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:
27th September (for elective C-section).
Cravings during pregnancy:
Sweets, all the sweets!
Biggest concern about birth was:
Ideal birth plan was:
Hours in labour:
None, elective C-section.
Most vivid memory during labour:
The contractions (baby was posterior).
Most amusing/interesting moment during labour/birth:
Being a planned birth for that day, we didn’t have anything interesting happen, just us being together. Hubby and me knowing we were bringing another crazy yet beautiful baby into this world was all the interesting things that happened.
During labour/birth, I definitely did not expect:
The rush of emotions.
Baby’s name, birth weight and date:
Kaylee Rose, 7pound 1 once, 27th Sept 2018
Baby’s name was almost:
Time spent in hospital post birth:
Best tip/trick you received for those early days:
She wouldn’t part from me to go to anyone, so I learnt she wanted my smell. My sister suggested to give her my shirt when I was out the room or if David had her and it settled her every time.
Top 3 lifesaving items for a newborn:
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have it all together
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?
Calm 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 I am strong and I am 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.
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!