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OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 14-Nov-10 18:33:03

There was a request for the announcement. Apologies for the delay.

Bit of background - DS1, now nearly 3, came rather quickly at hospital in London - it was six hours from first contraction to delivery. So, we were concerned that number 2 would put in a similarly speedy appearance and because I discovered I'm a carrier of Group B Strep chose to go to our closest hospital 8 miles away. MarsLady (our AnteNatal Goddess from DS1) talked DH through what to do in case of precipitous delivery - we laughed about the concept of burly ambulance men etc.

Birth story -
On Tuesday night, my contractions started at around midnight.
I then proceeded to bring up my supper over a couple of hours. (sorry if tmi)
DH rang the hospital (about 15 mins away) and they told us to call back in an hour.
We did so, when contractions were about 7 mins apart but really taking my breath away.
We told them how quickly DS1 had arrived and they said to come in.

On arrival, I was examined and the midwife said I wasn't in active labour.
She said that my cervix was posterior and couldn't be reached and that judging by the way my abdomen was moving that these weren't real contractions. hmm

We again emphasised the speediness of DS1's birth but she advised us to go home, take some paracetamol, have a warm bath which would either speed things up or stop them and to call back when the contractions were 3 in 10 minutes and lasting a full minute.

So taking the advice of the medical professional - we came home. I had a bath, some Panadol and did lots of heavy breathing through the contractions.

A couple of hours later DH rang the hospital and advised them we were coming in again as contractions were now 3 in 10 minutes.

So I got dressed to leave at which point my waters broke -with what I believe is technically called a gush.blush

I changed my trousers, came down the stairs and while DH was organising the coats in the car, I started wanting to push. confused

I went to the loo and could feel the head at which point I yelled at DH that the baby was coming.

With the next contraction Elliot was born!

He gave a cry, we wrapped him up in towels and DH called 999.

Unfortunately I was still having contractions but wasn't able to deliver the placenta and struggled to feed him straightaway.

The first paramedic arrived in about 5-10 mins. He clamped the cord and gave me some much needed gas and air and put a tiny emergency hat on the baby.

Then, DH took the baby into the kitchen to keep him nice and warm.

Another 2-man ambulance arrived in another 10 mins again.

They finally managed to get hold of a community midwife who got to the house about an hour after Elliot had arrived.

She administered syntometrine at which point the placenta was delivered. I was then able to feed him properly.

Once the MW had established that no stitches were needed and DH had taken pics of the ambulance and paramedics for posterity(!), the paramedics left. I then had some tea, crumpets and a hot bath to clean up, and the MW left too, giving us signs to watch out for in case of Group B strep infection that we'd not been able to treat during labour.

So technically, this was all well within our birthplan ( I do not want an epidural, or pethidine or an episiotomy.) BUT I certainly wouldn't recommend it and imagine if hmm there's a next time (!) that we'll be opting for a home birth!

Huge thanks to MarsLady for briefing DH who kept his cool phenomenally.

Apologies to those MNers who'd been looking for a live labour thread. It would have been a bit rubbish:-
By OliviaMumsnet Wed 10 Nov 0910
Am I in labour? My waters have just gone.
By MumsnetterNumber1 Wed 10 Nov 0911
Oooh how exciting <gets knitting out>
By MumsnetterNumber2 Wed 10 Nov 0912
Keep us posted, won't you?
By OliviaMumsnet Wed 10 Nov 0915
Yes I must be, here's the baby! grin

I will pop some pictures on my profile but as last time, MNHQ can take no responsibility for any ensuing broodiness grin

sethstarkaddersmum Sun 14-Nov-10 18:49:25

Congratulations Olivia! Love the name btw.

I am getting extremely broody at the thought of the 'tiny emergency hat'.
Don't post photos of the hat, I beg you grin

phipps Sun 14-Nov-10 18:50:10

You know what, I have had a shitty day but this has just made me feel very very very happy grin.

Well done you and a thumbs down to the midwife who wouldn't listen to you.

coppertop Sun 14-Nov-10 18:50:22

Wow! Congratulations to you and dh.

thisisyesterday Sun 14-Nov-10 18:51:20

yay go you! i delivered my 3rd baby at home unassisted too, we could form a very exclusive club together grin

he's gorgeous! well done you both (fab name too btw)

usualsuspect Sun 14-Nov-10 18:51:54

congrats smile

sharbie Sun 14-Nov-10 18:53:45

wow congratulations to you all - what a story

catinthehat2 Sun 14-Nov-10 18:55:19

Flipping flip!

Congratulations to all of you shock

Showaddywaddy Sun 14-Nov-10 18:55:52

Brilliant story.

Well done you Olivia and welcome to the world Elliot.


rebeccamumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 14-Nov-10 18:56:15

Bring him in !!! <selfish> obvs after a long rest blah blah blah grin

Well done O, so happy for you xxxxx

lollipopshoes Sun 14-Nov-10 18:57:03


StealthPomBear Sun 14-Nov-10 18:57:41

Congratulations nice name! How big was he? How's everything going?

Lol at "not real contractions" - guessing that's just a doll you're cuddling at the moment too?

DuelingFanjo Sun 14-Nov-10 19:01:05

WOW! many congratulations.

herbietea Sun 14-Nov-10 19:02:29

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BeaSpellsaLot Sun 14-Nov-10 19:02:40

Well done and Congrats!

He's beautiful and lovely name smile

<repeats not broody, not broody, not broody>

RunawayChristmasTree Sun 14-Nov-10 19:07:19

Well done, and what a wonderful name, welcome baby Elliot

Balletpink Sun 14-Nov-10 19:26:12

Great story & great name, congratulations to you all!

mumoverseas Sun 14-Nov-10 19:27:04

congratulations, lovely name too x

Alouiseg Sun 14-Nov-10 19:29:37

Awww! <wellsup>

gibbberish Sun 14-Nov-10 19:32:42

Wow what a birth story! shock

Congrats grin

BibiBelle Sun 14-Nov-10 19:33:14

how lovely, congratulations and well done to all of you smile

KurriKurri Sun 14-Nov-10 19:34:15

Wow - what a story! Congratulations to you and yourssmile

WildPansy Sun 14-Nov-10 19:35:46

Congratulations! grin

PixieOnaLeaf Sun 14-Nov-10 19:36:01

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4andnotout Sun 14-Nov-10 19:37:06

Wow congratulations!

PestoEatsHurricaneWarnings Sun 14-Nov-10 19:40:39


<<cracks open a bottle of bubbly>.

Cheers and very WELL DONE!!! smile

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