Announcing the rather speedy arrival of Evelyn Emily Woolfson. After a false start to labour a week beforehand (two hours of regular contractions Sunday evening and then nothing but braxton hicks all week.) I woke up on Sunday 4th June feeling uncomfortable. At 9am I was reading Jasper a story and asked him if he thought his brother or sister would be joining us that day.
At 9.15am I had my first proper contraction so asked Luke to put the TENS machine on my back. Que the most painful part of my labour as Luke switched the machine on and pushed the boost button with the settings on full! I screamed and jumped half a metre into the air. During full on contractions I only ever got the settings as high as 4 and it goes up to 12!
At 10am I was lying in bed with the cat imagining spending the best part of the day chilling out and resting between contractions. At 10.30am Luke rang my Dad to say be on standby for coming to look after Jasper, I didn’t think it was quite time for him to set off yet so he started mowing the lawn at his!
10.40am I had a bowl of porridge and a cup of tea, during my first labour I had felt really sick after eating so the fact that this time I felt fine and polished off the whole of my breakfast made me think there was still quite a while to go. My contractions were getting strong and my thought process went something like this:
“Bloody hell this is intense – I so need to get in the right headspace. Oh I’m tired I really want to go back to bed. I really can’t be bothered to be in labour all day. I’ll listen to my hypnosis MP3 to get myself in the zone. Breathe Naomi breathe. Face and embrace my labour.”
At 11am Luke made me a lean zone over the sofa as with Jasper’s labour I wanted to be on all fours a lot but after just one contraction in that position I felt loads of pressure so went to the loo and my waters broke with a pop. I asked Luke to ring Dad to come over. I got into bed but on next contraction felt a huge amount of pressure again so went into the bathroom and more waters came.
At this point I was gripping onto the new towel radiator with such force I thought I might rip it from the wall. I kept thinking I needed to get myself in the zone and then the contractions would not feel as overwhelming. I focused on my breath and relaxing my whole body rather than tensing against the contractions.
My contractions got really intense and I could feel the pressure of the baby’s head so shouted to Luke to call 999! Our plan had been to go to the midwife led centre at Reading but it’s a 25min drive. At this point as you can imagine I was rather vocal during contractions and Jasper was getting upset so told Luke to take him downstairs and stick him in front of his Sing and Sign DVD. I ran a bath and 3 contractions later Evelyn’s head was out. Luke was on the phone being talked through what to do to check baby and I were ok. Evelyn was born around 11.30am and Luke scooped her up from the water onto my chest.
An ambulance arrived five minutes later but the paramedic had never attended a birth before. Luckily everything was fine with both me and Evie. The second ambulance arrived with two more paramedics and Luke took Evie for some skin on skin time while I birthed the placenta – that took 50 minutes!
Dad arrived to take care of Jasper. Our local midwife could not be reached as her phone wasn’t working so we didn’t have a midwife with us until around 1ish. We had to go to Reading as I needed stitches but we were home again that evening to introduce Evie to her big brother and Grandparents.
Epic day I’m so glad I teach hypnobirthing, I most definitely needed those skills to stay (relatively) calm and birth our little 7 lb 9 oz pumpkin without assistance.
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