Well throughout my pregnancy I found reading birth stories very reassuring, so thought that now i've been through it I would write my own.
On sunday 27th Jan 2008, 17 days before my due date i noticed some 'funny pains', This was at about 4 in the afternoon and i say 'funny' pains because i was pretty sure that they were not labour contractions (altho obviously with this being my first baby i had no idea what contraction pains would be like!) Anyway i gave the hospital a call and they wanted me to pop in to get checked over which i hapily did, They said that i was NOT in labour and the pains were probably just "things moving around". I went home feeling a little silly at wasting time, my partner nicely had one of those "see i knew you were over-reacting" looks on his face.
It got to about half 8 that same evening and I started getting much more regular pains, not sure what it was that changed my partners mind but he now started to take note and started timing the pains, I, however by this point was not fussed and was convinced i wasn't going to call the hospital again. So i did what any pregnant woman would do and ordered a pizza!!!! hehe..... I ate my pizza and then jumped in the bath to ease these what i can only descirbe as irritating pains, they were getting more painful and more regular now, about every 4 minutes and lasting about 60 seconds. So my partner sugested we nip back to the hospital. I finally agreed and went to get out of the bath, but as i did i felt quite a big gush of water between my legs, still not convinced anything was happening i calmly got dressed and got in the car. We then went to the garage where i got out to buy yet more snacks and drinks.
We got to the hospital at 10:45pm, and i was showed into a room. Altho the staff were being nice enough i could tell they didn't think i was close to having this baby but luckily for me the baby had other ideas!!!
I had the usual checks including blood pressure which they found it was sligtly high so sent a nurse to get a monitor for the baby. As sson as she walked out of the room i turned to the midwife and said "i'm really sorry and you're probably going to think i'm mad but i feel like i need to push!". She replied that she'd check me over, but assured me i'd more than likely have a long way to go yet!!! She had a little check and rapidly changed her mind and told me to "push, push, push" Ahhhhhhhhh, my god is all i can remember thinking!!! but i pushed away anyway and altho it was painful the worst bit for me was losing my breath with each push!!! sounds strange i'm sure. With a couple of pushes my lovely baby girl was born and 11:33pm on sunday 27th Jan 2008. Just 45mins after getting to the hospital!!!! woohoo how chuffed was I. The nurse arrived about 5 minutes later with the monitor!!obviously no need for that anymore.
My daughter was 5lb 15oz and we named her Ella-Sofia.
I love telling my birth story for loads of reasons, obviously one being that it was the best day of my life meeting my little girl but also because i think that people are so quick to share horrible horror stories of labour with ladies that are expecting, which just makes people nervous about the whole thing, so i want help make people less nervous with a good labour story.
Giving birth is always going to hurt, but the pain is a natural pain. One that you can not control at all but that you can ease by relaxing and breathing. It can be manageable and my story is proof of that.
Lots of love and well wishes to anyone that has taken a look at my birth story.
Mickayla x x x x
Oh and my only extra bit of advice is to have a jug of warm water ready for the first time you need to pee after giving birth!!!!! hehe