Holly’s Birth Story

May 29, 2013

I awoke in the morning at 25 weeks 3 days to a gush of fluid and immediately went to Labor & Delivery. I was classified as high risk due to a short cervix at 21 weeks, and by this time I was already fully effaced and dilated to 1 on bed rest at home. Upon arrival at L&D it was confirmed I was leaking amniotic fluid and I was transferred an hour from home to a hospital with a NICU. The goal of my specialist was to keep Amelia put until 32 weeks, and then induce, I would stay in the hospital until her birth. I was given antibiotics and strict bed rest. 13 days later after taking a nap I had some lower back pain but they didn’t want to check me due to the risk of infection so they did a non-stress test (NST) and an ultrasound. Within minutes of the ultrasound, I was being wheeled to L&D from the high risk floor because I was dilated to 10. I wasn’t having any contractions registering on the monitors and the back pain subsided. I called my husband and told him to head to the hospital… hopefully he’d make it in time. I pushed without contractions for 35 minutes and Amelia was born (daddy missed it by just 3 minutes) at 27 weeks 2 days. Our little fighter was screaming her little head off at birth and only needed cpap for 17 days. After 72 NICU days she came home and is healthy.