The Beautiful Hospital Birth Of Sophie Wallace
When Sophie posted these photos in our Home Birth Support Group UK, I knew I had to ask her if I could blog her story. Initially planning a home birth Sophie changed her mind and decided that induction and a hospital birth was the best thing for her.
For this birth I was induced at 40+1 after a couple of failed sweeps. I was anxious about not getting the relaxing birth I had my heart set on. I went in to hospital on the Saturday evening and had a 24 hour pessary inserted.
I was already a couple of cm dilated. This fell out Sunday morning. Sunday evening around 20:30 I had my waters broken. My partner and I thought a nice walk would help to let gravity do its thing.
The moment we left the building my contractions started coming every 2.5 minutes. We walked through them together, stopping to hold my partner and breathe. After realising they were getting closer together we headed back in to the delivery suite where the contractions were coming every minute. I started on the gas and air and moved to to birthing pool room.
My partner set up my diffuser where we had lavender essential oils. He then displayed battery tea lights around the room and set up my relaxing music playlist on the speaker. The lighting was dim and it was extremely peaceful. The pool gave me instant relief.
The midwife checked me for any tears which I luckily had avoided! I began to give Holly her first feed. She latched on perfectly. While doing this the lovely midwife brought us the placenta and explained all the parts to it and which part did what.
It was such a lovely birth. Everything I wanted and it’s made me want to be pregnant already, the baby is so calm too and I really think the birth helped that!
There were a lot of complications in the pregnancy so I’m so pleased it went so well. I keep listening to the song which was playing when I gave birth, “Are You With Me”, Lost Frequencies.
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Stories such as the positive induction of Jen Lewis, as well as my “Home Birth Transfer Is Not A Failure” blog are often shared in our group Home Birth Support Group UK – where all our members births are important to us, wherever the birth path takes them. These positive induction stories are so very important in a time when induction is on the rise and enable women to know that induction and hospital birth can be incredibly empowering. For more information on induction choises, read my blog, “Sweeps and inducing labour, making informed decisions“.
Although Sophie feels her anxiety meant she chose hospital birth, I believe that women have a sixth sense about their babies and it may well be this was instinct on Sophie’s part – her birth is a far cry from the disempowered stories of women, with no choices, put on monitors and “not allowed” birth choices, Sophie and her partner went for a walk, chose when to come back and had the incredible birth they deserved.
Thank you Sophie and welcome to the world Holly Grace, have a wonderful life.
Samantha Gadsden walks with women on their life’s journeys. She is an experienced Doula, based close to Cardiff in South Wales, mother to 4 children and wife to Eddie, more information can be found on her facebook page, Samantha Gadsden Doula and her website, Caerphilly Doula. SOS Doula, Telephone and online support is always available.
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