thread: Tamsin's amazing arrival (warning - quite a long story!)

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    BellyBelly Member

    Aug 2004

    Tamsin's amazing arrival (warning - quite a long story!)

    On Tuesday, everything seemed to be miles away - I wasn't even getting any BH contractions (although I'd had some on other days) and went about my day exactly as usual.

    Imagine my surprise when my waters broke at 1:30 Wednesday morning (October 19th) - a little over a week before my EDD!

    I stayed in bed until about 5, but didn't really get any more sleep... DH did though, and I think it was really worthwhile having the rest for me too. We got everything ready and arrived at the hospital at about 7, half-expecting to be told to go home (even though I knew I had to have antibiotics for GBS). I was getting period-like cramping but nothing much, so had a sleep for an hour or so after the first shot. After that I got up and walked around the room for a while, and noted my contractions were about every 4-5 minutes, although they still weren't bad at all.

    By about 10:30 I was getting stronger contractions, but just bouncing on a fit ball I could easily breathe through them. At this point we thought I had ages to go, so DH went out to pick up a few supplies we'd forgotten to bring. He got back about an hour later to find me having very intense contractions, on all fours and totally uninterested in what he'd brought 8-[

    I had no idea how long I had to go, but being my first labour I assumed it would be several more hours at least. I was feeling pretty sorry for myself and really starting to think I couldn't cope without pain relief (which I had been hoping to do). I was also swearing a bit and moaning "ow, ow, ow" a *lot* at this point. I hung in there for a bit longer, I think mainly because I hated to admit I didn't think I could do it! DH was a great support, offering me things to suck and cold drinks (which I didn't want, but he was great at knowing when to offer and when to be quiet) and also just encouraging me to keep going.

    At about 12:30 the midwife managed to convince me to move to a spot where she could examine me, and I was incredibly happy to hear that I was ready to push any minute! I did so (still on all fours) for about an hour, and after getting her about halfway down moved to a squat as each contraction came through. This brought her down the rest of the way much faster. Again, DH was an incredible help, just gently encouraging me and offering me cool drinks (which I sometimes accepted). He also let me crush his hand through some of the contractions as I was really feeling the pressure. I was interested (and relieved) to discover that the pushing, although hard work, seemed much less intensely painful than the dilation stage had been.

    Not too much later, after some more contractions which made me feel like I was going to split (and where I tried really hard not to push too strongly, as I was terrified of tearing badly), our beautiful baby Tamsin was out in the world! The midwife passed her up to me and I moved to a sitting position so she could rest against me and nuzzle for my breasts if she wanted to. I held her this way for a while, then DH pulled his top off so he too could have a skin-to-skin cuddle with her. The midwife told us that the cord had stopped pulsing, so she clamped it and then DH cut it (while I was holding Tamsin). We were both amazed with our baby girl and just sat there cuddling her for a while

    I was still waiting for the placenta delivery, so DH cuddled Tamsin while I squatted again to push it out. This only took a couple of minutes and I barely felt it happen (although of course I knew it was going on!). Something like half an hour to an hour later the midwife examined me and I had a little tear, so she put in 3 stitches using a local anaesthetic. I was a bit of a wimp about having them - you'd think after going through labour a couple of stitches would be nothing, but I guess it's all in the context :-$

    Anyway, to finish off a long story, I was incredibly happy (and mildly astonished) to have achieved the drug-free birth I had hoped for. Every major detail of my birth plan was met, the only exceptions being that I got to the hospital earlier than I'd wanted to (because I needed the antibiotics) and that I had to have an internal examination (which as it turned out I was really grateful for anyway!). DH was the most incredible support person I could have asked for, and the midwives at the birth centre really helped me too. I really don't think it would have been possible for me to have a better delivery than Tamsin's.

    Thanks for reading

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    kirsty Guest

    What a wonderful story & thanx so much for choosing to share it with us.

    So glad to hear that everything went as you had planned.

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    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!

    Fiona, WELL DONE! You should be so incredibly proud of yourself: it sounds like you had a fantastic birth, especially if it was pretty much exactly what you wanted. Lovely birth story...........HUGE congratulations to you, and welcome to Tamsin (love the name BTW!)

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    Sal Guest

    Wow Fenell, your story is wonderful - what an inspiration for the rest of us! I really really hope for such a birth as you experienced. Congrats!!

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2004

    Fiona what a beautiful story you are so amazing well done.

    Can't wait to get to meet Tamsin at the next get together we have.

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    What a gorgeous story Fi !!! I can't wait to meet beautiful Tasmin one of these days. Well done to you all for an incredible birth


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    BellyBelly Member

    Nov 2004

    What a great birth experience for you all.

    Congratulations Fiona and welcome Tamsin! Thanks for sharing your story.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2004
    Caroline Springs,Melbourne

    Fenella, what a wonderful story. I am really inspired to try and get thru this drug free also.

    You are a real tropper.

    You make me want to cry it was beautiful.

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    Melinda Guest

    Congratulations Fenella.....what a marvellous job you did bringing Tamsin into the world! It's fantastic that you achieved the birth that you wanted, with no pain relief!!!

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    BellyBelly Life Member

    Jul 2004
    House of the crazy cat ladies...

    Congratulations Fenella! It sounds like you had a wonderful birth experience!! WELL DONE!! =D>

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    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2004
    Adelaide SA

    Congratulations Fennella!
    What a beautiful story, i'm really pleased that you got the birth experience that you had hoped for,
    now i just hope my next birth experience is like that [-o<
    Well done! =D>
    Welcome to the world baby Tamsin!

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    Our castle is now full

    Nov 2004
    Western Australia

    What a wonderful story..thank you so much for sharing.


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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Nov 2003
    Kilmore Vic

    Congrats and sounds like the birth of most peoples dreams in the end. You worked hard though and did an incrediblejob.

    cheers michelle

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    Resident Samsquanch

    Jan 2005
    Down by the ocean

    Congrats and well done =D>

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    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2005
    Mid North Coast NSW

    what a fantastic birth story fenella - congrats again!!

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    Platinum Member

    Nov 2004

    Great job, thanks for sharing!

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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2005

    Congrats and its wonderful that you have shared your experience with us all.

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    Registered User

    Nov 2005
    Adelaide, SA

    I am not a regular poster but I just HAD to say congratulations on the birth of your daughter!!

    I am just so surprised :shock: that there is someone else in Adelaide who had their daughter on the very same day as we had ours, and gave her the same name! Good taste!! LOL
    We had our Tamsin at Modbury.
    I hope you're doing well!!