It all started late Saturday night the 20th of may. I had to get up yet again out of bed to go to the toilet and noticed my mucus plug had come away. It took a lot of self control not to wake my husband Andrew and tell him that the day of meeting our little bub was getting closer.
It took another 48hrs before around 11pm Monday night I had a small leaking of waters and contractions started. As the contractions were very far apart I went back to bed and was able to sleep between them. So by the morning of the 23rd Andrew and I were feeling quite refreshed and excited with anticipation for the day ahead. We were able to take our dog for a walk in the park as my contractions started to get closer together. Back at home, we listened to our favorite music and had clary sage in the diffuser. Just before midday with 3 contractions every 10 minutes we headed to the hospital.
Unfortunately contractions slowed on arrival at the hospital. Was not until 3pm with a change of midwife and advice to start walking that contractions picked back up again. Within an hour I hit the transition stage, not that I realised it at the time. I was ready to throw in the towel but Andrew managed to get me through each contraction at a time. The midwife at this stage started getting the bath ready and not a moment too soon as I had involuntary urges to bear down just before getting into the water.
Being in the water gave me a new sense of energy. I was able to completely relax into Andrews arms in between each contraction. The involuntary urge to push was the strongest sensation and overall it was the hardest I have ever worked in my life. As bub started to crown our Obstetrician arrived (who had been in Brisbane all day for a funeral and was still in her casual clothes). Five minutes later our beautiful baby rushed with one push into the water and was immediately placed on my chest. Andrew and I were in awe. It wasn't until a few minutes later that the midwife asked if we wanted to know the sex. We had given birth to a beautiful baby boy. George Alfred. 3.485kg and 53cm.
Our midwife respected our birth plan and Andrew ended up being my main support throughout the entire labour. While it was the hardest thing ever done. It was amazing. No tearing either! Even had the planned physiological third stage.
We are so happy. Thanks for all your support throughout the journey.
Helen, Andrew and George