My natural labour and delivery story (2017)

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We are already more than half way through the year and I’ve been reflecting on our biggest blessing this year. On Saturday April 8th 2017, we welcomed our 3rd child, Ivory.

You may know that I previously gave birth to my fraternal twins, Ivan and Ivanna by C-section (you can read about that here) and I was made aware early on in this pregnancy that if there were no significant complications, I would be having a VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Caesarian Section).

So naturally, I was anxious because although I would be giving birth to my third child, it would be my first time to “experience” labour and push.

My stomach was quite big when I was pregnant so all the school run mums were quick to tell me that I would deliver early, and this got my hopes up to the point where when I got to 38 weeks pregnant, I felt like I was overdue.

We had prepared everything for her arrival and all bags were packed, so I didn’t really have anything to take my mind off of my delivery. I just waited and waited, for what felt like an eternity.

But on the day before she was due (Friday 7th), we made our way to the hospital to be induced. The method was by gel, and 12 hours after it was adminstered and very mild contractions, my waters broke! I was excited! I thought that I would meet my baby in a few short hours.

Instead, I spent the next 15 hours in immense pain, and my contractions were not gradual but hard and fast the entire time. I got to the point where I thought it was too much and I couldn’t do it, but Emmanuel was more than supportive and helped me through.

It was my 14th hour of contractions and the time came to push. I was so exhausted by this point but I had to gather some strength and cross the last hurdle. My midwife instructed me to push everytime a contraction came, and I pushed as hard as I could, then caught my breath until the next contraction. I pushed for an entire hour and if baby was not out within 30minutes, doctors would have intervened and I would have faced an emergency C-section.

But thankfully it didn’t come to that, and after about 70 minutes of pushing, Ivory made her debut, the exact same time as her big sister Ivanna. She was perfect in every way.

15 hours from start to finish, my body was tested like never before, but God pulled me through and I have not taken for granted that childbirth can only be described as a miracle.

I hope you find peace in knowing that at times when things feel impossible, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

As always, thank you for reading.

Leandra

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