Being pregnant and giving birth to a child is magical and each and every labour and birth is different as no two are the same!
My first labour and birth was a somewhat horrific experience with a very frightened 21-year-old who knew nothing about caring for another being and after 2 days in slow labour followed by nearly a full day at 8-9 cms dilated an emergency section was on the cards.
As soon as she was born she was whisked away by the Midwives and she remained in the recovery room with her father while I remained fully awake in surgery, scared and alone.
I swore after she was born I would never ever go through that experience again, as much as I loved her, the experience itself emotionally hurt me and topping it off with a relationship break up and single parenting for most of her life it only made me more determined that I didn’t want to give birth again.
When my first child was 10 years old I discovered I had fallen pregnant with my son and even with a supportive partner I was utterly terrified.
My pregnancy with Joshua was horrific to say the least, with hospital stays and emergency hospital appointments throughout due to blood loss throughout, and a corpus lithium cyst that the Doctors were concerned would rupture or cause a torsion that almost lead to surgery being carried out at 17 weeks pregnant it really was touch and go that we would make it to birth, never mind think about the birth itself.
However after all the anxiety and worry I went on to have the most amazing experience with my elective section that we have chosen to go to go back to the same hospital as last time in the hopes we have a similar experience.
And that is where we are today …
Today we are already in hospital on the maternity ward awaiting our time slot to go down and have baby number 3!
So for the next month as tiredness and sleep deprivation and emotions are taking over us all, I will be blogging about our journey but also will be having the pleasure of hosting birth stories from other Bloggers throughout the next month too and each and every one of them very different but equally as beautiful.
Birth is not all text-book and sometimes even the hardest of deliveries give us the most precious memories, they give us courage and most of all they give us love.
Feel free to send your love us today as we step into this beautifully emotional journey again.