I assumed I’d swear a lot during labour

Where did you give birth or where was the birth you witnessed?

Can you describe where your/the birth was?

In the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, after my waters broke in Rotherhithe.

Who was present at your/the birth?
My best friend.

Can you describe the experience of giving birth or watching the birth?
I have a very high pain threshold, so was hosting a lunch party when my waters broke after six hours of unnoticed labour. By the time we got to hospital, I was in second stage, and gave birth within two hours. I assumed I’d swear a lot during labour, but actually, the presence of a very religious midwife meant that I just sighed a lot. Maud was born beautiful, and I still feel incredibly lucky that everything went well. She was born hand first, and thereafter slept with one arm wrapped over her head for about six years.


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