Updated: Jul 1
Harper Sophie arrived on 17th Jan at 9.44pm.
Our induction went well & after just an hour of pushing after a long day it turned out that she was posterior (which they hadn’t picked up until she was being born given how high she stayed most of the day & then descended quite quickly right at the end). A big bruise to her head & a small tear with a couple of stitches for me was the worst of it.
Natural birth with no drugs just as I’d wanted. I tried the gas for one surge, but really didn’t like the sensation & decided to stick to my plan of being drug free which I’m glad of - I think it’s really helped my recovery & it really didn’t take long to be up & about & feeling pretty normal again.
I gave birth on my left side which was reasonably comfortable & kept me off my back. Wasn’t able to use the fit ball because the CTG kept falling off & couldn’t get in the shower because of the syntocinon(synthetic oxytocin) drip, but the day went well. We couldn’t have been any happier with the support we got from the staff & our medical team.
I think my biggest piece of advice for other people & definitely the key for us was to not be fixated on what specifically had to happen to maintain a positive birth - we worked within how the day evolved & made the most of every change in how things happened. I had been keen to use the fit ball & the shower, but in the end, not being able to use either didn’t have a negative impact on the day at all.
Thanks so much for your support & education - we really enjoyed the sessions & felt that we were as prepared as we could have been.
Congratulations Rayleen and Paul! I am so happy that you were able to achieve the positive birth that you were hoping for. ~ Hannah