Giving birth
From that first twinge to the first cry, Parent24 users tell it from the heart.
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‘I heard a weak little cry, and then saw her being moved to the table so they could work on her. Then she started crying in earnest, and so did hubby and I. Our little one was safely in the world, after months of stress and a last little drama.’ Durbangal

‘I lean against the bed and just put my head down and go through it – I don’t know for how long. I try to eat and vomit, try to drink and vomit. Have a contraction and vomit. I remember telling W that “labour is not for pussies” and he says “yup, baby is kicking Mommy’s ASS” and we snigger for a bit, being rude and giggling. He looks really tired and I feel a huge rush of love for him – I felt this a lot actually through it all, he was a massive source of support.’ Babyfire

‘I was excited, scared and so many emotions! All the doctors were great. Hubbie filmed the whole experience. You can see her head pop out and suddenly she pulled out with a great scream. I was lucky enough to hold Daniela and it is the greatest moment of my life. Since the time I first saw her on the scan, how she grew in my tummy and now she is finally in our lives.’ Mom & Moody

 ‘I can not believe he was in my tummy, I look at him and wonder if I would roll him up, would I be able to put him back - somehow it seems slightly impossible!!!’ DT Sticks

‘Seeing him come out was just the most amazing experience of my life!! I was soooo glad to be able to deliver naturally even though after ten hours and only one cm dilation (after being induced at midnight Tuesday) it didn't look as if it was going to happen.’ Carrie

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