I, like most mothers-to-be, thought non-stop about the birth. I knew that it probably wouldn’t go ‘to plan’ but I knew what I wanted.
I completed an NHS birth plan and went through it with my midwife – I wanted a water birth, I wanted delayed cord clamping, I wanted to be at home as much as possible and I wanted to give birth in Poole Hospital’s maternity unit.
I was lucky, I got all the above. I had my first contractions at 4pm and by 9pm I had a baby in my arms, delivered in the pool, in Poole.
The midwives at Poole Maternity were caring, supportive and they followed my plan because they could.
However, I didn’t bank on the after effects of giving birth. Here’s my tips: