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Birth story: ‘Our long-awaited tropical son’

“At the age of 46, to find out I was pregnant was sooo wonderful.
I couldn’t believe that we had conceived naturally!

I had bleeding at around 9 weeks, which had never happened to me with my other two pregnancies. We had two daughters 11 and 7 years. I had our first at 34, second at 39 and now our third at 46 ( I hoped). I went up to the hospital for the day, certain I had lost our baby. We had always wanted a third, but tried for years and nothing happened. To finally fall pregnant only to lose it, was unthinkable. The doctor said my cervix was dilated, and to rest and stay in overnight.

As it was the weekend, I was booked in for an ultrasound on the Monday morning. I was so happy and amazed to see our beautiful baby was ok!

I went into labour at around 10pm on the 20th April 2010. I had been having lots of braxton hicks. And thought ‘this is it’ when I was too uncomfortable to sleep. I wanted to labour at home as long as I could before heading in for what I hoped was my VBA2C.

My other births were both emergency caesareans after the babies were both posterior. I hoped and prayed this one would be different! I’d been doing lots of positioning exercises etc.

After staying home for as long as I could, I headed into hospital for some gas, to see how things would go. However after laboring until the early hours of the 22nd April and reaching full dilation (finally). In back labour (yet again). A caesarean was performed as my scar was about to rupture. At one stage I was told it had ruptured (I was so scared for my baby!) and that they may have to remove my uterus.

I was so relieved when I woke from general anaesthetic to hear my baby was fine!

My uterus was paper thin, it almost ruptured. It took a long time to repair, and I was advised never to become pregnant again – at my age I hadn’t planned to anyway! Our family was complete!!

We had a beautiful baby BOY! At 5.42am on April 22nd 2010. 3890 grams. 54cms. Healthy and all ours!!

Thanks to mum Tracey for sharing her story.

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