Our baby arrived a few days early in Holles Street last week!
He’s just perfect!
Birth was great too, drug free, just used the tens machine and that’s it.
My waters broke (all clear) on Friday 5th evening and we went into Holles St, they did a trace and allowed me to go home until Sunday morning 8am before they induced me.
I managed to get them to extend the time allowed, and high tailed it to an acupuncturist on Saturday morning.
My contractions started at 3pm later that day on Saturday 6th.
We went back into Holles St around 2am on Sunday morning, and I was 2cm dilated and we stayed in the delivery suite.
Midwives were great and really went with the birth plan, except for one that I had to have stern words with while trying to manage the contractions!
Hardest stage for me was definitely the pushing, but otherwise it was all manageable.
My placenta came out by itself, 5 seconds after I started skin to skin! Couldn’t believe it! It just dropped out!
Honestly, the hardest part was navigating your way through their system. It’s not that they’re trying to be obstructive, it’s just they have procedures, which I understand, I really had to have words with one midwife, who wasn’t the one actually with me on the labour but another one, that wanted me to have the trace on constantly, move rooms, tried to break my forewaters etc etc (they broke themselves 30 seconds later on the birthing stool!)
She even had a doctor come in to explain to me why the trace had to be on, and I again mentioned I was happy with intermittent.
Then she backed off and started telling me how well I was dilating and that it all looked very positive.
I feel back to my normal self, it’s incredible how fast the body heals. I do put it down to sticking to the natural way. And baby’s doing great, I’m breastfeeding, he was 2.98 kg at birth and is 3.1 kg already 4 days in!
Thanks for everything.
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