My Miscarriage Story: Not the birth story I was expecting to be writing.

This is not the home birth story that I was expecting to be writing for you all. This one has a far sadder end. You hear that miscarriages happen very often but you never think it is going to be you. There were so many signs for me that this pregnancy was not going as it was supposed to. There were so many gut feelings and intuitions.

This pregnancy started with a shock. I had just come off birth control and was planning on doing the Shettle’s method. I was charting my temps and CM. Some how some way even though we were avoiding we got pregnant from having sex 6 days before ovulation. 6 days before my temp jump. I wasn’t even thinking that I was pregnant. I just POAS because sometimes it relaxes my body and I start my period. I was only maybe a day late. I was incredibly shocked to see the test line darken before the control line. I just felt a heat rush over me.

I had morning sickness for about 4 weeks after I found out that I was pregnant at 5 weeks. After that the morning sickness went away completely. My boobs didn’t hurt or any of the usual symptoms I have during pregnancy. I just chalked it up to being a baby of the opposite sex.

I felt like I wasn’t growing properly. With Baylee I started to show almost immediately. Again I guessed that girls were just smaller. I became obsessed with checking my fundal height. I would lay on my stomach trying to feel it. With Samuel I couldn’t lay on my stomach for the uncomfortable bubble feeling. I would also check it on my back. I checked the height daily.

At a group prenatal I voiced my concerns a little and my midwife looked for the heartbeat. She said it was probably just too early to hear it. My uterus is tilted so I thought it was due to that.

At my prenatal appointment a few days later we still couldn’t hear the heartbeat. She told me she could order an ultrasound, but my husband isn’t a fan so I said I would just wait till my next appointment. I ordered a doppler online. It still has not arrived. Cheaper than an ultrasound I told myself.

After the appointment I went for my bloodwork. I got the NIPT only wanting to know the gender. I had never gotten these types of tests before.

Then a few days ago my hubby and I had some time together… You know what I mean. I was spotting the next day. I brushed it off as it can be normal to have spotting after sex.

About a week after the blood work was taken she called me with the results. She told me the good news first. Baby was a girl. I was so happy for about ten seconds. Then the bad news. There were markers for a genetic for Turners a genetic anomaly that causes the baby to be miscarried in 99% of the cases. She said there was still a chance for a homebirth if I went for further genetic tests and baby did not actually have Turners and if she did if her heart was normal then it would be ok. She sent my info over to the specialist and I waited for his call. It came too late.

I cried and cried when I heard this news. Not only was my dreams of a third homebirth basically crushed, my dreams of a healthy daughter were too. I researched everything. The condition, the test, everything. I found out that the Turners test only has about a 14% PPV. That means that of the people they told had Turners babies only 14% were confirmed to have it after birth. So I felt hopeful.

The next day the spotting increased it went from pink and brown to pink and red. I grew more concerned. Then I had a gush of blood and water that wet my panties. I went to wake up my husband and said I need you to call in to work I’m bleeding and I want to go to the hospital to be checked out.  So he did. I messaged my midwife. She said I should go if I felt like that was the right thing. So I called my mom and let her know. I called my grandmother and said I’m bleeding can you take me to the hospital. She left work right away. I posted a brief live story on instagram. It was hard to keep from crying.

We arrived to the hospital. Only a few people were ahead of us. Ambulances kept coming and people filled the waiting room over and over. We waited to be seen for like 4 hours. Finally I got to the back. They took my urine and my blood. They were hopeful that the baby was ok. We were moved twice and finally went to another room. The ED DR came in and felt my belly. Then the ultrasound tech came to get me. The ultrasound lasted for ever. She wouldn’t let me see the screen and wouldn’t tell me anything. Finally it ended and I went back to my room and waited for what felt like an eternity yet was probably only 30 minutes.

The Dr came in and asked me if it was possible that my dates were off. My dates are never off. She said that the baby was measuring about 8-9 weeks and there was no heartbeat. What had happened was called a missed miscarriage and she told me to follow up with my Dr.

I cried and cried. I tried and tried to call my husband but his phone was on vibrate. We left the hospital with all hope lost. She was gone. Dead inside me for the past 4 weeks! My body just had not gotten the message yet. We stopped by Chick Fil A and got some food for me to take home since I had not eaten since breakfast.

I arrived home. I walked in and say my husband playing and watching tv with the kids. I said where’s your phone?  He said what happened and I abruptly and coldly said The baby’s dead!

I ate the fries and went to bed. I laid a towel on the bed just in case of more bleeding overnight.

The next day I started researching miscarriage at home. Since I didn’t feel like I wanted to have a D&C. I watched some youtube videos of people’s experiences with Cytotec and decided that it was what I would do. I asked my midwife for the meds and someone picked them up for me.

People from church came over and brought us food. We were thankful. I did not want to cook. I called my mother in law to come over and be with me while I took the pills in case I bled quickly.

She came quickly and played with the boys. I took the pills and started to bleed but not cramp. I was not bleeding more than a period so I went to bed after she left and took the next dose later on. I went back to sleep. When I woke up my midwife instructed me to take three pills.

This is where the story gets graphic and sad. So feel free to check out now.

This worked. Almost instantly I was cramping in intervals like contractions. I had diarrhea, a symptom of the pills. I tried to lay on the couch. Wearing a depend to catch anything. I only lasted a short while on the couch when I began to feel some pressure. I went to the bathroom and had more diarrhea. My phone rang and I went to check it. It was the MFM. A little late… As I pushed redial I felt vaginal pressure. I hurried to the bathroom and as soon as I hit the toilet my water popped. Then I poured blood for a few minutes. I stayed on the toilet for quite a while. Every contraction brought gushes of blood that filled the toilet. Finally I felt the need to poo again. With this I felt and saw the placenta emerge. It took two contraction for it to come out. I briefly considered catching it in a toilet paper. I didn’t. I briefly considered retrieving it from the toilet. But with what else was in there I didn’t. I said goodbye, I’m sorry. Then I flushed it away.

I stayed on the toilet longer. Continuing to bleed with each contraction. Eventually it felt like it had slowed and I was tired of being cold so I got in the shower. I laid there with the water spraying down on me. Contraction after contraction blood and clots came out. Once again I felt the urge to poop. As this was my lowest moment in life I allowed it to happen in the shower. Along with this yellow water went the baby. Clear as day I saw her. A little head arms and legs. Stiff, greyish pink. I sat up and tried to catch it before it went down the drain with my feet. But it was faster than my heartbroken reflexes. Down the drain she went. I grabbed my phone and shook the flashlight on. Turned off the water. Nothing in the drain.

I laid back down and sobbed. Maybe I could have inspected her, buried her. Anything. But she was gone. Once again.

I had my water birth. It didn’t end how I would have imagined it to. As the bleeding slowed I took a proper shower. Put my depend back on and went to lay on the couch. Thankful that it happened quickly and was less painful than I thought it was going to be.

I am sure we will probably try again someday. But I will never forget my sweet Mae and the short but great love and happiness that she brought me.

Until we meet again Rory Mae. I will always love you. I know we will see each other again. There is an afterlife.

Rory Mae Holbert

12-18-16 Conception

1-28-17 Suspected Death Date 8W6D

2-23-17 Final Passing

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The Birth of Baylee Christopher

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I guess since Baylee is almost 2 I should get on with writing his birth story!

We planned Baylee completely. I used the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I charted and we got pregnant within a few cycles. We used the same Midwife. Shannon Stellhorn. We highly recommend her! I also had a doula which I relied on 100% this birth. With this pregnancy I gained 60 pounds! 60!????? I don’t know how that happened but oh well. Pregnancy went well, I did not have GD or GBS which was good. I did have prodromal labor for like three weeks! That really sucked and on many occasions I called the midwife thinking I was in labor. We knew we wanted to try and have a baby by December 31. I was already measuring a month ahead and we knew he was going to be a big baby. So right after christmas I was 39 weeks and we started trying the homeopathy and membrane strips. I went the following week to Dr Mann and got accupuncture and accupressure. Within two days on New Year’s Eve I started having hard contractions at about 5am. I texted Shannon to tell her and she said it was probably wishful thinking and I should get some rest. I could not rest however because I actually was in labor. I texted the doula and asked her to come. The doula texted Shannon to ask her if I was in labor and then Shannon got with me and I sent her a picture of my face because she can tell if I am in labor by my face. LOL. So she said she was coming over and the doula as well. I called my mother in law to come and pick up Samuel because I knew that I did not want him to be there for the birth. he wasn’t even two and I don’t think he would have handled it well.

So everyone arrived kind of all at once. My contractions were like 3-5 minutes apart and lasting like 60 seconds. They slowed a bit amongst all the chaos. Shannon was finally able to check me once Samuel had left. She found me to be at 6cm dilated! After things calmed down my Doula and I went on a walk to help pick the contractions back up, remember I was on a deadline;) . The walk worked and we went back home I made some cookies and popcorn I think. After a little while we had the birth pool ready and I got it. I was in the pool for a while and my water actually broke in the pool on its own. I was not able to push well in the pool and we moved to the bathroom for a few pushes. Later we moved into the bedroom and as soon as I got on the bed on my knees I told Shannon I could feel a lot of pressure. Within a few minutes the head was out and I was having a lot of trouble pushing the rest of him out. I changed positions onto my hands and knees and and she tugged him and he finally came out. She told me she bet he was 10lbs. He was born kind of grey and was not breathing right away so Shannon quickly gave him oxygen for about 30 seconds. Then he pinked up and was fine. I however was not fine. I was hemorrhaging. Shannon passed the baby to the Doula and gave me a shot of pitocin and a cytotec and some various oils and herbs to stop the bleeding.  It did stop but I lost quite a lot of blood about 1000cc she said from the looks of it. I had a 2nd degree tear and she numbed me and sewed me up. Finally while drinking a placenta smoothie I was able to hold my new baby!

Baylee Christopher Holbert

Born December 31, 2014 at 4:33 P.M.

23 inches long and 9 1/4lbs

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