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Raindog finally becomes a mum!

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Raindog Mon 16-May-05 13:33:34

After being on the Due in April thread, I finally gave birth to Evie Rebecca at 10pm on 10th May - she was 10 days late but luckily didn't weigh 10lb! She is a very respectable 7lb 6oz and I'm totally smitten!

So, for those that like the details.....
I woke on sunday at 2am with period pain-like cramps and a few hours later had a show followed by short contractions. I was very excited but decided to try and rest for a bit, and they started to tail off. contractions continued all day on and off, never getting closer than 15 minutes apart, but they did get longer and stronger throughout the day. Saw a midwife at 8pm who said things should start kicking off within 12 hours and to try and sleep.

Contractions all night every half an hour and then continuing all day on monday with a few breaks. Didn't bother phoning the labour ward because they had told me to only phone when they were 5 minutes apart. I had no sleep whatsoever on monday night and ended up trying to sleep attached to my TENS machine! In the morning the contractions seemed to be getting closer so I called out a midwife who arrived at about 9.30am. She examined me and found I was 4/5 cm so stayed and called a colleague over.

We spent all day at home as planned, with me continuing to have mighty but irregular contractions all day. The midwives made me drink two POTS of raspberry leaf tea and spoonfuls of honey to try and make things speed up - I was running up and down stairs, marching on the spot and doing all manner of weird yoga positions to try and make things happen faster - none of them worked!

At about 6pm I asked them to break my waters which helped me get to 8cm, and then a few hours later I was ready to push. I hadn't really minded the contractions and because they were irregular I was able to dirnk tea and chat in between them so I didn't really look like the classic lady in labour. The pushing bit though was blissful and I was really enjoying it. After about half an hour though they noticed meconium and had to call an ambulance, but the midwives were determined for me to deliver at home so they banned the gas and air I had begun to take.

The ambulance arrived a bit later and the two guys came in and agreed to give me a bit longer. (apparently they love being at births because usually they are picking people off roads) So they sat in my living room watching me as the midwives made me perform the entire kama sutra of undignified labour positions, whilst I giggled in between contractions at how ludicrous I must look in just a tshirt with my bum in the air!

Sadly I couldn't push fast enough (damn those lazy contractions!) so they got me in the ambulance, gave me gas and air and told me not to push. Yeah right - I felt EVERY road bump on the way to hospital, and they even put the sirens on for me!

Once in the labour room I had a breather and then with a bit of encouragment from my brilliant midwives and wonderful dh I pushed my baby out in a couple more goes. It was the most wonderful feeling ever and she is an absolute joy.

I discharged us both from hospital the next day, and we are happy babymooning now. I'll try and post a picture in a bit.

Thanks to everyone who has read this far down! I feel so honoured and lucky to be a mum at last - and am looking forward to joining all the other mumsnet threads in due course!

Lonelymum Mon 16-May-05 13:38:55

What a lovely story! I am so glad I read it all. I always wish, when I see an ambulance speeding along with sirens blaring, that inside is a woman giving birth rather than a poor old dear having a heart attack or someone who has been scraped up off the road. I hope you aren't too disappointed that you didn't give birth at home: you certainly nearly did it and if you have another baby (I know! not yet!) you would probably get your wish.
Anyway, congratulations and welcome to the world of parenthood. And welcome to the world Evie!

Hulababy Mon 16-May-05 13:39:38

Congratulations and welcome to Evie

donnie Mon 16-May-05 13:40:18

well done raindog, congratulations!

kama Mon 16-May-05 13:43:25

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Miaou Mon 16-May-05 13:46:41

Congratulations raindog - and welcome to your little one

Newbarnsleygirl Mon 16-May-05 13:50:44

Awww what a fab story!


Maddison Mon 16-May-05 13:58:58

That is a great birth story - Congratulations

And welcome to little Evie

MarsLady Mon 16-May-05 14:03:38

Congratulations. Looking forward to your posts

motherpeculiar Mon 16-May-05 14:05:39

thrilled for you raindog - great great story. did you really mean to write that the pushing bit was blissful? if so i applaud you (you wierdo )
huge welcome to evie

mp xxx

roosmum Mon 16-May-05 14:19:36

& welcome to Evie - such a pretty name!

Springchicken Mon 16-May-05 14:20:51

Congratulations Raindog.

Sounds brilliant. I have an Evie too and if your's if half as wonderful and lovelable as mine, she will be great.

Well done x

coppertop Mon 16-May-05 14:29:50

Awww! What a fantastic story. Congratulations, Raindog and welcome to your little Rainpup.

leggymamba Mon 16-May-05 19:42:39

Congratulations last!

I'm sure Evie is worth the wait and hope she's as good for you as my other due on 29th April baby has been so far!

lockets Mon 16-May-05 19:49:24

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Frizbe Mon 16-May-05 19:55:51

congrats to all of you!

moondog Mon 16-May-05 20:20:02

Lovely birth story.
Bless you all. XX

Merlin Mon 16-May-05 20:22:13

Congrats Raindog - Evie sounds lovely and what a great story! Well done.

Roobie Tue 17-May-05 12:46:13

Great news Raindog! You sound as though you almost enjoyed the whole giving birth experience..unless you were being sarcastic about the pushing bit being blissful!!!!

pinkmama Tue 17-May-05 12:50:26

Congratulations Raindog! Enjoy!!!!!! X

miranda2 Tue 17-May-05 14:12:50

Congratulations raindog! Hoped you wouldn't have much longer to go! Pushing 'blissful'??!! Hmmm...maybe I went wrong somewhere!

Yorkiegirl Tue 17-May-05 14:14:47

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Rochwen Tue 17-May-05 19:55:54

Congratulations !!! What a wonderful first birth !

Gobbledigook Tue 17-May-05 20:01:43

Wow - amazing story!! I'm wondering it was really as calm as you make it sound


northstar Wed 18-May-05 11:31:50

Congratulations, what a lovely positive start to motherhood. Well done x

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