That it was worth every penny of private maternity care
That because I had PE had a c section at 34 weeks I totally escaped labour and had a painless birth due to a mobile epi for 4 days, and also because if this my fanjo Is EXACTLY the same as it was pre DD.
That you could have a baby without 1 VE or need to get my fanjo out at all!!
That my baby could go to the nursery at night whilst in hospital so I got a full nights sleep for the 1st 4 nights after she was born in which to get over major surgery which meant I was fighting fit on leaving hosi 5 days post birth and shopping in Bluewater 3 days later :-)
That pregnancy was a bitch but due to the above the birth was AMAZING!!
That forking out the amount of cash you'd spend on a fairly cheap European holiday can buy you the birth that you want and allow you to buy-pass all the things that can make birth on the NHS infuriating.
That gas and air makes you talk complete bullocks That the tea and toast after labour tastes the best ever. That the post-birth poo session really can be that bad. Not to take neck half a bottle of lactulose in one day unless you want to fart like a horse and have raging stomach cramps. That the midwives who took the baby overnight for feeds were worth their weight in gold. That it's all worth it in the end.
That all my care through labour and delivery and recovery would be wonderful.
Post-natal, on the other hand: That my hospital wouldn't give me toast. How terrifying it is to be left alone in a room, attached to a bed with drips etc, and your crying newborn out of your reach. That no-one asks what drugs you might be taking when you arrive at hospital, so after birth you don't get them for over 24 hours. And only then at the fifth time of asking and shouting at a nurse that your vagina feels just fine thanks but you still have the OTHER PAIN YOU CAME IN WITH! That random people will take your baby away with no explanation (sent interpreter running down the corridor twice to check they were in fact hospital staff) That staff will fuss about washing their hands before touching the baby, but you lying in diarrhoea for four hours and expected to feed him is considered just fine. How wonderful the assistants who clean you are - finally being told 'well done, of course you're tired now, don't worry, you will be a wonderful mother' made a huge difference after three days of no sleep. They should get medals. Unlike the bitch who told me breastfeeding for only 15 min per side didn't count, when I told her I'd been lying in shit for four hours despite promises to clean me up, but at least I'd managed some bf. The one advantage of all that is the post-birth-poo trauma didn't happen!
Most importantly - even once ds and I were cleared to leave at 10am, people wanted us to wait and faff with talks and paperwork so we didn't escape until gone 5pm. Should have just walked out so I could have got some precious sleep at home!