We’re going to be running a series of birth stories on gurgle.com. From easy natural births, to complicated caesareans, home births and emergency births, we want to share the wonderful world of birth with you. And even better, these are real stories from real members!
Alana Jade's arrival
About 10 yrs ago my husband booked me onto a hypnobirthing course
where I could learn to teach hypnobirthing to other women: he knew I would love it. I did the course and bought into it but decided not to teach it until I had children of my own. When I had my son in 2006 everything went very well in under 7 hours from start to finish I had a beautiful boy (Jack) 8lb 3oz with no drugs and felt I would love to do it again.
Then in January 2008 I gave birth to Jasmine, and everything was set for me to go to the same midwife lead unit in Stroud, Glos. My sister was called to look after my son but by the time she got there, I realised I could feel pressure and my waters broke. I told my husband we couldn't go anywhere so he went off to phone the midwife from our bedroom and I settled onto a nappy mat on the bathroom floor . By the time he got off the phone Jasmine had arrived and I was holding her, 7lb 10oz. I didn’t feel scared as everything went as well as the last birth did, only this time in just under 2 hrs.
I was excited to have delivered my baby on our own but happy when the ambulance arrived just to make sure she was okay. So the next time I fell pregnant we decided that a planned homebirth was the only way and that it would be great for our two children to see the birth of our second girl.
So in September 2009 we had Amber at home (with the midwife in attendance this time) in just over three hours. Again everything went well and this time my husband and my children were in the room. Once my waters break it is usually moments before the head emerges, and I don’t have to push because my body just pushes the baby down, as long as I am relaxed it does it by itself, in fact it really does feel as though my body takes over. Amber was born weighing 7lb 6oz.
When we decided to have another baby (our fourth) a home birth was the obvious choice. We excitedly planned for just me, my husband, our children and our local midwife ( who is awesome) to be in our house. Its very calm and intimate to give birth at home.
This time however my waters went earlier on and we went to the hospital to be checked and then headed home for the night. I went to bed at 11.00pm hoping something would happen in the night and that I would then wake my children up just before she arrived, the same as last time. I got up around 11.30pm and went downstairs telling my husband I thought I might be having contractions and to go to sleep I would wake him later on. I shut the bedroom door.
I went downstairs and by 12.30am after a few regular and slightly stronger contractions I phoned my midwife and asked to come over. I felt calm but was looking for her to reassure me as I could feel the baby pushing down on one hip and was looking for her to check the positioning, I wanted my midwife there just to check everything was on track. I went upstairs for a towel, but for some reason didn't wake anyone else up. I didn't realise I only had 20 mins or so left and I find time goes quite quickly towards the end of my labour.
I realised the baby was coming, put a towel down on the floor and turned on our home video camera. I tried to call my husband but there’s no way he would have heard me from the lounge. The midwife came through the front door and didn't realise the baby was crowning so when I asked her to get Craig she went upstairs woke him up. By the time she was back downstairs with the birthing box (which she had left weeks before), I was asking her to catch the babies body as she was already half out, without any pushing.
Seconds later my husband came downstairs looking dazed as realised he had missed the whole thing again!
We got the two older children up and introduced them to their sister Alana Jade 8lb 1/2 oz born 19th December 2011 at 1.02am and settled down for a nice cup of tea, before packing the children back to bed at about 2am.
I didn’t feel scared because my births have always been lovely and you just kind of go into a zone when in labour everything feels so instinctual when you are relaxed in your own environment. My only regret is that I wish my husband had seen it, because it will probably will be the last one for us!
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