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  • Writer's pictureEmma Armstrong

positive & supported c-section despite change in birth plan



My first child, my daughter was born exactly 2 weeks overdue! I learnt so so much from you! I said no to being induced before this date as my body was preparing itself and my mind knew she would come when she was ready! I went into natural labour at 7am on the Saturday … laboured at home for as long as possible and when I went into hospital at 2pm I was 4 cm dilated.


In the evening, admittedly, I became unfocused as my contractions were back to back from the start (which I found confusing and overwhelming) i was very tired and so I opted for a epidural…I was stuck at 6cm for a long time and her head was low but swollen, consultant offered me hormonal drip which I refused and wanted to wait till the morning to see if anything changed; during the night her heart rate was irregular and I also had signs of infection (blood in my urine, temperature etc) I was also still at 6cm - I was again offered normal drip or a c section.


I really didn’t want a c section when I had been previously thinking about my birth but I felt that my body was doing what it felt was right and a hormone drip wouldn’t have had a positive outcome and I likely would need a c section anyway. Thanks to you I had a beautiful c section with a picture of my mum who had passed next to me and her perfume sprayed onto a cloth for me to smell during the surgery. It was really magical and such a positive experience, the nhs midwives were supportive throughout and loved my birth plan that I had created via your app!


It didn’t all go to plan but to be able to walk away with such a positive feeling has been so empowering and I love sharing the knowledge you have taught me with my friends and family x


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