Where did you give birth or where was the birth you witnessed?
At the Whittington hospital. Islington. Birth witnesses by midwife and dad.
Can you describe where your/the birth was?
Hideous induced birth, so was in a tiny cramped ward for 34 hours, with only a curtain for privacy.
Who was present at your/the birth?
The father of my child and a big team of surgeons/midwives/nurses etc.
Can you describe the experience of giving birth or watching the birth?
I was adopted and fairly young (very young mentally) when I had my first son. I was very scared and my son was an extremely difficult birth. He was very close to not surviving, during and after the birth- due to lack of hospital action. It was not a positive experience. I was left for hours without any care. Lying in blooded bed sheets for days, unable to get food as I could not walk to the self service meal table, too naive to know better.
He was the first relation of mine I ever met. First child, first relative. I just stared down at him for days on end. First time I ever had something that was ‘mine’.