Following an amazing pregnancy, my braxton hicks had turned into true contractions on Dylan’s due date and on becoming 5 minutes apart, we had gone excitedly to hospital. However, as is often the case, on entering the maternity ward, contractions practically stopped and when they never returned again, I was sent home at 2cm dilated and told that I would probably return that evening. In fact, I returned to hospital 3 days later after a weekend of on-and-off contractions where I was told I was 5cm dilated. I felt no urge to push and was instructed by the midwife when I was getting a contraction to ‘chin on chest and push’. The whole thing was awkward and uncomfortable and I have never been so tired, having missed a whole night’s sleep. The whole event was traumatic and disappointing and I left the hospital thinking that I never wanted to go through that ever again. It was never going to be an option for me to have anything other than a hospital birth with Betty. I was expecting the same delivery as I had had with her older brother and was very anxious heading into hospital that morning to be induced.
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