Okay, how about the BEST bits of childbirth!

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Now we're done scaring the soon-to-be first time mums with our labour horror stories, how bout we coax them back with the best bits of labour? No poo/vomit/tears/threatening the midwives stories please.

Ringing my little sister (aged 18) at 2am to tell her I'd gone into labour and could she find mum's number for me? She actually squealed down the phone at me.

I remember sitting on my birthing ball at home, wearing nothing but a toga made of an old bed sheet, eating Rice Krispies and chatting to my mum down the phone, and her telling me about my birth.

Also, touching LO's head, just as he was crowning, whilst holding my OH's hand. Even though I have no recollection of seeing or holding him for the first time, this will stay with me forever. That soft, furry little head.

Pickles77 Sun 18-Nov-12 14:51:04

Oh the gas and air! Amazing

Oh and the bond I created for life with my best friend who was my birthing partner blush

NAR4 Sun 18-Nov-12 15:09:23

I felt completely empowered when I needed to push and truely enjoyed pushing each of my babies out. I don't remember there being any pain at that point, just focused determination to get the baby out.

Of course there is the rush of excitement when you first go into labour and the joy of holding your baby in your arms for the first time, after such a long wait.

I had very long difficult labours, but it has been worth it every time and I am looking forward to it again this time. Can't be that bad!

I forgot about the gas and air. Brilliant stuff. I remember telling my midwife that she should open a pub where you could sit in a pool and suck on gas and air. I would pay good money for that!

Also, I actually enjoyed the very primitive screaming I did. I have never been allowed to make so much noise before.

Midwives going outside to get phone reception and park cars etc. and therefore completely missing most of the birth.

Doing own internals

Understanding for the first time that you really don't need any antenatal training if you are left in peace and stay off the drugs. That panting thing happens automatically and pushing is completely unnecessary.

Whiteshoes Sun 18-Nov-12 16:12:59

I thought it would be terrible. It was quite good. I did a bit of hypno, tens, the fantastic gas and air. I did sort of go into a trance, like they said I would at nct (I rolled my eyes at the teacher at the time). I also loved the strange nose I made and can't replicate now at all.

My dh said "you sound like darth vader" as I was very heavily using the gas and air. I surfaced sufficiently to flick him the Vs, and then returned to the business at hand.

When they handed me my baby I had sort of forgotten that was what I was doing it all for. I was a bit taken aback. Although I absolutely concur with the idea that I immediately knew that we already knew each other. It was more a reunion than a hallo.

GrrrArghZzzzYaayforall8nights Sun 18-Nov-12 16:22:55

DD1's head was out, body was in, she turned her head to the side and spat out amniotic fluid. In the direction of DH. I still laugh about it.

My waters breaking in a HUGE gush all over Dh's head, as he helped me get my knickers,on... That was a highlight (dh might not agree!)

Al0uise Sun 18-Nov-12 16:29:01

When the placenta slithers out - it's very soothing after pushing out a baby.

My waters breaking in a HUGE gush all over Dh's head, as he helped me get my knickers,on... That was a highlight (dh might not agree!)

Not sure why that posted twice...sorry!

crunchingautumnleaves Sun 18-Nov-12 16:51:49

Going to my relaxing place mentally & confusing birth partners as I rambled on about it.
Blowing raspberries to relax myself during contractions when I was more tense.
The relief when the waters broke.
The power & stability I felt from squatting to birth my baby.
Seeing the head crowning with mirror.
The whoosh of emotions & warmth as your little one's body is expelled.
The massaging effect of delivering placenta.
Holding and smelling my gorgeous new unwashed undried babies.

elliejjtiny Sun 18-Nov-12 17:08:36

The toast afterwards (shallow emoticon)
The early stages when I get to make DH watch back to back friends or 4 weddings for the millionth time with me.
That high as a kite feeling you get just after birth.
Being told I was 4cm dilated
Holding a brand new baby for the first time

First time, it was watching my DS literally crawl up me to find my nipple and latch on while still attached to me by the umbillicus. Was a joyous sensation, and asking the MW "am I ok to feed him so quickly" was just an afterthought and a formailty lol

For DD, born by section, my funniest memory was asking "Is she ok" as she was delivered, swiftly followed by "is she ginger" couldn't get the grin off my face when I was told she was!

nenehooo Sun 18-Nov-12 18:21:25

I enjoyed pushing my baby out in a strange way too - and bloody proud of myself when she came out! Then watching DH cuddle her - totally relaxed and surprisingly natural - whilst I was being stitched up. The absolute relief when the epidural kicked in and the sheer brilliance of my midwife - totally calm and in control even when preparing me for a possible EMCS. And finally - being left alone with my baby on the post natal ward at 2am. I had been dreading it as I was just so exhausted but actually really enjoyed having her all to myself and looking after her by myself. 4 weeks later I'm at the stage where I can contemplate doing it again wink

crochetcircle Sun 18-Nov-12 20:15:04

I enjoyed all my second labour, after having been unneccesarily disappointed by my first.

At some point whilst I was pushing I yelled out in surprise - "I'm f***ing doing it", because I just couldn't believe I was giving birth all on my own, I could feel her descending and it was amazing. Apparently I was smiling whilst I was yelling throughout. I found that when I hit the right note and volume my yell cancelled out any pain.

Welovecouscous Sun 18-Nov-12 20:26:31

The excitement when I realised this really was it after several days of stop start labour.

Driving to the hospital - exciting and painful smile

Realising I'd got to 4cm and nearly to 5 cm and was going strong without any pain relief.

Getting into the warm birthing pool.

Laughing and joking in between contractions with the mw.

Having the gas and air.

Knowing his head had come out after 3 hours of pushing.

Hearing his little bleaty, squashed cry while his head was out and shoulders still in.

Holding him for the first time.

That amazing first bf and gazing into his eyes while I fed him.

Euphoria, toast and looking at the placenta which I became unaccountably keen to see grin

All in all I really enjoyed labour despite the pain, augmentation and a pph!

the relief of knowing it's all behind me.

meeting my gorgeous new baby. just lovely.

the first meal post birth.

Bearandcub Sun 18-Nov-12 20:39:27

Post birth:
Looking into my DS1's eyes and just being amazed that this life was looking at me
Hearing DS2 breathe! Bliss
Feeding both of them
Both of them recognising our voices and seeing that on their faces
The incredible amount of love I felt towards my OH
Eating and drinking post birth - both induced and nil by mouth due to risk.

Only a little bit bad but true:
Knowing all the false labour was over!

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Sun 18-Nov-12 20:45:07

The epidural.

Sod gas and air, I'm going to open an epidural bar smile

MadameJosephine Sun 18-Nov-12 21:38:06

The massive feeling of relief when her shoulders were delivered and she slid out of me. It was quite amazing that the overwhelming pressure just vanished and there she was!

And the look on dp's face when he saw his daughter for the first time

Nuttyfilly Sun 18-Nov-12 21:45:50

The epidural!

Chunkychicken Sun 18-Nov-12 23:18:45

With DD, being told I was staying in the hospital (& not being sent home again) and knowing baby would be here soon. To find out we had a girl. Holding her & feeding her for the first time.

With DS (at home), giving birth in the position I chose. Pushing the little man out in less than 20mins. Surprising the MW with how calm I was & how quickly it progressed. Turning around & seeing his boy bits, & knowing we had a boy without being told. Having lots of skin to skin contact & feeding him for the first time.

DangerMousey Tue 20-Nov-12 09:42:43

As a first time mum currently 38+3 I want to say thank you very much for this thread!! Has made me have a little cry in a good way. I have been trying to steer clear of the Childbirth boards over the last few days...don't see any point in scaring myself given that labour is now imminent and unavoidable!

But your lovely stories have given me something really positive to focus on.

Thanks ladies!

Welovecouscous Tue 20-Nov-12 09:45:27

Good luck Dangermousy - I am glad you lined the thread. It does hurt of course but I also honestly found it amazing, empowering and a real life experience. After DS was born I turned round to DH and said I could do it all again right now!

Welovecouscous Tue 20-Nov-12 09:45:37

Liked blush

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