YS was due on 30th March 2002 (Easter Saturday) on the Thursday before, I
woke up feeling "damp" and thought my waters were trickling
(this happened with my 1st pregnancy) Rang the midwife, she said to stay
active and come in and see her at the end of clinic, 11am. When I got
there, she did a test with an indicator which changes colour if amniotic
fluid is present, it was so things were on the move slowly even though no
signs of any contractions. Midwife told me to go for a long walk, go up
and down stairs and stay upright and as mobile as possible and that she
expected to see me in the birth
centre in the next 24 hours.
DH and I walked miles!! But, no contractions came. I went up in the bath
about 7.40pm as I was "uncomfortable" but not contracting, just
bad back and period like pains. I was desperate to get the baby out so
tried nipple tweaking and within 2 minutes, had a huge contraction in the
bath. Got out and dried and dressed fast and had another huge contraction.
Went downstairs to tell DH to ring the hospital as thought I was in
labour! LOL, whilst he was on the phone, got the urge to go to the loo so
darted upstairs, got on the loo, huge contraction, had a show and then my
waters broke, all in the space of about 5 mins, by this time I was
screaming and couldn't get off the loo! DH had been told to phone 999 so
he did and was being told to get me off the loo and onto the floor (with
trousers & knickers round my ankles! lol) finally managed to get on
the floor, ambulance men arrived and squeezed in my tiny bathroom with DH!
Ambulance man said we could be at the hospital within 12 minutes. I said I
couldn't move, turned round to lean on the bath, huge contraction and
Harry "popped out" and was caught by DH and the ambulance man!!
Midwife arrived about 5 minutes after the event and cut the cord, cleaned
Harry up and dressed him, wrapped him up and told us to keep him warm and
cuddle him as he was born so quick, he might have jaundice and need to go
to hospital. They said they would check on him in the morning and see if
he had improved, which he did so never did go to hospital.
It was all very natural and it was nice to just shower and crawl into bed
with our new baby but, afterwards started thinking about all the
"what if's" but, all was well, although I would never have
chosen a home birth,
just not much choice in this one! LOL