Real Birth Journey: Oscar Gray

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:
Claire, 23.

Due date:

Cravings during pregnancy:
Watermelon and strawberries.

Worst symptom/s:
Hyperemesis Gravidarum & SPD in the last trimester.

Biggest concern about birth was:
That I would tear.

Ideal birth plan was:
I did hypnobirthing so was wanting a calm, dark environment with no interventions. I just wanted to breathe through my labour. 

Hours in labour: 
26 hours in ‘pre labour.’ He was posterior so I didn’t progress very quickly. Then just under 6 hours in ‘active labour.’

How we went from wombmate to roommate:
I had my waters broken at 9:30am and was told to have a shower or bounce on the birthing ball. I did both of these, but had a lot of back pain because my baby was posterior. 2 hours passed and I had dilated from 4cm to 8cm. The midwives got me into positions to help turn him from posterior and I continued labouring for just over 2 more hours. The OB came and checked me and I was at 9.5cm dilated, but was then able to get me to 10cm so it was time to push. I pushed for 55 minutes, then my baby was born. 

He was actually born unresponsive and had to be resuscitated due to aspirated meconium. He was soon airlifted to Sydney as he needed to spend some time in the NICU. 

Most vivid memory during labour:
Falling asleep between my pushing contractions. 

Most amusing/interesting moment during labour/birth:
I asked my husband to press the ‘nurse’ button during my early labour, instead he pressed the ‘staff’ button so several midwives came running in thinking there was an emergency. 

During labour/birth, I definitely did not expect:
That I’d be able to sleep in between pushing. 

Baby’s name, birth weight and date:
Oscar Gray, 3.94kg, 20/02/2018.

Time spent in hospital post birth:
6 days in total, 3 of those in the NICU. 

Best tip/trick you received for those early days:
Don’t bother with maternity pads, just get the depends pants!

Top 3 lifesaving items for a newborn:
Love to dream swaddles, good rocking chair and a baby wrap carrier. 

If you could go back and speak with your pregnant self, what would you say?
Take more time to rest and relax.  

If you could speak with yourself during labour, what would you say?
Everything will be ok. 

If you could speak with yourself on day 3 of having a newborn, what would you say?
You’ve got this!

Any words for first time mums-to-be nervous about their own upcoming birth?
It’s your body and your birth – you run the show. 

If you have a birth story you’d like to share, then please get in touch and let’s start the conversation and continue celebrating this incredible life changing event! 

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