Looking back over February 2016- My Birth Story

I cannot believe March is here already. A lot has gone on in my life in the past few weeks so I haven’t really done any serious comping since the end of January. The big thing in my life was the arrival of my gorgeous baby girl on the 8th February. So these past few weeks I have been enjoying every precious moment with her.
I only now feel ready to get back to some kind of normality. My birth experience was everything I didn’t want it to be. As you all know from my end of January posts that baby girl was keeping us waiting – in fact she ended up being 14 days late by the time she arrived!

I went in to be induced at 8am on Saturday 6th February, I was very optimistic in thinking she will be here with us before the end of the day, I was completely wrong! She kept us waiting until Monday afternoon! I was sent up to delivery on the Sunday afternoon to be put on a drip to kick start things but it never worked. By late Monday morning I was still only 4cm dilated and not progressing any further, in fact when they took me off the drip my contractions stopped. This baby girl really didn’t want to come out!
This is when things started to get a bit too serious for me as the doctors came in and said I have no choice but to have a c-section. I really didn’t want one but knew I had to for the sake of baby girl as by this time she was inside in the dry as they had already broke my waters in the early hours of Monday morning and it contained meconium.
So I ended up having the two things I really didn’t want – an epidural (I suffer with back problems and so this was on my list of procedures I didn’t want) and a c-section.
The epidural procedure ended up being not as bad as I thought it would be, I am really grateful to the kind anaesthetist who took her time and was very gentle.
I have never been into hospital before so I was very anxious before heading in, but then knowing I was having a c-section made me very nervous. My husband was amazing throughout everything and he ended up holding baby girl as soon as she was born for the first contact before me as I had lost 4 pints of blood and they needed to sort me out before I was given her in recovery. This was the worst part for me as I know she needed that skin to skin contact, and was all I could think about for a few days after.
I am very thankful to the doctors in theatre who saved my blood and cleaned it before I had it given back to me as I have a rare blood type. If they didn’t do that I wouldn’t have been able to go home the next day as I would have been to weak.
I was determined to go home the following day to start the new part of my life with my husband and baby girl, and thankfully they allowed us to go home 22 hours after the c-section.
So there you have it – My baby girl’s wonderful birth story.
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25 Comments

  1. May 27, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    Despite this sounding as though it certainly wasn't what you had planned you share it with us in what seems like a really positive way. I hope you are ok about it now and anything that was playing on your mind in those early days are now rested. #triballove

  2. May 6, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your little girl. I know it can be scary for things not to go as planned but I'm glad you are both happy and healthy

  3. April 19, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Just checked this out after #tribalchat. I love birth stories, so sorry that you didn't have the birth you wanted. It's great that they saved your blood though and sounds like your hospital stay wasn't too long which is a bonus. Ellen

  4. March 28, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    Oh my, what a birth story! I'm sorry things didn't go how you planned, that's the thing you just never know what is going to happen. Thank goodness they were able to save your blood and you were okay. At least you have a story to tell! Congratulations on your baby girl, and I hope your enjoying motherhood 😀 Sabrina xx
    #pregnancyandbeyond

  5. March 23, 2016 / 9:06 am

    I'm glad everything turned out well in the end. It's scary when giving birth goes completely different than expected but now you have a beautiful baby girl to share your life with.
    #abitofeverything

  6. March 22, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Congratulations and at least everything came out well in the end even though it wasn't the delivery you wanted. BB was also 14 days overdue and I had to be induced and ended up having an epidural, which wasn't what I had planned at all. But at least they arrived safely! #abitofeverything

  7. March 22, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    I'm sorry it didn't go to plan but it's good that you were looked after and supported.

    Look forward to hearing more about your adventures with your baby girl.

    #abitofeverything

  8. March 12, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Congratulations on your baby girl!! I know how annoying it can be when you have in mind a birth plan but then things don't go as plan. I had the same problem with my first daughter. I was in labour for too long and never progressed so I had to have a c-section. All very traumatic! So for my second daughter I had a programmed c-section and it was all a totally different story. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

  9. March 11, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Such a shame that your birth was difficult and not as you wanted to be, but very pleased that you and baby were okay! Congratulations on her birth! #KCACOLS

  10. March 8, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby, Rachel! Thanks for sharing your birth story and I am sorry it wasn't exactly what you had wanted. I remembered seeing your tweet! And now you have returned to blogging quite quickly. Sometimes I think the anticipation is worse than the actual event. #KCACOLS

  11. March 7, 2016 / 9:43 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl and well done on blogging so quickly – I too did a blog soon after my birth and I felt it really helped. Rest lots and be gentle with yourself xx #KCACOLS

    • March 7, 2016 / 9:57 am

      Thanks, I have been writing some blog bits while baby girl is asleep, and drafting a few bits on my phone at 3am in the morning!xx

  12. March 7, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl, and well done for blogging so soon afterwards. This story sounds so familiar to my birth story – I have written a post about on my blog, I was induced, got to 4 cm, had meconium in waters, and then had a c-section. We were in hospital 60 hours before the c-section, and then 2 days after – argh! Hope that the recovery is going well for you, don't overdo it. Claire #KCACOLS

    • March 7, 2016 / 9:55 am

      Thanks – I only live across the road from the hospital and by going home the next day put my mind at ease knowing the hospital is only a couple of minutes away. I am taking it easy xx

  13. March 6, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Congratulations, giving birth is such an amazing thing to happen, even now 10 years on, I still spend some nights just before I go to sleep remembering the first time I set my eyes on my little one….must be my hormones, makes me well up everytime. Thanks for sharing your story x #KCACOLS

    • March 7, 2016 / 9:43 am

      Thankyou, it really is an amazing experience xx

  14. March 6, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Congratulations! Birth plans can go out the window for lots of reasons! Glad you and baby are doing ok – that's the main thing X #KCACOLS

    • March 7, 2016 / 9:43 am

      I agree, so long as we are both ok, it doesn't really matter how she got here xx

  15. March 6, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Congratulations! I'm sorry to hear your birth experience wasn't what you'd hoped it would be, I know it's so disappointing when it doesn't go to plan. Enjoy plenty of snuggles with your new daughter xx #KCACOLS

    • March 7, 2016 / 9:42 am

      thanks – lots of snuggles is exactly what we are having! xx

  16. March 6, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I love the fact that you call it your wonderful birth story! We all have different stories to tell and some of us don't have the experience we envisaged but such is life. We move on form the experience wiser and hopefully stronger in the long run xx

    • March 7, 2016 / 9:40 am

      Thankyou, after waiting two and a half years for her everything we went through was completely worth it xx

  17. March 6, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Congratulations! I know how disappointing it can be for your birth plan not to go according to plan but as long as you are both fine that is all that ultimately matters. Sounds like you had a pretty tough time – I think that is quite common when people have to be induced. I hope you are feeling much better now and are enjoying getting to know your wonderful new daughter 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • March 7, 2016 / 9:39 am

      feeling much better thanks – being a mother is just amazing! xx

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