Real Birth Journey: Liam David

Birth. It is the most incredible, indescribable, unpredictable and miraculous occurrence. Bringing life into the world is an experience that is personal and precious beyond belief. Each delivery is different to the next, and yet I feel that despite the varying differences it is something so special it can actually bring us altogether. I’m pulling together a range of real birth stories to share in the hope of expanding our knowledge and expectations of birth, and to dwell in the wonder that is the gift of life, in the countless forms it may arrive in!

Name & age at birth:
Sophie, 25 years old

Due date:

Cravings during pregnancy:
Cold Milo’s, cookies & cream ice cream towards the end and a particular sour lolly in the beginning that is unfortunately discontinued therefore proving difficult to feed that craving!  

Worst symptom/s:
I was thankfully very lucky throughout my pregnancy, the only complaint would be how his foot found my ribs at 3am almost every morning!

Biggest concern about birth was:
Honestly, I had absolutely no idea what to expect, I was absolutely petrified of the upcoming experience. I guess my biggest concern was the same as others – the health of my soon to be born baby and myself throughout the experience.

Ideal birth plan was:
Go with the flow! I believed that my baby would decide their entrance, so I simply trusted the process (and midwives!)

Hours in labour:
7 hours.

How we went from wombmate to roommate:
After a walk around Bunnings, my waters began to trickle. I was admitted on late Sunday afternoon to begin antibiotics and advised I would be induced in the morning. Hubby was allowed to stay past “curfew” and left close to midnight, I fell asleep shortly after and woke at 1:30am with pains. I called the midwife after I began timing and they were barely 3 minutes apart. She checked, not believing I was in labour and by this stage I had progressed to 7cm. We walked to the labour ward while she rang hubby to return to the hospital. I had the beloved yoga ball to bounce on, and was given gas. The gas instantly made me feel ill. The midwife reduced the gas to mostly air, I breathed through the contractions silently and with only a few minutes of pushing, our boy arrived at 7:14am.

Most vivid memory during labour:
The moment I said I couldn’t do it (as we all do) and my hubby seeing baby’s head poking through and telling me it is too late and that I am doing it.

Most amusing/interesting moment during labour/birth:
The moment I threw the gas away and as hubby is frantically trying to get it back, and hearing my midwife strongly advising him to leave it be. 
Or when hubby tells me to let him know when I want him to be quiet, the midwife confirms with a nod that I want that time to be now.

During labour/birth, I definitely did not expect: 
For it to go so quickly (although I am thankful!) 

A myth/misconception I believed prior that I now don’t is:
That all birth stories are the same if not similar. They are not. Do not listen to your friend/mum/aunts etc. Your birthing story will not be the same. Your baby is not the same. Your body is not the same.

Baby’s name, birth weight and date:
Liam David, 4.06kgs, 19.11.2018

Baby’s name was almost:
Xavier Liam.

Time spent in hospital post birth:
3 days.

Best tip/trick you received for those early days:
Don’t allow too many visitors, get to know your baby first.
Oh and use ice pads!! 

Top 3 lifesaving items for a newborn:
Love to Dream Swaddles, cheap muslin wraps for the spit ups, a rocker (this allows you to shower and baby is right there!)

If you could go back and speak with your pregnant self, what would you say?
Rest and take it all in, you will miss the bump and kicks on the inside.

If you could speak with yourself during labour, what would you say?
It IS okay. You CAN do this. You are stronger than you think. 

If you could speak with yourself on day 3 of having a newborn, what would you say?
It is okay to hold your baby, and it is okay to say no to visitors. 

Any words for first time mums-to-be nervous about their own upcoming birth?
You can do it. Trust your body and your baby (and the medical staff where needed).

Any further notes you’d like to include?
It is okay to be exhausted, it is okay to nap when baby naps or have baby nap on you. It is okay to leave the cleaning, to cry or request help. The days (and nights) may seem long but in hindsight they are short and will soon be a distant memory.

If you have a birth story you’d like to share then please get in touch and let’s start the conversation!

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