This is me giving birth less than two weeks ago. I was looked looked after superbly by a fabulous lady at the midwife-led Birthing Centre attached to my local hospital. My third birth was straight forward and quick. I arrived at 3:45pm 5cm dilated, and my son was born less than three hours later.
He was only one day overdue, came out naturally, and I didn’t need any medical attention afterwards. My second baby came into the world in a similar fashion, in the very same room that I am in above. First time around was another story entirely…
We’d planned a home birth for 4yo, but after a five day early labour, and spending 12 hours in established labour, it became apparent that things were not going to plan. She was stuck and we needed to go to hospital. Fortunately I had a fantastically experienced community midwife with me throughout, and never once felt scared. She also insisted that I receive an epidural upon arrival (even though I was 9cm dilated) which gave me the chance to rest while they put me on the syntocinon drip.
I was pushing for almost two hours, and my baby was delivered with forceps. I haemorrhaged quite badly afterwards, and was pretty much stitched from vagina to anus. 4yo was almost 9lb, and back to back explaining why she got stuck (I’m a mere 5’2″). Had the midwife not made the call to get to hospital when she did, who knows how things would have panned out for us both. What I do know is that we’re incredibly lucky to live where we do, and have access to the fantastic midwifery care that we have.
Every year 1 million babies around the world die on their first (and only) day of life. With the support of skilled midwives most of these lives could be saved. Please join me and sign Save the Children’s petition calling on David Cameron to ensure that by 2025 every baby is born with the life-saving support of a midwife. Help to end the scandal of first day deaths.