Welcome to your lodge! Tell us your story and happy birthing to you!
Yeah for August mommies!!! Welcome to your lodge
<3 Dh Jason 3/22/03
Baby #4 11/24/13
Yay! Welcome Sarah-Jean!
Thanks girls! It seems to have taken ages to reach 36weeks, I've been so excited about getting a lodge even though I don't have a lot to say!!! Yeah, the smallest things excite me!
I'm not really sure how much background to give... So I'll just say my name is Sarah-Jean (I know, I'm really unimaginative!), I'm 24 years old and have been married to Martin (30) for almost 7 years now! We have four young boys and live in England.
I planned my first natural, home water birth when I was pregnant with Tristan (DS1) and despite having a perfect pregnancy, with no hitches it was decided at around 38weeks that my blood pressure was too high and I had protein in my urine. They told me I was no longer "allowed" a home water birth and induced me with one dose of prostaglandin a few days later. At the time I was young and didn't realise I had options, I also didnt realise quite how deceitful some of the staff could be and having done research into this am not entirely sure I ever had Pre-Eclampsia at all. Anyway, despite the induction my labour was very quick and very easy and relatively painfree!
I planned my second home water birth when I was pregnant with Jaeven (DS2), although the stoppers were quickly put on that too as my blood pressure kept going up from fairly early in my pregnancy and I kept showing protein in my urine. In the end I had another induction due to Pre-Eclampsia and SPD, with one dose of prostaglandin and this time my labour was so quick I ended up delivering in the middle of the ward during visiting hours in front of a bunch of strangers!!!!
With Raistlin (DS3), I again hoped for a home water birth and although my pregnancy was fairly straight forward, I had really severe SPD and was unable to move much. He was also a very unstable lie - he was never in the same position for more then an hour even right up at the end. This time I managed to avoid an induction, but pretty much only on the basis that I went into hospital the minute labour started (which was hard for me to predict as I was having what felt like full labour contractions, three minutes apart for weeks!)... When I went into labour he was breech, by the time I delivered he was cephalic! This was my longest labour, lasting 6 hours!
With Ashton (DS4), I point blank refused to listen to the "medical professionals"... They tried every trick in the book to get me to give birth in hospital from telling me I had Pre-Eclampsia and my baby would die and so would I, to telling me he was breech when he clearly wasn't, to telling me they had no staff to send out to me. In the end I believe I only got my homebirth because I spent an hour whilst in early labour on the phone to them threatening legal action... Unfortunately the stress of that stalled my labour for another two days! Grrrr!
Anyway, with Ashton I did get my home water birth... I didn't know I was in labour though until it was almost too late and the midwife only got there because DH became concerned by my erratic behaviour and called her without my knowledge. She arrived when I was 9cms and the only thing holding the baby in was the fact my waters hadn't broken. She did tell me I could start pushing anytime, but I was waiting for family members, and didn't feel particularly like I wanted a Christmas Day baby so I was able to hold off for a short while... I ended up delivering him in the birth pool, into my own hands... Nobody touched us and nobody spoke and nobody interferred - it was the best moment of my entire life!
This time around I have opted out of the NHS system and have gone with a private midwife because I couldn't stand the constant put downs and lies of why I couldn't give birth naturally in my own home. My midwife this time around is a godsend and I absolutely love her!
The plan this time around is another home water birth. I will deliver my baby, myself, into my own hands. I'm not having any internal examinations, or anybody interferring with me or my baby. I'm going to leave the cord attached until my placenta is delivered. I'm delivering my placenta naturally without drugs for the first time too, which I am excited about!
Anyway, I've prattled on forever! Sorry, I tend to talk loads when I get going!
I feel strange today.... Not sure how to explain it, yesterday I had a really good day, had loads of energy and was really active and felt fine considering the three days prior to that I'd been stuck in the bathroom most of the days...
Then last night couldn't sleep a wink as I was feeling really sore and crampy in my stomach, not something I've ever really had before. It finally subsided around 4am and I fell asleep, only to wake up at 7:30am with the pain again. Anyway, I had a warm bath and it went away again, but keeps coming back on and off.
Don't think it's contractions or anything... Well, it doesn't really feel like it, just a continually sore cramp in my stomach that kind of comes in small waves... But it's beginning to bug me now as I'm so tired and my mood is really black and I can't help but keep shouting at people...
Urgh! I hope I cheer up soon! My DH has been really sweet to me today, fixed my mobile phone, fixed my broadband connection, gave me his laptop to use (I broke mine!), put two new tyres on my car etc etc He really doesn't deserve me shouting and screaming at him all the time!
Someone posted one of those links to a labour predictor on the Aug BB... Here's what mine said!
LOL I hope so... Personally I'd like my labour to be a bit longer then 4 hours but I suppose 4 hours will do.... And all of my children but DS2 came in the middle of the night, so that wouldn't surprise me at all!Just about the time you think you can't handle hearing one more "when is that baby going to pop?", your baby will decide to make it's appearance. We predict your baby will be born 3-7 days before your due date. Your baby will most likely be born in the middle of the night. Justmommies predicts that your baby will weigh approximately 7.5 pounds and that your labor will be about 4 hours long.
Hey Sarah-Jean, I am looking forward to reading your lodge. I can't beleive you are the same age as me and are on your 5th child, that is amazing!!! I though I was young to be getting started, lol. Good for you for being able to stand up to the medical profession, I look forward to hearing about your water birth.