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Birth Story: ‘If that’s the way he needed to enter the world, then so be it’

birth storyAt 40+1 days, I was over being pregnant.

I decided to try taking evening primrose oil tablets – two every four hours throughout the day, and then inserted four vaginally that night. I was determined to get my baby out!

At 2am the next morning I went to the loo (every 2 hours as usual!) and while wiping myself, I ‘peed’ on my hand. Very confused and thinking it might just be oil from the EPO tablets, I kept wiping. To find more liquid was coming out. I popped on a pad and called the midwife.

Halfway through explaining why on earth anyone would put EPO tablets up there, I laughed and a huge gush of my waters came out.

The midwife wanted to know the colour of the waters, and to my disappointment, I had to inform my midwife they were yellow/green. The baby had pooped in me

Once we got to hospital, I was informed that none of my birth wishes were possible (delayed cord clamping, little to no interventions) as I needed my labour to be augmented with hormones to get things happening as quickly as possible.

Within an hour, I was high on gas, and unable to time the gas with the contractions. I requested an epi.

Clear headed with the epi, and fully dilated by 10am the same day, I was told to start pushing at 11am.

After 2 hours of being unable to push my son out, the doctors decided to help with the vacuum. A cut had to be made to assist, however my son’s shoulders tore me to a 3rd degree tear.

Not five minutes later, I was holding Connor in my arms, weighing a healthy 4.42kg!

My first comment? ‘He’s ugly!’

While gazing at my newborn, the doctor and a trainee began to encourage my placenta out. Once this was done, all hell seemed to break loose. The small birthing room filled with what seemed to be near 20 people. I could hear the doctors repeating ‘I don’t know where the bleeding is coming from’.

I found out later, due to the extended pushing, large baby and a piece of retained membrane, I had lost 2.2L of blood.

Once the bleed had been stopped, the room emptied and I was sewn back up and then left in peace with my BF and brand new baby.

While it was a traumatic birth, it was so so worth it. I love my little man with all my heart, and if that’s the way he needed to enter the world, then so be it!

Thanks to Bub Hub memberĀ MsImpatient for sharing her precious birth story with us. Find out how you can submit your birth story!

Image credit: yanlev/ 123RF Stock Photo

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