Graham Thomas’s Birthday – 10/4/16

Graham Thomas Salinas was born on 10/4/16 at 2:01 pm. Here is his birth story:

As I completed my third trimester, my team of physicians kept telling me that I was going to have a big baby and that I had extra amniotic fluid, called hydramnios.  There was really no explanation as to why this pregnancy turned out this way. My gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia tests all came back normal. The last two weeks of the pregnancy they did several non-stress test(NST) that also came back as Graham was a happy and healthy ‘pudgie baby’.

September 29th appointment they did a NST and stripped my membranes. The doctor told me that I was a finger tip dilated and 50% effaced. I think statement means that I wasn’t dilated at all and she was just trying to give me some good news. She told me that she was going to strip my membranes. It didn’t really hurt. It was just pressure and slightly uncomfortable. Membranes scrapping is suppose to help get your labor going but for me it just cause me to have spotting and that is about it. The doctor explained to me that if the membrane scrapping didn’t work then I would be induced on Monday morning at 7:00 am.


Monday October 3rd we arrived at Wake Med Hospital in Cary, NC at 7:00 am. We were taken back to a room and I was told to take my clothes off and change into the hospital gown. About 30 minutes later, the nurse and doctor came in to talk to us to make sure we were all on the same page.

9:00 am they started me on an IV saline drip and gave me a pill that was called cytotec. Cytotec is suppose to help soften and dilate my cervix. The directions were to take the pill and wait four hours and re-evaluate the cervix then. Four hours later my uterus was contracting but not in any specific pattern and I couldn’t not feel the contractions. So the decision was made to not take another pill and just see how I progressed in another 4 hours.

6:20 pm doctor came in to check me and I was only dilated 1.5 cm and my cervix was now soft but still long and 50% effaced. They collaborative decision was to place a Foley catheter in my cervical canal and distend a balloon to about 3 cm to ‘help’ my cervix dilate. The procedure itself was not that uncomfortable, surprisingly!

8:00 pm The doctor decided that we should start a pitocin drip and increase the dosage every 30 minutes. I did not want to use pitocin but I really had no other choice because I was not progressing like I should! Which was so disappointing!





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