What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Alicia Dixon

The birth of Emily Rose 24/6/2012 

After my 41 week prenatal appointment, I felt anxious and pressured. I’d just tried to have a rational discussion with my obstetrician as to why I would not consent to induction and it was made clear that I was stubborn and irresponsible in her eyes. 
I went home to go over my affirmations, particularly the one about only my baby knowing when it was the right time to arrive, and I edited a picture of my very pregnant belly with the quote “who would think of tearing open the chrysalis as the butterfly is emerging” . I also reassured my baby that I was very ready to meet her, and decided to relax in a clary sage bath before bed.

4am the next morning I awoke with those very familiar surges that were coming around 8 mins apart and decided to get up and sit in the lounge.
By 7am I told my partner to go to work but be on call because I was pretty sure this was it. ( we had plenty of pre labour from my due date onwards but this felt differently)
I managed well on my own until he returned from work at about 3, by which time the surges were around 5 mins apart. I decided to call my sister and started to work out care for my older girls. At about 4.30pm I decided to go to the hospital to check things out.

Once I got in the car everything stopped. No more surges just a very tired mum and the midwife at the hospital confirmed what I was dreading. I was only 1cm. I wasn’t even in labour although it felt very similar to my other two labours. The midwife offered a stretch and sweep and although I had been against them due to being positive strep b I agreed. I was sent home but was back again by 1am with waves coming on ontop of another. Another examination revealed 1 was at 5cm, so I leant over the bed rocking my hips for about 20 mins. 

When I announced that I wanted to push the midwife asked me to climb on the bed so she could see where we were at but as soon as I lay down my body took over and started pushing. It was unreal that I could not stop even if I had to! I decided that lying down was uncomfortable and climbed off the bed in a effort to get into a better position which I thought was all fours, but once standing my body took over once again And 20 mins later Emily rose came into this world weighing 4.78kg, 52cm long and a 37cm head! No pain relief, no tears no stitches just an amazing feeling of accomplishment! Apgars were 9 and 9 and my big alert princess snuggled in eagerly for a feed for the next hour or so ( and hasn’t really stopped since!)

I really am a firm believer that babies come when they are good and ready and that unless there are medical issues your body won’t produce a baby too big for you to birth. I think the main thing to remember that normal birth is not a flawed process and with a little trust and surrender our bodies will do what they were made to do!

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Briana Alessandrini

My first baby (Izabella) went so well 15mins pushing, no pain, very easy so when i got pregnant with a second I didn’t think anything of it. As time went on i got to 19weeks woke up one morning and was bleeding, being worried I went to the hospital where they told me its normal nothing is wrong. So for the next couple weeks i kept on bleeding unsure of what was happening but knowing in my heart something was not right. One morning as im getting breakfast ready for my daughter I noticed what i thought was juts pee as the day went on it kept happing, again not thinking nothing of it cause the hospital told me I was fine don’t worrie. When my husband came home I brought it up to him and showed him what was happing, he got very worried and before I knew it I was back in the hospital where they told me my water had broke. At this time i was only 24 weeks and unsure my son would make it. I stayed in the hospital for two weeks hooked to monitors all day and night, then one night i was playing go fish with my husband and it happened! Nurse and doctors came rushing in telling me my sons heart had stopped and before i knew it i was in the or being put under. Logan was born at 1pound 7ounces 3months premature stayed in the NCIU for 3 months then came home! Now he is almost 1 and 13 n half pounds!!He crawls and gets around just find and is now learning sign language!!

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Sherry Blamer

On october 29 i started having contractions. so me and my fiance drove to the hospital we were gonna deliver at. we got there too early so i had to walk around to dialte to a 3. then after we checked in i walked the room we stayed in laboring. at four in the morning at 7 centimeters opted for an epidural. i really wanted an all natural birth though suffered a tail bone injury the month before and it didnt help. even though it wasnt in my plan 10 hours later i had a beautiful baby girl on october 30 at 1:15 pm weighing 8 pounds 8 ounces and 21 inches.

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Chelsea Reid

On August 10 of 2011, I was 30 and a half weeks along. At 430am I was awaken by horrible pain in my stomach. It was unlike anything I have ever felt before. My husband kept telling me to just breath and lie down and that the pain would pass. Lying down was not an option. I was in so much pain, we decide to go to the hospital. I told my husband I felt like this was it, that the baby was coming today. Arrived at the hospital a little after 500am, I was puking and in so much pain, the nurses wanted me to lie down to search for the heart beat but it hurt worse in that position. After 5 nurses held me down, they were unable to find his heart beat. They called for an emergency c section. My husband and I looked at each other and just began to cry. At 7:17am, Liam was out of my belly, but was not breathing. He weighed 2lbs 11oz and was 14in long. My placenta had ruptured, causing him to become disconnected from the umbilical cord. I didn’t even get to see him. My husband was crying the entire time, watching them take our baby out and into the NICU. He was in there for 44 days. He came home on a heart monitor and tons of different medicine. He will be 1 year old in a couple of weeks and you would never guess he was premature! He has developed right on schedule, and he is already a handful! We are truly blessed!

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Sabrina Schieber

i was in labor since saturday may 5th, 2012. the hospital wouldnt admit me because my contractions were irregular. it was monday may 7th when my water broke. i had just sat down in the kitchen and once i asked my mother-in-law what was for dinner i felt a chill and then my water broke, that was at 4:50pm. i was scared. i called my husbad, who was out of town, and told him it was time. his mother drove me to the hospital. when i was finally admitted it was 5:40pm. my contractions were still irregular so they gave me the medicine to get it to speed up. i decided to get into the jet tub and once i did my contractions started to become regular. i handled them pretty well until around 11pm when i got the epidural. by 4:50 i was pushing. i wasnt very nice during it. but at 5:40pm tuesday may 8th 2012 i had given birth to my son tavis alexander schieber. he weighed in at 9lbs 10oz. 21.25” long and his head was 14”. im glad to have my tas manian devil.

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Brittani Johnson

After 20 hours of a bearable early labor, we headed to the hospital once things got pretty intense. Initially, I was only 1 centimeter dilated and my doctor instructed the nurse to send me home. As soon as I got my pants back on my water broke! At 6:52 a.m. (only fours hours after our hospital arrival) I gave birth to our baby girl naturally right on her due date, March 12, 2012. She weighed in at 5 lbs, 14 oz and measured 20 inches long. Everyone said I progressed really quickly for being a first-time mom, they told me to camp out around the hospital if we have a second baby! 😀

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Anne Barr

My twin 1s (Hollie) waters broke at 29 weeks exactly, followed by labour, the doctors managed to stop it and discharged me the next day. At 30 weeks exactly twin 2s (Georgia) waters broke but no labour. On the 14th of Janurary 12 I woke at 5.30am ready to push, when we got to hospital the monitors told the doctors I was in false labour as the contractions weren’t strong enough. They said they would monitor me till 5pm then send me back home to my other 2 children. At 3pm i started to doze so my partner went for a coffee only to come back and find me panicked. He got the midwofe who finally agreed to check me, Hollies bum (she was breech) was on its way! Because she was breech I had to consent to a c section and take all the pre meds. When it came to go the doctor asked me if I would like to deliver naturally which I was over joyed about but the condition was it had to be in the surgical delivery suite due to both babies positions. When we got up there I thought I could finally push but we had to wait for the NICU staff and travel incubators to arrive which took 45 mins. Once they arrived so did Hollie at 4.30pm weighing 2lb 15oz and she screamed!! We didn’t think they would be able to cry as they were so early so it took me especially by surprise and made me cry. I didn’t get to see her or hold her but my partner took a pic for me. Georgia was still up in my robs transverse and was not moving for anyone, she was clearly comfy! The doctor pushed her down and turned her round which although uncomfy wasnt painful, it took half an hour to do it but she still wasn’t coming to meet us. It got to the 45 minute mark and doctor said it was c section time so I asked for another 15 minutes as she wasn’t distressed and he agreed. She wasn’t budging so he tried breaking what little waters she had left and Georgia arrived at 5.30pm weighing 3lb 1oz. She didn’t cry like Hollie as she needed a little help breathing and because of that I didn’t get a picture of her either. It was scarey giving birth that early but the birth itself was perfect given the circumstances. They are both now happy 6 month olds xxxxx