If you need to catch up, Ainsley, Part I
While Jess was in the hospital she was given more steroids for the baby’s lungs and magnesium sulfate to stop labor until the steroids could take effect. At 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday Jessica started having contractions. She didn’t think anything of them because she had been having contractions off and on pretty regularly. However, the nurses said it was time. Jess was nervous because Jason was over an hour away. They called and Jason didn’t answer the first time and Jess started to spazz a little. However, he called back right away and by 2:30 p.m. Jess had been given an epidural and Jason arrived.
At about 9:00 p.m. she wasn’t really progressing so they gave her Pitocin (also called Oxytocin). At this point Jess was worried about being sent home because labor had stalled out. She was also exhausted from being in the hospital and not sleeping well for three days. On top of this, as delivery got closer, more and more people came into the room to observe.
Apparently partial placenta abruption is very rare so all the medical staff was super excited to see her placenta. I am sure she was thrilled by her large audience. I know I will be delivering with an OB, a neonatologist, two neonatal nurses, and I believe some O.R. nurses in the room, but I am prepared for that. I don’t think Jess was expecting to be the star of a show. Jess and Jason decided not to find out the gender of the baby. So not only was this a delivery at a different hospital, 8 weeks earlier than anticipated, with an audience of doctors and nurses, they were still waiting to find out boy or girl.
The medical staff had prepped Jess and Jason for the baby to come out unable to breathe on its own. It would be taken directly to the NICU. Well, Ainsley Rose surprised everyone by coming out screaming at 3:56 a.m. Jess got to hold her for several minutes before she was taken to the NICU.