all the others were around 8lbs and only Parker was over nine-- so I wasn't that surprised that it was difficult... and painful.

My husband said afterward that he could see the doctor trying to get his hands around the baby's head to pull him out, but it wasn't working.

At one attempt to pull River out, I screamed because it felt like my insides were being yanked from my body and it became clear that River's umbilical cord was draped over his shoulder anchoring him to my placenta. So when the doctor pulled, he was pulling on my placenta as well. This wasn't working.

My husband said that the doctor reacted quickly cutting and clamping the umbilical cord on both ends, then proceeded to get River out. When he emerged, he was not moving and was very purple.

Lincoln had come out purple as well and had given my husband quite a scare-- so he said that he was not going to lose heart or jump to any conclusions this time.

I couldn't really see what was going on and was just trying to catch my breath and regain my senses somewhat while the nurses got River moving. Thank the God of Creation that he was alright!

Also unknown to me, when the nurse had cut back and clamped River's cord further, my husband said that she had turned to the doctor and said, in effect, "Did you see this?" To which he just nodded.

There had been knot in his cord as well. He did remain very purple in his face from bruising due to his quick and forceful exit while his extremities were very pale, but again, thank God that over the next hours, he took on a healthy color and was checked out as 'doing just fine'.

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Your
rod and your staff, they comfort me..."


Amanda M. said...

Oh, God bless! That's so frightening but oh my gosh, he is SO cute!!

A Godly Homemaker said...

scary but praise God!!

Thoughts for the day said...

Great picture, of daddy and son.

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! He is a cutie!!!

Marcy P said...


He is so beautiful. Congrats on his mostly safe delivery. I love his head of hair!!

Robin said...

Oh, that is so scary! Praise God that all is okay. He is such a handsome little man.

My little guy had a weird way that the cord went into the placenta (which my doctor said was very dangerous). I am so glad I didn't know that through the pregnancy.

becca said...

He is beautiful! What an incredible story. Congratulations to you and your whole family! I just wrote a blogpost last weekend about my little boy who was stillborn due to a knot in his cord. Hug your little one extra tight.....he is special indeed! Blessings!