Real Mom's Birth Stories: Laura
Of course, every birth is different. But if you're currently expecting, you might like to know what might happen, that the unexpected usually happens at some point, and that Yes, you can survive it! So it's great to hear from Mom of three Laura Doyle, about her experience.
Our third baby was born quickly. She arrived six minutes after I got to the hospital. This time I wanted to be prepared. With all the bleeding and pains I had in the third trimester, I knew this one would most likely be coming just as fast as her big sister.
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At my 39 week appointment, our consultant gave me a membrane sweep. Afterwards, I didn’t feel very different and went about as normal. The next day I started to have a ‘bloody show’ and continued to have it all day. I was almost ready for bed that night, and I got my first contraction, about 10pm. I remember thinking to myself and saying to my bump “now?!” Just as I was about to go to bed. But, I slept relatively well and the contractions remained 10 minutes apart all night.
Wednesday, Oct 11th.
Not wanting to make the same mistakes as last time (sending my husband to work when I was having contractions and him nearly missing the birth!). I decided this time we should head to the hospital.
We arrived at the hospital and my contractions were still 10 minutes apart, but stronger in intensity. I was still having a ‘bloody show,’ I knew in my gut this was it, but just didn’t know how long. I was examined at this point and my cervix was almost gone and I was 1cm … I knew what this meant, I had to start walking. But I was so glad to be already in the hospital at this point because my last birth went from bearable contractions straight to transition very quickly.
I was sent to the day ward, and my husband and I decided to go for a walk and get some lunch. As soon as I walked down the stairs and to the entrance of the hospital my contractions were five minutes apart. I began to stop walking when I got one and I knew things were starting to happen. While having some lunch, I suddenly felt a little trickle and immediately knew it was my waters. On two of my previous pregnancies, my waters gushed and all came together but this was very slow.
The contractions were still around five minutes apart, we went back to the ward and I explained what had been happening to the midwife. I was able to collect a little of my waters but as they were just dripping out it was not a lot. For those of you that have never collected some of your amniotic fluid, it is cloudy white liquid and distinctive. The midwife wasn’t too sure they were my waters! I was, however.
My contractions were getting intense at this point and about two to three minutes apart. I decided to sit on a birthing stool (a stool in a C shape) and this is when I arrived at the final hurdle. My waters broke fully with a gush at this point and I was very vocal with each contraction!
They put a trace machine on to me. This is common practice when your waters have gone. At this point, I asked for a Panadol or something light for the pain. The midwife said it was a little early, and I could have something when I reached ‘established’ labour. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. All this pain and still not in established labour?
The baby’s heartbeat was very fast and I was put on my left hand side. This was unbearable, as the contractions were so intense. The midwife put her hand on my tummy and felt a contraction. She told me the contractions just weren’t strong enough yet for me to be in established labour and she would like me to go the toilet. I told her I couldn’t walk to the toilet. But with my husband’s help I made it. I was upset at this point and the midwife told me to calm down as there were other women on the ward.
I remember thinking to myself the pain is so intense and I couldn’t believe I wasn’t in active labour. When I went to sit on the toilet, I noticed I was bleeding. And then out of my mouth, came a sound that triggered my memory very quickly. A roar that comes from your soul. A sound that your body makes when it is pushing this baby whether you help or not. I knew in that split second, this baby girl was coming. A different midwife, the manager of the ward obviously heard the sound too, because she appeared with a wheelchair.
She ran straight to Labour and Delivery, where a team of midwives and doctors were standing waiting for me. I jumped up onto the bed and with two pushes 30 seconds later our beautiful Milla Luna was born. 7lb 4oz…
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