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:
Cravings during pregnancy:
I was very lucky, I had no bad symptoms, just exhausted.
Biggest concern about birth was:
I tried to only focus on the positives. I knew she had to come out regardless.
Ideal birth plan was:
I never had a plan. Just have a happy healthy baby.
Hours in labour:
I was in labour for 6 hours in total. By the time we got to the hospital I was already 7cm dilated.
How we went from wombmate to roommate:
I didn’t have pain medication only because I was scared of the needle.. 😂 This is even funnier when I look at my 3rd pregnancy.
Most vivid memory during labour:
I was so overwhelmed, I just remember thinking – please be over soon! I have no idea how women go doing it for hours and hours. 6 hours was my longest labour.
Most amusing/interesting moment during labour/birth:
My birth was so text book. Super boring
During labour/birth, I definitely did not expect:
My waters to break when I started pushing, and to tear so badly.
Baby’s name, birth weight and date:
Lidiana Vera, 5/12/2013 (her due date)
Baby’s name was almost:
Time spent in hospital post birth:
Best tip/trick you received for those early days:
Do what works for you!
Top 3 lifesaving items for a newborn:
Roll with it and enjoy it for what it is.
If you could go back and speak with your pregnant self, what would you say?
Relax more, enjoy them – they are only little once!
If you could speak with yourself during labour, what would you say?
If you could speak with yourself on day 3 of having a newborn, what would you say?
Ask for help. Get visitors to actually help, not just hold the baby and leave you to make all the coffee and snacks.
Say no to visitors when needed. Spend the days bonding.
Any words for first time mums-to-be nervous about their own upcoming birth?
You got this. Go with the flow and breathe.
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!