Posted: 01/04/2011 at 12:58
hello ladies, long time no "see"!!
I had planned a homebirth, but ended up in hospital with an epidural and forceps delivery - totally NOT what I had wanted to happen.
However we made the best decisions we could based on what was unfolding before us. Although I was terrified of having the epi I knew it was the best choice for the baby as I was 8 cm at the point and pethadine would have passed into her blood stream.
I didn't have skin to skin at first cos they wanted to wrap Liv up as it was so cold in the theatre, and anyhow I was shaking so much from the drugs that I was afraid I would drop her! But once back in the delivery room I had about three hours of skin to skin.
I think what made all the difference for me was having an independent midwife who was with us all the way through - she even came into theatre with me instead of hubby as he knew it was too much for him. She acted as an advocate for us and Im sure that the other midwives were more respectful of me because she was there watching them!
Although the experience was actually very positive (in a weird way)I know that I lucked out in that the epidural guy was so lovely and the forceps guy was very skilled. Plus all the midwives I had were super (apart from the stupid breast feeding support woman, what a cow). I'm very concious that I may not be so lucky second time round.
And although I do see it as a positive experience, I have NOT forgotten how hideous it was and now when I see a pregnant lady I feel physically sick! So for that and a number of other reasons I doubt very much that I will have another. At least not for another four years!!!!!!!!