Where did you give birth or where was the birth you witnessed?
Bridgnorth Hospital, Shropshire
Can you describe where your/the birth was?
I gave birth standing up in a midwife led unit at our local country hospital
Who was present at your/the birth?
My husband, a student midwife who had followed our whole journey and the midwife.
Can you describe the experience of giving birth or watching the birth?
I remember one defining moment during labour when I though ‘This is me, having a baby. Savour the moment. Enjoy it!’ I was lucky to have a really amazing time during childbirth it was exhausting of course but the pain and tiredness felt very purposeful, like climbing a mountain. I felt very calm and very focused. It was a very active labour, I didn’t get on the bed until it was all over but spent most of the time on a yoga ball or a bean bag on the floor.
My husband was amazing and it really was a team effort, he counted down every contraction and kept egging me on. He force fed me chocolate buttons and made sure I kept drinking lots of water too.
I’ll never forget seeing my baby for the first time, uncurling the little person in front of us with my husband to find out we had a boy.
I had to have some surgery afterwards and got transferred to a different hospital but it did not take away from what an amazing and positive experience it was to give birth.