Today we hear from Zoe and her birth story …
Where was your birth?
“My son Leo was born at the John Radcliffe Hospital in October 2017 weighing 5lb!
Did you have a plan about the type of birth you wanted?
I did have a plan, yes! But like most others birthing plans it never went to plan!
I was hoping for labour to start naturally in a midwifery led unit in a birthing pool! Not the case!! I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 35 weeks, 5 days later I was being induced!
What type of birth did you have?
Luckily, I had a natural birth! However, my dream of a pool birth was a no go! My induction started at around 10AM. Within 20 minutes I could ‘feel something’. Little did I know I still had 17 hours of labour ahead of me! I was managing contractions really well, I kept telling myself ‘see, it’s not that bad’ until they popped my waters…my opinion quickly changed and very soon after I requested an epidural! I was 15 hours in and frankly exhausted! It all went quick and seems a blur until I felt like I needed the toilet! Little did I know, I was 10cm and ready to push! I had dilated 4-10cm in 2 hours! Pushing was definitely my favourite part of labour! At 3:02 Leo was born!
My first was a scary memory, when Leo was born, it was a huge relief! I was very dazed and was so exhausted! I just remember the midwife hitting an alarm requesting help as Leo wasn’t breathing. Suddenly a huge (but tiny) scream came from him! The best moment! I’m a mum now!
A second was how funny, chilled out and how human the midwifes are!! I had met a lot of Doctors and midwifes whilst I was in hospital waiting for Leo to be born and they all seemed so militant! But as soon as I was in labour, they where laughing and joking with me and my partner, James! It really put me at ease!
Best thing you packed in your hospital bag (or used if you were at home)?
All together I was in hospital for over 2 weeks! So I really needed to be kept occupied!
A colouring book and headphones where the best things to help the days pass! I ended up watching a whole series of Hell’s Kitchen, how random!
Anything else you would like to share?
I followed my gut instincts during my whole pregnancy. I was only diagnosed with pre-eclampsia because I didn’t recognise the type of headache I had that morning. I went to the hospital for a check up scan and told the midwife I had a headache! I had very high blood pressure and protein in my urine. I never had my scan and never went home until Leo was born!
I also always thought that maternal love and bond happened straight away. It didn’t for me. I wasn’t able to hold Leo much for the first week so that connection didn’t happen as quick as I’d expected! I didn’t realise how normal that was! But that connection soon come, and it’s the best thing in the world!
Thank you for letting me share! x”