The Progression - Chapter 19

Pam didn’t progress very much that night.  She was still in labor but not very hard at all.  The next morning they decided to start giving her pitocin to really start the labor process.  Pam also decided that she would like to have an epidural to take away the pain.  They said normally that they would not start it this early, but since we knew that the Ashley would not survive, they said they would go ahead and put it in.

I decided to go down the hall and wait because I am very squeamish when it comes to needles and blood.  I don’t go for them at all.  I understand that they missed the first time and went farther than they are supposed to go.  However, they got it in the second time and after about a half hour Pam no longer felt any pain.  This sure was a blessing to us.  When Pam looks back on the experience she has said more than once that she is glad that she didn’t feel any physical pain.  That might have kept here from having children in the future.  She would have gone through this whole process with nothing to hold after being done.

Lessons Learned

  • If your baby will be born with no brain, the process of delivery is not very much different from that of a baby that is well.
  • If you are acquainted with someone whose baby is anencephalic, please try to meet their needs when they are in the hospital.  Let them direct you though on what they need or don’t need.
  • Bible Promise: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5