Birth Story 2

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. Diary – Wednesday 21/05/14 7 days overdue I was booked in for an induction due to extreme pain on the right side of my bump ( they were worried in case there was a problem with the placenta). Arrived at 2pm and the procedure was explained by a lovely midwife. At 3pm I was examined and was 2-3cm but not quite enough for them to break my waters so a pessary was inserted and I was told I would be monitored for an hour and then allowed to leave the ward and would be re-examined 6 hours later at 9pm. After just 30 mins I started getting regular and uncomfortable contractions. The babies heart rate kept accelerating so they would not take me off the monitor so they could keep an eye on it. At 5pm I asked for paracetamol and a birthing ball to help with the pain. At 6pm the midwife could see I was struggling so decided to take me to delivery so I could have gas and air. This helped loads this time and kept me going through my contractions until I was examined again at 9pm. I was 7cm and during the examination the contractions suddenly became much more painful. I asked for an epidural as didn’t want it to be too late like it had been the first time. The anaesthetist struggled to get the epi in my spine as the contractions were now coming thick and fast and my...

Birth Story 1

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. Diary – Monday 26/03/12 I was 13 days overdue and fed up. Due to go into hospital to be induced on the Tuesday morning. 3am I couldn’t sleep so got up and watched The Voice on Sky Plus. Started feeling cramps in my lower stomach and back that felt like dull period pains. I knew straight away it was the start as it was so different to anything I had felt previously. Never got to sleep as I was quite uncomfortable. Early afternoon I had a walk to my friends house and told her I had been having pains on and off all day. They were starting to get quite painful and I couldn’t really speak during the contractions. My friend started panicking that I was going to go into labour at her house and drove me back home to my husband. I then decided I needed to clean the house (again) and as I was hoovering up I felt damp between my legs. Thought it might be my waters but when I checked I was bleeding heavily. Rang the hospital and they told me to go straight in. When I arrived at 6pm I was examined and I was 4-5cm and the contractions seemed to be coming really quick and were very painful. I wasn’t allowed to go in the birthing centre for my water birth as I had planned due to bleeding. I was then left in the examination room whilst day shift staff...