thread: Dylan's arrival

  1. #1
    Salina Guest

    Dylan's arrival

    Our little boy was conceived on our honeymoon and apart from initial morning sickness, or rather “all day sickness” My pregnancy was uneventful.
    I guess because my pregnancy was so easy, I expected to fulfil my wishes of a calm, stress free, drug free birth. Yeah right!
    I had a bag of goodies packed ready for labour and waited patiently for the big day to arrive. As events turned out I didn’t end up need any of my carefully packed items!
    At 41 weeks, and having suffered from a bout of ‘gastro’ and then flu in the 2 weeks previous, my obstetrician decided to induce me and I was booked into hospital for the following morning.
    My husband and I went home, excited that our little one was going to definitely be born the next day. Trying to heed my doctor’s advice, I tried to get some sleep but was far too excited! Inducement was not something I wanted, but at 41 weeks I was just glad for it all to be over and to meet my baby at last.
    We arrived at the hospital the next morning at 6:30am and we headed up to the labour ward. At 7am my obstetrician arrived and applied the gel for inducement. Minor contractions had started within 30 minutes.
    At 11am I was in a fair bit of pain and we relocated to the birthing suite. I was offered some gas which I readily accepted but didn’t find useful.
    My midwife examined me at around 11am and found me to be only 2cm dilated –
    the same as when I had arrived that morning. She rang my obstetrician and decided that at 12pm my waters would be broken.
    With my husband Ben helping, my waters were broken, the colour greenish.
    Both Ben and I started to worry as the midwife told us she was attaching a trace to our baby’s head as he had done a poo and was in distress.
    The contractions were suddenly intense and when pethidine was offered, all memories of a planned drug free birth were long forgotten. In hind sight I wish I had not accepted the pethidine as it didn’t dull the pain and I had problems thinking clearly.
    After a further examination at 1:30pm, I still hadn’t dilated and my baby was clearly in distress, his heart rate dropping frequently. My obstetrician decided to perform an emergency Caesarean and by 2pm I was being prepped for theatre.
    In my pre-natal class, I had listed having a Caesarean as a “worst possible scenario” for the birth, and that I would be “very upset” if this was to occur.
    During the operation however, I was surprisingly relieved that It would all be over soon. My obstetrician told me that my labour would not have progressed as my baby’s head had become stuck.
    With my husband Ben on one side holding my hand and the anaesthetist on the other stroking my hair, my son Dylan James Raymond Parton was born at 2:08pm weighing a healthy 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Daddy snuck in the first cuddle whilst I was being stitched up.
    My “ideal” birth didn’t go to plan, but I sure am thankful that our beautiful little boy arrived safely.
    2 years later, we are awaiting the birth of our second child and hopefully a successful VBAC.

  2. #2
    Registered User

    Mar 2005


    What an epic journey, you've been through.
    Glad all turned out for the best and little Dylan was ok. O

  3. #3
    BellyBelly Life Member

    Jul 2004
    House of the crazy cat ladies...

    Thankyou for sharing your story Salina

    Although things didn't go to plan for you during labour, you coped so well with the difficult circumstances =D> And its great to hear that you and Dylan were/are just fine

  4. #4
    Registered User

    May 2004

    Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  5. #5
    Registered User

    Jan 2005
    Down by the ocean

    Thanks for sharing your story, I'm glad things worked out well for you both

  6. #6
    Registered User

    Feb 2005
    Mid North Coast NSW

    thanks for sharing salina, sorry you didnt have the birth you wanted, but great that he came out healthy,

    all the best with your VBAC,


  7. #7
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    Thanks for sharing your story Salina of Dylan, so gald it all turned out well. Good luck with your next bubs delivery.

  8. #8
    Registered User

    Mar 2005

    Good luck for a successful VBAC.

  9. #9
    Registered User

    Oct 2004
    WA y WA y A WAy

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. \/

  10. #10
    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Nov 2003
    Kilmore Vic

    Funny how our kids don't do what we want before during or after birth LOL.
    So glad that he arrived safely though, and good luck for your 2nd baby! Hopefully you get your ideal birth this time!
    Cheers Michelle