Before I share Greyson's birth story, I'll give you a little bit of history by sharing by sharing Finn's story...
December 29, 2014, I was 39 weeks 5 days pregnant. I went to my weekly check up appointment, when my OB suggested I get an ultrasound to check Finns weight. After the ultrasound tech estimated him to be 10 pounds 1 ounce, my OB asked when I wanted to schedule a c-section. Completely furious that she would even suggest such a thing, I told her that I absolutely did not want to schedule a c-section, and that I should at least be allowed to labor. She was hesitant and said how I would not be able to birth a 10 pound baby vaginally, then proceeded to tell me that if she allowed me to stay pregnant any longer I would most likely end up with a stillborn and said I would need to admit myself to the hospital that night for an induction. So that night I admitted myself to the hospital. First, the nurse inserted Cervidil into my cervix, then the next morning at 6 AM I started receiving Pitocin and around 4 PM I received an epidural. Around 8 AM on December 31, 2014 my OB came to tell me that she was taking me in for a c-section for failure to progress. At that point I was exhausted, hungry, in pain, and didn’t have much fight in me to argue with her. 9:32 AM we welcomed Finn Asher Wallace via c-section. He was 10 pounds and 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Flash forward 3 months, on April 11, 2015, my husband and I woke up to every parents worst nightmare. Finn was unresponsive and not breathing, after many hours in the emergency room we were told our sweet boy had passed away. Not having Finn made me feel so empty, my husband and I wanted another baby desperately, so we started trying to conceive at the beginning of May. Here’s where Greyson’s story begins….
July 17, 2015, it was my niece’s birthday, I was feeling especially irritable, my cycle was due the next day so I assumed I was just PMSing. July 21st, my cycle had not started so I bought a home pregnancy test and it was POSITIVE!!! I felt happy, sad, surprised, scared…. All I could do was cry, and I didn’t understand why, I mean this is what I wanted right?!? To say his pregnancy was difficult is an understatement, it was hard physically and emotionally. My first prenatal appointment was with the doctor that delivered Finn, when I brought up a VBAC she said she would allow a VBAC if I maintained my weight gain, didn’t develop pre-eclampsia, baby was a “normal” weight, and I went into labor on my own before 40 weeks. She obviously wasn’t supportive of a VBAC so I wasn’t taking my chances, and started looking for another doctor. At the same time, I started looking into hiring a doula. I met with Katy and Kayla when I was only 9 weeks along and immediately felt comfortable with them, and knew that I wanted them as my doulas. I found a doctor that came highly recommended, and was known to be very VBAC supportive. She was supportive until 33 weeks, when she requested an ultrasound and said she would feel more comfortable if I scheduled a repeat c-section because of Greysons size. I called Katy and told her the news and how bummed I was, I felt so defeated and didn’t even have the energy to meet with another doctor. I just accepted the fact that I would have to have another c-section. A few days later, a good friend called me and encouraged me to get another opinion and reminded me of how badly I wanted a medication free vaginal birth. So I scheduled an appointment with yet another doctor and was hopeful that I may still have a shot at a VBAC. My new doctor took into consideration what I wanted, and said that I could have a trial of labor, but that he did not recommend it. Instead of risking Greyson possibly having shoulder dystocia, I went ahead and scheduled a c-section.
March 30, 2016, my husband and I arrived at the hospital at 5 AM. Katy and Kari were there to meet us and we went to labor and delivery where I was admitted to start the process for my c-section. After about 30 minutes and 3 different nurses, they finally found a vein to give me an IV, and started giving me fluids. I was very nervous, so Katy diffused some oils to relax me, and reminded me that we would be meeting my sweet baby very soon! Around 7:45 AM I was brought to the operating room and waited for what seemed like forever to receive my epidural. Once I was numb, Michael, Katy, and Kari were allowed in the room. Mike and Katy held my hand the entire time, and at 8:31 AM Greyson was born!! He was 10 pounds and 6 ounces and 20.25 inches long. I didn’t get immediate skin to skin like I wanted but he never left the operating room and was placed on my chest before we left the OR. When we got to the recovery room, he latched on within a few minutes. Even though I had to get another c-section, the epidural hurt a little more, and the recovery took a little longer, it was such a redeeming birth. I was surrounded by love and support, and had a perfectly healthy chunky baby boy!!