Where was the birth?
North Manchester General Hospital in Crumpsall, Manchester.
Can you describe where the birth was?
As my first child had been born by c-section due to being breech I had to give birth on the labour ward so I could be monitored throughout. My hope for a water birth with music never happened! I was on a bed in the middle of a room full of equipment and bright lights. There was an ensuite and windows to the left of me. I had two monitors around my belly to monitor me and the baby which made movement awkward.
Who was present at the birth?
My husband, a midwife and a student midwife. They’d delivered two babies already. A senior midwife was brought in when I had a tear and they discussed the option of an episiotomy. I was checked by a Doctor during labour to ensure my c-section scar was coping with the natural labour.
Can you describe the experience of the birth?
After a c-section I’d hoped my second birth would be ‘natural’ even though terrified. Labour started in the early hours and we got to hospital around 4pm. I experienced a jolt through me that almost threw me off the bed. My waters had broken. Tired and thinking I had hours ahead I asked about an epidural but it turned out I was ready to push! I felt I was pushing forever. Would he ever come out? If they’d said they were using forceps I wouldn’t have cared. I was bleeding due to a tear. I pushed with what energy I had and suddenly he was there. He came out all at once. I remember thinking I don’t have to push anymore! They wrapped him up and lay him on me. I couldn’t see his face and asked my husband what he was like. He had lots of hair. In comparison the placenta was easy! I got that euphoric feeling again. Wow. I’d reached the summit! Faced my fear! 2 hours later I was on the gas and air again for stitches as my husband cradled our son. That and the thought many women wouldn’t have that aftercare got me through.