I have a few mins so I'll post birth story before I forget

 

I have a few mins so I'll post birth story before I forget all the details!!..So they brought me down for induction in the morning and tbh I was bricking it! I was trying to accept it etc etc but the fear took over and as I was up on the bed I had a major panic attack, (at this point the trace was on me) I couldn’t breathe or stop crying. anyway I asked midwives to give me a few mins to pull myself together and at that I got such a strong surge that seemed to last for ages, and of course machine starts beeping and they are all flocking around! They decide to examine me maybe I was a few cm dialated and I wouldnt need induction but I was only just about 1cm:-( so they bring the doc in , baby’s heart rate dropped with the surge and most likely my panic attack, and get this he says you are probably a likely 'candidate' for a section now if baby isn’t stable. I thought NO F'n WAY! I did not do all my prep for this,I’m sorry but i cant accept that, I’m having a gentle birth and thats it!!!;-) So they monitored me for a while which was good actually coz it gave me time to came down and baby was fine so they started the induction at 10.06. I had the ipod in the ears affirmations on repeat and ready to go:-)

 The first 3 surges were ok very manageable, then they started to come very intense with very little rest in between, I wouldn’t even say i got 2 mins. I got up to go for a pee and I delayed in the bathroom sitting on toilet for as many surges as possible as it felt good to sway my hips while sitting. Back in the room before I got back onto bed Gary did the pelvic press through a surge which was fantastic,  At this stage surges were so intense I had to pause affirmations during rest then as soon as one started again id play and speak(almost shout!) along with it, I have to say they were so intense but so manageable. I couldn’t believe it then when at 11.15 midwife checked me and I was 5cm! I was halfway there after an hour! My husband was fantastic by the way he was coaching me the whole time telling me You are having a gentle birth, you're doing it!!:-) Then suddenly I felt an urge to push and I just jumped up and turned around on all fours on the bed, well the midwives nearly lost their lives! god forbid id let gravity do the work:-) and the monitor came off hee hee. Another midwife came in and said I think you'd better examine her she’s ready to 'push'. I was fully  dilated!!Unbelievable!!

The sensation of him moving down and coming out was exhilarating I have to say, I was in control and my beautiful boy was about to emerge.I kept saying 'he's coming, I'm doing it!' And lil Senan was born at 11.46 just 1 hour and 40 mins after being induced!, He came out fairly easy but his arm was up at his face so I tore a bit when his head was being born. They let the cord stop pulsating and Gary cut it, it was AMAZING!! All the midwives could not believe I did it without any pain relief and they were all fascinated to know what I was listening to and seemed genuinely impressed! Tracy thank you so so much, I will NEVER forget the words from affirmations, I’m still hearing them in my head and it was those very words that got me through every single surge! And all the Gb mums, you truly are all SUPERWOMEN, thank you all for your encouragement, advice and well wishes, I’m so overwhelmed and I do feel I can take on the world now!!...watch out!!!

My waters started leaking at 6.30am on Tuesday when I was 39+5 and I attended the A&E in Rotunda for the once over even though I hadn't experienced any surges yet. My waters were definitely going and I was booked in for induction on Wednesday morning @ 7.30am. I wasn't looking forward to this and asked for advice here on how to get things going myself. In the end I was so tired I got my daughter packed off to her grandparents for a sleepover and hit the hay myself. Amazingly I conked out fairly easily but was awoken at 1.30am with mildish surges. I went to the bathroom and started timing them and they were coming every 4 - 5 mins and lasting a minute but I could talk through them.

 I woke my husband after 2 and told him that we were in business but that I was staying put for as long as possible as I went into the hospital far too early on my daughter and it steamrollered into a 2 day endurance test with every intervention in the book before she arrived.

He persuaded me to ring the midwife in the A&E and she said that I should come in as it was my 2nd birth.I put on the tens machine and Hubby made tea (and had his weetabix!) and had a shower and I gathered the last few bits together. The surges were getting stronger but still manageable and we headed off to the Rotunda.

We arrived at about 3.45am and surges were now every 2 - 3 minutes and it was getting hard to breathe through them.I was repeating my affirmations the whole time and it was keeping me focused. I was seen straight away and given the devastating news that I was only 1 cm dilated. My heart dropped and I could foresee another marathon ahead. I was put on a trace and lying on my back was sheer agony but the midwife wouldn’t let me up off the bed!

 At this stage we were having surges every 2 mins lasting a minute and I panicked a bit and asked for pain relief but all she could offer was pethedine which I politely declined. She said that she would check me again as I wasn't getting a break between contractions and I told her to be quick :) 3cms - woohoo!!!! At this stage she rang up to the delivery ward and my knight in shining armour arrived to take me up to my deliver suite. I had the most amazing spanish male midwife but as soon as I saw him I told him to order me up an epidural! He promised he would and I struggled up to kneel on the bed with my arms over the head of the bed and tried to get through each surge by telling myself "my body knows how to birth my baby" "my baby is the perfect size for my body". At this point I also remembered reading in Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth about making deep "mooing" noises so I did this and amazingly it helped. Then Nicholas, my midwife, told me that the anaesthetist wasn't coming as he had been called away to an emergency. He cheered me up and told me that I was well capable of doing this by myself. My husband was also cheering me along and applying immense counter pressure during the surges so I allowed Nicholas to check me again and I was 6-7cms. I knew it was flying along and I could feel the babies head descending. At this stage I needed to go to the toilet and had a stand off with the midwife - he said it was just the pressure of the baby but I knew I needed the loo....in a hurry. He agreed to let me go if I was quick and if hubby came in with me. I did need the loo and it was amazing to sit there - I said to hubby, "there's the babies head" and a calmness came over me. He had to manhandle me off the loo and back to the delivery suite as he knew our child would never forgive me for giving birth to him in a toilet! Back up on the bed, head buried in the pillows and I started pushing - the pushing was incredible. I felt like I was achieving a minor miracle every time I felt the head move down but then he'd slip back up when the surge was over. I had read Tracy's description of the urge to push being like throwing down rather than throwing up and I think it's exactly how I'd describe it. I don't know how long I pushed for but my notes say it was only 5 minutes, I really felt empowered by each push and then his head was half out and he wasn't going to slip back any more. I'm not gonna lie - they call it the ring of fire for a reason and it did hurt/sting like hell as he was crowning ( it wasn't helped by the fact that he had his hand up the side of his head so that had to come too). I was pushing so hard that with the next surge not only did his head come out but his whole body too. He was here - my little 7 lb 12oz boy was here and I had done it all by myself. I was knackered but so proud of myself and best of all, we weren't even due to book in for induction for another hour :)

I know this is a mammoth post but I want to give hope to everyone waiting on their babies to arrive - your body is incredible and so are you, you can do this and achieve your gentle birth too. I might even try it again myself some day!

           
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