Grace in labour agony before pethedine.
When the pethedine wore off and the pain was
intense, Grace was put on an epidural which
was much easier.
But. after pushing valiently for a log while -
no go! The baby's head pressing on the
cervix caused much swelling (oedema).
The Anglo/Filipino baby was too big for her
Filipina pelvic hole. We were told that this
often happens in Caucasian/Filipino marriages.
The obstetrician gave us the choice of
resting for an hour to let the swelling subside before re-trying
or he could perform a caesarian section.
If we waited she might develop eclampsia
which was threatening. We asked about the
operation and he listed the possible adverse
effects. They were those of any other
We opted for the caesar!Preparing Grace for her caesar.
One midwife (back to camera)
watches the trace from the
foetal monitor while the other
gives a little trim. There is an
intravenous infusion entering
Grace's L. arm. In her back is
the epidural tube delivering the
anaesthetic which numbs the
pelvis and legs. Grace is
pressing the button to the
epidural pump to self-administer
a booster of anaesthetic. Grace on return to her birth suite.
She'd had a general anaesthetic contrary to our
intentions of receiving the operation under
epidural. This in spite of the obstetrician talking
us into the latter. The arrogant anaesthetist
gave a general. (complaints are pending!)
Blaise Paxton, our new baby,
is by her side. When she was
roused, a wide, drugged smile
split her face as she laboriously
stroked his face. Then back to
Blaise hits 2 weeks. Sucking to overflow.
Sleep, cry, wake....etc. All systems go!!
October 2002 at 7 months
Balise now thinks that it was all good fun!