I was term plus 15 days and declined induction, including stretch and sweep and had CTG monitoring daily from term plus 12, that is the policy at the hospital. And all was always ok.
I have had a previous emergency C-section, (due to positioning of baby and failure to progress) but with discussions it was agreed I would have baby in the birth centre, in water. As I was 15 days overdue health professionals wanted to see how I’d go, as according to them I was becoming a higher risk pregnancy day by day.
So I started having stronger braxton hicks on Wednesday, nothing that was stopping me from doing things, then had a CTG which was normal, but was disheartening because the consultant midwife wasn’t that positive about me continuing, she wanted me to give a date when I wanted to have an induction.
So I went home, and I knew I had to get rid of the negativity, as my braxton hicks actually settled, so I got an apple turnover, a croissant and a hot drink! Then went to sleep, woke up, ate, and contractions kicked in nicely around 7pm. I just managed with breathing, so I stayed at home, and was actually sitting chatting to my mum and husband in between the contractions.
It was snowing that day and we live in an area where there are a lot of uphill drives on the way to the hospital, so once my contractions were every 3-4 minutes, I called the birth centre, and they agreed that I should go in as it was going to take us time to get to the hospital. While getting ready the contractions suddenly changed and I got a lot of pressure. I even lost control of my breathing.
So I had to run to the car between contractions, as the car was far due to snow, and because I felt embarrassed of screaming outside when I got the contractions. It was weird, I screamed uncontrollably. I was so embarrassed by this, and kept thinking about what the midwives would think about me.
Anyway, we made it to the birth centre, after about 30 minutes drive instead of six. We arrived at midnight. And as soon as I entered the room, my waters broke and I got a massive relief! This is what was causing the pressure. I was then examined and I was fully dilated, baby was ready to come out. At this point I was given gas and air which gave me back control of my breathing.
I then transferred to the pool, and, amazingly, things just happened without me doing anything, all I did was breath, my uterus did it’s own pushing. I remember saying to the midwife: “It’s pushing!” and I just went with the flow.
Baby was born 37mins after my arrival to the birth centre.
I have to say that I really couldn’t have done this without the help of Allah, I prayed salat istikhara once I made my decision and sticking by it really helped things through. Alhamdulilah (thank God).
Also having the knowledge about the different hormones and what your body is capable of really helped. It’s definitely worth doing all the preparation, and keeping positive. Labour isn’t as scary as people make it. It can be beautiful which is what I’ve had Alhamdulilah.
Aisha is a GP from West Yorkshire and a mum of two. Being a GP made things more challenging with other healthcare professionals as she was overdue and declined any interventions. Aisha’s baby was born in March 2018.