"The experience was incredible and something I will never ever forget. I feel healed that I got to experience a natural labour, I am left absolutely amazed at what our bodies can do"
Amy's Healing VBAC
12th November 2019 we get the news we had been long waiting for... we were pregnant with our second child after a long wait! Everybody ecstatic and in January 2020 finding out our little bundle was a girl, the icing on the cake to our little family.. one of each how lucky!
My first pregnancy went smoothly up until 38 weeks plus 5 days. Reduced movement resulted in an emergency c-section and having a general anaesthetic, I unfortunately didn’t get to experience any sort of labour this time round, but I was so relieved that my baby arrived safe and well and that was all that mattered!
I did ponder on the second pregnancy and which way I would sway and I have to be honest I was very much pro C-Section until I chatted with my friend's mum about a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC). Hearing her story and her asking me why I was so set on another C-Section and literally having no reason other than convenience I sat down that night and thought right let’s give this a go!!
At 39 weeks plus 2 days I woke up and thought my baby is quiet today... I wasn’t happy so I rang triage and I was told to go in to be monitored. I arrived and spent an hour on the monitor and then had to be signed off as I was classified as full term. As I was high risk due to my previous experience the consultant came in and said they wanted to either offer me a planned C-Section or induction the following day.
I said I would happily do whatever was best for the baby but I was very keen on a VBAC, they examined me to see what it looked like “down there” and lucky for me my cervix was tilted the right way and open, I was 1.5cm and they gave me a sweep and I was sent home ready for the induction the following day.
I went for a long walk when I returned home, as I was told movement was key for getting things started, I got rested up and returned the following day for another sweep of which I was told I was 2cm and wouldn’t need a pessary, happy days! I waited around for a bed and one became available at 6pm, I then had my waters broken and a canular inserted just incase I needed to go on a hormone drip!
I’m happy to say my contractions started shortly afterwards, and I got in the zone of pregnancy yoga and what I had learnt from my previous pregnancy. I was examined at 10pm that evening as was told I was 3cm dilated and I had done really well! I thought ok another 7 to go I’ll be here a while! A shift change meant I then got the lovely Helen whom I had met at Becoming Families baby group, I was overjoyed to see her, and her calm words and support through the next two hours of labour is something I’ll never forget. I had paracetamol and codeine and then at midnight with contractions getting more intense I decided I needed some gas and air. All of a sudden at 12.30am I had this sudden urge to push, Helen a little shocked took my underwear off, only to see I had gone from 3cm to fully dilated in 2 hours! Just wow! After three large contractions Millie Elizabeth was born at a lengthy 8lb 0z just like her big brother.
The experience was incredible and something I will never ever forget. I feel healed that I got to experience a natural labour, I am left absolutely amazed at what our bodies can do and I feel honoured to be a proud mummy of another little bundle of joy. Our family is complete and I will take huge pride in reminiscing and talking about my two births for many years to come.