So it’s our first birth story of 2017 and it’s a big one! Have a read of Helen’s story giving birth at the Midwife Led Birthing Unit (MLBU) at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.
“Happy new year! Well seeing as the little man is asleep I wanted to quickly jot down my story as I was always fascinated reading them when I was pregnant. Our gorgeous boy Joshua was born on 28 Nov, a whopping 9lb1oz at the Midwife Led Birthing Unit (MLBU)!
I’m very lucky to have had a straightforward and calm birth, exactly what I wanted. I started to feel mild contractions just after going to bed on the Saturday night. After checking in with the Midwife Led Birthing Unit (MLBU) I put the kettle on (sleep was not happening that night) and got myself comfy. I didn’t even bother to wake my husband at this point as I knew it could take a while and he had to work the next day.
Off to the Midwife Led Birthing Unit
Sunday morning came and although the contractions were a bit stronger, I felt OK to manage them with paracetamol and a heat pad (highly recommend these microwave bean bags). I sent Michael (husband) off to work promising I’d keep him posted, and ran a bath. As the day went on I needed to use the deep breathing Jackie taught us and I also played the music Jackie used in class to help keep me relaxed. By about 3pm the contractions were strong and I was struggling. Michael called me and I said I wanted to go to hospital so he came straight home and after checking with the MLBU we went straight there.
I was assessed and told I was 3cm dilated and to go for a walk to help things along – easier said than done! One thing I was conscious of was to keep my strength up and Michael had packed a hefty snack bag so I munched on cereal bars and wine gums as we walked round! Back at the unit the midwives ran me a bath and I hopped straight in. And that’s where I stayed until I delivered Joshua at just before 1am! I had gas and air but nothing else.
I found the pushing stage the hardest as this lasted about 1.5 hours and I felt like I wasn’t making any progress. It was tough! The midwife commented on how focused I was though, I used deep breathing (and made quite a bit of noise) and kept my eyes closed towards the end to help me concentrate. I’m thrilled that I was able to have a completely intervention-less birth and feel very lucky.
The breathing and relaxation techniques Jackie taught us really helped me, especially when I was managing the early stages at home. I’d highly recommend water as a form of comfort and pain relief, it was soothing and Joshua arrived very calmly – no wild screaming!”
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