A fast, natural birth for a 2nd time mum at 42 weeks in the Rotunda

So my due date of October 22nd came and went, I was really upset as I wanted to avoid induction as I had been induced on my first baby and had a negative experience. From 39 weeks in the Rotunda the doctors were talking about induction, mentioning issues like a previous shoulder dystocia and a big baby being probable. I had signed up to gentlebirth as I was so worried about having another horrific experience. I needed to be in control and gentlebirth gave me that! Tracy advised me to not worry about another dystocia and I continued to put off induction by saying things like ‘ oh we’ll hang on another day or two ‘. I was confident that the baby was fine and I thought that going to 17 days over would be fine. I don’t know where I got that number from but it was the one in my head for some reason! At ten days over the doctors started piling on the pressure but I resisted and told them I was happy to wait once me and the baby were ok. I asked one doctor to give me my Bishop’s score and he looked at me with horror and told me he didn’t do Bishop’s Scores!

Anyway I was booked in for induction on Monday November 5th. In my head I was going to labour at home in my birth pool watching comedy gigs me and my husband had recorded on the sky box. So on the Sunday night I was still resisting the induction. I called the rotunda and told them I wasn’t going to make it in for 7.30 the next morning. the midwife gave me an earful on the phone.

I got gas and air and breathed my baby down. It was the most amazing and beautiful feeling in the world. I asked the midwives what to do and they told me to go with my body. Daisy arrived at 8.10 am, she came out with her waters. They released as she entered the world.

I was so upset at the prospect of another induction, I had a good aul cry and decided we would head in the next morning to get examined. We decided to watch our comedy gigs and forget about the next morning. Literally ten minutes after getting off the phone to the Rotunda I felt the first surge. This was at 10.45. I said nothing to my husband as I wasn’t sure if it was the real thing or not. I felt another one 15 mins later and again 15 mins after that. Eventually at about 12 I told him I thought things were happening. We decided to go to bed as if it was kicking off we’d need the rest and if not we were due into the hospital at 7.30 am anyway.

We went to bed and fell asleep, even though I was having surges they were completely manageable. I had a contraction timer on an app on my phone so I kept account of what was happening by using this. I slept on and off between 12-2am. After this the surges were coming very regularly but I laboured in bed beside my sleeping husband! I just got up on all fours and rocked my body through the pain. At 5 am I woke my husband and he ran me a bath. I remember the relief in the water, it was more manageable and the surges didn’t last as long. I posted on rollercoaster at 5.30 that I thought I was in labour but wasn’t sure! When I got out of the bath the surges got more intense. My mam was due around to us at 7.30 to mind my 3 year old. I told my husband to call her at 7am because I was pretty sure we needed to head to the hospital. My husband asked was it ok for him to have a shower before we left, that was at 7.10.

My mam arrived and she thought we were heading in too early! I got dressed and remember the surges really intensified at this point. We left the house for the ten minute drive at 7.30. I was on all fours in the back of the car rocking through the surges. I remember shouting my husband’s name at the Regency Hotel, what I wanted to say was pull into the car park because the baby is coming! I could not get the sentence out. Anyway we arrived into the hospital at 7.50, we parked illegally outside and checked in. The midwife in triage checked me and put me into a wheelchair to be brought up to delivey. She said i was 6-7cms. My husband ran out to the car because my file was there. We arrived at the delivery suite and I wouldn’t get out of the wheelchair. Looking back I think it was that calm you can feel just before birth. I felt no pain and I was so calm.

Eventually I got onto the bed. I was on my knees facing the head of the bed. I got gas and air and breathed my baby down. It was the most amazing and beautiful feeling in the world. I asked the midwives what to do and they told me to go with my body. Daisy arrived at 8.10 am, she came out with her waters. They released as she entered the world. The midwives were covered, and because it all happened so quickly one of them had no mouth guard on so she got it in her mouth. I had to consent to bloods being done because she needed to make sure I had no infectious diseases! It was the only needle I had. I had a natural third stage and oral vitamin K.

I was so high after this experience. Daisy was born less than 30 mins after I arrived at the hospital. I had no stitches, not even a graze. She was 8 pounds 6 ounces. She is a dream baba. So mellow and relaxed.

To be entirely honest I was sceptical of gentlebirth. I always had in the back of my mind that I could get the epidural and that when labour started I probably wouldn’t be able to manage the pain! Don’t get me wrong, I bought into the programme, listened to my CDs, repeated my affirmations and stayed calm as much as possible. I would give birth again tomorrow. I feel so empowered after Daisy’s birth. I’m so proud of myself and my husband and my beautiful baby girl!

All birth stories and images featured in 42 weeks have been generously shared by members of the public in Ireland. If you would like to take part and share your story, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch through the website http://www.42weeks.ie, through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/42weeks or follow us on Twitter at @42_weeks.

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