'We had the tools to cope with the spanners': Positive GentleBirth with Epidural for First Time Mum in CUMH

Our little bundle arrived to us on Friday, November 27th. Baby came into the world at 6:09 pm, weighing an impressive 8lbs 12 oz. Our birth preferences went somewhat out the window but we could not fault our treatment and made informed decisions along the way. 

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My waters released Thursday morning, Nov 26th. My partner came home from work and we chilled out and watched a movie and I went working on my college assignment! That evening we headed into CUMH. I was admitted and we hung out in a quiet TV room with our music and candles. 

we could not fault our treatment and made informed decisions along the way.

The surges didn’t start until midnight and they were coming thick and fast! At about 4am, I was wanting help in managing and we were sent downstairs. I didn’t like the reaction of the gas and air so was given Pethidine to help. Unfortunately, the Pethidine had me in such a way that I couldn’t even sit upright, let alone, walk around! 

At about 9am, exhausted, and struggling again, I decided I want an epidural. I am delighted I got it. I got some much needed rest. At about 4pm my contractions were coming thick and fast again and baby was well on his way. We were back to back making it more difficult and we had to be assisted with a ventouse delivery. 

We had the tools to cope with the spanners and I felt very calm throughout the whole birthing experience

Baby is perfect! Super long at 53.5cm with a beautiful head of blonde hair. I couldn't imagine life with out him. Although, labour and birth didn't go as we had hoped, we are super delighted and regret nothing. We had the tools to cope with the spanners and I felt very calm throughout the whole birthing experience.

Thank you so much for all your help. I would recommend a workshop to everyone!

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