A big baby: an awesome birth story
First time mum Sarah gave birth to her 10lb 3.5oz baby boy ‘with just a few puffs of gas and air’. I love how she was straightening her hair in labour and how she remained calm by using her breathing techniques and with the help of her birth partner Leo.
Leo and I had completed the Wise Hippo 4 week course with Deborah at 34 weeks pregnant. Leading up to the birth I had been using the MP3’s regularly.
Once I was on maternity leave I found myself getting more anxious about the birth and decided that once a day I would take the time to listen to an MP3 and then used the birth affirmations while in the shower or washing up. These really helped to keep my anxiety at bay.
I was starting to really want the birth to hurry up and arrive the closer I got to my due date, which was 20th March.
By 2pm I thought I had had a few surges but didn’t read too much into it.
I walked to meet Leo from work and on the walk back I told him that I thought something was happening.
That evening the surges started coming around 7pm. My mum and step dad were over for dinner and I was happily eating spaghetti bolognese whilst bouncing on the birth ball.
Every so often I’d pause, get on all fours on the floor and breath through a surge. I still didn’t really think I was in labour.
After dinner I ran a bath, this seemed to pass some time and by the time I’d got out the surges were coming more regularly, my mum started timing them.
They were getting more intense, I knew we would have to get to the hospital soon so started to get ready. I was insistent that I needed to straighten my hair before we went. I was doing this then would throw the straighteners to my mum when I had a surge, get on all fours again and breath through it, then go back to sorting my hair!!
I pushed for 2 hours in total, it honestly didn’t feel that long, but throughout the midwives were amazing and really helped. I knew my baby wasn’t coming out quickly.