My Birth Story | Baby #2

Now that ‘Baby Sister‘ is over a week old I thought it was about time to get my birth story written down before it all becomes a bit of a blur! You may have read my 41 week pregnancy update so you’ll know I went overdue – 12 days in the end!

Friday 16th September 2016

We had my 41 week midwife appointment at the hospital where I requested a sweep! I don’t remember it being so uncomfortable and hurting that much last time. According to my notes I was only 1cm dilated but my cervix was soft but unaffected! My induction was booked for Sunday the 18th but I knew she wouldn’t make an appearance before then!

Saturday 17th September 2016

Possibly our last day as a family of three so we took a trip to Smyth’s toy shop to look for a* (*secretly buy) ‘sooter’ from Baby Sister. At 2:25pm (TMI) I had my bloody show! I hoped the pains would start too but all I got was period type pains in my lower back! We then watched Toy Story 3 together whilst eating chicken and rice before packing Little off to her Nana’s house. Everytime I looked at Little I felt so sad – I knew she wouldn’t be the baby anymore and I just felt so proud of how she had coped with my pregnancy and all the changes that were happening!

Sunday 18th September 2016

I woke up at 6:45am to ring the hospital at 7am. 9am was the time I was given to go in for induction! I felt so uneasy! I kept crying and I just wanted my Little to be home and in my arms. But I knew she was going to the zoo for the day so she probably didn’t even notice I was gone!


At 10:54am I was sent home without the pessary because the ward was busy and they said they would be able to break my waters so I was due to come back at 5pm. James and I decided to go for brunch which made me feel so sick with all the nerves. I spent the rest of the day tidying the house and bouncing on my ball.

At 5pm we were back in the hospital and waiting for a room on the ABC to become available. At 6:50pm I was moved across to the ABC where the midwife went to break my waters but she could feel a hand by her head so needed to get a Doctor to come and scan me. Caesareans and other options were discussed but by this time I just wanted to get my baby out safely. The scan showed that baby was definitely head down and the Doctor couldn’t see a hand so by 7:30pm my waters were broken and I was told I had 2 hours to get labour started before being moved to the Consultant Led Unit for the drip. James and I spent the next 2 hours walking around the hospital where I was having contractions but they were manageable and didn’t have much pattern.

By 9:30pm contractions were picking up so they were happy to give me 2 more hours so I had until 11:30pm to be in established labour!

I was examined about 11:40pm and I had made it to 4cm!!!! I wasn’t so happy hearing I was only 4cm but it meant I had dodged the drip! Wooooooppaaaa!!

From this moment the contractions really started to pick up and they were becoming very hard to cope with. I had positive attributions playing in my ear and I was trying my hardest to breath through them but the pressure was unreal! I didn’t feel the need to push but I was sure I couldn’t do it! At this point the midwife suggested going into the pool which I was happy about but even the pool didn’t really help the pain this time. My contractions were so intense and it felt like there was no break! I was panicking incase I wasn’t even fully dilated because I couldn’t cope with this pain much more. The midwife asked if I wanted some gas and air and at this point I would have tried everything. She sent another midwife to get it but by the time she had come back, and only about 3 pushes later, my beautiful baby girl was born!! The relief I felt when she was out and in my arms was indescribable. She was just like her sister and I just could not believe she was here!!

After 1 hour and 59 minutes of established labour – Baby girl was born at 1:34am, weighing 8lb 40z and she was just perfect!

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8 Comments

  1. Beautiful Amy and so lovely to be able to document it like that. Life stories are so precious you have to remember all of it. Thank you for another precious granddaughter xxx

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