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28/05/2013 at 21:54
Sophie’s birth story - one of the 18th April sweepstake babies!
Summary of #1, laboured at home, wanted a home birth, I was back to back,got stuck so I got blue lighted into hospital, failed epidural, threatened with suction and forceps, episiotomy and generally horrid delivery and they were so rough when throwing me onto my side as her heartbeat went so low that I got a shoulder injury meaning I couldn’t hold my baby properly for the first 10 weeks of her life. So this time I wanted it to be very different but I was prepared to have as many drugs as possible!!
40+5 saw midwife and had a sweep and she declared that I was unfavourable so I went home and sulked and made H perform MU. I was resigned to the fact that there were going to be a couple of queue jumpers in Bluewater and Hep!
40+6 started to get twinges at 9 a.m. but ignored them as I thought it might be a false alarm as I had been having twinges at bedtime for the last few nights.
We got ready and took I out to soft play at kickboxing. Everyone was asking if I had had any twinges and I said no as I didn’t want everyone to know. I just chatted normally through them even taking a call and booking my induction for the following week!!
Afterwards we headed to the supermarket to get some provisions and I had a contraction in the car park so H popped in and said I should stay in the car and cancel a friend who was due to visit. I sat in the car pondering whether I needed to cancel or not for a false alarm. Denial, moi?
We went home and sorted lunch as I was starving and I had a couple more contractions, I went into the kitchen to have them as didn’t want to stress I out. This was obviously not a false alarm!!! We called MIL to come over to look after I, put the Tens on around 1 and put I down for her nap. MIL came over around 1.30 p.m. and I sat and bounced on my ball grabbing H’s hand for each contraction which was totally different as with I I wanted to be left alone, DO NOT TOUCH ME!
During the contractions I was holding H’s hand and just going into myself ignoring everything and pressing the Tens and the contraction counter on my phone. At one point MIL started talking about pork chops, do not laugh during a contraction, it really hurts!!
3 p.m. I woke up and her and MIL went and played in the play room and me and H shut ourselves off in the lounge where I continued to contract. H was counting to 10 and back and telling me to breathe through each contraction. He then started saying picture walking up the stairs holding Is hand and counted up. It really helped. I pictured I looking up at me and putting her chubby little hand in mine and smiling. It was the best pain relief there is!
We called the Juno suite (midwife led unit) and they said stay at home and wait until contractions are 3 in 10. We called again around 5 p.m. as the contractions were every 5 minutes but I just felt different. They said come in to be checked but they would probably send me home. Around 5.30 when we were in the car H’s best mate called and asked if there was any news. H said yes, we are on our way to hospital now!!
5.45 p.m. we got to the Juno suite. I had 2 contractions in the corridor, the second one a consultant was going past so she took us in and held my tummy and told me to aim my out breaths to where she was holding under my tummy. It really helped focus. I had another contraction as we got into the Juno suite and had to get down on all fours in the corridor! We asked for the pool room and met our lovely midwife Sinead. She was really hands off which I liked and after watching a couple of contractions she asked to examine
Sorry it is so long!
28/05/2013 at 22:07
What an amazing birth experience, thanks for sharing :-)
28/05/2013 at 22:18
Fab birth story! I'm so pleased that you had such a positive experience xx
28/05/2013 at 22:21
Sounds like you had a much better experience the second time round. Thank you for sharing that
28/05/2013 at 22:29
So glad you had a positive birth this time VE.
28/05/2013 at 22:35
what a wonderful birth story, lovely to read thansk for sharing VE x
28/05/2013 at 23:23
Awwwww that's such a lovely story, the bit about you picturing your daughter and counting her up the stairs actually made me a bit weepy!
Am so so glad you got your 18th April baby
28/05/2013 at 23:26
What a fantastic birth story, thanks for sharing x
29/05/2013 at 02:27
Thanks for sharing. What a positive birth story. Glad you got the delivery you wanted this time.
29/05/2013 at 20:37
Thanks ladies, am so very happy it was a good experience this time.
29/05/2013 at 20:47
Oh I'm so pleased and proud of you (in a 'net weirdos way!) especially after all you went through last time.
Well done you. What a star your H was too! (<- not just the MU part )
Thanks for sharing, I'm hoping I can report similar in 4 months time!
29/05/2013 at 21:38
What a lovely birth story x
29/05/2013 at 22:18
What a fab birth story. Glad you had such a positive experience.
30/05/2013 at 03:57
Thanks again ladies and BG, thank you! It was so nice to be in control this time, not get injured and so far have evaded pnd this time. I can't believe having a baby can feel this good!
30/05/2013 at 07:06
Beautiful birth story. Sounds like it couldn't be more different from your first. Very impressive you managed without even g&a.
The part of you imagining I got me all weepy!
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