Primrose is 2 and a half now so my memory is a little foggy but thought it time to actually write my birth story.
Three days before my due date I went to bed as normal. I woke around 3am with some period like cramps. I got up around 6am and had a shower breathing through the surges which we manageable but starting to pick up. The midwife came around 7am and examined me. I was shocked to find that in those short hours I was 3cm dilated. With my first I was in labour for 5 days and only 0.5cm in all that time. So I was very happy with the fact id stayed so calm and managed to progress so well.
The midwife advised that I should go to hospital now. My mum came to collect my 2 year old. I breathed through the surges stopping as I walked up from the carpark to the hospital. When I got in the lift a midwife was arriving, her name was Josephine and turned out she was there for me :) We we taken to the pool room and felt lucky it was free as I had planned a water birth. Examined again I was now 4cm, yay this won’t take long I thought. But unfortunately the hospital environment had slowed my surges down and by 12noon everything had almost stopped and I was sent home. I remember being so disappointed as I had such a lovely midwife, who had done hypnobirthing and fully understood me, and I had the pool room too!