On our way to the hospital Jamie debated whether she should call Deb. I told her “she gave you the number and encouraged you to call so you absolutely should.” We are both really glad she did. Jamie says for 3:00 AM Deb sounded incredibly awake and was super nice. Deb called the Presbyterian Labor and Delivery Triage nurse and let her know we were on our way. Throughout our stay at Labor and Delivery every nurse we spoke with said, “Oh, you are Deb’s friends.” While I am sure we would have received great care from the Labor and Delivery nurses having a connection made us feel like we were getting exceptional care.
We had learned during the Labor and Delivery course that when you begin labor you are supposed to go to Labor and Delivery to the triage room. Not sure where we would have gone otherwise, but it was nice to at least feel like we knew what we were doing. Triage confirmed that Jamie's water was broken and transferred us to a delivery room. We are not sure if it was because we knew Deb, but at 3:45 were given a very nice delivery room with an outstanding view.
|Sunrise view from our delivery room|
|Still very early in the delivery process.|
Even after the bolus we now believe that Marcie saw the writing on the wall. While Jamie suffered through increasingly painful contractions and the side effects of the magnesium Marcie strongly suggested that I visit the hospital's Subway to get a sandwich and take a break. Thinking we had plenty of time I went down and ordered a foot long sub. As soon as I had finished the first six inches my phone rang calling me back to the delivery room, Jamie was 6 centimeters dilated and they were taking her into the operating room to deliver the twins via cesarean section.
The experience of being in an operating room for delivery was intense. As explained to us during our first specialist checkup there were a lot of people in the room. The anesthesiologist and I were seated at Jamie's head. Jamie who had been given a spinal block was totally awake and able to talk. I don't remember what we talked about, but oddly I remember it was not about delivery. A curtain was drawn up to keep Jamie from seeing the procedure. Each of the twins had a team from the natal intensive care unit monitoring their vitals ready to act when they were born. Lilly was delivered at 2:19 PM and Paige with a bit of forceful tugging was delivered at 2:20 PM. When she was born Jamie was briefly shown Lilly who was then whisked to the NICU. At birth Paige had some complications and was immediately taken to the NICU before Jamie could see her. The entire procedure from spinal block to finishing took a little more than an hour with more time taken to put Jamie back together than was taken to get the girls out.
|Jamie and I in the recovery room after Jamie's cesarean section.|