The birth of your first child is an amazing thing.
You are just as much apprehensive as you are excited.
Does it really hurt as much as everyone says? Yes. Will everything be okay? Hopefully. Will I poo in labour? Potentially, yes, just get over it already.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll always have a few things you DON’T want to see happening. That said, I’d like to think I was still pretty relaxed about the whole thing though.
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That was right up until I was smack bang go-hung in the great depths of labour and pushing a baby out of my lady parts when I heard this phrase:
“Well, that’s not meant to happen.”
I am in labour with my first child, scared out of my brain and the midwife comes out with “WELL THAT’S NOT MEANT TO HAPPEN!”
Are you kidding me?
Let me set the scene (it’s not pretty just FYI).
My local hospital allows time in a bath during labour but at the time didn’t allow water births. So, I was in a bath (yes stark naked) but the water had been drained once the baby was crowning. My back was KILLING ME so I was on all fours with all the action happening down the end of the bath and my head facing a very bare, hospital white, wall.
So, basically, I couldn’t see anything and the midwife decides it was prime time to not-so-subtly tell me that something was wrong.
Cue freak out here.
“WHAT’S not meant to happen? (gasp) What are you (moan) talking about? (Groan) What is (Groan) happening?"
Trying to get answers during mid contraction is never an easy thing to do.
Turns out what she was referring to was that instead of his head, my son’s arm and shoulder were the first things to appear.