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Birth story: The long-awaited arrival of Autumn Willow

“It wasn’t until the following afternoon that I could finally hold
our long-awaited baby properly”

At 36 weeks I was measuring 39 weeks and as bubs was my third I knew she was going to be bigger than her brothers. By now I was having weekly OB checkups, and had been having Braxton Hicks since around 20 weeks, so I wasn’t too concerned when around 39 weeks they were more full on.

At 39+5 I had some regular contractions but nothing strong enough for me to comtemplate going into hospital. They continued through the night and the next day, it wasn’t until I had a massive sharp pain in my cervix and lost some of my plug that I told to my husband to call my mum so she could watch the boys and he and I can go to hospital.

I was examined and was only 2cm. I was told that bubs was posterior and not to worry 95% of posterior babies turned before birth. I had a stretch and sweep and went home. By the time we got back home my contractions were hard to breathe through, I had a bath which really took the edge off them. I hopped out and the pain was too much to bear, I laid down on the bed with my husband rubbing my tummy and my mum rubbing my back. I rang the hospital and asked the midwife if I could take some pain relief at home, to which she responded with “I can’t guarantee that you will make it back to the hospital” so once again we went back to hospital.

By this stage the contractions were all in my back as my bub hadn’t turned so every time I had a contraction she was pushing against my spine. I remember getting to the birthing suite and having to hold onto the walls and bear down with every contraction. I was examined in between contractions and was told I was now 9cms, the pain was excruciating so the midwife said “I can break waters and this should ease the pain”.

Well she did and it made the pain ten times worse, I said “I need to get in the shower” so up I got and went into the bathroom, but I was straight back out as I needed to push, I got up onto the bed then on all fours and started pushing.

I asked for pain relief only to be told I was to far gone. With each contraction the pain eased and I could feel her moving down. With one big push her head was out, then I could feel the midwife’s hands inside me, she said “she’s stuck, I’m just giving her some help” with one final push she was out!

She was checked over and placed on my chest. My husband and I started to notice her lips were turning blue and she was making a gurgling sound, I buzzed the midwife back in, she checked bubs and within moments was calling a code pink over the loud speaker. The next thing I knew there were about 10 people in the room tending to bubs, she was put into a humidicrib and wheeled out to the NICU.

She had come out too fast and wasn’t breathing properly. It wasn’t until the following afternoon that I could finally hold our long-awaited baby properly. I ended up with a 2nd degree tear and 4 stitches.

Autumn Willow was born on the 29/5/2010 at 5:30pm weighing 9lb4oz and with a full head of black hair.
Thanks to mum Vashti for sharing her story.

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