Soooo today has been an ordeal.
ECV was scheduled for 8 a.m. I didn’t get called back till close to 9 and then didn’t get any fluids until closer to 10:30. I had been fasting and not drinking anything since 9 p.m. the night before so OBVIOUSLY I was dehydrated. It was not until about 12:30 or 1 that the doctor finally came in to do a scan and check fluid levels and by then fluid was only measuring 3 cm – nowhere near high enough to attempt an ECV and reason to worry that my placenta was starting to fail. They also noted that I had was contracting every minute or so, even though I felt nothing other than hungry and thirsty.
We agreed to put me in a room and start more IV fluids to see if we could get the fluid levels to go up. At 3:30 I had 9 cm of fluid visible and had FINALLY had a good pee. The doctor spent some time looking at Chicken’s position – head up under my right rib, tilted back and resting on a hunk of placenta. Both legs were up in a Frank Breech position. She explained that Frank Breech is the hardest to turn to begin with, that the way the head was looking up was going to make it even harder, that my extra placenta lobe would be getting in the way making it EVEN HARDER and that the low-ish fluid level would make it very unlikely it would work, and much more likely we would have complications. Add in the regular contracting (angry uterus fighting against us) and she did not feel comfortable attempting the turn.
That’s a lot of crap stacked against Chicken and I. I liked this specialist, unlike Dr. TeleMed, and felt she truly had our best interest at heart so after a full day of sitting around in my panties and a hospital gown I went home, breech baby still in tow.
To say I’m upset is an understatement. I have talked to exhaustion about how much I wanted this birth experience so I’ll not go into it again. Before the doctor left I asked about my chances of having a Family Centered C-Section and she said there is one doctor at UK who very recently did this and that she is itching to try one herself. I’ll work on getting an appointment with the guy who has done one first, and will keep her as my backup. She actually had seen the video on You Tube and said she does not know WHY they have not always done it that way and that “it only makes sense.”
This means I have another week or two to try and get my ducks in a row. I’m going to request we wait until 40 weeks, but if I can find a doctor who will give me the family centered experience I want but requires it at 39 weeks I will not fight (even though we desperately need that last week of pay from my job.) So there you go – no fun ECV video, no great success story, no need to keep doing my Hynobabies CDs. Now I need to find an OB, repack my hospital bag for a longer stay (and leave out all my laboring stuff) and find some moving help, because with the way this is going to shake out, I won’t be able to carry or really pack anything.
And now I’m going to go eat again, because 20 hours without food or drink has made me a ravenous beast that has eaten a huge plate of food from the co-op, a huge cookie, and drank about half a container of lemonade. 🙂 Thanks for all your good thoughts and all the kind words I know you’ll have for me. xoxo