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08/05/2013 at 15:38
Apologies in advance for this rambling story, but I just wanted to get it all written down while I could still remember!
Firstly thank you to Cherry Pie for being a fab pester person and posting by BA. Thank you also to everyone for your lovely messages – I can’t believe a week has nearly passed since our little girl arrived.
This time last week I was still six days away from my due date, but was well a truly fed up of being pregnant. I had been hand expressing colostrum before birth in order to get a stash in the freezer as we knew our little girl may have feeding issues. She had been diagnosed at the 20 week scan as having cleft lip and most likely also cleft palate, meaning that she would not be able to breast feed. I had been told that expressing before birth may bring on early labour and I was doing everything i could to encourage her to arrive! At 12pm I had a reflexology session, it really seemed to do the trick and by the end of the session I had started to have mild contractions!!
By about 2.30pm I was having contractions about every 10 minutes, so I called H and told him that he might want to come home. I also called the midwife to let them know what was happening as I was planning a home birth. I put on my TENS machine and settled down to watch some TV. H got home about 4pm, and by then my contractions were lasting around 30 seconds every 7 minutes. He ran around getting the birth pool ready (but not filling it) and was generally really excited. I tried to have something to eat, but wasn’t very hungry – I think I was excited too! My contractions continued to get closer together, stronger and last longer.... at 7.15pm, I stood up and realised that my waters had gone. We rang the midwife to update them, and they said that someone would call me back just after 8pm as that was when the new shift came on. By now my contractions were every 5 mins and lasting 1 – 1.5 minutes.
By 8.10pm the midwife hadn’t called back and H was getting a bit worried that things were going a bit fast as I was now contracting every 3 minutes, so he rang them. They said they were on their way, so H started filling the pool.
The midwives arrived at about 8.35pm – I could see the look of relief on H’s face when they walked in, as I had started to get the urge to push – I think he thought he might be delivering the baby himself!! They checked by temp, BP and pulse and then I got in the pool.
The warm water felt amazing, and it gave me some relief and a small break in contractions to catch my breath briefly, but I then started pushing. Time seemed to blur, I was holding H’s hands and he was cooling me down with cold flannels. I just felt really powerful with each contraction – which I wasn’t quite expecting. I had a couple of brief moments when i though that i wasn’t going to be able to do it, but that feeling soon passed and I was impatient to meet her! The next thing I knew, they were telling me that they could see the head and a few pushes later, at 10pm, she was here. We had skin to skin floating in the water and then H cut the cord and I got out to deliver the placenta while he had cuddles with his baby girl.
I feel so lucky to have had such a positive birthing experience, I genuinely expected that I would end up having to go into hospital for one reason on another – I still can’t quite believe it.
The best news in the world came at 7.30am the next morning when our cleft nurse came to visit us and confirmed that although she has cleft lip and a cleft in her gum her palate is intact, meaning breastfeeding was a real possibility, and many of the complications that go with cleft palate were not going to affect her. We really feel like we have won the lottery.
A week later and she is breast feedi
08/05/2013 at 15:42
OMG! She is soooo cute! Brilliant news on the cleft lip/palette.
08/05/2013 at 15:44
Aww shes so beautiful!! Congratulations! X
08/05/2013 at 15:46
This gave me goosebumps and made me all teary! What a lovely birth experience and a perfect little girl. Great news about the cleft palate and glad she is feeding well!
08/05/2013 at 15:51
She's lovely, well done you. Sounds like you had such a positive experience xx
08/05/2013 at 15:56
Fab! So pleased you have the best outcome with the cleft. xx
08/05/2013 at 16:01
Aw gorgeous! Congrau,Atkins again! X
08/05/2013 at 16:02
Beautiful. And whatva wonderful story. Massive congratulations to you all on the safe arrival of your clever little girl. Fantastic news that she can breastfeed. So happy for you xx
08/05/2013 at 16:10
What a lovely birth experience, she is beautiful!
08/05/2013 at 16:19
What a fab story, congratulations again. I am so glad her cleft issues aren't as bad as you feared x
08/05/2013 at 16:28
She is a beauty and will get through whatever is thrown at her with her amazing parents. I adore her name x
08/05/2013 at 16:30
What a fantastic birth story. Sounds text book! And she is gorgeous with a name to suit. Brilliant news about her palate too.
08/05/2013 at 16:44
What a wonderful birth story. I am so pleased that you had such a positive experience and that feeding is going well. Great news about her palate. She is gorgeous, look at all that hair! x
08/05/2013 at 17:02
Adorable little girl and congratulations.
08/05/2013 at 17:06
what a wonderfully positive birth story. congratulations x
08/05/2013 at 17:23
What a fabulous story! Well done you! She is so beautiful Alocin and I am so pleased to hear that her cleft isn't as bad as it could have been. Enjoy every second with her, she is just scrummy!
08/05/2013 at 17:28
What a lovely positive birth story, congratulations she is beautiful
08/05/2013 at 17:39
What a gorgeous girl! Great news the feeding is going well too. Big hugs
So cute! Xx
08/05/2013 at 17:41
What a fantastic, positive birth story, with the icing on the cake with the good news re cleft palate, fantastic that she is feeding so well too.
She's a real cutie, you must be smitten with her!
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