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A GREATHOME BIRTH
Member Name: jules9999
Advantages: ENJOYABLE, RELAXED
Disadvantages: IF THINGS GO WRONG MAY HAVE TO GO TO HOSPITAL
In March 2008 I was wakened by the telephone at 1 am. My daughter needed me to come and watch my two grandchildren, it was time for her to go into the hospital as her contractions were coming thick and fast. My daughters other two pregnancies had gone over and were long labours and she stilL had two weeks to go. I arrived at her home at 1.20 a.m, her husband was on the phone to emergency services and my daughter gripping to her bathroom sink and breathing and panting. I was handed the phone as her husband wasn't allowed in the bathroom by her order, she was a little grumpy but still smiling.
I tried to get her to her bedroom but she would not leave her bathroom, (told me later she didn't want to make a mess on the bed), so I managed to get her on the floor and made her as comfortable as possible with pillows behind her back. I talked her through her breathing and as it was her third child she knew the pain was normal.
A wonderful woman on the other end of the phone kept me calm and focused and kept asking me to check for the head and I just kept preying that the ambulance at arrived soon and reassuring my daughter she was doing fine and to keep up her breathng, we breathed together and we laughed and my daughter was remarkably relaxed.
At 2 a.m we had a head and a baby ready to be delivered and still no ambulance and the woman on the phone told me how to use my hands and on the next contraction with my head holding the phone in my neck, babies head was delivered and on the next my new grandson was delivered. I cleared his airways and rubbed him with the towel and he cried his first cry. My daughter and myself cried we were so happy and my daughter was so relaxed with her new son lay on her all wrapped up and her counting his fingers and toes.
Two ambulances arrived at 2.10 and my daughter was taken to hospital with the baby as she needed to go to theatre as they placenta had not been delivered and spent a few days in hospital but this was due to the time it had taken for the placenta to be delivered.
Within minutes of being born he had shared so much joy not only to me, his mum and dad and uncle but also his big brother and sister.
The 999 lady on the phone was wonderful, my daughter was amazing and the whole experience a lovely memory to cherish forever. My daughter says if she was ever to have a baby again she would defianetly choose to have a home birth as it was so much more relaxed though I hope she chooses the bed and not bathroom floor.
One last note, I used bath towels and lots of them but I never used the hot water they always ask for in the films. I can only guess it is actually used to drink the gallons of coffee you have afterwards to try and calm nerves.
Summary: FREEDOM OF CHOICE TO HAVE A HOME BIRTH
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