Antibiotics at Birth

We were trying to have an at home birth.  Water broke at 2:00a  and no real contractions for 7 hours.  My mid-wife decided to herbally induce me.  She said that protocol says the baby needs to be here w/in 24 hours of water breaking.  After several yucky doses of parsley tea (DO NOT DO THIS W/O SUPERVISION OF MID-WIFE OR DOCTOR), contractions began really hard.  This was the case for many hours but I was not effaced and after a while the contractions began to wain.  Finally, at 1:30a we decided that it was best to go to the hospital.  That was not what we wanted, but we also didn’t know any better.  We arrive and have a GREAT hospital visit – until later.  I am given pitocin (sp) and an epidural.  The thing I did not want from the beginning.  That is what they were telling me was what I needed for the health of the baby. (In a moment I’ll let you know what I have learned since)  I also was hooked up to antibiotics. Through out the course of the day I would have about 4 litres.  (It’s funny to me how having a baby is more like a disease than a natural process today)

I had one nurse who was sure I needed to push to see if I could on an epidural.  Well, that’s all she wrote.   My cervix would not efface and I was doomed for a c-section.  I had one and had a wonderful baby boy out of the whole ordeal.  The after surgery care was exceptional in the hospital.

We got home and soon after we both had a systemic yeast infection.  Thrush, vaginal, genital, breast-feeding, etc.  It was horrid.  We had no idea that it “happens sometimes.”  Well, if it just happens then it just goes away.  I am here to tell you NO IT DOESN’T.

He was sick off and on while I was nursing him.  Because of the yeast infection nursing was a major problem.  It blocks the milk production.  I nursed him for just shy of a year.  But we started supplementing very early on.  He was unusually hungry and I was not producing enough.  (Both signs of yeast hunger is because he was not being able to digest anything well) I wish I would have known about formula alternatives then.  They say ignorance is bliss, I beg to differ.

After I stopped breastfeeding, and he stopped getting the anti-bodies from me, he became more severely sick.  He would be sick for 4 to 6 weeks and well for 2 weeks.

Then we went to my in-laws for Christmas, as we do.  She always makes fresh bread.  She does it w/ finesse that she made me want to do it.  She did it w/ white, and I was doing it w/ wheat so I made MANY door stopper loafs.  Finally, I started making something edible, and actually wonderful and made it so often, that Dillon was so severely sick, we had to figure out what was triggering it.  We realized it was the yeast in the fresh dough.  Sadness, because I was really enjoying making bread.  But his health was much more worth my time then a new hobby of bread.   So then, we jumped into an anti-yeast diet.  We really relied on

Wow what a difference.  He is now a healthy, active, young boy.  A few months later, in our ignorance we thought we were done w/ this whole thing.  So we had some fresh pizza from “Papa Murphy’s” (we really miss this place).  YIKES!! 5 hours later he had the absolute reaction ever!!! That was crazy!! We have since learned that we may never really be “done.”

To update the information about the birthing process.

First, its ok for water to break.  After my experience, I was talking to a very close friend.  She told me that when her mother was pregnant w/ her, that the water at three months prego.  That was call for abortion said the dr.  Her mother was not going to the doctor to terminate the pregnancy, she just needed help in knowing what to do and he gave her no more than “good luck.”  Six months later my best friend was born.  She is a mother of 3 w/ 12 years of marriage and went to college at TAMU.  That is pretty impressive for someone who was suppose to be debilitated from this “traumatic” situation.  I am not suggesting that you don’t seek help, and monitor the pregnancy, but I am saying there is more to life than protocol.  If I had to do it over, I would not be induced, I would monitor the baby carefully and I would wait until my body was ready.  When I decided to go to the hospital, I would not have allowed antibiotics.  1/10 of 1% of babies that are born from mothers whose water broke get an infection that is easily treated after the baby is borne w/ much less intense antibiotics.  I also would have declined the c-section.  I asked my ob/gyn afterwards and she even said it was not necessary but it was what she suggested.  I could have declined and she would have stood by my decision.  We were not thinking clearly after 43.5 hours of labor.

Also never, ever push unless it is time.  THAT WAS STUPID!!!

He grew and is very smart and a joy to be around today!!  But not w/o much agony!!

Read, learn and be in-charge of your health.

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