Real Birth Journey: Ollie Benjamin

Birth. It is the most incredible, indescribable, unpredictable and miraculous occurrence. Bringing life into the world is an experience that is personal and precious beyond belief. Each delivery is different to the next, and yet I feel that despite the varying differences it is something so special it can actually bring us altogether. I’m pulling together a range of real birth stories to share in the hope of expanding our knowledge and expectations of birth, and to dwell in the wonder that is the gift of life, in the countless forms it may arrive in!

Name & age at birth:
Isabelle Streets, 24

Due date:
23rd July 2018

Cravings during pregnancy:
Bags of oranges!

Worst symptom/s:
Heartburn and baby kicking me in the ribs. 

Biggest concern about birth was:
Not making it to the hospital in time. 

Ideal birth plan was:
Supernatural childbirth in water.

Hours in labour:
About 15 hours in total.

How we went from wombmate to roommate:
12am contractions were regular. Active labour started at 5am, being 3-4 minutes apart until about 11am. Contractions then got to 2 minutes apart consistently. I walked around for the duration of my labour, praying and feeling quite peaceful. At 12 noon I got into the bath and had the gas through transition and pushing, and he was born at 3pm in the afternoon.

Most vivid memory during labour:
The intense pressure of pushing a baby out naturally. Wow. I can’t even describe it!

Most amusing/interesting moment during labour/birth:
I was ready to push, but the midwife said I had to wait as something was in the way. I screamed at my husband to start praying and almost squeezed him to death. He prayed and instantly the prayer was answered. The midwife checked me, all was clear and she said ‘Push!!!’

During labour/birth, I definitely did not expect:
To have a son! (We were convinced we were having baby girl #3)

A myth I believed prior that I now don’t is:
The more you have, the shorter you labours are!

Baby’s name, birth weight and date:
Ollie Benjamin. 8pound. 23rd of July 2018

Baby’s name was almost:

Time spent in hospital post birth:
4 hours.

Best tip/trick you received for those early days:
Soak it up, go easy on yourself and sleep when baby sleeps.

Top 3 lifesaving items for a newborn:
Family who bring meals! Support and a good pram.

If you could go back and speak with your pregnant self, what would you say?
Put your feet up honey, this doesn’t last. 

If you could speak with yourself during labour, what would you say?
You’re just a few hours away from meeting your precious bundle.

If you could speak with yourself on day 3 of having a newborn, what would you say?
You’re doing amazing. Just do what you can. 

Any words for first time mums-to-be nervous about their own upcoming birth?
Pray for everything you want. Research and watch videos on birth. Figure out what pain medicine you want if any. 

If you have a birth story you’d like to share, then please get in touch and let’s start the conversation and continue celebrating this incredible life changing event!

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