My Second Birth Story – Waterbirth

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My birth story

Ok I need to write this down before I forget! My second labour was an even better experience than my first one – mainly because the second round was a lot shorter and there was less pain involved because of that! As I mentioned in my previous post labour only lasted 4 hours this time – but there is more to the story than that…

Maya’s due date was on Saturday the 28.10, and we were determined that she would arrive that weekend – but there was no sign of her and I really didn’t want to make it to the appointment with my midwife on Tuesday morning…However, nature decided otherwise. I was only 3 days over but it felt like 3 weeks, so I said yes when she asked if I want a membrane sweep. It didn’t hurt and was over in seconds, and pretty much straight after I started having contractions – not painful but pretty uncomfortable ones.

Matthew’s dad gave me a ride back home as I couldn’t have made it walking and once home I sat down on the sofa and waited for the contractions to get stronger, which they did. I also got this strange pain in my left side after the sweep, which was worse than the contractions that were coming around every 4-5 minutes. Around 3pm I called the hospital and they told me to come in, so Matthew’s dad came and picked us all up and took us to the hospital. In the car I could feel the contractions getting weaker and started suspecting it was a false alarm.

At the hospital they put us in one of their big birth suites and gave me another sweep to get things going again, and said we should take a walk. Again the contractions got stronger and the pain in the side came back. We walked for a while, came back and sat and bounced on a ball and went back out to walk up and down the stairs – which made me throw up. But the contractions didn’t seem to get stronger and eventually we decided to just go home and catch the end of the Great British Bake Off final haha.

I was exhausted from the day so I went to bed early without eating anything and managed to get some sleep eventually. The following day I was still tired and had this weird pain in the side, so I stayed in bed until 3pm, when I decided I needed to shower. In the shower the contractions suddenly started, a lot stronger than the day before. At 4.30pm Matthew called his dad and asked him to give us a ride to the hospital – pretty much the worst time to drive across town! Before leaving I threw up again although I had barely eaten anything all day. We arrived at the hospital just after 5pm and it turned out I was already 8 cm dilated!


Once again we were put in one of the big birth suites and the midwife filled the pool so I could get in straight away. It felt so nice with the warm water and it brought back memories of my first labour. I guess I was only in the water for an hour or so before the contractions became so intense I felt like I needed to push. I also felt like I wanted to change position, so I turned around so I was on my knees and facing Matthew. That position really helped and three contractions later Maya was born into the water! The midwife told Matthew to come and look when only the head was out and told me I could feel the head if I wanted to – it felt strange I can tell you!

Once Maya was born she kind of just floated to the surface and I caught her and held her in my arms for the first time. It felt just as amazing as it did with Lana! Lana came out with one short cry whereas Maya cried pretty much for an hour straight haha. Matthew cut the cord and took Maya whilst I got out of the bath to deliver the placenta and have a few stitches. I got an injection so the placenta would come out quicker and once out the midwife showed us the different parts of it – such an incredible thing! After that Maya finally got fed and stopped crying for a while. She’s got some lungs and not much patience!

Since it wasn’t a busy night they let us stay in the suite so Matthew could actually stay the night and we didn’t have to share rooms with three other women with their babies. Maya kept me awake most of the night feeding over and over again – the colostrum probably wasn’t enough to keep her satisfied for long.

In the morning they did all sorts of tests on Maya and then let us go home only 20 hours after we arrived at the hospital – which was great as we were dying to introduce Lana to her baby sister! Maya’s birth was a great experience and since it only lasted 4 hours I wasn’t exhausted afterwards and could really enjoy the moment and remember everything clearly.

Shortly after getting home Lana took a look at my belly and said there’s still another baby inside…:)

x Nina x