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Birth number 2

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Now this is my favourite birth. I didn’t really believe it was happening and kept thinking it was going to get a lot worse.

I woke in the early hours with vague contractions but just went back to sleep. In the morning while feeding Matthew his breakfast, my parents were laughing at how I was trying not to show him I was in pain. But I kept thinking it was hours away, then it was pointed out that the contractions were coming every 5 minutes so maybe I should get to hospital.

My poor dad drove me in and as we got stuck in school run traffic, I was trying not to let it show that I was having contractions every 1-2 minutes. When I got into the labour ward I was examined and found to be 8 cm dilated. It was one of the happiest moments of my life! I started on the gas and air, full of appreciation for it this time around.

In fact, I may have chugged a bit too much on it as I started to hallucinate and was advised to stop for a bit 🙁 At which point I missed a contraction and thought labour had stopped. The midwife smirked and said ‘No, baby is about to appear!’.

Suddenly I got the urge to push! It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before (except when I had had a REALLY bad tummy bug). My body completely took over and Anya seemed to come out with very little effort at all. It was amazing and a complete contrast with Matthew’s birth.

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The midwife who stitched up my girl bits afterwards said she’d never seen anyone so relaxed while they were being sewn up. I replied it would probably be my last chance to rest for quite a while…

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13 comments

  1. Fi Ni Neachtain

    This sounds so similar to my youngest boys birth. He also came with very little effort and it all seemed so different to his big brothers arrival into the world. It’s amazing how different birth experiences can be isn’t it?

  2. How lovely that you got a nice birthing experience – I was 8cm when I got to hospital when having my first but it was a bit of a shock what was happening after that!! LOL

  3. This sounds like such a positive birth experience. I gave birth to all five of mine in under 2 minutes once I had reached 4cm. I never had the pushing stage that so many describe, it was like my body just expelled them out and in two contractions they were out!

  4. Wow, your experience should really be shared to give some encouragement with those who are soon to be mothers as well. Going through pregnancy is not as easy as one, two, three so a lot of encouragement should really be given.

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