Just to let you know our baby boy was born in April weighing 7 pound 10 ounces.
I was scheduled to be induced on Wednesday due to Gestational Diabetes. I had gel at 4pm, did a good bit of walking and mild cramps started. Started TENS which subsequently packed up! Typical! Had second gel at 10pm and had fairly regular pains after that. Although was manageable. Used yoga poses and lavender/Vicks stick and breathing techniques.
The consultant came in at 7am and broke my waters at 1cm. This put me into true labour pretty much straight away. They wanted to start me on drip but I advised that I felt that 1. I didn't need it as was progressing really fast and 2. I would need to be provided with epidural before. By the time my husband got in at 9.30am I was using the gas and air and was having very regular surges. Each surge was over a minute with less than 50 seconds between them. I requested epidural then which I had previously indicated I would more than likely be having due to being induced. I think they were a little wary of whether I was really that far gone as baby very relaxed and they were finding it difficult to pick up contractions on CTG. However, staff were great and I got a delivery ward really quickly.
I had to wait a small while for epidural but in fairness consultant and midwife were fine for me to have that and then be examined and then decision on drip to be made. I think I got the epidural at about 12pm. I was then examined and was 7cm. Baby was down but it was felt that drip would help with descent. Drip was put on at very low level and not increased. Fully dilated an hour later and an hour for passive descent was given. I hadn't needed top up so was really able to feel the need to push which was great. At 3pm it was agreed that vacuum delivery would take place. While baby was anterior, there was some swelling to his head which was making it difficult to get him to crown. I had an episiotomy and vacuum delivery.
We had delayed cord clamping and both Mom and Dad had skin to skin.
It sounds on paper probably very medically managed but funnily enough it didn't feel like that at all. I really enjoyed the whole process. I felt I was listened to and treated with the utmost respect.
The advice on feeding and caring for a little baby was second to none during my stay at CUMH. Home now and settling down. I am exclusively breast feeding and that is going really well.
In terms of GentleBirth I would say I was very lazy listening to the tracks. However, I found the actual course with you invaluable. It really got us to start the conversation about birth and baby between ourselves as a couple. It also taught us to be inquisitive and to plan what we would like to have happen. It really geared my husband up for the delivery and he really was an excellent support on the day!