We welcomed our Seraphina Rose into the world on Friday the 1st of September 2017 at 1:12 am. She weighed in at a petite 6 pound 2 ounces (2.796 kg) and measured in at 45cm long.
I wasn't sure whether or not to share Seraphina's birth story. After getting so many DM's on Instagram I realised that you had all joined me on my pregnancy journey, it was only right that you get to come along for the birth as well.
Throughout my pregnancy I had extremely high hypertension and fluid retention (hello 21kg weight gain!) I also developed Pre Eclampsia. Because of all these issues,
my obstetrician decided it would be best for me to be induced at 37 weeks pregnant. Three weeks before my due date!
I was terrified at the idea of being induced, I had only ever heard horror stories. No one ever enjoys being induced. I was also upset that my very particular birth plan was pretty much out the window now. I was still going to try and labour as naturally as I could without pain relief.
I was induced Wednesday the 30th of August at 9:30 at night with the balloon catheter method. Very painful and uncomfortable procedure! I started having contractions at around 1am. The next day the midwives checked me over and I was 3cm dilated so the balloon catheter was taken out and my waters were broken. Another really uncomfortable procedure! Once they had broke my waters, I was hooked up to a drip to speed up my contractions. For the next 6 hours I laboured naturally without any pain relief. I tried the gas but it was too much for me and I didn't like the feeling of having no control so i asked them to turn it down.
After 6 hours of labouring, I was in the most excruciating pain and I wasn't getting any break from the contractions, they were coming hard and fast with no break in between. The midwives and obstetrician were trying to convince me to get the epidural but I was adamant I wouldn't take pain relief. I was then checked over and had only dilated another 1 and a half cm. I was absolutely devastated that after all my hard work I was only 4 and a half cm dilated!