The couple was hoping to give birth at their Arkansas home. Jill knew that there was a decent chance she could go beyond 40 weeks. But it was at 41 weeks and five days, to be exact, that her water broke at last.
Unfortunately, it touched off a series of complications that would make for a difficult labor and delivery.
Jill tested positive for group B strep, a common bacteria that a mom can transfer to a baby during birth, so she began to take a course of antibiotics intravenously.
She spent 20 hours in labor after that, and her contractions got to one minute apart. However, her labor did not progress. That's when she saw a hint of meconium and made the choice to get to the hospital for safety. She told People magazine that she was scared and praying to God.
At first, she turned down pain medication and Pitocin to speed up labor. But when 70 hours of labor had gone by, the baby moved into transverse-breech position, meaning he was upside down and sideways, and his heart rate was irregular.
That's when the couple went ahead with a cesarean section delivery, and delivered 9 pound, 10 ounce Israel into the world close to midnight.
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For all of the ways Jill's birth was scary, painful, and nerveracking—not to mention totally not what she had hoped for or expected—she has a great attitude about the experience.
"I love our birth because it bonded us so well," she said.
Making things even better, daddy Derick knows just how to help ease the adjustment while mommy's body still recovers. She said, "I still haven't changed a single diaper. Derick has been changing them all!"
I've written here before about how my own birth had some unexpected complications. But tell me: Did your birth go as planned?
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