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Birth Story : Fletcher William


Fletcher William 
3 February 2012 8lb 9oz ¼
A Birth Story

First Family Photo - literally minutes old

Keeping warm under mama's nightie

Our beautiful baby boy Fletcher was born on Friday 3rd February, 2 days over his due date.  I had been to my 40 week midwife appointment the day before where I was offered a stretch and sweep if the baby’s head was low enough.  I happily accepted the stretch and sweep as I had been starting to feel uncomfortable the past week and my husband Dylan was due to go back to work on the Monday, he is based about 240miles away from Cornwall in the RAF and so i was getting rather anxious about him not being here for the labour.  The midwife informed me that my cervix was very favourable and that she was almost certain that it would get things moving along………she wasn’t wrong.

I woke up on Friday morning after another restless nights sleep, a little disheartened that I hadn’t gone into labour yet but by 9:45am I had a mild contraction followed by another at 10:05am and midway through that contraction my waters broke.  Dylan contacted the Delivery Suite at my local hospital (where I also work)  to let them know that my waters had gone, they informed us that I would need to be seen by the on-call midwife to confirm it was my waters.  I saw the midwife who confirmed that it was definitely my waters and if I didn’t go into natural labour I would need to be induced within 24 hours due to the high risk of infection.

At 11:30am the contractions started coming thick and fast, I closed my eyes and focused on breathing through them keeping my jaw,mouth and palette soft, making the horse lips noise as described in Ina May’s book (guide to childbirth), I found it helped.  My contractions then started to really pick up in pace and by 1:15pm they got so intense that I was struggling to speak through them so we made our way to the hospital.  Once I arrived at the hospital I was taken to my room to get myself comfortable, the midwife read through my birth plan thoroughly and even confirmed the important points that I had requested, (No Pethidine, Dylan to announce the gender, Dylan to cut the cord after it had stopped pulsating) I was really happy with how things were going.  She performed an examination at 2:15pm I was 4-5cm dilated PROGRESS!  At this point my waters were flooding everywhere (I think even the midwife was surprised at the amount) My midwife stressed that she would need to keep examinations to a minimum due to the risk of infection and that she would examine me again in 4 hours time as most people progress about 1cm an hour…… but by 4:15pm the contractions were so intense and I needed to know how far along I was, my body was already starting to feel the urge to push.  She examined me and I was 7-8cm dilated…..I was so close, I knew I could do it but I at this point I needed some gas and air to take the edge off.  I found a way to use the Entinox so that I never lost focus and I still felt in total control of everything.  By 6:15pm the urge to push was so overpowering that I knew I must be fully dilated, the midwife confirmed this for me but said I still had a pocket of waters in front of baby’s head that she would need to break first.  This pocket of waters was broken and I was good to go – raring to go in fact!!

After 1 hour and 40 minutes of active pushing using only my breath I could feel my beautful baby moving down with every contraction.  I worked with my body and then with an almighty relief I pushed his head out (along with his hand, I think he was trying to be Superman) and with the next contraction the rest of his body was delivered.  I felt euphoric and totally empowered by what I had achieved.  Dylan revealed that he was a boy and Baby Fletcher was placed straight onto my chest for skin-to-skin contact.  Dylan cut the cord after it had stopped pulsating and within the hour Fletcher had nuzzled his way to my breast for his first feed. Dylan was an absolute trooper throughout the whole labour, giving me words of encouragement, letting me squeeze the life out of his hand.  I couldn't have done it without him really.  Immediately after the birth is such a special emotional moment that I will never forget and seeing the effect it has on your husband is just the most beautiful thing ever.  After delivering the placenta the 3 of us were then left to enjoy our time together as a family.  I needed a couple of stitches for a small tear but after this I enjoyed a cuppa tea and toast and popped a couple of arnica tablets (great for bruising ladies). 

I found the whole experience of pregnancy, labour, delivery, becoming a family totally empowering and if im totally honest, I feel really rather proud of myself.  I can't believe my body is this amazing machine that carried and brought my Son into my life.  And it doesn't finish there, now my body is creating nutritious milk that's permanently at the right temperature to give him all the nutrients and antibodies he could ever need......Amaze-balls! Big up to all the ladies out there we are the better species.

Keep Smiling
xxx


21 comments

  1. Ahh it sounds so wonderful! I have tears in my eyes, all births are such a joyous occasion! Well done you on a natural birth and now breastfeeding. We are definitely the better sex!

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  2. Congratulations.
    I loved reading that. So glad you had a straight forward labour and all went well. Fletcher is adorable.
    xx

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  3. wow! what an amazing, happy birth story :) so lovely. Thank you for sharing x x x

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  4. Congratulations!
    You make giving birth sound a breeze! (which is a good thing for me as I'm still yet to have my first!)
    x

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  5. I loved reading this! :) Congratulations he is beaitiful, makes me even more excited to meet my little baba boy! XO

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  6. Amazing...well done you!!! What a beautiful family you have. xx

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  7. Such a heartwarming story, I'm glad everythings going so well for you! I know when my best friend had a baby we just looked at him for ages saying I can't believe you made him!! xxx

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  8. Pregnant ladies everywhere should be exposed to more stories like this.

    I'm so glad you had such a positive birth experience hun. You did amazing, well done!

    Kim x

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  9. Aww Im glad you had such a successful birth and created such a gorgeous little baby boy :)

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  10. I'm now hoping that when I have a baby, my pregnancy, delivery and baby are as perfect as yours seems to have been/is. So happy for you both!

    xx

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  11. What a beautiful description of giving birth.. Im so happy for you all ye make a beautiful family xx

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  12. Amazing story! He's beautiful and you certainly had an enviable birth! Well done mummy! My little boy is due in May and I'm so excited I could pop! Seems like so far away! Xxx

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  13. How amazing :) congratulations!!

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  14. Awwi loved reding this! Well done:-) xx

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  15. Thank you for sharing your story with us Sam, you are so inspiring!

    Sarah x

    www.smallestsarah.blogspot.com

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  16. oh wow, congratulations!Good luck to you all x

    Suzi x

    thestorybookblog.com

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  17. Wow!! well done & congratulations. Fletcher is adorable :) Its my turn in just over two weeks- I hope my experience is as amazing as yours!! x x x

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  18. Huge congratulations once again and this was such a beautiful post to read, thank you for sharing with you. Fletcher is 100% adorable and you are going to be such a beautiful family - enjoy every moment.
    xx

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