It’s pretty normal to fear childbirth, especially if it’s your first time. One of the best ways to overcome fear is to find out what you’re actually afraid of. There are women giving birth all the time, all over the world so it can’t be that hard, right?
We asked 5 mums from Parent Talk Australia to share their birth stories in time for spring this year. The only similarity in all of them is that they ended up with a baby by the time it was over.
Whether you give birth vaginally or via caesarean; with medical intervention or pain relief or without – here’s a new saying about women giving birth for you:
A ‘good’ birth is one where mum and baby both survived the experience. The End.
We wish you well for your birth and hope that our stories help you feel more prepared. Remember – always your medical professional if you have any medical questions – Dr Google is not a reliable source!
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1. Sometimes nothing goes as planned
After a while I figured I should get up and go to the toilet, mainly just to pass time not because I really needed to go. While I was on the toilet I heard a pop sound, but nothing happened. I thought it was weird but then also thought I may have been imagining it in my delirious sleep deprived state.
So, I went back to bed to try and sleep. A few minutes later I felt really warm liquid literally coming out of me. At first again I thought maybe I’m just imagining this. But it continued to come out, like I totally thought I had flooded the bed.
I woke T up and thought finally this might actually be happening! Click to continue reading on Finding Myself Young…
2. Always trust your instincts
For some reason I ALWAYS had that niggling feeling that something wasn’t right. I would lie in bed at night and struggle to picture a baby laying in the cot we had set up in the nursery.
My due date came and went, I had my OB appointment when I was 4 days overdue. She decided that because my BP was high and I hadn’t had a lot of fetal movement to induce me the following day.
YAY our son was going to be born the next day (wed 10/3/2004)
My OB broke my waters around 9am, put on the drip around 11am and labour slowly progressed.
Our son was FINALLY born at 6:09pm that day and we were elated!!
All was going well (or so we thought!!). Click to continue reading on Blue Zone Only…
3. Being induced and having an epidural is definitely not the end of the world!
About a week prior to 30 April 2013, I had arranged with my gynae to have Zoie induced on 30 April. So we agreed, barring any accident that might happen, that I will admit after midnight on 30 April, hook up to be induced and should expect to see my baby that day itself.
4. Your second birth may be nothing like your first
On the day of Violet’s actual birth, I woke up at 4:30am with the start of labour. She arrived at almost 9pm so still not short but a hell of a lot shorter than the 24 hours of the first time around. But so not what we expected.
We headed to hospital at 2pm that day with close and intense contractions.
They strapped me up to the heartbeat and contraction monitor instead for 1.5 hours with some concerns my contractions were being felt by the baby as her heart rate dropped slightly each time. Not concerning enough for us to stay, so they sent us home to get things moving again. Click to continue reading at Simplify, Create, Inspire…
5. A vaginal birth after a caesarean may be possible
Tuesday 6th of March around 9am I realised I was having tightenings about every half an hour. I spent the day cleaning to pass the time. Tightenings were 10-15 minutes through the night, enough I was dozing between but sleep wasn’t easy until early in the morning contractions all but stopped for a few hours so I had a bit of real sleep, but I was disappointed waking to find I still wasn’t in proper labour.
Wednesday was much the same as Tuesday. Patches of every 10 minutes, but mostly 20odd minutes between and I was just breathing through them. Not too intense. Just as everyone says, like bad period pains. Continue reading on Parenting Central Australia…
What was your birth experience like? Tell us in the comments below.
Linking with Jess for #IBOT.