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Thursday, 10 August 2017








So its been four weeks since I gave birth to our little Myla-Lily and I have finally found the time to write about her birth (whilst she is asleep)

As you know I had my heart set on a hypnobirth, I had attended the Wise Hippo lessons and felt ready to breath my baby out in the water.

Unfortunately this didn't happen for me and after talking to the other mums who attended the lessons it seems a rare few that get the birth they planned.

On the Saturday 8th July I noticed that the babies movements had slowed down inside my bump. It was enough for me to mention it to Matthew so for the first time in my pregnancy we set off to triage.

After being checked by the doctor she recommended that at 10 days overdue and with reduced fetal movement they start the induction process.

After a quick google we agreed that this was the best course of action, i was due to be induced at 40+12 anyway.

What I was unaware of was that if I was induced I wouldn't be able to have the water birth I wanted, but the baby came first and this was what the doctor had recommended.

I asked if I could nip home to pick up some bits (i actually had everything I needed in car, it had been ready for three weeks) as stupid as it sounds I wanted to wash my hair at home and head into hospital on my own terms.

I was allowed to leave for an hour so shot home washed my hair and headed back to the hospital to have our baby.



My birth wasn't very nice, if you are still pregnant I don't want to scare you as everyone's is different so read with caution...

There are three main stages to induction - the hormone pessary, breaking of the waters and the Syntocinon drip.

The stages of induction -

Being induced means starting labour artificially. There are a number of methods used to induce birth and some may be repeated more than once. In some cases being induced can lead to a quick labour but in others, the process can be long and drawn-out. Around 20% of women are induced, so it's worth understanding the process. Our midwife explains all:


1. The first stage of induction is kick-starting those contractions and getting the cervix to open.

2. A vaginal examination will confirm whether or not the cervix has started to dilate before the induction even begins.

3. If the cervix has opened the first stage of the induction is avoided. If not, prostaglandin hormone is put into the vagina, either as a tablet, gel, or pessary, which slowly releases the hormone over the next 24 hours.

4. In some areas, women can go home if they have the slow-release pessary. They return as soon as the contractions start. The dose of hormone aims to start to work by creating contractions, and thinning and dilating the cervix.

5. If the cervix has started to open but the contractions are still not strong and regular, the next stage is having your waters broken (the artificial rupture of membranes). For women who don’t need the vaginal hormone, or particularly women who have had children before (the cervix sometimes remains open a little), they can begin with this stage.

6. The midwife uses a plastic hook, a bit like a crochet needle, which she gently slides into your vagina and carefully through your cervix, to pop the waters around your baby, at which point you’ll feel a gush of warm fluid.

7. If this doesn’t work, you’ll be advised to have a continual drip of a hormone called syntocinon which goes into a vein in your hand. This should gradually increase the strength and length of contractions until your cervix is fully dilated.

8. Syntocinon is a strong drug and your baby will need close monitoring of his heartbeat to make sure that he/she remains happy throughout labour.


You can find more information via the link below -

http://www.madeformums.com/pregnancy/the-induction-journey/20210.html

Unfortunately the pessary didn't open my cervix after being left in for 32 hours it was removed.

On the Monday morning at 5am they woke me to tell me I would be heading down to the labour ward to have my waters broken, the midwife and the doctor had both tried to do a membrane sweep but the cervix was very much closed. I have a tilted cervix so it made breaking my waters a little tricky and uncomfortable.

Once my waters were broken the Syntocinon drip was attached, the majority of women that are put on the Syntocinon drip have an epidural due to the speed your body starts to contract. I wanted to see how I got on with the pain but as the level was increased my body went into shock, I was meant to be contracting 3/4 times every ten minutes but was contracting 7 times every ten minutes with some force.

I asked for the epidural which was administered quite quickly but didn't work (who knew it didn't work on everyone)

The anaesthetist came back for a second attempt this time was better than the first numbing half my body at least!

After spending four nights in hospital, being induced, suffering a tear and having a episiotomy Myla-Lily was born at 11.34am on the 11/07/17 weighing 8lbs2oz.



I had done it... but without Matthew by my side it don't think i could have coped, he gave me the support and love i needed and knew he would provide.

Matthew and i both got to hold our new baby girl skin to skin for a while which was very special, whilst i was being looked after Matthew also cleaned and added a nappy to Myla for the first time.



I was still very shocked by the whole experience to take it all in. Myla was also quite distressed when she came out, crying solidly for what seemed like forever so had to be checked out by the paediatrician, thankfully all was well, we just had a very hungry baby that probably wasn't ready to come out into the world that day.

People say as soon as you see your baby you forget the pain you have just endured, I was extremely thankful she was ok but with regards to forgetting the pain that took a few days.

Finally we were discharged on Wednesday the 12th July and we couldn't wait to get Myla home, this is where the next chapter in our lives would begin as a family of Carla, Matthew and Myla-Lily x


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