After 3 weeks of labour signs and already 5cm dilated I hit the 41 week mark and thought my baby was never going to come. The thought of an induction wasn't favourable and I was telling myself she was going to come on her own. That afternoon I was having contractions but they weren't painful or getting stronger so I tried not to get my hopes up and got on with my afternoon.
My husband suggested dropping our 3 year old at Poppy's for a sleepover just incase so we did.
At that stage I was having contractions every 7 minutes but they still felt mild.
At about 10:30pm I decided to give up and go to bed (we never usually have the bed to ourselves!).
1:45am I woke to a "clunk" feeling in my pelvis. My waters are going to go everywhere I thought. I slowly got out of bed - nothing. I walked to the bathroom and then the first one hit - a strong, intense contraction.
I quickly woke my husband and said this is it we need to get to the hospital now!
It took us 25 minutes to get there, the whole way I closed my eyes and concentrated on my breathing.
We arrived at hospital at 2:30am, contractions about 3 minutes apart, powerfully bringing our baby down.
When we got into the birthing suite I had a wireless CTG monitor attached and started swaying side to side and continued breathing with my husband by my side empowering and guiding me.
15 minutes later I started to get an intense pressure to push. It happened so quickly and my waters broke at 2:55pm but frighteningly they weren't the right colour. After 8 minutes of pushing and our little girl was born whilst I was standing up. Alyssia was born with an infection and meconium aspiration.
My husband cut her cord and she was put on oxygen immediately. 10 minutes later she was taken down to special care nursery.
We were definitely not expecting it but having such a calm & empowering birth made me stronger for the aftermath and hurdles we had to face with our daughter. At 12 hours old we finally got to have our first cuddle and she latched like a pro and made a quick and strong recovery.
I absolutely loved my calm birth experience especially since it was our second baby and the first labour was traumatic for both of us.
I can't wait to do it again!
Sara & Slade