*Graphic(ish) photos at the end – you’ve been told
8/9/16 12:22pm 2.9kg/6lb 6oz 47cm long 33cm head
*positive induction story *
The decision to induce was made with my ob, based on my blood pressure and that I’d been in pre labour on and off for 2 weeks.
I went in for a stretch and sweep on the Wednesday night and the Dr was a rude so and so but anyway, I ended up coming back and getting the gel at about 9pm Wednesday night and stayed overnight. Pat didn’t come with me and we both didn’t get a lot of sleep.
I had some niggles overnight and achiness but I didn’t go into labour.
The next morning I was taken around to birthing and I was put on the ctg and told that due to my bp I would need consistent monitoring which was something I wasn’t overly keen on because I was adamant that I wanted to be mobile during my birth and move around as much as possible.
They checked me and I was 3-4 cm at 8am and they broke my waters. This was the only time I was checked during my whole labour and I’m super happy with that.
I hopped on the fit ball and did some bouncing to get things moving. After about an hour every contraction had another gush of waters and we were all laughing. I kept apologising to my student midwife Anne because she was kneeling in front of me trying to keep the ctg things in a place that would pick up her heart rate.
The ctg kept losing her heart rate because of the way I was sitting and getting mine with each contraction and I was adamant to get in the bath so we decided to do a skull clip to monitor her so I could get in the bath.
I climbed into the bath probably around 10:30 after bouncing on the ball until that point.
I laboured along and it was all very cruisy, joking and laughing in between contractions, I had said that I didn’t want synto if it wasn’t needed which they were happy to wait and I didn’t need it.
Pat was sitting in front of me and each contraction I would lean on his arms and he would do a weird head cuddle thing that was super duper lovely and made me feel very supported.
We listened along to Coheed and Cambria on my phone and everyone was really confident in my ability to birth our baby the way that I wanted to.
I had a couple of contractions where I cried silent tears in a row. I said “Fuckkkkk”the next one. I remember thinking to myself “I don’t want to do this anymore” And then my next thought was “That means we’re nearly where we need to be, I’m having a baby soon”
A midwife came in to say something to my student midwife and the noises with each contraction had changed from heavy breathing to more of a grunting. The midwife then said that had sounded a bit like a pushing one.
They told me that if I was to birth in the position I was in (facing out of the bath on my knees, hanging my arms over the edge) I would have to deliver her myself and I wasn’t moving so I grunted that was fine.
Then the head midwife watched a couple more and I could hear her heart rate deceleration with the contractions and I knew she was very near. They came and told me that I would need to stand up to birth her because they didn’t want her gasping under water because of the decelerations
At that point I had a massive contraction and pushed out her head into my hand – I was holding my perinium so I didn’t tear and to help guide her head out.
I stood up and my student midwife supported her head while I pushed out her body in the next 2 contractions and sat down in the bath to have cuddles.
All up labour was probably about 3 hours. Other than the continuous monitoring because of my bp there was no intervention during labour, no checks for dialation, no pain killers recommended or used and no tearing.
I had a very fantastic birth centred around me, pat and our baby.