A recounting of the delivery of our third child, Arwen Cassandra Choate.
Thanks to all the well-wishers out there. Mom and baby are doing great! Photos are here for those interested (nothing graphic, I promise).
April 22, 2004. 3:15 AM
Georgia wakes me up, letting me know that her water has broken. We call the doctor's office to ask if they want her to come in. They do.
We call our friends to come babysit for us.
While waiting for the babysitter, I hurriedly post to my blog.
We arrive at the hospital and check in. The parking lot is quite empty at 4 AM.
We're sent to a private birthing room. The hospital has a wireless access point, but it is encrypted and not available to the patients.
I try to get some sleep.
The doctor arrives to check Georgia. She's 2 cm dilated. Not very encouraging since she has been at 2 cm for 2 weeks now.
They start an IV of fluids in preparation for an epidural when she's further into labor. I spend a little time writing some of this down.
Georgia is doing well and having some contractions, but is still not close to delivery. She assures me I can leave to get some breakfast. McDonald's is pretty close by. I also take the opportunity to call my office and my parents to let them know things are underway.
I'm back at the hospital. They started the pitocin artificial hormone while I was away. This helps bring on labor. She was having some contractions on her own, but they were not regular enough by themselves.
The doctor arrives for another checkup. 3 cm dilated now.
Contractions are increasingly stronger, due to the pitocin mostly.
Georgia is ready for her epidural. And lets everyone in the room know that.
The doctor is present in the room and is monitoring the baby's heart rate. He is reluctant to do the epidural until the heart rate stabilizes. The baby is fine, really... this was just a precaution on his part.
Another checkup. She is now 6 cm dilated. At this point it is obvious that she is having this baby. Right now. Which means there is no time for an epidural.
Fully dilated now. Georgia pushes with everything she has. A baby is born.
And the stats:
- Weight: 9 pounds, 1 ounce (a record for us!)
- Length: 20 inches