The Beautiful Hospital Birth Of Sophie Wallace

When Sophie posted these photos in our Home Birth Support Group UK, I knew I had to ask her if I could blog her story. Initially planning a home birth Sophie changed her mind and decided that induction and a hospital birth was the best thing for her.

For this birth I was induced at 40+1 after a couple of failed sweeps. I was anxious about not getting the relaxing birth I had my heart set on. I went in to hospital on the Saturday evening and had a 24 hour pessary inserted.

I was already a couple of cm dilated. This fell out Sunday morning. Sunday evening around 20:30 I had my waters broken. My partner and I thought a nice walk would help to let gravity do its thing.

The moment we left the building my contractions started coming every 2.5 minutes. We walked through them together, stopping to hold my partner and breathe. After realising they were getting closer together we headed back in to the delivery suite where the contractions were coming every minute. I started on the gas and air and moved to to birthing pool room.

My partner set up my diffuser where we had lavender essential oils. He then displayed battery tea lights around the room and set up my relaxing music playlist on the speaker. The lighting was dim and it was extremely peaceful. The pool gave me instant relief.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”35″ exclusions=”455,451,452,457,458,454″ display=”basic_slideshow”]The midwife was so encouraging and motivated me. She kept her distance and allowed my partner to just help me through each surge. Once little baby holly was born we stayed in the pool and let the cord finish pulsating. My partner then cut the cord. We got out the pool and laid on a lovely bean bag where I continued skin to skin while delivering the placenta.

The midwife checked me for any tears which I luckily had avoided! I began to give Holly her first feed. She latched on perfectly. While doing this the lovely midwife brought us the placenta and explained all the parts to it and which part did what.

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[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”35″ exclusions=”451,452,453,455,456,457,458″ display=”basic_thumbnail” override_thumbnail_settings=”1″ thumbnail_width=”480″ thumbnail_height=”320″ thumbnail_crop=”0″ images_per_page=”1″]I was induced with first baby and was so very scared of having a repeat or a birth I didn’t remember or enjoy. I remember this birth and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was like a home from home. I made sure I was firm with what I wanted and the midwives really made my perfect plan come true. Next time I’m hoping for a home birth! Baby Holly Grace. Born on the 22nd September weighing 8lbs.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”35″ exclusions=”453,454,455,456″ display=”basic_slideshow”]I’m already desperate for another birth so I think I would go for the home birth next time. She started turning blue and choking on the Monday morning and then they suspected sepsis. Luckily she’s ok now.

It was such a lovely birth. Everything I wanted and it’s made me want to be pregnant already, the baby is so calm too and I really think the birth helped that!

There were a lot of complications in the pregnancy so I’m so pleased it went so well. I keep listening to the song which was playing when I gave birth, “Are You With Me”, Lost Frequencies.

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Positive Induction – Peterborough City Hospital – North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Samantha Says

Stories such as the positive induction of  Jen Lewis, as well as my “Home Birth Transfer Is Not A Failure” blog are often shared in our group  Home Birth Support Group UK – where all our members births are important to us, wherever the birth path takes them. These positive induction stories are so very important in a time when induction is on the rise and enable women to know that induction and hospital birth can be incredibly empowering. For more information on induction choises, read my blog, “Sweeps and inducing labour, making informed decisions“.

Although Sophie feels her anxiety meant she chose hospital birth, I believe that women have a sixth sense about their babies and it may well be this was instinct on Sophie’s part – her birth is a far cry from the disempowered stories of women, with no choices, put on monitors and “not allowed” birth choices, Sophie and her partner went for a walk, chose when to come back and had the incredible birth they deserved.

Thank you Sophie and welcome to the world Holly Grace, have a wonderful life.

Samantha Gadsden walks with women on their life’s journeys. She is an experienced Doula, based close to Cardiff in South Wales, mother to 4 children and wife to Eddie, more information can be found on her facebook page, Samantha Gadsden Doula and her website, Caerphilly DoulaSOS DoulaTelephone and online support is always available.

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