Arrived at hospital. Filled out paper work and moved into room. Contractions slowed way down during car ride, I guess due to being stationary instead of moving around.
Hooked up for 1st session of intermittent monitoring and BP check. Baby doing great.
My doula prepped me to try and get some sleep. You could always tell when I was having a contraction as I gripped the bed rail.
She then asked me if I would be willing to sign a consent for a c-section just in case we ended up in any kind of emergency. While baby's heartbeat was fine, if it dropped down and didn't come back up, they would need to go straight to c-section. I signed and then anesthesia came to talk to me about pain management for a c-section. He said that my current epidural would be used, but if it did not provide the pain relief needed, they would have to put me under. I asked him how long an epidural should last and he said it should last the entire labor/delivery. Considering that the epidural has already failed 2 times and has no effect on my girl part/cervix area, having to be put under and missing the birth of this baby was a very real possibility. I became very determined to do whatever it took to help get this baby out vaginally as long as he was in no distress.
I had been stuck lying flat on my back, so I asked if we could move the bed into a supported squat position to see if that helps. She said absolutely.
Kerry asked what we needed to be believing for and the midwife said for his head to turn and descend. She also said that while baby is doing good, we don't know what his threshold is. He's getting tired and not loving the Pitocin. When the Pitocin gets to a certain level, they have to turn it down. That doesn't surprise me since Pitocin contractions are much harder on mom and baby than natural contractions. We asked if it's risky to continue on and she said they would watch him closely and let us know if they start to see heart decels. She then said when your water breaks and there's no real active labor, that's a hard thing to get back from and that medical intervention just doesn't do as good as the body does naturally.
Pitocin bumped down to 4 units.
Monitor - Baby's heartbeat at the top and my contractions at the bottom: