Positive GentleBirth Induction with Epidural for First Time Mum in CUMH

Just to let you know our baby boy was born in April weighing 7 pound 10 ounces. 

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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. 

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 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.

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! 

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! 

Speedy birth after Induction for a First Time Mum - CUMH

I went into Cumh Sunday 25th Nov at 3.30pm for induction. I was in 3 south ward in a room just opposite the nurses station which was great.

I had printed my GentleBirth plan with a beautiful floral design in colour and had the main points printed on a label and stuck it on the cover of my hospital file. I printed flash cards with my positive affirmations, breathing techniques and lots of funny memories to keep me in a positive calm mindset and to keep laughing! I had lots of LED t-lights and my relaxing labour play list on, so the atmosphere was really lovely and relaxing in the room, all midwives said it when they came into the room.

I was given a gel at 6pm and nothing was stirring I just had very mild cramps, (little did I know how mild😂). I got checked around 9pm and was only 2 cm. I got the second gel at midnight and again nothing had changed when they checked me  around 2.45am, so I sent Dermot home to sleep at 3am.

I was getting ready for bed and got up on the bed to reach the light switch and POP my waters went like they do on a film! I went out to the midwife station but my midwife was on tea break and told another midwife and she didn’t seem too phased, said it would be a few hours before anything happened, and said she’d have a look in a minute.  

The real pain started almost immediately after my waters went so I rang my partner to come back quick! He got to the hospital at 3.10am. I had some very strong contractions and I told my partner to ask the midwife could I get up and move but I was on the monitor, I dont think she believed me about how painful it was. She said to wait just 5 more minutes on the monitor. 

I explained that I needed to push and asked for pain relief so she said “all right I’ll have a little look” then she called in a second opinion and was told no time for pain relief we have to go to the delivery suite now! They told my partner to grab a nappy and bag there was no time for anything else and they literally ran with my bed down to the delivery suite shouting don’t push don’t push!! 

I got to the delivery suite at 4 am. I had to go from one bed to the other but ended up standing grabbing the bed for a while, I just couldn’t move to the other bed. The midwives raised the back of the delivery suite bed so I could lean over it while on my knees on the bed. I remember the sweat running off me and my partner got me a cold face cloth.... the nicest feeling in the world!!!!!

I had the gas and air but I wasn’t breathing it in, just out through the tube, I got it a little mixed up....oops!!
I asked for an epidural only to be told there was no time they could see Baby’s head. At this stage they were a bit concerned as her heart rate was dropping slightly and they were trying to get a consultant but it was all happening too quick no one could get there quick enough, they told me to push as hard as possible as they needed baby to be born, I was so tired I changed position onto my back but sitting up and they held my feet.

After 3 or 4 contractions her head was out and she was born on the next contraction!  They put her straight into my chest and the cord was Snow White when it was cut! 

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I dread to think how I would have felt if I hadn’t used GentleBirth in the months prior to the birth.

They took her away to weigh her. She flew into the world 58 minutes after going into the delivery suite, they were all shocked at the speed things progressed!! They kept me in delivery suite for 3 hours because my pulse was very high so they gave me a drip and just monitored me, when the shift change was happening they were telling the other midwives what happened and they were all saying... oh wow and first baby that’s fast with no pain relief ..wow!!! But it wasn’t for the lack of asking 😂

The birth wasn’t what I had planned and I think I was in shock for a little while after as it all happened so fast, I was expecting to be in labour a very long time with induction. I dread to think how I would have felt if I hadn’t used GentleBirth in the months prior to the birth. I still use the tracks if I’m having trouble sleeping. In the first few days my anxiety was very bad and I found the new mum track really good.

The day before my induction I spent time reading my affirmations and flash cards, and while I was nervous about going into the hospital I honestly think I would have needed medication to deal with my anxiety and nerves if I hadn’t the GentleBirth training under my belt!

We both really enjoyed the workshop with you, and will definitely be back if we decide our little one needs a little brother or sister! 

I believe all I’ve learned while using GentleBirth will continue to help me with my anxiety even after my pregnancy