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21/02/2018 at 11:45
Hello everyone!March 2018 is around the corner, but seeing as there's already been one baby born, we thought it was time for the members of the Due in March 2018 birth club, to have your own special thread for your birth announcements.Please use it to tell us all about your labour and birth, and your first moments with your newborn – and we'll come and shower you with congratulations and this gorgeous super soft Gerri Giraffe comforter, thanks to those lovely people at Gro Store. (And if you fancy posting a picture too, we'd love that!)Good luck everyone! We can't wait to hear all about your baby's first few moments!
28/02/2018 at 11:20
Hi everyone! So since our little man arrived first i thought i’d better get going on sharing his story. I had been due on 3rd March but my waters broke themselves at 37+3. I made my way to hospital where they believed labour would most likely begin within 24hrs. This was not the case, the following day (37+4), there was no signs of anything happening so i was brought down to the delivery suite and was being prepared to begin induction on the drip. As i was being prepared (cannula in place but drip not attached), labour began and with the first contraction baby’s heart rate plummeted as the cord was around his neck. His heart rate remained low for 4 mins despite trying everything to help the situation. Very quickly, the situation had changed!! My consultant made the decision that i needed to be taken for an EM/CS. Within a matter of mins I was in theatre and we soon welcomed baby Donnchádh, our most precious Valentines Day gift, at 7lb 15oz. We are so in love with our baby boy, can’t quite believe he is finally here!! 💙😍 Since then, we are home and have settled in well!
28/02/2018 at 13:14
Ahhh, amazing story Mel!
05/03/2018 at 17:12
Hi everyone. As promised here is our pretty unique birth of our beautiful baby girl, Isabella.
Hey Hun. Hope you're ok! Just like to let you know our baby girl arrived yesterday. Isabella Winnie Donaldson arrived at 9.04pm weighing 7lb7oz. Definitely got a birth stoWe'd been snowed out of our village on Thursday by 10ft snow drifts, stayed the night at our friends and yesterday morning my waters broke in his bathroom. Went to see the midwife who said that she thought baby would arrive by the evening. So we set off in an attempt to get home. We got about half a mile from the village and had to abandon the car and go on foot across the snow drifts with me having contractions. We got home for a few hours to pick up some essentials but by 3.30pm my contractions were every 5 minutes so we set off back to the car. A JCB was clearing the road but still hadn't done all of it so I had to reclimb the drifts with regular painful contractions every 5 minutes. It was hard work walking through the drifts as it was, but eventually we got back to our 4x4 and set off.
Although I did get assessed at the birthing centre where I was only 3cm dilated but contractions were coming fast so she sent us straight up to the hospital.
We travelled 30 miles up to the hospital and arrived at half 4. We were in a side room for a little bit but then were able to use the birthing pool and gas and air and she arrived at 9.04pm!
05/03/2018 at 17:25
Oops, I clicked send before I had managed to organise it. But the major gist of our birth story is there! I'll attach some photos to this post of our adventure!!
We are both home nice and safely now and doing very well. Our roads have luckily been cleared now. We live on one of the worst hit areas of Cumbria but are all so grateful we were able to make it to the hospital and had the safe arrival of our little girl.
05/03/2018 at 17:37
Samanthajanex, WHAT A STORY!!! Just wow! Did you ever think you wouldn't make it? Were you cool and calm or freaking out? And Isabella is gorgeous, well done!
06/03/2018 at 01:13
Thabks Danielle! It's certainly one to be telling her when she's older. None of the midwives could believe our journey into the hospital. I'd like to think that I was quite calm, I knew I had no choice but to carry on so our girl could arrive safely. I think I let everyone else do the worrying, including neighbours carrying our bags and baby seat for us! I knew we would make it, I had every faith in my partner to get me to where I needed to be!!
09/03/2018 at 12:02
Lovely birth story mel! And wow what a unique birth story from you Samanthajane! Congratulations again ladies 🎉👶🏻
My due date was 07/03/18 but our darling daughter Isla arrived 13 days early on the 24/02/18 💗 Here is my birth story...
On Friday 23rd February, I realised I hadn't felt any fetal movements since 7/8am that morning. I tried all the things to get her moving that usually worked but still nothing. So at 6:30pm that evening, OH and I arrived at maternity triage with concerns for reduced fetal movement. At 8pm I was given a bay on the triage ward and assessed. My lower back pain at this point was excruciating and the midwife explained that this was because the baby was back to back and her head would be pressing against my spine and nerves. She also said that it sounds like I'm having a slow approaching back labour. FHR was good and my obs were normal. The doctor came at about midnight and checked my cervix. To my surprise I was 2-3cm dilated and almost completely effaced... so she gave me a sweep, scanned baby and said there was good fluid around her and she was ready... the doctor asked if I wanted her to break my waters but we agreed that we'd see if I went on my own over night. Nothing progressed so at around 4pm the next day (24th February) i was taken down to labour ward and given my room. I'm not completely sure of the time the doctor broke my waters but I think it was around 5pm... around 30 minutes later I began to contract every 4-5 minutes lasting about 45 seconds. The pain was moderate but definitely progressing with each contraction... After a further 15 minutes my contractions started to get unbearable, coming every 2-3 minutes and lasting for 1 to 1 and a half minutes. At this point I started using gas and air. At around 9-9:30pm my cervix was assessed and I was 5cm and considered to be in "active labour". Contractions at this point got so unbearable I screamed and screamed for the epidural. The anaesthetist arrived what felt like hours later and began to discuss the rules and regulations. By then I was having the worst contractions and just needed him to get the epidural in... so he preps my back, I'm on the edge of the bed waiting and he gets a call from A&E for an emergency as someone was in critical condition 😭 he tells me he's very sorry and has to leave right as I'm in the peak of a contraction and I just sobbed and screamed in disbelief. Then the contractions jumped up another level and my body started to bare down with pressure. I told the mw "I need a #2 and that I need that man to come back now!" By now I began to lose control of the pain and had a few out of body experiences where I didn't feel I was present. There was no relief from the pain and it was just getting worse with every contraction. The mw explained that I could be close as I kept telling her I really need to #2, bearing in mind I was still having a back to back labour. She checked me again and said there was still a bit of cervix there but I couldn't stop my body pushing. It was like I didn't own my body in that moment of time, it completely took control and started forcing the baby down into the birth canal. The mw said push when you feel the urge so at around 10:45pm I started actively pushing. The mw started to see her crowning and the pain had gone up to a whole new level. I struggled to keep control and deliver her head and the ring of fire was totally real! I was losing control of the pain more and more and the emergency button was pressed as baby went from nice and pink to turning blue fast. This meant she wasn't getting oxygen whilst compressed in the birth canal. The mw said very firmly and was pretty much shouting over me "you need to push now. You have to get her out now! Right now", so I pushed and I pushed with every ounce of strength I had left and at 10:55pm our beautiful daughter was born. I have never EVER in my entire life felt so proud of myself. I laboured and gave birth with no pain relief (except gas and air) and the whole labour took only 5 hours! I had no tares, just a tiny graze and no postpartum haemorrhage this time round so was super pleased. We left the delivery room a few hours after and went down to the postnatal ward where we stayed the night then went home the next day.
Our beautiful Isla
24/02/18, 10:55pm, 7.7lbs, 48cm and absolutely perfect! 😍
10/03/2018 at 12:38
Amelia Joy born on 7th March 2018 at 5pm weighing 8lb9oz 💗
We had our routine growth scan on Monday 5th at 39 weeks due to my bmi being low early in pregnancy. They identified that baby's growth had slowed as she was previously tracking above the chart for weight but was now around the 50th percentile line. They also tested me for obstetric cholestasis as I had persistent intense itching and found I was positive for that. Therefore the decision was made to book me in for induction on Wednesday 7th March and give me a sweep there and then.
On Tuesday evening I began loosing my mucus plug then around 3am I started getting contractions. When we got to the hospital for induction the contractions were about 10 mins apart so they put me on the monitor to check baby then examined me and found I was 2-3cm so didn't need pessaries and so just broke my waters around 11am. The contractions started getting more intense but at 1:30pm I was still only 4-5cm. They allowed me 2 more hours to try and progress before they planned to start the drip. After about 1 hour the contractions were pretty intense so I asked for some codeine and gas and air. Baby's heart rate started to drop a little so the midwife asked me to lie on my side and the pain level shot through the roof! I wasn't due to be examined for another 20mins but they decided to check early and found I'd gone from 4-5cm to fully dilated in an hour and a half! They told me to wait an hour then we would start pushing but after about 20mins my body started to push and I couldn't stop it. At 5pm on the dot Amelia made her appearance at 8lb9oz (her brother was 7lb!!)
She came out with her hand over her face which the midwife said was a first for her but unfortunately it meant I suffered quite a bad tear due to the irregular shape as I pushed her out! The doctors were stitching me for an hour and a half!!! And I kept clotting so they were intervening with other things too. It's safe to say that hour and a half was more painful than the entire labour and birth!!!! But luckily I was allowed skin to skin with baby the entire time.
We are now still waiting on her scan to check the ventriculomegaly that was picked up on a scan but the hospital have messed us around :(
We are finally enjoying home life as a family of 4 awaiting further news :)
11/03/2018 at 08:27
I'm getting goose bumps just reading these stories! Congrats ladies xxxx
12/03/2018 at 12:09
Amazing birth stories so far! Just magic! Please do pop me a PM with your name and address so we can send your birth gift.
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