During a Talking Babies Antenatal class we spend time exploring pain relief. We go from natural methods all the way up to Epidural. I always explain that we are all different and so are our pregnancies and birth outcomes. If mum feels too much pain and chooses an Epidural there is NO weakness. Perhaps the pain is a sign that something is not quite right. For Daisy it was clear that her body was moving very quickly with intense contractions. This was too much for Daisy, she couldn’t keep up. I am so proud of daisy despite choosing to have an epidural she remembered from her classes that she needed to push with all her might in order to succeed. Something that is incredibly hard when you have little sensation.
Anyway, here is Daisy’s wonderful birth. Thank you Daisy for taking the time to write it. I know it will help so many expectant parents.
‘Hi Emily! I just wanted to share our news with you. Charlie and I had a lovely little baby girl on Wednesday! Named Beatrice Rose. She was 8.9lbs.
The birth story is as follows: My waters broke at 2 days overdue, it was only a trickle, but I knew it had happened. The midwife I saw booked me in to be induced as my waters had broken and it was recommended to be induced 24 hrs after them breaking. 2 hrs before going in the rest of my waters popped (literally heard them go whilst I was in bed!)!
I had a prostaglandin and was then waiting in the antenatal ward for a whole day. The prostaglandin gave me very painful contractions. Eventually, I moved to the delivery suite, and was immediately hooked up to the hormone drip. My contractions then became so hardcore. I managed on only gas and air for a while! But, I ended up choosing to have pethidine, and then an epidural. Due to being at increased risk of infection (from my broken waters) they didn’t want to check my dilation regularly. It was only when the babies heart rate dropped rapidly they examined me and realised I was 10cm! I went from 1cm to 10cm in 2 hours! When the baby moved down rapidly there was some drama over locating the heart beat! I was completely oblivious to what was going on because the pethidine made me as high as a kite! The pethidine made me feel great but, I found it didn’t help with the contractions too much. For me the epidural was so worth it. I chilled out for an hour before active pushing. After just 45 minutes she was born. I kept saying that I couldn’t push her anymore, that she would get stuck there needing a forceps or ventouse birth. The Midwives wouldn’t believe it tho and instead encouraged me to keep going! Which I did and couldn’t believe the actual moment she came out!! The most amazing experience of my life, and scary!! Totally worth it all though! All the staff we’re amazing!
Am so pleased how it all turned out in the end. The midwives were all excellent. I tried to resist the epidural early on but, for me it was so worth it and there was no need to try and be a hero! That is what it’s for and I still managed to feel the contractions enough when it came to push – because they were so intense!
It was the most amazing experience of my life when they placed her on my chest! Like a dream!
Thank you Emily for preparing us as much as possible! We thoroughly enjoyed your classes.
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