The day she was born was an interesting one. We had a planned c-section scheduled for mid-morning (so we were at the hospital by 8am). But due to factors outside of the hospital’s control, we were bumped many times. It was a long and painful day.
First, there was the woman with the triplets that decided to arrive early (the triplets decided, not the new mom!). Then, we found out that one of the ORs had some sort of power failure that put it out of service. Asa result, the delivery ward’s OR had to take overflow.
Finally, there were complications with some other patients. I recall hearing the term “code omega” over the PA a few times in the early evening. I found out that meant a life threatening blood loss was occurring. Shortly after, I heard a man on the phone in the hall outside our room. He was saying how his wife’s internal bleeding after delivery went unnoticed and she nearly died. He was explaining how it was the best day (their first child was born) and worst day (nearly losing his wife) of his life. I can understand why we weren’t a priority at that point.
With all of these things happening, we ended up having a delivery just after midnight, over 16 hours after we arrived. While this is nowhere near a record-breaker for delivery time, it was certainly unexpected since it was supposed to be a “planned” c-section at a set time.