After all my preparation I felt confident, positive and was looking forward to my labour and birth!
At 38 weeks, at a routine appointment, it was detected that I had pre-eclampsia. I felt healthy and had been full of the energy of 'nesting', so this was a huge surprise to me! I was recommended to have an induction the next day. I was disappointed that I wasn't going to experience spontaneous labour, but I had informed myself of all the possibilities, so still felt prepared and in control.
It turned out that my son was well on the way to making an appearance by himself anyway, so my labour started without too much encouragement! Using the techniques that I had been practising and having my supportive husband by my side, I stunned the midwives after just a few short hours by announcing that my baby was coming - whilst still on the prenatal ward! After ten minutes in the delivery suite, my beautiful baby was in my arms.
Afterwards, the euphoria I felt was indescribable. Not only did I have my perfect baby boy, but I felt like I could move mountains! And that ladies, is how I would love each and every one of you to feel too.