I was induced on Monday, March 1, 2010, at 39 weeks because the baby was transverse. The doctor was able to manipulate her in place, and we thought everything was going well. It took a very long time to progress, but by 4:30 I was finally at an 8. Periodically throughout the day, the baby’s heart rate would dip pretty low and take a minute to recover. As I continued to progress, the heart dips became more alarming, and the nurse called the doctor to come check. Just as he was checking, which was only about 10 minutes after the nurse checked, he said the cord was prolapsed, or pinched, between the baby’s head and the pelvis, which effectively cut off her lifeline.
He turned to one nurse and told her to hold the baby’s head in, and he and the other nurse began to unplug everything. We left the room with one nurse on the bed with me holding the baby’s head off the cord at a dead run for the OR. I didn’t get an epidural, so I was given a general and remember little else except a lot of yelling and scrambling.
Amelia Faith was born via a vertical incision at 5:12 p.m. Her first APGAR was a 2 (low heart rate, no reaction to stimuli), and she had to be resuscitated. Her second APGAR was a 7. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 18.5 inches long. She was quite beautiful, if I do say so myself.
Her pregnancy was a walk of faith for many reasons, and she would not have survived another few minutes of labor without God’s intervention. We know God has great plans for her. Today, she is an active toddler (understatement of the century) who can hold her own in a pack of sisters. She brings great delight to all her know her.
Happy Birthday, Millie. You are a blessing to our family.