thread: Early Arrival of Hayley Nola!

  1. #1
    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Nov 2003
    SE Melbourne

    Early Arrival of Hayley Nola!

    It all started on Thursday March 17. My usual morning routine, I got up and went to the loo, on the way back, felt a gush of fluid, thought it was weird and maybe I had wet myself, grabbed a towel and put that between my legs, but it was soaked in a second, then got a 2nd and then a 3rd towel and they were all sopping wet. It was 8.40am at this stage and I still had to get the girls to school. I went into the kitchen and said to my Dad ‘You’ll have to take the girls to school, I think my waters have broken.’ He basically went into a mad panic and rushed them off to school.

    I rang my OB, finally getting hold of him just after 9am. He asked me if I was just having a slow trickle, but when I told him that I was gushing fluid, he told me to get straight to the hospital. Stupidly, I hadnt even packed a bag or anything for hospital. I rushed around getting most of what I needed to and was hoping that it would be the right stuff, my brain really wasn’t working right. To be honest, I was freaking out as I was only just over 34 weeks. I rang DH at work to tell him that I was off to the hospital and that I would call him when I knew what was happening, I honestly thought that it was a false alarm.

    We arrived at the hospital at 10.20am. went to reception to tell them that I was there and then was taken upstairs to the delivery suite in a wheelchair. My dad was told to wait in the relatives room, I was told to remove my underwear and hand over the pad I had on, it was definitely my waters had broken. They put the foetal monitor on and everything seemed fine. They rang my OB and it was decided that I would have a c/section at 7.30pm. I then had a cortisone injection to help the babies lungs. I rang DH and told him and it was organised that he would finish work at 3.30pm, go home pick up the camera and he would be there in time for the birth!

    Dad came back and said that he would go home and organise stuff there so that he could bring the girls in that night. There was no point him waiting around for nothing. I rang a couple of friends to tell them what was happening. My midwife came back in to talk to me, and as we were talking I told her that I was feeling strange, well, my stomach was. She monitored me for a while and then took off to call my OB. I had no idea what was happening. She came back a few minutes later, which by this time was midday, to tell me that I was having my c/section at 1.30pm. as it turns out I was having contractions every 2 minutes and I didn’t even feel them!

    They were now in a mad panic! I had to have another injection of cortisone, some antibiotics, a cathetar and a canular in my hand. I was to be prepared for theatre in another 15 minutes. So I had to ring DH at work. Well, this turned out to be a bad timing issue. DH was at lunch, the receptionist told me that I would have to ring back in ½ an hour, I ended up screaming at her to find him or he would miss the birth of his baby! It only took a couple of minutes for DH to ring me at the hospital and I told him to hurry up as I was almost ready to leave for theatre, would be going down at 1pm. It was now 12.20pm and it would take a while for him to drive there.

    I was put in my gown, had the pre-med stuff put in my drip and we were almost ready to head down to theatre when DH arrived. They handed him the scrubs, gave him 2 minutes to get changed and we went down to theatre. We went into the pre-op anaesthesia room. The guy doing my spinal block was supposed to be one of the best! HA!!! I was sat up, told to curl up into a ball, really easy with a pregnant belly, not! He had 6 goes trying to get it in, kept asking me if he was hurting me, although I was screaming by then. He gave up and then had me lay down on my side, bang, it was in, or so he said.

    I could still feel my legs, they were buzzing but I couldn’t move them. I was wheeled into theatre, my OB told me that I could have picked a better time as he was really busy that day! Like this was my choice! But he was so sweet. It took another few minutes to get me on the table and set up before they started with the c/section. My OB moved very quickly as he was worried, but told me that was his job anyway. It was extremely painful and I kept blacking out from the pain. It took him 6 minutes to get my baby out!

    A gorgeous 6lb girl! She was 45cms long, head circumference 33cm born at 1.51pm on St Patricks Day!

    I got to hold her for a few minutes before they whisked her away. I was then sewn up, whisked to recovery, and stayed there for about 15 minutes, before I was asking to go back to my room. There was just so much to do, most people didn’t even know I was there. I wanted to tell everyone about my baby!

    Finally I was taken back to my room! The first person I rang was my sister at work! She almost fell off her chair when I told her that she was an aunty again! She was so excited and it was good because I got her to call my dad and let him know all the details. It was arranged that they would all come in together as it was easier that way.

    Things went wrong with Hayley. It was decided at 4.30pm that she would have to be transferred to another hospital as she needed NICU for her immature lungs. I was devastated. I couldn’t get out of bed to see her and she couldn’t come and see me! I rang my Dad to tell him to get there quickly so that the girls could see their little sister before she left! It was an hour later that the paediatrician came back in to explain fully why Hayley needed to go to another hospital. It was pretty 50-50 what would happen!

    The girls and my sister got to see Hayley before she left. The ambuance team brought Hayley across to see me before she left. She was so tiny and really struggling. I couldn’t stop crying. Off she went to the Mercy NICU! It was totally surreal being in the maternity ward without a baby!

    I have to say that the staff from NICU were amazing, calling me every couple of hours, updating me on her progress. The girls and DH went over to visit every day, but I wasn’t allowed to until Sunday. However, Saturday afternoon, we got the call that she was to return to me, she was doing amazingly well! Better than anyone expected.

    I was discharged on the 22nd. I still had to make 2-3 trips a day to take in my EBM, but that gave us time to spend with her and bath her, which she loved. Hayley was finally discharged on April 1 and is now really thriving!

  2. #2
    Registered User

    Apr 2004
    Sydney, NSW

    Yep, third teary pg female over here, LOL!!

    I am SO glad that everything worked out in the end and that Hayley is now a thriving little baby girl!! Not the ideal birth for you I am sure, but again I am glad that everything turned out well in the end.

    Take care of yourself and enjoy!!

    And thank you so much for sharing your story!

  3. #3
    BellyBelly Member

    Jan 2005

    Wow, thanks for sharing your story with us.

    Glad everything woked out well for you in the end.

    Take care Leah.

  4. #4
    Platinum Member

    Nov 2004

    I cried too from when your waters broke, what a tough time for you.

    Thanks for sharing your birth story. I'm so glad Hayley is doing well, such a beautiful name too.

    I'm going to finish packing my bags this weekend!

  5. #5
    Registered User

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW

    Wow Dinky!!! =D> You did an amazing job keeping it together so well throughout the whole thing!! IKWYM about feeling what was going on...I had a few screams during my c/s...and I even told the anaethetist off at one point because I could feel it... You have done so well and its so good to hear that Hayley is thriving!

  6. #6
    Registered User

    Mar 2005

    Wow Dinky. So glad to hear that everything is now going fabulous. BTW which hospital were you at?

  7. #7
    BellyBelly Life Member

    Nov 2003

    Thanks for sharing your story with us, Dinky!

    I'm so glad that little Hayley is doing well after such an eventful arrival!

  8. #8
    Melinda Guest

    Awww Dinky!!! That's nothing short of amazing and incredible!!! I am SO glad you shared your birth story and that little Hayley is thriving now!!

  9. #9
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    Wow, what an amazing story

  10. #10
    Registered User

    May 2004

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

    I am so glad you and Hayley are doing well.

  11. #11
    Registered User

    Jan 2005
    Down by the ocean

    Thanks for sharing that with us. I'm glad Hayley is doing well.

  12. #12
    Registered User

    Nov 2004
    Giving the gift of life to a friend..

    Oh, I am sitting here in tears... So pleased there is a happy outcome!!! Phew, I was holding my breath!!!!

    Best of luck & keep going strong Hayley!

  13. #13
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    Thanks so much for sharing your story Dinky. I am so glad that Hayley is thriving, what a happy outcome.

  14. #14
    BellyBelly Life Member

    Jul 2004
    House of the crazy cat ladies...

    Wow Dinky... what an ordeal for you... I am so happy to hear that little Hayley is doing well and thriving.
    Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your story with us!

  15. #15
    kirsty Guest

    Dinky you poor thing, glad to hear that your DH made it to be with you when Hayley was born & of course gald to hear that all has worked out well for you guys.

    Thanx for sharing your story.

  16. #16
    Registered User

    Oct 2004
    Caroline Springs,Melbourne


    I am so glad to hear that Hayley is doing well. You are a real champ Dinky for keeping it together.

    what a beautiful story

  17. #17
    Registered User

    Jun 2004

    Great story Dink!!!


  18. #18
    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Nov 2003
    Kilmore Vic

    Oh Dinky- happy and sad moments but so glad things worked out, just goes to show that hayley is a little fighter.

    Best wishes Michelle