Birth Time Line

6:45 a.m.

Woke up

7:45 a.m.

Left the house

7:50 a.m.

Arrive at Admitting and St. Catharines General Hospital

8:05 a.m.

In Labour and Delivery Room 3 (LDR 3)

8:20 a.m.

Loraine (the nurse) came in to do some paperwork

8:30 a.m.

Started monitoring

8:35 a.m.

Since Lisa didn’t have breakfast, they found an extra tray and gave her breakfast

8:55 a.m.

Loraine tried twice on Lisa’s left arm to insert the IV but was unsuccessful.

9:10 a.m.

Nurse Susan came in and successfully inserted the IV in her right hand

For the next 1.5 hours, monitoring showed that the baby’s heart rate fluctuated from 130 – 160 bpm and her uterine activity went as low as 2 and as high as 60, with the average being 20-25

10:35 a.m.

Dr. Nowicki broke the water. He said that she was 2-3 cm fully effaced

Within a few minutes, stronger contractions started. They increased in pain and frequency lastly 20-25 seconds each

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Very painful contractions felt mainly in Lisa’s back about 1-2 minutes apart

12:30 p.m.

They had been raising the level of Oxytocin by 4 every 15 minutes. It got as high as 28, but the contractions were too frequent so it was lowered to 24. The contractions slowed down to every 2 minutes

1:20 p.m.

Lisa said she was very tired and wanted to fall asleep

1:45 p.m.

Decided to get shot of Nubane/Gravol. It could take 20 minutes before she felt relief. We were also given a pamphlet about epidurals so we could think about it.

2:05 p.m.

Dr. Nowicki examined her and said that she was 4 cm. He thinks that this next phase of labour will go faster.

2:30 p.m.

Lisa said that the pain was much easier to handle now that the Nubane shot had taken effect.

3:00 p.m.

Lisa thinks peaks are lasting longer

4:10 p.m.

Loraine examined Lisa and said that she was 5 – 6 cm.  The right side of her cervix was not as soft as the left side. Loraine asked her to lie on her left side.

4:15 p.m.

The pain became unbearable lying on her left side and Lisa asked for an epidural. She also said she had the urge to push. Loraine called for the anaesthetist but he was busy, so she called the second on call. It would take 15 minutes for him to get to the hospital.

4:35 p.m.

Lisa said the contractions were much more painful when on her left side and she felt the need to push. Loraine examined her again and said that she was fully dilated so the epidural wasn’t an option

4:45 p.m.

Dr. Nowicki was called and he is on his way

4:53 p.m.

Dr. Nowicki popped his head into the room to say he was there and was going to get changed

4:58 p.m.

Dr. Nowicki in the room

5:02 p.m.

A small episiotomy was done

5:05 p.m.


Andrew Graham Wing
July 27, 2002 – 5:05 p.m.
53.5 cm / 21 inches long
35 cm chest
3.808 kg / 8 lb 6.3 oz

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