It took another couple of hours to get from 7cm to 9cm. Those were very intense contractions that required a lot of focus and knowing that it would eventually pass. After reaching 9cm, there was still a little bit of cervix left preventing me from being able to push. I had to start suppressing the pushes until Dr. Lerner came in and told me that I had finally reached 10cm at 1pm Thursday afternoon. For three hours, I pushed. The nurse and doctor both showed James and my mom the baby's head and the fact that there was dark hair on it! At about 2pm, my nurse explained to me that the head was not passing the pubic bone. She said that with the first push, the baby would rock forward then the second push would rock back and with the third push was supposed to push further forward and stay in that position. My baby was going forward again but not staying in the position but would rather go back to the original position, basically just tetter-tottering around my pubic bone. She told me that I need to push really hard past that area, we concentrated on doing that. At 4pm, Dr. Lerner came in the room and stayed for each contraction. After about 4 rounds of pushes, he hit me with the news. He usually only allows women to push for two hours, especially without an epidural this should be plenty of time. He allowed me to push longer in hopes that there would be progress but even with my "perfect pushes", we were getting nowhere. I had to have a c-section and, because of my low platelets, it was determined that I be put on general anesthesia and be put under.
It's amazing throughout this entire experience how faithful God has been. He protected me and my child through birth. He allowed me to experience child labor and the difficulties that come with it, allowing me to see that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Though the situation was not optimal, I still feel a sense of invigoration that I tried so hard and it was only through the strength of God that I was so calm and confident throughout the experience. And, of course, I have the most precious blessing as a result!
Jude Ellis James Likeness was born May 3, 2012 at 4:47pm weighing 8lbs 11oz, 21.75 inches
More pictures of Jude on my friend's blog: You Remind Me of Home