Dili let me know she was in labor early in the morning by talking to me and by midday she had stringy discharge so I knew it was going to happen soon. My friend Jaya came over again to assist in the birth as she had been invaluable in the last birthings that had been so difficult. Little did we know this was going to be another tough one!
She seemed to get down to business early in the afternoon but although she seemed to be trying to push, nothing was happening. So after watching her do this for about an hour, we decided to check to see if her cervix was dilated. What we found was a partially dilated cervix. But after going in there to feel, she started to really yell and push. After about 30 minutes a bubble appeared. Jaya felt again and said the back end of the baby was presenting but had its hocks presenting at the opening of the pelvis. The baby was stuck there. It seems there wasn't enough pressure on the cervix to dilate it properly because of this odd position the baby was in. Jaya reached in and pushing the baby forward some was able to get her back legs to come out first. When she came out though, she was extremely weak. We tried swinging her, suctioning her mouth and rubbing her vigorously but she never seemed to be able to breathe. I even tried mouth to mouth. She had her mouth open and struggled to breathe. She lived for about 10 minutes and then slipped away. We believe she was oxygen deprived during the birth as happens sometimes with butt-first breeches.
The second baby came without much fanfare although she had one leg forward and one back. and she was vigorous and strong. Shortly after that, number 3 came out easily too and was also vigorous.
We are sad to lose another baby. We had 3 sets of triplets out of 4 births but in two of the sets we lost one. Farm life can be heartbreaking but overall it is extremely rewarding.