Nuala’s Unplanned Cesarean

Nuala’s Unplanned Cesarean

Love reading positive birth stories, you’re in the right place…. Cara was hoping for a VBAC to welcome her second baby into the world.Cara had a Foley Balloon induction but her labour progressed quite slowly. At this point Cara was offered a oxytocin drip to progress the labour or an unplanned cesarean. She opted for a cesarean and had a calm experience and had the drapes lowered as her baby girl was welcomed into the world.

I’m always under consultant /midwife shared care due to a history of childhood arthritis but it’s never caused me any issues as an adult or in pregnancies. I’m starting my story at my 39+5 appointment after an uneventful and healthy pregnancy where I did more exercise and posture health management for myself than first time round. 

I’d had twingey evenings all week leading up to this appointment and hopeful that spontaneous labour was only days away from around my due date. At this last growth scan, the doctor found that baby was suddenly measuring 98th centile on growth after tracking 70-80th all along. After some discussion, I agreed we would book for induction one week over (18/04) although I declined a sweep as I didn’t feel ready.Also I didn’t really believe I had a 10lb baby on board… as I felt smaller this time and last one was only 6lb10 on 38th centile after tracking 80th too. 

I contemplated how that appointment had gone all weekend and then with no real changes to the twinges, I requested to see community midwife at 40+2 for V/E and potential sweep. She assessed that my cervix was soft (dates FTW!) but still mid position or potentially closed. She asked if I had been sent for a repeat GTT even though earlier one was negative (family history) which I hadn’t and in hindsight I wish I had.

I still didn’t believe 98th centile and started to get quite annoyed at this point. Geared myself up for a “debate” at my 40+5 appointment and also requested a female doctor as I was doubting that male doctors were sympathetic enough to understand my points, I know this shouldn’t bother me but it did and receptionist didn’t even blink when I asked. 

AT my 40+5 appointment I got quite upset as she again walked me through the potential risks of a bigger baby and not having gone into labour spontaneously yet at almost a week over and also given that I didn’t go into spontaneous labour in last pregnancy, this was putting me on the “backfoot” for this one – I had visions of exact repeat situation of hooked up to drip and stuck in a bed with an epidural and nothing working again. I accepted a sweep to try bring on labour before induction which I agreed to go ahead with – cervix was shorter and very slightly open so it was possible. In hindsight I didn’t really use EBRAN properly at this appointment, I left the appointment quite deflated and focused on the risk outcome of my decisions rather than the benefit of what I had chosen. I wish I had been more prepared as I felt under pressure to make a decision in seconds without my husband there, but the doctor reminded me I can stop the process at any point later and change my mind,

The options discussed were foley catheter Induction or book in now for elective c-section. I chose to go ahead with induction, thinking that’s closest to my original plan. I had a COVID swab and headed home to self isolate for the weekend. I came home, had a cry – rewatched Beth’s videos on Medical Induction and controlling what I can and letting go of what I can’t. Felt SO much better that I was making a decision that was keeping baby safe, she’s fully cooked, potentially big and there’s no more benefit to her staying in there, only potential increasing risks as days go on.

I made my mind up to treat the weekend like I was already in early labour whether I was or not – chill out, music, dancing, cuddles with toddler and hubby, good food, reading and enjoying the sunshine in the garden. And a bit of pampering too to set up for going into hospital. I started making notes on this story so I wouldn’t forget things along the way. 

I got quite a few regular (every 10 mins or so) contractions on the Friday night but none were very strong. Went to bed with 2 paracetamol and slept fine. These eased off on Saturday aside from lower back pain most of the day. Got a FEW big contractions on Saturday night with a bit of mucous plug coming away but not very much. Again headed to bed and they eased off. 

Induction on Sunday

Phone call at 7.04am to head in first thing that morning. I asked midwife for some time to get ready and agreed I could be there for 10am (we’re only 20 mins away). Got up, washed my hair and final wee pamper and my mum and dad came over to sit with our little boy. He understood what I was telling him about the baby coming (finally lol) and sent me off with a lovely gentle kiss – beautiful boy and a wee oxytocin boost to boot. 

With our local restrictions, hubby dropped me off at the door to the ward and I got settled. I had Foley catheter induction. I’ll not lie, I found this first examination and insertion unpleasant but cervix was actually only 1cm open and 3cm long so I really needed it to help get me going. I kept breathing through using as much of the techniques and staying as calm as I could. Once in, I spent the day bouncing, pacing the bay and standing over the bed to read. I went for a full hour walk around the hospital grounds and another once around the carpark after dinner. Foley actually fell out just before this second walk after dinner. I thought maybe I had strained it out trying to go for a no. 2, but midwife assured me it it could only have come out if it had been sitting in my vagina instead of cervix meaning it had done its job and opened me up a bit! Yay!

Time to get ready for waters being broken but was confirmed they would do this first thing the next morning so I could get a good night’s sleep in the bay and some breakfast. Got a supper of toast and tea, yum! Slept on and off for cat naps throughout the night but not too bad. It was so much more relaxed on the bay than my previous pregnancy where there were so many people about! It’s so important to get rest and sleep on induction bay if you can, the road ahead can be quite long!
Got more toast and tea for breakfast and scoffed an extra protein bar, a fruit and nut mix and some jelly babies as well as knew would likely be asked not to eat except jelly babies. Moved on round to labour ward. I asked to wait until my husband arrived before trying to break waters which was no problem at all. This was the most surreal and hilarious experience of the day! I started using the gas and air vigorously to get through this one, I get really giggly on gas and air, it’s the closest to being high (not that I’d know for real!) that I’ve ever experienced (in both pregnancies). Well…on my water breaking

I started to giggle thinking I sounded like Darth Vader on the gas n air so I kept going on it, also had Princess Leia socks on so in my head I started saying “I’m Princess Leia, I’m Princess Leia” completely spaced out and uncontrollably giggling but it must have completely relaxed my body because waters broke and it was a tsunami over the bed! Midwife said she’d never had anyone laugh their way through a water breaking and we had a good giggle about the Princess Leia visualisation after I eased off on the gas n air for a few minutes! 

The next two hours before administering the hormone drop, (standard time is one hour but I requested a bit more time which was again no problem) involved mobilising and seeing if labour would start spontaneously – bounced on ball and zoned out listening to my playlist, waters kept coming out constantly when I relaxed so figured this was all good ways to bring on contractions on their own. It didn’t, but I figured that was unlikely anyway in the short time frame so we discussed with doctor and went onto the hormone drip at a low level which is a normal recommendation VBAC anyway apparently. 

I asked if I could get a shower before syntocinon went in just to freshen up and this was amazing to have, the shower was my happy place all throughout pregnancy for pain relief at home. Midwife helped me to the shower with the wireless CTG unit.
Once in, contractions started to ramp up and I continued on gas and air and breathing techniques in between. I got regular, strong 4 in 10 contractions from 14:30 starting at 2cm dilated so I agreed to be examined at 6.30 and see how I was getting on and help me make a call on what I wanted to do next as I had wanted to avoid the drip really.

Great mixture here of all positions, on the ball, on the floor, sitting up forward on bed, resting on my left side, dancing, standing leaning over side of bed and keeping bladder empty. Kept losing more fluid and definitely felt like I was dilating and pelvis was opening up. Midwife kept praising how well I was doing with my breathing and gas and air and changing positions. Felt very proud of myself using everything I had learnt from the course!

6pm came and because contractions had been really strong and regular, doctor asked if he could examine me then to assess where we were and discuss. Agreed and found I was 3-3.5cm and just about effaced. He gave me all the options but recommended c-section as the progress rate indicated worst case I would be on the drip all night and well into the next day and if I wanted to go for a section now it could be calmer and less rushed. The main factor presented was risk was about uterine rupture continuing to increase if I needed to be on the drip for a long time. Kept being reminded by all staff that I was the boss of this birth and they would just give me the options and benefits and risks and support me.I wasn’t pressured and was given time to think and discuss as he went to review another patient. Honestly I was massively disappointed, I think I had hoped I would have been 5cm at that point given how I was feeling but in the moment I hadn’t pre thought what good progress would have felt like to me before the examination so I wobbled a bit here.

It was at this moment my already amazing midwife went on her break and and a senior midwife came in – a hypnobirthing pro herself, Nicole of The Motherhood Bubble (https://instagram.com/motherhood.bubble?igshid=kfkcav9suhvb) on Instagram (another great page to check out if you’re from Northern Ireland) – by sheer luck she was just who I needed to speak to at that moment and she helped me discuss and sound the whole thing out loud as I do normally which she picked up as my personality type immediately. She got my YesMum cards out and helped me pick out some to feel better. Hubby and I used the chat time to do our own typical logical 4 box method and came to conclusion that c-section was the right and best choice for us all. I felt I had too many unknowns at the road ahead otherwise on the induction pathway and baby was currently so happy and chilled, I wasn’t as tired as I had been with my first wee man so I knew cesarean section recovery would be more laid back at the very least. 

I updated the doctor on our choice and asked for a calm caesarean with drapes to be lowered as baby was born etc. Got all prepped to go and just then a bigger emergency happened next door with a wee distressed baby – I was so rechilled at this point after speaking with Nicole that a simple control what you can let go of what you can’t in my head kept me in check. 
Honestly the worst part was accepting that it meant my day team had to go home and I didn’t know who would be in theatre with me and then lo and behold in walks a midwife from my first baby and the lovely lady doctor I seen at 32 weeks. 

A couple of hours later and I walked down to theatre (also so much more empowering than last time!), when I met the theatre nurse, this again was the lovely person I remembered giving me a head massage the last time 🤣 our fantastic cesarean section birth followed with all our requests and at almost 10pm, drapes were lowered to Magic Radio playing and we saw our beautiful little girl lifted up into the world 😍🥰…weighing only 80g off where the doctor predicted the week before… 🤣 on the 96th centile so proven that they do get this right on scans too so I happily ate my own words! Got lots of pictures and cuddles and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ was on the radio as they stitched me up which I LOVE and is giving me a lovely oxytocin boost as a memory for expressing now!

I realised at the end that it had been an all female theatre team and my hubby was the only man in the room, including my wee woman – total GIRL POWER! How amazing is that?! Doctors post op update was that she was able to reuse the same scar line from before and that I had very little scar tissue which was so amazing so when healed I’ll only have one scar line.The summary was that baby had been hanging out in an unfavourable position which wasn’t through lack of trying on my part so really c-section at that time was 100% the best choice for us all. 

Wee woman was so awake and alert afterwards which was very different to her brother and she got a feed in recovery, almost latching on immediately except for my massively large nipples that my newborns just don’t seem to like staying on. We’re now expressing at home… 

For me, our story just completely sums up “Control what you can, let go of what you can’t” and I feel so positive about all of our decisions and approaches this time where last time even though generally positive overall I struggled to accept it a bit and beat myself up that I hadn’t tried hard enough and asked myself lots of what ifs after. 
There’s NO WAY I could say that about this wee baby’s birth, I tried everything I could for a VBAC and stayed positive. It just was meant to be this way for us. 

If I ever have a third, I’ll be bossing that elective cesarean section from Day 1 and giving my consultant team way more credit along the way!

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Grace’s Positive Induction Birth

Grace’s Positive Induction Birth

Love reading positive birth stories? You’re in the right place…. This positive birth story is with Grace and the arrival of baby Athena. Grace had a really varied birth and used a TENS machine. gas and air, and water to help with pain relief. Grace also had an oxytocin drip to support labour to progress.

On the 27/02/2021 my waters broke (21:00) whilst I was lying in bed laughing about a teacher from Secondary School. it gushed out and then trickled for a while. Wow, that was such an exciting moment and I knew it was my waters. We called triage, soon after that contractions started. 

Here I took one paracetamol, used the TENS machine (which I thought was great) and would take the TENS off to jump into the bath and have the warm water from the taps hit my back. During contractions my mucus plug was also coming out in the water, another great sign. The plan was to have a homebirth, the Midwives came over to ours at about (01:30 now 28/02/21) they didn’t examine me and said they would be back later on, they recommended my other half should get the pool ready. 

I managed until about 04:00 and my other half called triage to let them know my contractions were regular and I was finding the pain a lot on my own. Looking back we found this bit the hardest and probably most scariest part, as we really did not know what to expect. We didn’t know how far gone I was and I was not sure if the pain would get any worse. This is when we were told that there were no midwives available to come out to us. So we carried on for a few more hours at home and then I decided it was time to go to the hospital. We needed professional support by this stage, as we were a bit in the dark and needed some reassurance. 

The car journey to the hospital is only 10 minutes… although during these 10 minutes the contractions ramped up and I was very thankful for the TENS machine, whilst I clung on backwards to the front car seat.. I wanted to keep upright and forward and there was no sitting down for me!

On arrival (05:30) to the hospital I was told I was 5cm dilated , would I like Gas and Air… “YES PLEASE”. The gas and air was so helpful and as the contractions came I would do one big deep breath in and then breath slowly out for 7/8 breaths. It worked perfectly. I took myself away mentally, visualising things like being on a walk in the woods with as much details as possible. 
My Birth preferences worked really well, the midwives read that I wanted to be in water and was offered a rather beautiful suite with an amazing pool. I got into the pool and instantly felt happier, breathed through my contractions, leaning out of the pool and resting my forehead on my partners. Keeping that oxytocin flowing, chatting to each other and him cheering me on. He was amazing throughout the birth, so thankful for him as he was the best birth partner for me. 

By (11:00) things hadn’t progressed much more, I opted to not have an examination in case it slowed things. My wonderful midwife thought that she should try some her Spinning Baby techniques to loosen the pelvic area. She thought that the baby was not in a great position and that was why things were starting to take a while. I hoped onto a bed, and she worked her magic. Dropping my legs over the edge and rotating my legs, to get some movement in the area, my birth partner helped and so did the Student Paramedic who was also by my side for the birth (what a great team I had, lucky me). All while I was having gas and air through the contractions. 

Positions and places I tried to get baby moving inti a lower position…. on the toilet, the birthing pool, the floor, the peanut birthing ball thingy and the squishy seat with a hole in it… nothing seemed to be working.. I was having examinations by then, but seemed not to be getting to the pushing stage! 

By (16:30) things still had not progressed and my Midwife was under pressure from the Consultants to speed things up and I was offered the Oxytocin drip. I was administered the lowest amount and it made my very regular contractions, much stronger. It also meant that there were more Midwives in the room with us, which I didn’t mind. The oxytocin drip has pros and cons, it can lower the baby’s heart rate and I would need to be monitored so no water or TENS for me. I didn’t mind, as my security blanket of Gas and Air was always to hand. 

By the time they had started to administer the Oxytocin it must have been about (17:30/18:00). This worked well and by 19:15ish my Midwife said I needed to try and push as she could feel the babies head was low down. I want to add here that I never got an overwhelming sense to push, which is what I was expecting. But a sort of pressure on my bum… if that makes sense and thinking about it, I had that pressure for a while before and wondered if I should have started pushing earlier on?
Anyway, I started to push and I had been pushing for about 30 mins…. the Consultant was hovering about by this stage and suggesting that if I didn’t get the baby out in 30 minutes, they would like me to go to theatre for Forceps or a C-section if the forceps didn’t work. 

This is where my other half asked the consultant if it was an emergency and she said that it wasn’t. But she seemed very keen to take me for forceps, even though she had just done an examination and told me my babies head was very low and I was showing the other signs my baby was nearly out…. anyway, I asked for more time. I was being told my my midwife and all the other midwives who had now congregated to really go for it, as my babies head was so close! So I did… 

The consultants must have not had much faith in me birthing her without assistance, as they asked my Midwife to give me the numbing injections ready for them to make the cuts in my perineum, ready for theatre/forceps which I would be taken to another room for… they also were getting me to sign waivers and telling me the risks of a C-section etc, all while I was pushing with all my might and shouting a few swear words. (I am a quite a loud person and I really felt that I needed to make some noise to help me push).

Anyway… back to the story, I had half an hour to push the baby out… and I really went for it. 

A lady had started to put on the special surgical tights for surgery and as soon as she put these over my toes, I had the strongest contraction. I was listening to the midwives guiding me, telling me to push harder.. it took a fair few pushes to get the head out, but I think that was good as it must have been slowly stretching the area. Once my babies head arrived, they then guided me to push a little bit more and a little bit more etc.. 

Then suddenly out came a tiny human (20:30). My partner told me It is a girl and my gorgeous daughter Athena was put onto my chest, he then was shown how to cut the cord and all of the fantastic staff in the room were doing there bit. 

They administered the injection for the placenta. It didn’t take much, but quite a strange sensation. I had to have a catheter to wee and we realised I had quite a full bladder, which may have been why it took a fair few pushes to get my baby down and out. I wasn’t left with any major tears. I had 1 graze and a tiny tear, which postpartum were not an issue for me. I want to also add here that I had purchased the Anibal pelvic trainer and wasn’t able to get it into my vagina to use it.. and was so worried I wouldn’t be able to get the baby out.. so wanted to put it out there that it is probably a waste of money for me. I also wasn’t able to do the Perennial massages as I just don’t have long enough arms and was expecting to have some big tears, so don’t panic about these things.

To sum things up… the initial part was scary for me as I didn’t know how bad the contractions were going to get.. the pushing stage was my favourite part as I felt like the end was in sight and I felt in control. Even if the consultants want you to go to theatre ask them if it’s an emergency and how far away the head actually is, add this to your birth preferences. Make sure you go to the toilet regularly. I thought I was, but obviously not enough… Make sure you birth partner is supportive, and that they can advocate for you… mine did.. he asked the Consultants if things were an emergency and if we could have more time…  When it comes to the pushing stage, find out if you can have the injections to perhaps take the edge of things, I’m not sure if it helped me or not… Get lots of photos during the birth and afterwards if you can, you may look like you have been on a mad bender, but who cares! TENS machines are fab, gas and air is amazing, having a student in the room is also fab, as you have another caring individual with you… so when your birth partner leaves for the toilet, there is always someone with you. 
Good Luck and enjoy one of the most amazing experience of your life. Also. Take a look at your placenta if you get the chance, it’s absolutely amazing to look at… oh and midwives rule.

Our gorgeous baby Athena was born on the 28/02/2021 at 20:30.

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Natalie’s Positive Birth Story

Natalie’s Positive Birth Story

Positive Birth story ❤️

Our little girl 🎀 Naomi-Rae arrived at 16.03.21 8lbs 6oz
🤱🏻FTM 41 + 6
It has taken me a while to write this, it’s a long one.

💧Birth Plan – Water Birth, Gas and Air
Actual Birth – Induction, failed to progress resulting in C-Section

After trying as many tricks in the book – raspberry leaf tea, dates, walks, sex, clary sage, relaxing, 2 x unsuccessful sweeps, as cervix was closed 😞 still no baby at 41weeks and had a induction booked at 41+4.
At first I really only wanted to go into labour naturally but I started to change my mind set as the days went on and actually got excited to be induced as I was going to meet my baby. I also didn’t want to go in feeling negative, so got ready and packed for all eventualities. Those extra snacks came in handy.

Induction started Sunday at 11am with a 24hr pessary – was uncomfortable but ok.
The hospital let me go home in the evening as I was low risk and nothing was happening so thought I’d progress better at home. As soon as I got home surges started (oxytocin must of kicked in being in my own surroundings) My husband was getting ready for bed, to which I said ‘I don’t think we are going to get much sleep tonight!’. All night I was contracting and we used the Freya App (which was brilliant to record the surges) and we listened to that thing all night long!! I knew to stay at home as long as possible before heading to the hospital with your first and the pain was bad but bearable and surges were for 1min 3 times in 10mins, so I was convinced this was it! We used my birthing ball, my husband used massage, we walked around, used my TENS machine but when it came morning and the sun came up, the contractions started to fade then disappear completely to much of my disappointment.

Back at hospital Monday morning for the 24hrs after pessary and was put on CTG on the ward and was examined again but my cervix was still closed! Disappointed I hadn’t progressed after ALL night contracting. Had my first gel. CTG again, then it started to show baby have a ridiculous high heart rate shortly after. Everything got serious very quickly and was informed I’d be moving the labour room.
One consultant informed me they needed to break my waters as the heart rate was dangerously high but I simply said you can’t as my cervix is closed? To which he said I’d need c-section then (some consultants have poor bedside manner as it was said very matter of fact). I was asking the right questions and we moved to a labour room to which my husband joined me, thank goodness and I was prepped with a cannula. After many discussions with the midwives who were much more reassuring and reviewing my CTG, they decided to keep me monitored before going ahead with anything as baby started to settle. All Monday I was having surges and through the night again so everything then looked back on track. I had to stay on the CTG to be monitored but I did ask for breaks to walk around and use my birthing ball. Early hours Tuesday I was examined again and no further progress with my cervix and was given the second gel. Shortly after babies heart rate then started to drop.
This baby was not happy with the induction process.
After more discussions me and my husband decided a c-section was best and I refused any more examinations.
Ultimately we needed her out safely.
Once we had the group chat with the surgeon, midwife, anaesthetist and all was agreed, my body literally stopped all contractions by the morning. I felt like not only mentally had a accepted the c-section but my body too.

I felt so in control making the decision and we actually started to get excited again. We had a little wait until I could go in theatre as I wasn’t an emergency, so I had a shower and me and my husband were left to enjoy some time together as the last time as a two.

I was nervous walking in the theatre knowing I’m the patient but the team were incredible at trying to make me laugh and keep everything light hearted. I used my breathing techniques when they did my spinal and stayed calm, although my hands were uncontrollably shaking.
I was told my tummy would feel like it was being tugged with no sensation and i did feel so pulls but it wasn’t uncomfortable.
Then the moment when they were announcing her birth.. head, shoulders.. to which I could actually feel the weight of her leaving my body, then the cry came bursting into the room, she was finally here!
She was absolutely covered in meconium, being 13days past due date and had very flakey skin.
I was so glad we didn’t continue with the induction any further as I knew she wouldn’t cope if we got to the hormone drip as she was so distressed at the gels and we could of been a further 24hrs or more.
I used EBRAN continuously throughout all the decision making, this was invaluable for me. This course gave me all the tools and knowledge of what to expect and how to manage. I wouldn’t of been able to make the decisions I did without what I learnt on the course, thank you Beth.

Even though it wasn’t the original plan at all, my goodness I feel like I did a bit of both labours!
We couldn’t be more in love and I look back at my birth knowing we did exactly the right thing for us ❤️
Going for an Induction isn’t failing, having a C-Section isn’t not birthing. All of your decisions are for your baby to arrive safely. X

Naomi’s positive induction

Naomi’s positive induction

Love reading positive birth stories? You’re in the right place! This positive birth story is from Naomi. Naomi planned a homebirth, but upon hitting 42 weeks gestation she accepted a balloon induction on the labour ward.

First pregnancy and birth were uncomplicated (although 11 years ago!), so decided to register for homebirth as safe option and alleviating concerns regarding Covid and distance from hospital with potentially quick labour. 

From 39+5 I had 4 sweeps which took me to 41+4 and no sign of baby. Cervix was softening but posterior. Midwives suggested opting for monitoring and staying on track for home birth past 42 week point, which sounded great. Went for fluid scan and CTG at 42 weeks, all well, requested internal, and nothing had changed from previous sweep, midwife performed another. Were given a monologue by consultant regarding risks past 42 weeks, I felt unheard and stereotyped as a homebirth hippy. Used EBRAN to decline induction and headed home feeling deflated.

We re-watched the induction portion of the course that night, and spoke to community midwife next day to discuss all options. Really did not want hormonal induction, but used EBRAN to request balloon induction the next day instead. 
Went in for 1pm, and following obs, CTG etc balloon was inserted at 4pm. Contractions started approx 1/2 hour after, and we headed off to walk the hospital. Kept moving, did a crossword whilst bouncing etc. By 10pm contractions were 45 secs long, coming every 3 and a half mins, breathing was fine to get me through. Midwife suggested my husband go home and we both get some rest. I got into bed about 11pm, and woke again at 1145 to a feeling of knicker elastic going inside me, then had a little gush of waters. 

Balloon was removed and things got very intense very quickly. By the time my husband got back at 1245 I had taken paracetamol and dihydrocodeine, which had done nothing, was on all fours on the bed, and really struggling, all the pain was in my back, and I was shaking like a leaf. Contractions were a minute long and every 2 minutes, Midwife finally came to examine me and we were at 5cm – there was then some debate as labour ward was really busy, but thankfully they found a room and whizzed me along on the bed as I couldn’t get myself off and into a chair.

In labour ward everything became a bit blurry. I got gas and air at long last and just kept concentrating on that whilst hanging over the head of the bed. We were on CTG due to being so overdue, and baby was displaying signs of mild distress with some contractions, and then the midwife requested attaching the clip instead as she was losing contact with baby. Being on my back was agony, and after the clip was attached I rolled on to my left and a peanut was found and popped in between my legs which was a good rest for my knees. An hour or so later I was back up on my knees and I was asking for more drugs, but midwife advised I would have a baby before I would be able to have and feel the effects!

Pushing seemed to last forever, I abandoned the gas and just went for it. Midwife coached me through delivering the head, and I remember thinking it seemed more effort than the last time. Finally baby was delivered, just 5 hours after my waters went, at 4.44am, passed up to me between my legs and the relief was immense. It turns out baby had turned back to back at some point (having been ideally positioned for months!), which is why my pain was all in my back, but my midwife did an amazing job of shielding me from that, and coaching me though getting him out. We got straight on to skin to skin, cord clamping was delayed, then my husband cut the cord. I had the injection to deliver placenta, then there was some concern over bloodloss, so I was hooked up to a drip. I had a small 2nd degree tear which was stitched in the room, and then we were left in peace with our tea and toast, and beautiful boy. Luckily my iron levels were insanely high when I went in, so with the bloodloss it came down to normal levels and we were able to go home the same day after spending the afternoon on the post natal ward. 

Our birth was nothing like I had hoped for, no lovely sploshing in a birth pool in front of our Woodburner, but we were in the right place in the end. This course was so valuable in empowering us make the right decisions for us during pregnancy, and also preparing my husband and giving him the tools to cope with, and support me, through labour, so I am so glad we did it, and I am recommending it to all my pregnant friends. Many thanks Beth Kitt!

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Positive Induction- Jades Story

Positive Induction- Jades Story

My positive birth story 🥰

I went into the hospital with reduced movements at 39+3 on 5th Jan 11:30pm & the consultant advised it was safer for baby to be here sooner rather than later so they advised an induction. I really didn’t want an induction as I wanted a water birth but I wanted to do whatever was the safest for baby so I agreed to stay in & start my induction the next day.

6th Jan 6am – 1st pessary was inserted I was already 1cm dilated before it was inserted so this was hopeful that the induction would work.
12pm – I was examined & another pessary inserted I was 1.5cm dilated & I had started to have slight pains on & off which I was using my breathing techniques I learnt on the course!
6pm I was examined again & I was 2cm dilated so there was no need for another pessary & I was ready for my waters to be broken. Unfortunately there was quite a wait for a bed on the labour ward so I was slow labouring myself just using my breathing through contractions. During my time I was waiting I lost my mucas plug & bloody show.

7th Jan 7:30 I was finally given a bed on the labour ward by the time we made our way down there had an introduction to all the staff etc & settled into the room. My boyfriend set up my battery candles & my birthing crystals around the room we dimmed the lights & had our music on. He made it the perfect environment! It was around 10pm when my waters had been broken & I had been put on the hormone drip & I started active labour. I used only gas & air all the way through coping with my breathing my partner was amazing he really helped me through the contractions counting me in & out.

Our gorgeous boy Romeo Kruz Holroyd was born at 01:02AM 8th January 2021.
Weighing 7lbs 10 after pushing for only 10 minutes!

Thank you to Bump to baby chapter for all the knowledge & amazing techniques I used throughout my labour. I truly believe it helped me through. I had such an amazing birthing experience & I enjoyed every minute even if it wasn’t the birth I had hoped for. 🤍

Positive birth story: Shanai’s induction

Positive birth story: Shanai’s induction

Felicity Ivy Ashworth born 11.01.21 at 8.04am at 36+5 weeks.

Went for a routine 36 week appointment and mentioned I was getting headaches to the midwife. When testing my urine there was protein present so it was suspected I had pre eclampsia. They wanted me to come back 48 hours later to review.

So came back 2 days later and my blood pressure was off the chart! The doctors came round and suggested I have an induction… all the way through my pregnancy I was adamant I was NEVER having an induction, not only did I hate the idea of having labour forced upon my body when it wasn’t ready but with COVID I knew I couldn’t have my partner there the whole time. But I used my EBRAN and I knew my own health and my baby’s health would benefit from her being delivered ASAP. I wanted to wait until 37 weeks but my blood pressure kept rising and they advised to induce me that day at 36+4.

I had the pessary at 11am on Sunday, I had contractions straight away but they were manageable with just breathing. My waters broke at 1am Monday morning, I managed to get a little sleep before they ramped up and I needed gas and air and my tens machine around 3/4am. I then called my partner to come in around 5:30am and we powered through the next few hours of contractions. I actually felt empowered doing the early stages of labour alone and it felt even more special when he arrived near the end.

Roll on 7am and I was struggling, I asked for an epidural but after being examined I was 10cm dilated and needed to get ready to push!! I couldn’t believe how quickly it came. I wanted to push on all fours but when I got in that positions baby’s heartbeat dropped… I was told the best position would be on my back and they wanted my legs in stirrups to examine me and check baby. This was not my ideal pushing position but by this point my body was taking over and I just wanted to push!!! After 7mins of pushing baby Felicity was born at 8:04am.

I couldn’t have a water birth, I didn’t push in the position I wanted, I was induced, I only had one birth partner but I still feel really positive about my birth. Knowledge is power and I feel I understood what was happening at each stage thanks to this course. 💗🍼👶🏻

Baby Felicity
Coming home!