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What was the best bit about giving birth?

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dizietsma Wed 13-Jul-05 00:50:59

Let's have a little balance for all the nervous new mums here, myself included. Obviously, meeting your new baby is the most fantastic thing about giving birth, but what else was good?

kgc Wed 13-Jul-05 00:55:46

Having another one and forgetting the pain you have to go through the first time!!!!! (me after baby no.4 )

jessicaandbumpsmummy Wed 13-Jul-05 08:04:41

The epidural and then of course meeting my baby girl!

Satine Wed 13-Jul-05 08:09:53

Lol jabm - I loved the epidural too! Wasn't going to have one but risk of e cs so consultant suggested it might be a good idea and as soon as it kicked in I thought WHY didn't I have this straight away? But although it was painful, I loved the fact that the whole world came down to the room, me, my dh and our new baby. Really magical.

eemie Wed 13-Jul-05 08:24:21

Hearing her heartbeat motoring away strongly every time she was monitored. Fantastically reassuring. Kept me going through deserts of vast eternity.

Lizzylou Wed 13-Jul-05 08:29:04

The birthing ball! Fab contraption and I will purchase one for home use for my next birth...

Lovely midwives who were so caring and considerate, I felt totally protected and at ease the whole time I was in the delivery suite (about 28 hours), I knew my baby was Ok as he was monitored so well and I completely trusted the midwives and doctors, they were stars......

Tommy Wed 13-Jul-05 08:50:21

With DS1 it was the the lovely lovely man who gave me the epidural and with DS2 it was the feeling of him wooshing out and knowing that I'd done it all by myself that time with no medical intervention

collision Wed 13-Jul-05 08:59:57

Tommy.....same here! DS1 was 5 weeks early because of PE and so needed an epidural. Teams of nurses swooped in when he was born and whisked him away from me. Just hearing the tiny 'aah' he made was SOOOO reassuring and I knew he would be fine although he was in SCBU for a week.

Second time round was totally natural without complications. No gas and air - nothing. I was so proud of myself and when I gave birth in water I was really chuffed. He was handed to me and we bonded in water for 20 mins. DH was there and it was perfect.

franke Wed 13-Jul-05 09:06:23

Laughing about it afterwards. Look at this thread

sweetkitty Wed 13-Jul-05 09:12:44

Watching DH just hold her afterwards whilst I was delivering the placenta/being stitched and he couldn't take his eyes off her will never forget the look on his face.

I am very envious of him he got to see everything (said it was amazing) without the pain. I'm shocked cos I thought he would have been up the head end all the while.

KatieinSpain Wed 13-Jul-05 09:45:46

The cup of tea afterwards and seriously, with DS1, it was the rush of love I felt, just as he was born. I have never felt anything like it - truly out of this world.

With DS2, it was such a relief that he was OK - I was three weeks over and starting to obsess that things were going wrong.

KatieinSpain Wed 13-Jul-05 09:48:13

Ah, forgot to mention pethidine - worked for me by taking the edge off the pain.

bakedpotato Wed 13-Jul-05 09:49:09

The way the pain stops the instant the baby pops out

Darciesmum Wed 13-Jul-05 09:49:45

Watching my mum cry as Darcie was born!

Flamesparrow Wed 13-Jul-05 09:49:59

Oooh yes - that cup of tea is the best tasting tea ever!!!

Gas n Air too.... Lovely floaty stuff.

Angeliz Wed 13-Jul-05 09:50:09

The excitement when it all starts.

The first few giggly intakes of gas and air.

The total absolutely mind blowing feeling when you see that little person for the first time who has just come OUT OF YOU!!!!

I will forever be amazed!

WideWebWitch Wed 13-Jul-05 09:50:43

Not being pregnant any more, such a relief.

kate100 Wed 13-Jul-05 10:35:45

Definitely agree about not being pregnant anymore.

The huge sense of achievement that I'd grown a whole new person and feeling very close to DH as we cuddled our little boy

acnebride Wed 13-Jul-05 10:46:21

The half hour after my waters broke and before dh got home - I was ecstatically happy and excited.

The pool - Go pools!

Feeling completely myself again about 3 seconds after ds emerged.

Most of the things I was scared of either not happening or being infinitely less awful than I thought - e.g. tearing.

hoxtonchick Wed 13-Jul-05 10:49:54

with ds, the way he was delivered straight onto my tummy, screaming happily after rather a tense ventouse/forceps episode. with dd, pushing her out myself in 10 minutes & watching the amazed expression on dp's face as i did. epidural was wonderful both times!

spidermama Wed 13-Jul-05 10:51:43

Touching the warm sticky head as it was starting to crown. Wow! Nothing like it.

ninah Wed 13-Jul-05 10:52:42

time off work and the great drugs

Kidstrack2 Wed 13-Jul-05 10:53:39

Meeting the new baby, seeing what it looks like, finding out what sex it is. Seeing what pressies all your friends and family bring for the new baby!

berolina Wed 13-Jul-05 10:54:13

the epidural - tommy, i also had a lovely anaesthetist
fantastic, encouraging care. a great mw who let me cling on to her in pain and really 'spurred me on' during pushing
the sense of calm and momentousness that descended after he was there. my little angel, all curled up and smeared with vernix and blood, so beautiful with his wide eyes and little cry, was put on my tummy and we said hrllo, then whisked off to be checked over. i turned to the clock, looked at the time (nobody'd been checking) and thought 'a new era dawns - now begins my new life'. amazing.

Fennel Wed 13-Jul-05 11:05:10

best bit - just after when you know it's over.

really best bit ever - just after dd3 knowing i would never do it again.

sorry i am so un-reassuring to first time mums I am in danger of being banned from mumsnet.

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