Today we hear from Dee about her birth story…
Hi, I’m Dee, @Mutha.of.girls on Instagram.
I am really new to blogging but thought I’d take the plunge and start sharing my life as a mum to two beautiful girls. Daisy 8 and Violet 7 months.
We live in Bristol which is where I grew up. I hope to move us to the coast one day, which has always been a dream of mine…
Where was your birth?
I had both my girls at St Michael’s Hospital. But I had two very different experiences. Today I’m going to share Violet’s birth story which was 7 months ago, so still quite fresh in my mind.
Did you have a plan about the type of birth you wanted?
In the initial early days I had lots of birth plans, mostly I wanted to be midwife led and have one of those sensory delivery rooms to get my zen on and try to do it as naturally as the pain would allow me to endure. But as my placenta wasn’t working properly from 12 weeks on we ended up under the FMU (fetal medicine unit) I was consultant led instead, in a more practical room in case of emergencies.
What type of birth did you have?
I was induced with Violet as she was extremely small, 4lb 7 at birth. She had gained no weight at all in the last month inside me. As we were consultant led they did want to induce me at 35 weeks but I just really believed she would gain weight. (She didn’t) so at 38 weeks they induced me. I had such mixed feelings about what that would mean after having a relatively normal birth with Daisy 8 years before. But actually it was amazing!!!! I felt so much more in control. I did have an epidural in the end as I was induced on the Monday and Violet didn’t not appear until Wednesday morning, so I was pretty exhausted. But the whole experience was lovely.
There are a couple that really stand out for me…
One of my strongest memories is having a long bath in the delivery room, whilst listening to Bonobo. My partner poured warm water on my belly as well as refilling it so it was constantly warm. This really eased my contractions before we decided on other pain relief.
Also seeing the sunrise while in the last stages of pushing was also pretty special- Violet was born at 6.03 it’s like she rose with the sun….
Best thing you packed in your hospital bag (or used if you were at home)?
The best thing was LIP BALM…. Burts Bees EXTRA moisturising!! Seems silly but I always get dry lips and that balm made so much difference.
Anything else you would like to share?
I had such a different experience to my first birth & I would say that whatever anxieties we have change so frequently throughout the 9 months, it hard to feel like you know what’s happening or what’s to come. I actually had such a magical experience this time round even with intervention and spending 9 month completely petrified. So I guess what I am saying is don’t put too much pressure on yourself at any stage, as usually that’s exactly what it is, a stage!
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