All these birth stories are lovely. I've been reading them for months & what amazing stories. My turn now!!!
Right where do I begin...
We married at the start of last summer & to be honest NEVER thought that we'd conceive so quickly. We fond out that we were pregnant at the end of July 12.
Had the usual morning/all day sickness up until 16 weeks. Was sailing through it until Christmas & I ached from top to toe, backs hips etc. & was signhed off work late january.
I had been having reflexology all through my pregnancy & can say hand on heart it was the reason that I was so calm in the the delivery suite.
From week 34 I was in & out of hospital due to preclampsia.
March 19th Week 38 - I had my usual clinic & my consultant said "right enough is enough, going to induce you tmrw morning".
So on 20th March after a sleepless night I had gel no 1 @7am & a 2nd gel @1.30pm.
Things started to happen - cramps like period pains from 4pm. Had a bath, bounced on exercise ball & slept until 7pm & had a meltdown with hubby - bless him. A Midwife I know felt sorry for me as I had no sleep due to a roommate who did nothing but snore the previous night
She brought me down to a delivery suite at 9.15pm, gave me a shot of pethadine for the pain & said it'd help me sleep. And girls sleep I did! Hubb was sent home to rest & both of us thought nothing would be happening til the next day.
Baby had different ideas!!!
At 230am I woke up with dull cramps, went to the loo & had a show. Buzzed the midwife to get her to double check. She confirmed it was & examined me & I was 3cm.
We discussed pain relief & I said I'd like an epi. Things started to get a bit painful & I was introduced to the joys of gas & air...great stuff
Midwife told me to phone hubby & just before he arrived, I was examined @350am & was 7cm.
I was calm the whole way through, plus excited that things were happening so quickly! I had been listening to hypnobirthing CDs during my pregnancy & was using the techniques.
Waters broke without me noticing, I was examined again & was 10cm around 415-430am.
It was at this point that the epi guy arrived - which I didn't see, hubby said that the midwife looked at him & shook her head...he just backed out of the room
Midwives told me that baby was coming quickly, I felt the urge to push & kiwi cap was prepared as they thought she was aggitated. The cap was placed on her head but hubby said that before the switched machine on, her head popped out & with the 3rd push, she was out so they didn't need it for much in the end.
I pushed 3 times & she was placed on my chest at 4.46am with her eyes wide open!!
We were elated & in shock! We couldn't believe she was here all 7lb 10oz of her.
All in all,I'd a lovely calm birth & everything went smoothly. I had a 2nd degree tear & neded stitches but that was to be expected.
We are so happy & blessed to have our little bundle here