Birth Stories
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Rachel

Steven and I went to bed at 11pm but I didn't make it into bed as I all of a sudden had what I thought was a set of contractions whilst I got ready.  Deciding to time them, I could see they were quite erratic; 3 mins, 7 mins, 5 mins, 9 mins.........Nevertheless I carried on until about 1am.  They were perfectly bearable at this time but I thought I should ring Tina just to let her know.  I had actually been timing them wrong!  I had been timing the gap between the end of one and the start of another so I came off the phone to Tina and as soon as I started timing them correctly they were coming every 2 to 3 minutes.

I called my Mum to come and collect our 2 year old son, Lennon.  I called Tina back and I was finding them more painful now.  Tina arrived at around 2.30am and the contractions slowed a little.  I was walking around and standing pushing against the wall for each contraction thinking that the birth would probably be hours away.

Steven put on MTV Cribs and Tina settled down on the sofa - we could be in for a long night!

It must have been around 2.50am and I remember walking past the gas and air thinking....oooh should I ask for some now?  I decided to wait a little bit.  Well, a few minutes later I waddled into our bedroom and that was it....huge contraction, my waters went and I knew we were not far off!

Tina and Steven got things organised in the lounge whilst I went through each contraction.  I remember calling for Tina at the start of each one though and she was there helping me through it whilst trying to get all the towels down ready!  Then it was into the lounge.  I was pushing for maybe 20 minutes and Tina used a hot compress on my perineum which was such a help - I couldn't recommend that enough.  At 3.45am just as Teresa arrived, out came baby Madeleine Lily weighing 8lb 6oz.   After lots of cuddles and some feeding, I was in a candlelit bath 40 minutes later which was wonderful.

The whole experience was amazing and I can't thank Tina and Teresa enough for the care and support that they have given me.
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