Birth Story

October 25th 2017

40weeks 2 days.

Induction Day!

  • 4pm…
    • arrive at Baptist Health Richmond,
    • get checked in
    • change into my hospital gown that I brought from home! Best decision ever was bringing my own hospital gown that I ordered on amazon.
  • 6pm…
    • Come in and determine that I am at 2cm dilated and still have a ways to go.
    • Start slow drip of Pitocin
    • Insert Foley Bulb
  • 8pm…
    • Go to pee… Foley bulb falls out
    • Gina (Dr. Land) comes in and determines that  I am at 5cm
    • We up the Pitocin since I am not feeling any contractions and I am told to relax for the night and let the Pitocin work

October 26th 2017

Game Day!

  • 6am…
    • I wake up, uncomfortable with contractions and decide to pay some bills and read a book.
  • 7am…
    • Robin (midwife) comes in and informs me that she is going to break my water
    • Break my water
    • Up Pitocin
  • 7:15am…
    • Hard rocking contractions begin! No time to change into contacts from my glasses this is go time!
  • 11:30 – Noon
    • I feel like I am being split in half from back labor
    • Robin checks me…still only 5cm.
    • At this point I am contracting every 2 minutes lasting 2 minutes a piece. So absolute no break in between. Crying in exhaustion.
  • Noon
    • Robin and I have a hard conversation about the next steps it was either I get an epidural or we are going for a C-section ASAP.
    • I agree to the epidural to give my body a break
      • Bless Phil (he did the epidural) he is an angel! He walked me through everything and was gentle as a feather because he knew I was terrified of an epidural and that is why I wanted to go without one.
  • 4:00pm
    • Robin comes in to check on me
      • Holy cow we are at 9cm!
  • 5pm
    • I start to feel pushy so I call my nurse
  • 5:15pm
    • We are at 10cm! It’s Go Time!
    • Phil made sure that with the epidural I could still feel enough that I knew when to push and had movement in my feet so I was not totally numb
    • Everybody is gowned up and ready to go
    • After a few practice pushes we realize that little miss is sunny side up and needed to turn to face my back.
    • Robin felt confident leaving me with the nurses to push while she attended other patients.
  • 6:30pm
    • The Nurses can see hair!
    • Robin, and the labor team are called in!
  • 7pm
    • Still pushing but now it is shift change!
    • My labor team quickly does their update for the new team and we keep on going.
    • At this point all of my day shift nurses decided that they are going to stick with me till the end, we had been through too much for them not to see little miss born!
    • Gina (Dr. Land) who happens to be my aunt comes in pushes the nurses out of the way and coaches me the rest of the way through labor!
  • 7:28pm
    • Elena Antoinette Gautreaux makes her arrival, perfectly healthy in a room full of 12 nurses and 2 doctors cheering us on .
    • 7lbs 11oz, 20.25in long with a head full of dark curly hair
    • 2nd degree tear but didn’t even notice it.


**Was in active labor of 22hrs with actively pushing for 2hrs 28minutes. **

**Picture is Elena and I, when she was 4 days old. We had been home from the hospital for 2 days.

Momma and baby

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