Real Birth Journey: Aleaha Ann

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:
Kirsty, 22.

Due date:
19th May, 2015.

Cravings during pregnancy:
Sweets, all the sweets!

Worst symptom/s:

Biggest concern about birth was:
The pain.

Ideal birth plan was:
Drugs haha..

Hours in labour: 
24-26 hours – I can’t quiet remember but it was a long time. I only got to 5cm, although for the whole 24-26 hrs I was being told I was at 7cm, then down to 5cm and it kept going until we ended with an emergency Caesarean.

How we went from wombmate to roommate: 
I had a epidural as soon as I arrived at the hospital 4cm dilated and in a world of pain. There was instant relief with the epidural. However baby’s heart rate dropped any time I moved, so I was laying on my back the whole time. They gave me a shot of adrenalin and then decided to rush me up for an emergency C-section. I was absolutely scared out of my mind. As I got to theatre and about to get started, my epidural actually stopped working on my left side and I could feel EVERYTHING. So I had to be put to sleep with a general anaesthetic. David (my partner) was told to leave and it was just me in there. 

Most vivid memory during labour:
The contractions (being posterior).

Most amusing/interesting moment during labour/birth: 
Amusing for others maybe would be when I was being taken to my emergency section and was screaming “I don’t want to die” the whole way up to theatre.. haha I was scared and dramatic.

During labour/birth, I definitely did not expect:
The rush of emotions.

A myth/misconception I believed prior that I now don’t is:
I didn’t really have any.

Baby’s name, birth weight and date:
Aleaha Ann, 6 pounds 11 ounces, 15th May, 2015.

Baby’s name was almost:

Time spent in hospital post birth:
24 hours.

Best tip/trick you received for those early days:
To just embrace the newborn stage.
As for a trick – I don’t think I was ever told a trick that really stuck for us. So mine to others would be that a happy, calm and well looked after mum is all baby needs. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have it all together. 

Top 3 lifesaving items for a newborn:
Snuggle me organic, double zipped onesies and a micro mat (or any kind of large rubber mat).

If you could go back and speak with your pregnant self, what would you say?
Enjoy it, embrace this – it’s a beautiful journey.

If you could speak with yourself during labour, what would you say?
Clam down Kirsty, deep breaths, you got this! 

If you could speak with yourself on day 3 of having a newborn, what would you say?
It will get better. Breathe. Today is just one of those overwhelming days and it all seems too much, but you are strong and an amazing mum.

Any words for first time mums-to-be nervous about their own upcoming birth? 
You got this, you were made for this. You are beautiful and you will be an amazing mum. Cherish this beautiful time.

Any further notes you’d like to include:
While I was pregnant with Aleaha and until she was 5 months old I also was my mums carer. My now husband worked away FIFO and 11 months later my dad also then suddenly died. 

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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