Daisy was due on 30 June 2001 and it was decided on 3 July
that I would be induced and an appointment was made for 10
July. I arrived at the hospital at 8am and was examined by
the midwife who said my cervix was 'unfavourable' - still
1-2 cm long, hadn't started to efface (thin) and was still
firm so they decided to try prostin gel to see if they could
get my cervix 'favourable' for induction and I was left for
6 hours. I was then examined again and there was no change
to my cervix so I was sent home and told to come back on Thursday.
I went back to the hospital on Thursday only to be sent home
again because they were too busy.
Finally on Saturday I arrived yet again at the hospital at
8 am and was examined. My cervix was just over1 cm dilated,
still firm but starting to efface so they decided to break
my waters, which was fairly uncomfortable because Daisy's
head was close to the bottom of the bag of waters.
At 11am I hadn't started having contractions so I was put
on a drip of Syntocin and finally at 11.20 the contractions
started. The drip was increased every 15 mins to keep the
The labour progressed at a very steady, relaxed and controlled
pace which enabled me to increase my TENS machine before they
increased the drip so that maximum benefit was gained.
At 3pm I was examined again and my cervix was 3 cm and almost
fully effacedI started using Gas and Air in order to focus
more on my breathing. My contractions were now coming every
At 5.30pm I decided that I wasn't enjoying it anymore and
asked for some Pethedine but my midwife said I was almost
there as I was getting a lot of pressure on my bowels. At
6.00pm the contractions were getting very painful in deed
and I was not able to breathe properly anymore, I was unable
to remember to turn my TENS from pulse to constant and back
and I needed to push.
After pushing with nothing happening for a few contractions
my midwife examined me and said that there was still a little
ridge and at the next contraction she just ran her finger
round so that my cervix was a little wider and then the next
contraction I gave one almighty 'I'm going to push this baby
out no matter what'; noise and Daisy's head was born followed
by the rest of her body on the next contraction.
The whole labour from start to finish was 6 hours and 50
Life after Birth -
I fell in love with Daisy the minute I saw her and if I could
I would hold her all day. Daisy is a very peaceful baby and
spends large amounts of time awake and looking around. She
is time consuming because she likes to feed alot or suck on
our little fingers.
Daisy was a very big surprise to both myself and Rob. I was
supposedly non-ovulatory after losing a baby at 19 weeks 7
years ago. Rob was not very keen on the idea of another child
and we had a very big falling out because I decided to keep
the baby but I am pleased to say that he was getting quite
excited towards the end and is now fairly smitten with Daisy.