"It was the most significant day of my life"
Zama gave birth naturally with an epidural. Here's her story.
"Mikateko ("blessings") Bonolo ("simple/easy") Myambo was born at 7:50pm at Netcare Parklane Hospital... after 20 hours of labor.
Friday 12 August 2011:
40weeks pregnant. I went for the usual antenatal visit when I was told I had started to dilate. I was sent home and was to come back when contractions were frequent.
As I drove back home, the mucus plug broke and I panicked as I did not know what was happening. I called my husband, who in turn called the ambulance. I was rushed to hospital where I was told it was the early stages of labour.
Saturday 13 August 2011:
I barely slept at night with all the anxiety I felt. I woke up starving and was told my contractions were becoming stronger, but I was dilating very slowly.
Later that morning, my doctor suggested the nurse started induction at 12pm through an oxytocin drip. At around 2/3pm the contractions intensified and were very strong - I was in tears from the pain!
I read all about breathing techniques during my pregnancy, but I think all that flew out the window since as contraction came, it felt like my back was on fire. My husband tried to support me through each contraction.
At 4pm, I had an epidural, and by 6.30pm I was finally fully dilated.
I remember being pushed by the nurses to the delivery room with my husband next to me... That must have been the longest minute of my life. I was shaking, nervous, excited all at once!
After a few pushes, my princess arrived at 7.50pm via vaginal delivery (NVD), weighing 3.4kg.
It was the most significant day of my life and I always ask myself how so much pain can bring something so beautiful!
My life will never be the same again, and I thank God for my beautiful Mikateko!"