Where did you give birth or where was the birth you witnessed?
U.K., Stoke on Trent, North Staffs Maternity
Can you describe where your/the birth was?
My fourth baby was born in hospital on the third of April 1996, following a rapid induced labour. It was just me and one midwife called joy until just before I delivered, when we were joined by another midwife and doctor. I can remember vividly the fear I felt because our previous baby had passed away less than a year earlier, I was terrified that once my baby girl was born, I would no longer be able to keep her safe. But at the same time I knew this baby would help to mend our families broken heart, I was physically aching to hold her. I also felt very alone, my husband was too scared to join me, scared of the memories of our previous babies and terrified that history would repeat itself for a third time.
Who was present at your/the birth?
Midwife joy, sister Lynn Dudley, an obstetrician called Pedro and two paediatricians.
Can you describe the experience of giving birth or watching the birth?
I don’t remember much of the labour as such, it was over in Less than an hour, I do remember Lynne holding my hand and joy trying to reassure me that my baby was ok. I was attached to the ctg to monitor the heart beat and how my baby was coping with labour, and I vividly remember hearing my babies heart beat decelerate during a contraction moments before she was born. I also remember the relief, her little face, her warmth and smell, the weight of her in my arms, a feeling that I had waited for for what felt like a lifetime. It is that support, that feeling of joy, the whole picture that prompted life changing ambition for me. I have been a midwife now for sixteen years and my baby girl is 20 and beautiful. I love my job, now I try to make a difference.