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Updated: Apr 5, 2022

Ellie’s birth story.

25 years old

1st baby (2019)

I was fortunate to have a happy, healthy and active pregnancy, and while I’d been having Braxton hicks for a good few weeks and bouncing on my exercise ball every night, her due date soon came and went with her snug as a bug in my belly. I figured if she wasn’t here by her due date then I’d treat myself to a reflexology appointment - that was on a Monday. Tuesday came and went, and I took myself to bed as normal about 10pm. I woke up at midnight to use the bathroom and while washing my hands, my waters broke! I waited a few minutes to wake my husband, just to be sure this was it (I actually started to clean up the bathroom floor!), and boom – got my first contraction. That’s when I woke David who suggested we start timing them.

I was prepared to have a few hours at home while working through early labour, after reading it can take some time for things to progress, however got my next contraction 5 minutes later. A few more came and went within a similar time frame, so David called labour line. They told us that the birth centre I had planned to go to was closed, so we made our way to the birth center at the hospital (we’re about a 40 minute drive from there).

Throughout each contraction I focused purely on my breathing – in for 4, out for 8. By the time I’d done two or three of those I knew the contraction would start to ease.

We arrived at the hospital about 1am and with a few stops to squat and breathe through contractions, we were shown to our room and greeted by my midwife, who by total coincidence was a girl I went to school with! She told me I’d be welcome to ask for someone else but it was actually really nice to have a familiar face there.