t's so lovely to look back at the birth of our longed for daughter with such happiness and fun. It truly was one of the most exciting experiences for both my husband and I due to all the prep we had done with gentle birth. Thank you again.xRead More
Just wanted to send you a quick update to let you know our baby arrived on Tuesday at 12:23PM.
I was booked for induction on Monday but waters broke on Sunday night at 11PM instead.
We went to CUMH at 7am Sunday morning and managed to labour away myself till around 8pm on Sunday evening. They moved me down to induction room then, I was 3cm and fully effaced at this stage. Midwife wanted to put me on syntocin drip immediately but I asked for some time & went walking.
Managed to labour away myself till around 8pm on Sunday evening. They moved me down to induction room then, I was 3cm and fully effaced at this stage. Midwife wanted to put me on syntocin drip immediately but I asked for some time & went walking.
Unfortunately my contractions completely died off after about an hour. I was totally disheartened and went back to induction room and just asked the midwife to start drip. She recommended I take a bit of time and put on a GentleGirth track to try and re-focus. I did, and it worked. Contractions came back with a vengeance and at 12:30am I was moved to labour ward.
I got to 7cm with just gas and air but again stopped progressing. Then I went on the drip for 2 hours but still failed to progress. At that point it looked like some sort of interventions were going to be needed and I was exhausted so got the epidural.
Baby was delivered some hours later with vacuum and episiotomy. She had been OP all throughout labour but managed to turn during the pushing stage.
I'm totally happy with how everything went.
The tracks really helped during the labour. I feel like workshop really helped me to stay calm and enabled me to push back at certain points in the hospital. Overall it was such a positive experience for me, considering how frightened I was of labour, I really surprised myself.
This is a post Donna shared with me in 2015 which I am resharing again as it is so inspirational for first time Mums.
I am so excited to share these amazing pictures of first time Mum Donna during her labour in CUMH recently. Donna and Pat attended my GentleBirth Workshop in May 2015 when she was approximately 38 weeks pregnant.
She emailed last week to say:
'Hi Mary. Our little girl Fiadh arrived last Friday. Weighing 8.5lbs. I had a natural birth and laboured at home until I was 7cm. When I got to CUMH I went straight into the birthing pool until it was time to push. After 1.5 hours of active pushing out she came. She was so bright eyed and alert. My experience was a calm one and it was all thanks to the workshop.
Thanks again from myself and Pat and baby Fiadh xx'
Labouring at home on the birth ball. It looks very cosy.
Donna was able to use the pool in CUMH which only took approximately 20 minutes to fill.
She found the pool really helpful and said: “The pool was amazing I felt like I was at a spa day” Donna noted that 'The midwife sat in the corner doing her paperwork and she left me too it until the baby was ready to be born. I was never so relaxed in my life.'
'I was ready to come home after I had a shower after the birth but they encouraged me to stay for 2 days which I did.'
“‘I’d do it all again tomorrow’” — Donna, GentleBirth Mum
Thanks so much to Donna and Pat for sharing such incredible photos of the birth of Fiadh. I think they will be very inspiring for other couples attending CUMH.