Melbourne Birth Photographer – The Birth of Hadley Rose
A birth story
A massive thank you to my beautiful Melbourne Mum for sharing her amazing story of her journey with Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Intrahepatic Cholestasis.
As I sit here looking down at my daughter I think about the tremendous emotional and physical journey it took to get her here safely.
I found out I was pregnant with Hadley on February 8th 2017. I was a day late and honestly didn’t think I was pregnant but had a leftover test and decided to use it.
The pregnant result flashed up on the window, my heart raced and all I felt was sick. My eldest daughter was only 5 months old and the horrendous pregnancy I had with her had me extremely scared to do it again. I suffered horribly with Hyperemesis Gravidarum with Lola from 5 weeks right up until she was 5 weeks old. HG is a severe form of excessive vomiting in pregnancy and it is so often misdiagnosed and misunderstood or taken seriously.
After losing more than 10% of my body weight and 22 hospitalisations with Lola was very anxious as to whether it would happen again as I never had it when I was pregnant with my first, my son Jakoby. After dropping him off at school, I drove straight to my doctor who confirmed I was pregnant and I then proceeded to ask for scripts for anti emetics in case the dreaded HG arrived again.
Three days later I was stuck bedridden unable to stop vomiting.
I had 3 hospital trips for medication and IV fluids to rehydrate me by 10 weeks and it was a few days after we found out I was carrying a little girl. Seems for me girls are trouble!! We were excited to have another little girl and Jakoby was thrilled to have another baby sister to protect. The next few months were hell, managing a 6 year old, a 6 month old and constantly being sick with numerous hospital trips wasn’t easy but Im glad I had the support of my partner Justin, without him I wouldn’t have coped.
Around 22 weeks I was given a finish line in the form of an induction at 38 weeks. Having an end point gave me something to focus on and count down to. Things got worse about 30 weeks when I started itching and the doctors sent off bloods which came back positive for Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) that I also had with Lola. This meant a 37 week induction and while I was happy my hell of pregnancy would finish sooner, I was worried for my baby.
Towards the end my usual active baby stopped moving as much and spent a fair few hours with no movement at all. I spent a few weeks having twice weekly monitoring to check the her health. At 36 weeks I was admitted to hospital for reduced fetal movement and was told to prepare for the birth of my daughter before the end of the week. Because I was only 36 weeks they wanted to get me to 37 weeks if they could but there was one more problem, she was breech.
After having 2 easy natural births previously, the thought of a cesarean scared me. Having those extra days may just give her the time to turn I hoped, as both my other children had turned late in pregnancy. I had steroid injections on board to help her lungs and everyday I woke wondering if this was the day. Wednesday the 20th September my OB informed me my liver blood results had worsened again overnight and she would try to fit me in to have my baby that day. They scanned me again to find she was still breech which meant a cesarean. My heart raced at the thought of it as I wasn’t mentally prepared enough. Are we ever really though??
My OB came back saying theatre was super busy but had booked me in for the next day. Phew. I had 24 hours to put my big girl panties on and get myself mentally prepared to meet the little darling who had caused me so much grief and that I was having major surgery to meet her. I didn’t sleep much that night, too much going through my mind making me restless. I woke the next morning to a beautiful sunny day and I remember saying to myself ‘what a beautiful day to meet my baby’. My mum arrived, all excited and anxious whilst trying to be a calming presence for me. Jade then arrived and we went down to the gardens to take some last minute photos of my belly before we met who was inside it.
Justin and my student midwife arrived as well just before the midwife looking after me got me gowned up and all prepped for surgery. The wait to be called seemed like forever but also so quick. Finally at about 2pm they came and walked me down to theatre. I kissed my mum goodbye as she wished me luck and Jade gave me a reassuring hug that all would be fine. This was my moment. This was my time to meet my baby. I was taken in after leaving Justin and met with the anaesthetist team who were fantastic at making me forget how incredibly scared I was. After a few tears I was taken in and given an epidural which, may I add, took forever to get me numb. Then Justin was bought in. He gripped my hand tight and before we knew it, the midwife told me our little girl was about to be born. At 4:13pm after some pressure and tugging, the curtain was dropped as I saw my beautiful girl Hadley Rose be lifted from my stomach, screaming at the top of her lungs. I cried and Justin kissed my head before following her over to the table where they were checking her out.
They brought her over to me and placed her on my chest. I was in absolute awe that she was here at last. I made it to recovery and Hadley was again placed on my chest where I gave her her first feed. I am grateful to have the photos I do as I don’t really remember it. After being taken up to the ward it was a while before Hadley was released from special care where she was being checked over as she was technically premie. My mum was anxious to know her name and to meet her new granddaughter as was Jakoby who had come in very excited for his first cuddle. Lola however was far from impressed, crying as she met her new sister. Jade was there as well, capturing our first moments as a family of 5, which I am very thankful to have as I was so exhausted I don’t remember much of it.
Thankfully, that day was the last time I had vomited since feb 11th.The Hyperemesis Gravidarum was gone and I was able to begin recovery and enjoy my new baby girl. Hadley Rose has completed our family and while I went to hell and back to get her and no amount of money could make me do this again, I wouldn’t change her for the world.
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