The Birth of Mae
On the 25th of November 2014 I found out I was 2 weeks pregnant with our second child. I was considered high risk from the start due to my previous pregnancy and was only allowed to see doctors. We went to our 19week scan and my fiancée decided he did not want to find out the sex, I however did find out ITS A GIRL! I kept this secret for 11weeks until I accidentally let it slip! At 28weeks I was getting what I thought were Braxton hicks and they were coming very regularly so I decided to give birthing suite a call to get checked out and put my mind at ease, I was hooked up onto the CTG to monitor and the tightenings they were coming every 5minutes, Thankfully my cervix was not dilating but they gave me pills to try to stop the tightenings, they however didn’t completely stop but made them drag out longer so instead of coming every 5minutes they were coming every 10, then 20, then one every hour. I was kept in hospital for 5days and given steroid injections during those 5 days I had a Growth scan booked in just to make sure she was growing properly, That is when everything started to go a little off track, our little girl had developed a sever early onset of IUGR (In Uterine Growth Restriction) so she wasn’t measuring as big as your average baby for that gestation. , by the 5th day the tightening had completely stopped and I was allowed home. It was from then I was seen weekly by the doctors, was monitored twice weekly by midwives and was having twice weekly Doppler scans and fortnightly growth scans It was then the doctors sat me down and told me to prepare for an early arrival of baby as I will not be making it to 37weeks, my heart instantly sank as yet again my body was failing my child but I needed to keep positive and hope for the best. During my 30th week of pregnancy I noticed decreased movement, it was then I was monitored daily. At 32weeks at my routine appointments they noticed the pulse in the cord/babies brain was abnormal I was given yet another boost of steroids and sent off to the royal women’s. I was then with the royal women’s for 3 weeks were everything was going well from the steroid booster, our little girl got to 2kg and we were finally transferred back to Geelong. We had made it to 35weeks! Once back in Geelong everything started to go downhill yet again the Doppler’s were becoming abnormal. At 36weeks I went to my routine doctor’s appointment on the Monday to be told I was set to be induced the next day as it was clear our daughter needed out. At 3pm on the 14th of July at 36weeks 3days gestation, I was nervously waiting to have the cervical balloon inserted to dilate my cervix enough to be able to break my waters, the doctors were running late and it didn’t get put in until 9pm that night, my fiancée had already left by this point to go home to get some rest before the big day. After the balloon was inserted I was instantly getting tightening’s but we weren’t sure if it was early labour or just irritation from the balloon, after 3 hours of dealing with the pain I decided to call my fiancée and ask him to come in, after another 4 hours of putting up with the pain of the contractions at 4am the midwives suggested I have a shot of pethidine and get some sleep so I was rested enough to push, at 6am I woke to the doctors saying they will be breaking my waters and to hopefully get the drip put in, at 6:20 they were broken and the balloon taken out, the contractions went for bearable to Unbearable instantly, I was already 4cm dilated, I was having contraction after contraction they didn’t have time to put the drip in because I was dilating too fast, The electrode had to be put directly on our daughters scalp as the CTG wasn’t getting a clear enough heartbeat, I was 6cm by this stage only 20mins after my waters had broken, it was then they realised she wasn’t tolerating labour as well as they had hoped as her heartbeat was dipping with each contraction, suddenly half way through a contraction at 7:30am I was screaming to push, during the pushing they noticed her cord was wrapped around her neck, they asked for me to stop pushing so they could try and unwrap the cord but they were unable to as the cord was too tight but only after 8minutes of pushing our tiny precious bundle, Mae Elisabeth was born at 7:38am weighing a teeny 4lbs 4oz exactly 2kgs and 47cm long. She spent 10 days in the Special care nursery and is kicking all her goals.
Looking back at my birth photos for the millionth time
I cant stop looking at this picture and the emotion i feel towards it. I absolutely love it, its so raw and natural i was in so much pain but i can see the beauty towards it. I get to re-live this day for the rest of my life. I am SO glad i decided to have a professional birth photographer at the birth of my 2nd child, I will never not have one for my future pregnancies because if Sarah wasn’t there i would not even have this memory to look back on and many more photos that are now so precious to me. i know a lot of people would say having a photographer there for the birth would be the LAST thing on their mind i would think again! my support people were there to SUPPORT me not to take on the roll of taking photos.
For everyone thinking about getting a birth photographer I would HIGHLY recommend getting one!! every cent was well spent!
Thanks to Sarah from Sarah Anne birth photography I get to re-live this day over and over for the rest of my life.