Today on my Celebrating Every Birth Story series is the lovely Clare from Emmy’s Mummy & Harry’s Too with her second birth story, her first birth story with Emmy was featured a few weeks back and can be found HERE.
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Having had a previous emergency C-section I knew the chances of having a second section were high. My consultant was keen for me to try a v-bac however and the midwives were rather keen to get me to try. I had already been told I wouldn’t be allowed to go over 40 weeks.
I agreed up until around 30 weeks but mainly just to keep them quiet. I knew I’d prefer a planned section given all the struggles I had with Emmy’s labour, you can read that here not progressing and then us both being in distress and a blood transfusion for me wasn’t exactly nice and all the way through Harry’s pregnancy I keep being told he was a big baby.
I was having fortnightly scans as I did with Emmy and he was still breech by 38 weeks so I was booked in for my section 5 days before by due date.
Knowing the date of your babies birth is a little surreal but it is very helpful to be able to plan. Emmy went to stay with her Nanny and Grandad for her first night away.
I went into hospital at 7.30pm the evening before to get an injection tgen Paul and I went out to dinner.
I had to be back again for 7am for another injection and to be booked in. Having had a previous section I knew I would be towards the top of the theatre list, I was weighed, booked in and gowned up then it was just a case of waiting for my name to be called. I was called around 9am and we walked down to theatre with Paul and I laughing and joking around.
There was a little more of a wait upstairs so we took pictures and lightened the mood as nerves had sat in.
In theatre I had my spinal and it was very strange to not be in pain or in labour but know shortly I would be holding my baby boy. It was all very relaxed from then on in, music was playing and the curtain raised.
I had the curtain lowered when Harry was born so I actually saw him being lifted from me, seeing him being born was just amazing. Paul cut the cord as he had done previously, I got a cuddle and some skin to skin and then he was taken to be weighed and cleaned up and joined me shortly after I’d been sewn up and we went to recovery together.
Unfortunately I was rather sick while in recovery so was given an anti sickness injection but it worked well and 20/30 mins later I could go up to the ward. During this time Harry fed the whole time, just as his sister had.
We spent 2 nights in hospital, the second was my choice as I had Emmy who was 2 at home and when she visited she was so excited I couldn’t risk her bounding onto my lap and hurting my stitches.
Harry entered the world screaming at 10.49am on 19th October 2012 and has continued to do so ever since.
He weighed 7lbs 9oz.
Thank you for sharing your birth Story Clare!
Why not pop over and see what other things Clare is writing about over on her blog Emmy’s Mummy & Harry’s Too.