I look forward to reading LRD everyday and I too would like to share my labour room drama.
ACT 1 SCENE 1
I had finished shopping and was going back home around 4pm when suddenly I start to piss for body. Chineke!!! See shame as my water broke at underground the train station just as I was waiting for my train. The oyinbo elderly lady beside me screamed. This lady needs an ambulance, baby is about to pop. Somebody help. Quickly, they gathered me and out of shame I begin form pains o even though I wasn’t in any form of pain yet. Na so I dey hear “breathe, give her some space”. I begin shout say I need to use the bathroom. One female cleaner for train station come carry me go toilet say make I dey patient say dem go call ambulance for me. Then I remembered my host saying how ambulance service is very expensive if you are paying out of pocket I told her not to worry that I am not in pains yet and I would find my way to the hospital myself.
ACT 1 SCENE 2
I arrived home safely, got my almost empty suitcase ready and called me a cab to take me to the hospital. 6.15pm got to the hospital, While waiting at the reception to be checked into the labour ward more water started gushing out again. Shortly I was given a room and robe to change into. Then the IV specialist came to set the line ( I have got tricky veins) because I still wasn’t feeling pains I decided to lay down and get some sleep as night sef don reach. A very sharp/strong pain woke me up. I got up check time 12:02am I just said a quick prayer and decided to call naija as I was sure my mum would be awake (super early riser). Mummy I de labour o… Mum: and you still fit call? Have you prayed? Have you called your husband? Who is there with you? Hope you did not eat anything? Are you having fever? Remember how I taught you to push?
Hundred questions at once (bless her soul) Me: Nma calm down no de panic me, na you I first call when day break help me spread the gospel. I will call you later.
ACT 2 SCENE 1
The pain slowly progressed I was taking it in feeling like a strong naija girl. Around 4am I couldn’t take it anymore I started to scream Jesusssssssss ooooo. The mid wife would come and “check”and say 4cm by 7am the doctor came round checked and said 6cm. By this time I was in terrible pain, indescribable, unimaginable, lord have mercy I was speaking igbo to the oyibo nurses. Chimooooooo, melum ebere etc.
One of the mid wives came round to ask if I would change my mind about epidural(extra 1,000 dollars o) before it became too late. Madam what do you mean by too late? She offered to rub my back while explaining ( they were really nice). I agreed to the epidural (make I no go die abeg) after I was given the shot, I felt a calm, warm sensation almost immediately. No more pain, couldn’t feel my legs. Wow!!!! I lay down was connected to orishirishi machines. Sleep wan begin carry me sef. 10am mid wife checked again still 6cm!!!!! Kilode??? She took the intercom in my room buzzed the doctor he came, checked again 6cm!!!!! Mogbe???? Whatta gwan??? Doctor face midwife talk small, check computer wey dem plug for my body, come face me.
Ma’am your baby is tired and almost in distressed you will be prepped for emergency C section. The nurse brought some paper work for me to sign since I was all alone. My heart went gbam!!!!.......
ACT 2 SCENE 2
Hello Nma (calling my mum): Nma pray for me o dem wan do me operation……
My mum: Heeeeee.. Chineke!!!!! Why, what happened to the baby? Can you not push? Are you bleeding? God why me?
Me: Nma calm down make I talk I de weak and I am scared. Please pray for me and spread the gospel.
My mum: which useless gospel? Eewwooooo. What do I do now? Ok let me pray. Mother mary is with you, Jesus is with you, you are not alone, the joy of the Lord is your strength. I hang up
Hubby: Hello dear nma told me what is going on. Why cant you talk to me? Why are stressing that woman? You want her bp to go up?
Me: Ehn... So you care about my mother more than me? Don’t call my number again.. Rubbish!!... I hang up
Act 3 SCENE 1
I was wheeled in to the veeeery bright theatre given a few more shots. The elderly and friendly midwife and a nursing assistant(I think) were by my side gisting with me asking the names I picked out for my baby. When I told them the doctor says wow that’s a lovely name, can you feel anything? I said no just pressure. The doctors says good count to 20 slowly for me. I started counting and almost at 18 he pulls up my baby for me to see and SHE cried. Another doctor took the baby away and at this point I started feeling a little pain and I immediately told the doctor. He looked alarmed and shouted an instruction which the anesthesiologist carried out promptly. I must have been put to sleep as I woke in recovery feeling quite woozy. My whole body itched.
ACT 3 SCENE 2 (FINAL)
I was wheeled into my room and baby brought in later already dressed, fed, swaddled and happy.
I checked my phone and saw almost 30 missed calls
Me: Nma I don born
My mum: Heeeeee praise God. Chineke daluuu. Why didn’t you pick your call since? You want to kill me? Her name will be Chizaramoku.
My Zara will be 4 next week.
Thanks for reading. Continue to rest in peace my dear mother.