Friends of Belmont Birthing

The birth of Angus William Bennett

For me the labour and birth of our first child was definitely not what I was expecting. In the weeks leading up to birth I did what most expectant mothers did, I read every source I could on labour and birth so I could be prepared as possible for a smooth, natural water birth at Belmont Group Practice. My husband and I had decided on a birth plan quite early in the pregnancy, but we had the main focus on a healthy mum and baby during and after delivery. When my due date came and went, I was expecting that it wouldn’t be long until labour started. Boy was I wrong. Each night I would wake up at 2am to go to the bathroom and end up lying in bed willing the contractions to begin, I used to get so excited with every slight cramp.

Angus and MumWhen I was 8 days overdue, my postdate checks started. I eventually had 3 postdate checks and ended up booking the induction for when I reached 42 weeks. I was somewhat disappointed that I would miss out on the excitement of going into labour naturally and being able to birth at Belmont, as all inductions go through the JHH. However, when I was 41 weeks and 5 days, at 9.45pm on Monday 17th of February my water broke whilst in the shower. From then on contractions started coming regularly and were about 8 minutes apart. We called through to Belmont and ended up labouring at home until 2am when contractions were intense and about 3mins apart. We then made the 35-minute car ride into Belmont Hospital. Let’s just say contractions in the car aren’t fun. When we reached Belmont Birthing Centre, I had a strong urge to push at the height of a contraction. A check revealed I was only 3cm and that I must not push. Baby was posterior and not cooperating, so we tried labouring in different positions to try and turn baby, but as time progressed and with it no change, it was recommended that I be transferred to JHH. 

When we arrived via ambulance at JHH it was recommended that I consider having a ‘Walking Epidural’ to try and let my body relax. At around 6 am I received the epidural, which allowed me to get some much-needed rest. They also started me on syntocinon to keep my contractions going. By the time 2pm rolled around on the Tuesday, I was 8cm dilated and excited to meet our little one in the next few hours. By 5.30pm I was feeling an urge to push again. My cervix was checked and I had only progressed to 9cm. The doctor had recommended that we have a caesarean, as although baby had turned, his head was still not in the right position and swollen. A short time later, I had signed the required documents and I had my stockings put on for surgery. 

We had a two hour wait for the caesarean, and in that time the decision was made to maintain the syntocinon infusion, to give me the best chance at a natural birth. The midwives on duty gave me some positions to assume while waiting to make me more comfortable, and to reduce the pushing urge that was getting stronger. The urge to push continued to increase in intensity and baby’s heart rate started to drop, we tried multiple positional changes, as this had worked in the previous heart rate decels that had occurred throughout the day. Within a minute there was an emergency decision made to deliver baby then and there. The room quickly filled with Dr’s and Nurses, midwives and NICU staff. They had me start pushing and tried to place a ventouse on baby’s head to help me deliver him. It kept slipping off and the doctor decided a forceps delivery was necessary. I was given an episiotomy, and forceps were used to deliver our baby boy quickly. Despite a slight hiccup with a shoulder dystocia, bub was born at 6.37 pm on Tuesday 18th of February weighing in at 3.54 kg. 

Dad with AngusHe was placed straight up onto my tummy where hubby was able to cut the cord before the NICU doctors checked him over. Baby was then given to hubby for skin to skin, due to me haemorrhaging. Once everything calmed down and I was stitched back together, I got to have my skin to skin time and bub had his first breastfeed. Although the birth of our son Angus didn’t exactly go to plan, the end result was a positive one, both mum and bub were healthy and well. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but the trauma of the birth was a distant memory once bub was in our arms. I would like to thank all the beautiful midwives and doctors at both Belmont and John Hunter for all of their help and support. They truly are amazing at what they do.