Our Midwife’s Birth Story – My Positive Birth Experience!
Jessie is an Australian trained and registered nurse and midwife. Since 2013, Jessie has been supporting women during labour, birth and the postnatal period and is incredibly passionate about helping couples have a birth experience that leaves them feeling empowered and happy.
JESSIE'S BIO & CLASSES
I was 41 weeks and 2 days pregnant and I had tried EVERY natural method of inducing labour without any success. I was very motivated to have a vaginal birth without any epidural and, luckily, my pregnancy was low risk. Since I had agreed to start the induction process 10 days past my estimated due date (EDD), the midwifery group-practice where I was receiving my prenatal care put the wheels in motion.
The day of my induction, I remember feeling incredibly calm. I knew it was important to remain as relaxed as possible so any anxiety I felt beforehand quickly shifted to a new mindset: ‘let’s do this!’. Instead of being disappointed, I felt completely at peace with the situation and was just so ready to have my baby. Afterall, I had put in my time and then some! I was feeling physically and emotionally strong, I felt confident that I would labour well and that everything would go smoothly.
Once I was admitted into the hospital, the induction process began. Prostin was applied to my cervix in an attempt to soften and open it so that the amniotic sac could be broken the following morning, with the slight possibility that the gel alone would put me into labour. I did not labour overnight though and unfortunately I didn’t get much sleep! I was far too excited so I just sat quietly listening to a labour playlist that I had made. The following morning around 8am, my midwife Julie came to check on me. Julie did a vaginal examination and, since my cervix had opened, she was happy to rupture my membrane. My waters were broken at around 9:30am and the syntocinon drip was commenced not long after. While I had wireless CTG monitoring throughout, the IV drip did make me feel more restricted than I would have liked – but I was determined to move! I started off sitting on the bed and little by little I began to feel contractions. It took about 1 ½ hours before they really become painful and by 11:30am I was having regular strong contractions.
My husband Alex was with me and my friend Katrin, who was also a midwife, was there to capture the birth on film. By this point, I was up and down off the bed, moving to and from the bathroom every few contractions. By around 1pm, I was experiencing excruciating back pain. I had Alex press on my lower back which helped to relieve the pain a little, but it was still VERY intense. At this stage my midwife offered to inject sterile water subcutaneously into two spots on my lower back, I agreed. Sterile water injections can work quickly (within two minutes) and the pain management effects can last as long as two hours. The injections were so incredibly painful going in, but it did give me some relief.
By 2pm I was getting very distressed again, so I began using the gas. At 3:30pm the pain had intensified and I was unsure how much more I could take. It was at this stage that I asked my midwife to check me because I knew that if I hadn’t make good progress, I would probably need to have an epidural. I began involuntary pushing, and when my midwife checked me I was 10cm dilated! I continued to push, changing into a number of different positions before progress was seen. After pushing for over an hour I finally managed to push my baby into the world at 4:29pm, weighing in at 4.3kg!
He was placed directly onto my chest and I was overcome with a sense of emotional and physical relief. It was all over and my baby was finally here. The 24 hours following birth, I felt very euphoric. I could not sleep – I just sat staring at my baby in absolute amazement that he had come out of me and that he was mine. Giving birth was incredibly painful, yet the experience was profoundly empowering, and I would do it all again tomorrow.