Natural Birth: Truly amazing
An eyewitness account of the wonders of birth.
By Terri Lailvaux
So, last time I wrote, I was in England waiting for my sister (8 days overdue) to give birth. As it turns out, she was already in labour as I was writing. And what an experience it was for all 3 of us (including her husband).
Article originally in Parent24
First, my sister started complaining of mild “period pains” then later on, bad period pains. They were very irregular in strength and time so when we called the midwife, she said not to worry; it was just latent labour which is the build up to the real thing. Within an hour of that phone call, the pains had become about 6 minutes apart and were intense and making her cry. We called the hospital again and were told to come in.
Racing to the car
By the time we got her into the car, the pain was very intense and she kept saying that it felt like the baby was coming out. We both assured her that it was not and that she would be ok. She said she wanted to push and we said don’t! Just hang on. Her husband broke a few traffic rules on the way and 12 minutes later we arrived at the hospital. He dropped us off at the door and went to park the car. I managed to get her into a wheelchair and race along the hospital corridors with her by now in quite a state.
“This baby is coming out of me NOW!”
Eventually, we arrived at the maternity desk and the midwife showed us to a labour room. She asked my sister to hop up on the bed to she could do her observations. My sister replied: “I cannot get on the bed; this baby is coming out of me now!” She dropped to her knees and dropped her trousers. The midwife had a quick look and said: “Yup you are right. She is right there. Your waters are holding her in. I will need to break them and then just one or 2 pushes and she’ll be out!” I was horrified! My sister had been right, the baby was right there. Unfortunately, her husband was still parking the car.
I offered to go and find him but my sister yelled at me to stay. So she gave 2 big pushes and as the midwife broke the waters, her daughter quite literally shot out. It was exactly 10 minutes after we had pulled up outside the hospital. 3 Seconds later, her husband strolled through the door with a coke in his hand – he has stopped off at the vending machine thinking he had plenty of time!
He looked so surprised to see his wife on her knees and a tiny baby girl on the floor in the midwife’s hands. He ran in and the midwife asked him to cut the cord. What timing!
Their daughter, Sophie, weighed 3.39 kg and was perfect. A few minutes later, the midwife had a chance to introduce herself to my sister for the first time!
The whole experience was incredible to me (having never given birth myself!) The amount of strength my sister had and the speed at which it all happened are etched into my brain forever.
I feel so honoured to have been a part of a natural child birth. It is truly a miracle! Welcome to this very interesting world little Sophie.
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