Throughout my pregnancy I was petrified of giving birth, however it turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life, leaving me wanting do it all over again before I had even left the hospital.
In the third trimester of my pregnancy I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which then meant my whole birth plan had to change. I was put on insulin injections within the first week and put under the care of the diabetes midwife for the rest of my pregnancy. The consultants and midwives were great in reassuring me, and helping me to understand how best to care for my baby before he was even born.
Due to the diabetes I had to be induced at 38 weeks, something which only added to my anxiety about the birth. The pessary went in at 9:30am on 15th April, I went to delivery suite at 10:15pm and my baby boy was born the next morning at 9:36am.
I had such an amazing birth experience with every midwife and doctor playing their own part. The support throughout the birth was second to none, and when the pain got too much they listened to me and acted quickly to give me the pain relief I wanted. From then on I had a calm; pain free labour.
The aftercare was essential in the first few days of being a mum. I struggled to feed my baby and the team did all they could to help and advise me, resulting in me being able to breast feed my son till now at 6 months.
When we were ready to go I was sad to leave the midwives as they had been such a great support and I can only thank them for the care given both before, during and after birth.