Danielle’s Labour Story

Friday morning, hubby and I woke up at 5:30 am when my alarm went off. I reset it for quarter to six while we cuddled and talked about the coming day. We had to be at the hospital for induction at 7:30 am.  i made hubby breakfast and myself a cup of raspberry leaf tea. I was too nervous and excited to eat.
Mum came up to the house at 6:30 am to look after miss monkey and master monster while we left for the hospital. The drive into town was quiet and peaceful. We reached the maternity ward just before 7:30 am and were placed into a labour room within minutes of being there. We then waited around for an hour for someone to let us know what was happening.
A hospital midwife came in around 8:30 am to put me on a CTG machine to monitor baby. I was on it for half an hour before my own midwife arrived and checked my cervix to see how ready my body was for labour and to make the decision of whether to break my waters or to insert the gel used to induce labour. To everyone’s surprise, I was already 3-4 cm dilated and she could feel baby’s head easily.  She decided to break my waters. I had to stay on the CTG machine for the next half hour just to monitor baby and see if breaking my waters was enough to start contractions. I began to have some minor niggles in my back but nothing that showed on the CTG machine.
Just before 10 am I was finally allowed off the CTG machine while my midwife prepared the drip for my induction. Hubby and I went for a walk around the ward to get him a cup of coffee from the waiting room. Then it was back on the bed for the CTG machine and the drip to be inserted at 10:30 am. I was also informed at this time that I’ll have to be injected with an antibiotic once labour was established as my Strep B swab test had come back positive. After 15 minutes or so I was allowed to get off the bed and sit on my ball for a while as long as it didn’t interfere with the CTG machine monitoring baby and the contractions. By this time I had already started to feel the contractions started by the drip.
At 11:00 am, hubby, my midwife and I discussed whether he should leave to go pick up Mum and the kids to be there for the birth (something which could take an hour minimum) or whether there was no time. My midwife decided to check my cervix again so we could base our decision on that. I was 5-6 cm dilated and baby’s head was even further down than before. There would be no time for hubby to go pick up Mum and the kids before this baby was going to be born. My midwife increased the drip from 6 ml/hr to 12 ml/hr (second stage of drip induction) and the contractions started to get stronger. I managed to keep breathing through them for the next 45 minutes or so and then I began to need the gas to help get me through them. Within 10 minutes of beginning the gas I began to feel the urge to push as if I needed to do a painful poo. I made a small pained noise alerting my midwife and she came to check my cervix again. I was fully dilated and baby was crowning.
Just minutes after birth
Hubby switched on the camera on his phone and hurried into position so he could film the birth (video to be posted later). The back up midwife was sent for the house doctor who had requested to attend the birth for experience. She didn’t get to our room in time. Miss leprechaun was born within minutes of the first urge to push at 12:06 pm. she was placed straight on my chest and within 10 minutes was mouthing for her first feed.
Miss Leprechaun
While I fed her, I delivered the placenta and received stitches for the tear that was caused by the speed of the birth. After that, miss leprechaun was weighed and measured. She was 8 lb 5 oz and 53 cm long. My heaviest and longest baby yet.

Already an expect feeder

View birth video here.


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