Todays post in my Celebrating Every Birth Story series is the lovely Clare from Emmy’s Mummy & Harry’s Too who write honestly about life as Mum to Emmy (aged) 6 and Harry (aged 3) along with writing about days out, recipes and range of parenting issues.
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With a due date been and well and truly gone I’d past that impatient stage of willing my baby girl to be born. I’d deep cleaned the house Top to bottom even spending an afternoon in a&e with 3rd degree burns to my hands and face when my steam cleaner exploded, had 2 sweeps but she was adamant she wasn’t ready to arrive.
Finally 9 days after my due date my contractions started during the night around 11pm. I didn’t wake Paul but instead paced the house before deciding a bath would be a great idea at 3am. At around 4am when I couldn’t get out I had to wake Paul and at around 6am gave in and called the hospital. The contractions were 5 minutes apart and getting stronger so we went in.
I was examined at 7am and told I was only 1cms dilated and sent home. I cried, had another sweep, was given pain killers and was sent home.
I tried to sleep but that wasn’t possible so just paced. Come late morning and nothing had changed so Paul went into work and his Mum came to keep me company. I managed a little broken sleep during the course of the morning/afternoon and paul came home around 3pm.
Nothing changed, still 5 minutes apart but the intensity had died down. In typical Paul fashion he invitesd his friends round who all sat laughing and joking in the kitchen as always while I struggled on bouncing on my ball in the front room.
At 5pm I called the hospital and was told I wasn’t in labour as I was able to talk by a student midwife…..I may have swore and screamed at her!!
At 11pm I went for another bath and got into bed around 11.45pm. While in bed my waters broke at 12.10am and the pain intensified. Paul called the hospital and we were told to go into the birthing unit…I had requested a water birth so off we went.
By 1am I’d booked in and was examined, told due to all the swelling in my hands, face and legs I couldn’t stay in the birthing unit and was packed off to the labour ward.
I was 3cms dilated at this point.
My birthing plan was water birth with no pain relief.
With my water birth out of the window already, by 3.30am I turned to gas and air and by 7am had an epidural.
Paul left at 10am to run errands and do some work and his Mum came to stay with me. I managed to sleep for around 3hours after my epidural and certainly needed it.
By 1pm the contractions were every 2 minutes but I was only 4cms dilated. My epidurals were topped up constantly, Paul returned at point but kept disappearing for food, drinks and cigarettes as he was bored.
By 4pm a c-section was mentioned if I didn’t progress by 6pm….by 5.50pm I was in distress and so was the baby. It was confirmed it would be a section then. I called my parents and then was whizzed as fast as possible into theatre…everything was just a blur after that. It all happened so fast.
I remember laying on the theatre bed and shaking with nerves, this wasn’t in my plan. I had no idea what was happening and it was all just so fast.
By 6.19pm Emily was born, she was held up over the curtain for me to see, I had the quickest of cuddles and then she was taken to be weighed and cleaned up with Paul going with her.
While she was gone I had to be given a blood transfusion while being sewn up as I’d lost lots of blood.
I was reunited with her in recovery where she immediately latched on for a feed and remained for just over an hour. We then headed down to the ward where we stayed for the night. She was on observation throughout the night as had poo’ed before birth so they needed to do her obs every hour throughout the night.
Not quite the birth I’d planned by Emily was born via c-section on 4th February 2010 weighing 8lbs 13oz
Thank you Clare for sharing your story with us.
Why not pop over and see what else Clare is blogging about over on Emmy’s Mummy & Harry’s Too.