- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
It has all been a bit of a blur looking back but now we are home its about time i wrote a birth story for my little girl.
We were team green throughout but in my heart of hearts i knew she was a girl.
I woke up at just gone 7 on the 16th April to contractions that were regularly 10 minutes apart. by 11am they had progressed to on average 5-7 minutes apart. I called my fiance at work and told him what was happening. After ringing the hospital and being advised to come in to be checked we headed to the hospital at about 12.30pm.
We arrived on the maternity ward at 1pm and was seen by the midwife at just gone 2pm. She checked me and i was at 3cm and baby was back to back and causing horrible back labour. I was told that i wouldnt be admitted until i was at 4cm and to have a walk around the hospital gardens for a few hours along with some exercises to get baby to flip around.
at half 3 we headed back to the ward but was told they wouldnt do another internal assessment until 4 hours after the initial. She did time my contractions which were now every few minutes and still in my back so she ran me a bath.
Whilst i was in the bath i thought i head a pop and had a small gush of fluid. I wasnt sure if it was my waters breaking or not but decided i should probably get out and go see the midwife again.
Due to staff shortage i was left in the sensory room for a while and finally got checked again at half 7. i was at 5cm and told my waters had definately broken and would be admitted.
I had planned to have a water birth but due to slightly elevated Blood pressure throughout i knew i might be refused. When she checked it, it was slightly high but told me that i should still be ok to have it anyway but unfortunately there was a shift change mid way and when they called down to L&D they were told that i would need to be transfered to the main unit to deliver in the usual way. I was very dissapointed.
almost immediately after the last internal my contractions really picked up and were very painful. i was offered gas and air but i refused and just took some paracetamol to take the edge off the back pain.
At about half 8 i kept telling the midwife that i felt like i needed the loo but they assured me that this was just because the baby was back to back and putting pressure on my bowels. I knew that this wasnt the case and i really felt the need to push. I went off to the loo but whilst i was there i couldnt help but start pushing. ( i did need the loo btw)
When i got back to the room i told her that i really needed to push and once again she said it was positioning but they would check me again when we got downstairs. I just kept telling her i couldnt help it anymore and i refused her orders not to push and did it anyway. needless to say i was quickly transfered downstairs!
when we got there at about 21:20 she checked me and was surprised to find i had fully dialated from a 5 in just 2 hours and babys head was low enough that my fiance could see it without me having to push.
i pushed for about an hour without any pain relief until the midwife started getting concerned that baby wasnt decending any further and called for a doctor.
She checked me out, emptied my bladder and checked babys positioning. It was decided that baby was stuck in the birth canal back to back and i would have to go down to theatre to manually try and turn her then continue with a forceps delivery.
I was given a spinal block as it was too late for an epidural which i hated as i couldnt feel anything from my breasts down but immediately i couldnt feel my contractions anymore.
After over half an hour of them trying to turn her around she eventually did and Olivia Rose entered the world by forceps at 11:47pm weighing 7lbs 4oz and 13.5inches long.
My recovery is painful and i was kept in for 2 nights but it has all been worth it.
Olivia was born on the 16th April which is the same date my Grandad passed away 2 years ago so i like to think he was looking down on us and keeping us safe.