Jack’s birth story

From week 39, I was at home having started my maternity leave.  I was desperate to get labour started so kept myself busy scrubbing the floors, cleaning out all the kitchen cupboards and cleaning the windows but nothing worked.  Not even the suggested pineapple, curry or nookie made my body want to give birth.

On Jan 28th, now eight days late, I had given up and finally decided that the baby would come when it wanted to.  Why rush a good thing?  I was sat minding my own business on the birthing ball, rolling my hips when I felt a tingle in my tum.  I thought nothing of it as I had been having Braxton Hicks quite bad.  About twenty minutes later, I was making myself a cuppa when it happened again.  The penny dropped and it looked like I was also about to too.

I called Trevor to come home from work and by the time he got home (just twenty minutes), I was on all fours with tears streaming down my face.  Wow, labour really did hurt.  A little later, I got into a warm bath to soothe the pain which seemed to be working nicely, although I was still in a lot of pain.

We called the hospital and they told us to make our way in.  We arrived at the hospital about a hour later having now been in labour for five hours.  I must be ready to push I hoped, this pain was too much.  They checked me over and I was only 4cms dilated.  I could not believe it.

All through my pregnancy I had said that I only wanted gas and air, at this point I would have let them cut my arm off without a fight if it would have helped.  A couple of hours later, they checked me over again and I was only 6cms dilated.

I got into another warm bath and was sucking on that gas and air like you would not believe.  The pain was unbearable at this stage and the midwife suggested Diamorphine, damn right I was taking that option.  They took me out of the bath, administered the drugs and I fell asleep on the bed.  Phew!

birthing pool

An hour past and the pain intensified, it turned out my pain threshold was poor.  Suddenly, my waters broke and I had made a mess all over the place.  Unfortunately, the baby had pooped and there was meconium in my waters.  I was moved immediately to the delivery suite, wahoo – time for action, I thought.

Now 9cms dilated, the end was in sight but another hour passed whilst I walked around trying to let gravity take its course but things seemed to be slowing down.  I felt like I was being ripped open from the inside and I could have killed someone at this point.

Poor Trevor’s hands were black and blue by now and his back broken, he had been amazing.  I was given more Diamorphine to help with the pain and a little after the midwife said I would need inducing to bring me on to 10cms as things were progressing too slowly.  Do it, just get this baby out.

At 10cms, the midwife removed my gas and air, I was going to die, surely?  It was finally time to push and boy did I push for a whole hour.  With every push I prayed that it would be my last.  With that, the midwife left the room and a surgeon came in to check me over and suggested an immediate forceps delivery.

Suddenly, there was no fewer than ten others in the room prepping me for surgery and Trevor went missing.  I screamed for him and he appeared in his scrubs looking like Clooney but this wasn’t the time to swoon.

I was given a consent form to sign and couldn’t begin to tell you what was written on it but I signed it anyhow.  I looked at Trevor, and without a second thought made him promise that he would see to the baby’s health before mine.

We was rushed down to theatre and I was given seven injections in my back to paralyse me from the shoulders down.  At last, nineteen and a half hours later I felt no pain.  I was told that I had three rounds of pushes only and then I would need a C-section.

Six minutes later and on the third push, our gorgeous baby boy, Jack aka Captain Jack, was born at 7:12am weighing 9lb1oz.  I had never felt a love like it, it was a different kind of love, the love of a Captain.

Baby first photo birth

It turns out that giving birth is really quite tough but I would re-live every ounce of pain again if I had to.  Well actually, I want to because next time I am going to get it right, I hope.

Lisa x

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28 Comments

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    Topfivemum
    August 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Oooh how lovely. I’m reading this just now, knowing that you did go on to have number two! I’m so pleased you avoided a c-section. It would have felt such a shame after all those hours of agony! Going to look around your blog to see if you’ve done a post about your second birth too. I so get what you mean about wanting to have another and get the birth ‘right’ next time. I was exactly the same – needed ventouse as I was rubbish at the pushing bit first time around and I narrowly escaped a c-section. For second time around, I wasn’t going to let them near me and he was out in about 3 pushes. I love hearing about other people’s birth stories. Such a miracle and an overwhelming experience!

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      Lisa Hudson
      August 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Same here, i always shed a tear when reading a birth story. It’s the toughest and painful moment but most special and rewarding in a women’s life. I was so desperate not to have a c-section, people who opt for them are flipping brave!! Ps. I posted Hudson’s birth story today 🙂 xx

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    The Pramshed
    August 21, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Well done you that must have been super scary. I love reading a birth story and yours is epic. I needed a c section in the end after my induction. I hope the recovery wasn’t too bad. Claire x

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      Lisa Hudson
      August 22, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Hey, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I was so scared at the time but I’d do it all again without a doubt but I’ve got my two now and that’s well enough 🙂 xx

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    alexeno2015
    September 29, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Before I had kids I would never have read a birth story and now I can’t get enough of them. I’m totally fascinated! It makes me feel better to hear that I’m not the only one who didn’t want children too. I also had the ‘right guy’ turn up and he did, so we did. Once I was pregnant I did find it exciting and am glad I have had them even though they drive me up the wall sometimes.
    Thanks for sharing your story!

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      theloveofacaptain
      October 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Its funny how things turn out hey. I love being a mum and wouldn’t change it for all the money in the world xx

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    Honest Mum
    August 30, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Amazing you didn’t need a section in the end, I have had 2, Captain Jack is beautiful! Well done to you all. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

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      theloveofacaptain
      August 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you for visiting our post. The thought of a C-Section scares me to bits! x

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    helen gandy
    August 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Ahhh bless you what a wonderful post, I love reading other people’s birth experiences. Labour is damn tough, nothing can prepare you but the end result is pretty amazing isn’t it. Thanks for linking up such a beautiful and personal post to the #bestandworst I hope you’ll pop by again!

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      theloveofacaptain
      August 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Helen, thanks for visiting our post and thanks for your kind comments. Labour is one hell of a journey! xx

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    Sarah HP
    August 28, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    This is a great post, thank you for sharing something so personal – I’m fascinated by birth stories. I’ve had one natural delivery and one C-section (polar opposites).

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      theloveofacaptain
      August 28, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks for visiting our post. I’m fascinated by them too, it’s really amazing to think that somehow we can create someone so tiny and perfect 🙂 xx

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    Emma's Mamma
    August 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Aw this is lovely! I had a similar kind of birth, ended up being rushed into surgery for a forceps delivery. I wouldn’t do it again though, next time I might go for a planned cesarian 😉 #brilliantblogposts

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      theloveofacaptain
      August 28, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Seriously!? You are brave! I want to speak with my midwife again as they never actually told me what went wrong. Scary times 🙂 xx

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        Emma's Mamma
        August 28, 2015 at 9:15 am

        Apparently there is a service offered by the nhs where you can chat about what went wrong during your birth etc. I wish I’d known that earlier, can’t remember what it’s called but if you ask your midwife they should be able to refer you. I haven’t been yet but planning to go once I’m ready for no 2 xx

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          theloveofacaptain
          August 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

          Thanks Emma, that’s really interesting to know. I shall take a look now 🙂 xx

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    confessionsofanaggingmother
    August 27, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Awww, this has brought back all my labour memories back! It’s amazing how you forget it all once you have baby here. You did fab lovely 🙂

    Gemma xx

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      theloveofacaptain
      August 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Cheers Gemma 🙂 Yeh it is amazing how we forget, they are definitely worth it xx Thanks for your comment as always hun

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    Becky
    August 26, 2015 at 11:12 am

    You are so brave! Any pain is worth it for our children and you mustn’t think you didn’t do it ‘right’ – the purpose of labour and birth is to meet your baby – and you did that, selflessly putting your wishes for the baby’s health before yours. Well done mama!
    #bestandworst

    Becky at And Then There Were Two

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      theloveofacaptain
      August 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Becky that’s really nice of you to say. All the pain and tears are definitely worth it!! xx

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    Sarah Ryman
    August 25, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Congratulations! A true #magicmoments

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    Coombe Mill
    August 24, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Well done you, it sounds like a bit of a bumpy ride at the end but it was all worth it. Popping in from Magic Moments

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      theloveofacaptain
      August 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Hey, thanks for visiting our post! 🙂 It was tough but as you say, definitely worth it danger

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    Leanne Cornelius
    August 24, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Oh wow it sounds like you had it tough, my labour was so quick I can’t remember the actual labour pain, though I do remember the pain from the contractions and that was horrible!
    Congratulations to you & Trevor, Jack is beautiful 🙂

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      theloveofacaptain
      August 24, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks Leanne 🙂 Glad you had an easy time. Hopefully, no.2 will be easier for me. Jack is 7mths old this week, where does the time go? xx

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    Linda Taylor
    May 25, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Well done Lisa danger

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    Louise
    May 24, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Love it! Love you! xx

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