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As a FTM, I had no idea what to expect with the surges, but it was much easier than I expected

caesarean Aug 26, 2020

 Cian Barry Harris Mitchell
 Born 8th August 2020 (40+11)
 2.49am
 4.58kg (10lb 2 oz)
 55cm

We had planned (or more so hoped) for a natural drug free birth. Our doctor had been trying to get us to induce at 39 weeks due to bub measuring in the 99th percentile at 36 week scans. We refused and tried to push on for a natural birth. Our hospital allows us to go through till 10 days past due, so we thought we had plenty of time to try and get bubs to come on his own. From 38 weeks, we tried everything to get him moving along, nothing worked.


At our 41 week midwife appointment, as a last ditch effort, we tried an S&S, my cervix was so closed that it couldn't even be attempted, I was told my external cervix was at about 1cm dilated. So at this stage, we were booked in to start the induction process at 9 days over due. The plan was to go in over night, attempt the gel and if that didn't work, waters to be released the next morning and then the drip started after.
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My birth went unexpectedly but it was beautiful

caesarean Apr 01, 2019
Thank you for the Hypnobubs™ Online Course. I have always been terrible with pain and would not self describe as 'heroic'. I had many reservations about having a cesarean and feared the recovery process. We completed the course online, which was great as we needed module flexibly due to work schedules.
 
We had a beautiful home birth planned, and like many people ended up with our baby coming out the way she wanted instead.  I went into active labour around 7.30am after a night of early labour surges. The midwives came to the home after lunch and I was able to get in the pool. I transitioned some time in the early evening.
 
During labour and pushing, I had strong lower back discomfort. After a few hours of pushing the baby was still not progressing as far down as we would have liked. We did an internal and confirmed I was fully dilated. Unfortunately, her head had not turned and she was posterior. We tried pushing her the right way but she stayed put. It was at...
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