My name is Casey, I have a 10 month old baby. I love having a baby, she’s funny, loveable and makes me feel fulfilled.
However, I can’t deny that since she’s been born my partner and I have faced some trials. I have now experienced giving birth, living with a baby with colic, breast feeding (still going!), sleep deprivation, washable nappies and weaning a baby onto gluten when I can’t eat it myself, amongst other experiences.
My colleagues in NHS Dorset and I would like to share with you some of our stories about being pregnant and about having a baby. We would love to hear from you, and hope that get involved too.
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:
This was my story. I didn’t experience the challenges of having a c-section and of course everyone’s experience is different, so I would love to hear how you coped with all the physical challenges after giving birth.