Hi all I just wanted to share

 

Hi all, I just wanted to share my positive birth story from my 2nd VBAC, which I had in Wexford on Sunday night. I was 40 weeks on Sunday and for the second time I started labour on my due date. Either my babies are very punctual or the acupuncture which I did on last few months of both pregnancies worked. For different reasons I was a bit restricted in how far overdue I could go so I was obviously anxious for a spontaneous labour as close to my EDD as possible. With that in mind I had my last acupuncture appointment booked for Monday at 40+1, to try the induction points. However I didn’t need it. I started to get contractions just after 11pm on Sunday night. I phoned my mother to alert her I would be needing her soon, to mind our 2 daughters but told her I wanted to have a bath first and I would get back to her. My hubby made the school lunches while I got their clothes ready. He ran the bath for me but the water wasn’t warm enough or high enough to help and there seemed to be very little break between contractions so I got out and got dressed. They were so close together I needed help to get dressed. Hubby put on the Tens machine for me, and we rang my mother and the hospital. This is where Wexford started to come up trumps for me.

When I rang I was asked if it was my first. I explained 3rd baby, 2nd VBAC and the response was “Well done you!

Come on down, we’ll see you soon.” That note of positivity really heartened me.

On my first VBAC in the R*tunda, they were nervous of me and not very positive.

Half hour journey to Wexford, all the time breathing through the contractions- I hadn’t figured the blasted Tens out! I was so glad to arrive in the hospital was met straight away and brought to delivery room. The midwife had the gas and air ready for me and kept me calm and breathing well. She reckoned by the sound of me I was advanced. She said not to fight the contractions but to go with them, work with my body and to think that each one was bringing me closer to holding my baby. I had planned to argue for intermittent monitoring but was not able to do anything except breathe through the contractions. She hooked me up to the monitor in between contractions to check baby. To my surprise she said “baby is doing great- very happy” and she took off the monitor.

She only used the hand held one after that- I didn’t have to argue anything! She was really earning my respect and trust very quickly. She then got a chance to examine me between contractions and said I was 9cms! But baby has a bit to come down yet. So she had me on my knees over the back on the bed, swaying my hips, breathing deeply, talking me through each one.

She assured my baby wouldn’t be long and to respond to whatever my body was telling me to do- if I felt pressure or urges to bear down, to go with it. After a while she asked would it be ok to lie on my back to be examined again and to break my waters which were still intact. I said ok- as I said I don’t think I was strong enough to argue anything. I would love to know if baby would have been born in his waters but I trusted her judgment and let her go with it. -The waters were clear and my cervix was nearly ready- she reckoned one or two contractions and I could go with it. She said I could get back on my knees to push if I wanted- but I wasn’t up to it. I got the urge to push very soon after that. This was the hardest bit. She had told me the pain would not get any worse but that the feeling would be one of intense pressure. I needed a lot of encouragement and guidance from her and the other midwife- to stay calm and focused and use my contractions and pushes properly.

The relief when the head delivered was unbelievable and then the shoulders! Our son Ruairí was born at 1:45am, weighing 8lbs and after a 2 hour 45 min labour. We were shell shocked but I was so pleased I had done it. The positivity, knowledge and experience of that midwife was key to enabling me. There is a history of fast labours in the family and I reckon if I had had that support for the first VBAC, it could have been a very different experience. I didn’t even need a stitch this time and couldn’t believe how well I felt (once I stopped shaking!). I felt so respected- they checked everything with me before doing it, compared to last time when I was given an episiotomy without even being informed let alone consenting!

Even afterwards, I had fantastic care and the positivity continued from all staff re the VBAC. I hope this inspires some of you especially those hoping to have a VBAC in Wexford. I didn’t feel fully confident of managing the pain- I had no choice in the end but I think the small bit of gentle birth preparation I actually managed to fit in and the positive support I received there enabled me to cope with it. Good luck all!

           
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