I wanted nothing more than to have a water birth in the birth centre. I had envisioned a peaceful, non-medicalised labour and delivery–complete with delayed cord clamping, vernix left on our baby’s skin and immediate skin-to-skin contact. Baby was head down and on the left in an anterior position for weeks. I was low risk.
I went into labour at home. At first I felt very tired and it came on suddenly. I was about to take a nap but I had to rush to the bathroom because I could feel the plug suddenly come away. I went back into our bedroom to do some laundry since I knew labour could begin soon. I then felt something else happening so ran to the bathroom as my waters started leaking. I was so excited and nervous until I wiped. My heart sunk and I started to panic a little. I realised the baby had done her first poo in the womb. I told Dec to call triage and we had to get to the hospital straightaway. He asked if we could go to the birth centre and were told no–we had to go straight to the labour ward. We left at 2pm and it was just as I was getting into the car that my contractions really began.
We arrived at the hospital. There was no time to even look for a free parking space. My contractions got stronger and closer together during the ten minute car journey. Since our baby did a poo in the womb, she needed continuous heart monitoring to watch for signs of distress. Thankfully I was able to continue with labour but contractions were coming on so quickly. I went from 4cm centimetres dilated to 10cm and having to push well within six hours. Unfortunately, our baby did not want to come out. It turns out she somehow positioned her head in the birth canal at an angle. She got herself stuck. I was pushing for nearly two hours. I even had to be induced to see if they could get my contractions even stronger (even though they were very strong already) in hopes of getting her to turn her head. It didn’t work.
Our little Órla was born happy, healthy and strong on the 8 January 2017 (39 weeks and 3 days). She weighed 8lbs 2 ounces. She was 54 cm long and born with a full head of hair. Her oxygen and ph levels in her cord were excellent and so far everything else is going really well for us both. I was also was told there is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to have a vaginal birth next time. Thankfully, there is nothing to indicate there’s anything wrong with me. It was just one of those things.