Birth Story 7

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. Today is a day like any other. My then fiancé, now hubby, was at work, our 7.5 month old son James is taking his nap and I am just about to prepare dinner. I need the toilet so off I waddle only then I go into sheer panic….. I’m bleeding and not just a little…. a lot! Those Braxton Hicks I’d been having today were surely just pretend right?! But the blood, I’m scared. I call hubby in tears telling him ‘Come home now somethings wrong, I’m bleeding.’ Half an hour later hubby arrived home and with our little boy in tow we make our way to the hospital. We arrive and I’m checked out, hooked up to a monitor and told ‘yes you are having tightenings but they are not contractions, you are not in labour, the blood we aren’t sure why but all is ok and you can go home.’ We go home and I place myself on the bed to rest much as I can with a 7.5 month old! Hubby returns to work and we reassure ourselves the doctors said everything is ok. Only it wasn’t! 16th September 2005, just a day later, the bleeding is still as bad and the tightenings are getting more frequent…. then….. as I got up to go to the toilet ‘David come quick something is falling out of me,’ I feared it was our baby girl, please let her be ok. David carried me back to...

Birth Story 6

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. April 2004 – I’d been with my boyfriend for 2 weeks, some may say we rushed things. I was homeless, admittedly through my own choice, I had left my mothers home for various reasons! Awaiting a flat from the council I was offered a place to stay with David at his parent’s house. All so grown up, I was 18 and living with a man! Well things were soon to change even more when we found out that I was pregnant. Will he leave me? What will our parent’s say? What will people think? But one thing was for sure….. I was keeping my baby! Fast forward 9 months and David and I were still together, he stuck by me and we now had our own flat. On the 29th January 2004 this was it, my labour had started bang on my due date. We went into hospital to be told that wasn’t my water’s – that I’d wee’d myself…. Oh the shame! and the ‘contractions’ were in fact just Braxton Hicks. As I was also bleeding I was told that had things not started happening within the next few days I’d be induced. Well it didn’t come to that as on the 30th I was back in hospital and this time I WAS in labour. I was scared and in a lot of pain. I was only 19 and thought I knew it all….. boy was I wrong! I laboured for 19.5 hours going through...

Birth Story 5

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. I was all ready to go into hospital on the 9th April last year for an elective caesarean but after an uncomfortable night on the 7th I woke up with a weird feeling. During the day I ended up getting mild contractions, what I was putting down to braxton hicks! Then around 10am I thought that my waters had broken and I looked down to see blood down below all over me! Panic struck. But being home with my two sons ages 14 and 20 years I didn’t want to panic them and so I remained as calm as I could. I asked my 14 year old to call for an ambulance and as usual my older son was in bed! The ambulance took just 4 minutes to get to me and as it arrived so did my mum, who was coming up to see how I was today – what a surprise she walked in to, me on the living room floor legs akimbo, blood everywhere, ambulance people amongst them, and my two lads looking shell shocked! It all happened so fast then. I was waltzed straight to the maternity theatre and the baby was born within a 1/2 hour of the ambulance coming. I was apparently having a placental abruption, it was touch and go that either of us would have survived. They said if I had of fallen asleep or left it any longer we wouldn’t have survived as I had lost so...

Birth Story 4

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. I had a normal healthy pregnancy and spent hours carefully writing out my birth plan with my partner (which nobody at the hospital bothered to read). My waters broke at 1am on a Sunday morning so I phoned the maternity ward and was told to go in to get checked over. We planned to have a water birth and were told all the way through my pregnancy that this would happen as they had never had a situation where they had had to turn someone down due to someone else using the pool. This was until we got there and was told the pool room was already in use because they were having a busy night!!! I was 1cm dilated and my waters hadn’t totally came away, just the bit in front of the baby so I wasn’t in actual labour. I was devastated to think I was going to be sent home as I had already had one false alarm and desperately wanted to meet my little girl who was 5 days overdue. I wasn’t having any contractions yet but the midwife agreed to let me stay for four hours, would examine me again to see if I was dilating and if not I would be booked in to be induced on Monday morning. The first few hours were pretty uneventful. I bounced on the birthing ball like I had been doing at home. I then started getting contractions and was moved into the nicer...

One ladies experience of severe morning sickness

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. “Have you tried ginger biscuits?” “Try drinking Lucozade,” “it’s only morning sickness!” Just some of the things I heard a lot when I was pregnant with my son, but what a lot of people didn’t realise is hyperemesis gravidarum is a lot worse than that. When my sickness started as soon as I did a pregnancy test, I thought it would soon ease. How wrong was I. After a week of none stop sickness, everything finding its way back up (even water) I couldn’t take anymore. I was weak and tired of being told to get on with it. A trip to the doctors and a hospital admission made me realise that, although I felt stupid being in hospital, that maybe there was something more serious wrong. It was then that I learnt about hyperemesis (hg), the effect it can have on women and just how serious it can become. Severely dehydrated and with high ketone levels I was hooked up to a drip and started on anti sickness injections which took effect almost immediately. A week later I was eventually discharged and placed on medication for the length of my pregnancy. Weirdly just before my 20wk scan the medication stopped working, the sickness returned and I was threatened with another hospital stay unless the new tablets worked. For 30 weeks I felt nauseous daily, couldn’t travel anywhere, could only eat plain and bland food and spent more time than necessary working out what I could...