“MY SON AR­RIVED AF­TER JUST THREE PUSHES”

Af­ter be­ing turned man­u­ally from a breech po­si­tion, Kor­rin’s sec­ond baby was born nat­u­rally

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Kor­rin wasted no time at all with the birth of her sec­ond child

KOR­RIN MAR­SHALL, 33, AND HUS­BAND DAMIEN, 39, ARE PAR­ENTS TO SCAR­LETT, 16 MONTHS, AND WILLIAM, 10 WEEKS

My hus­band and I were pleas­antly sur­prised at our el­dest child’s six-month check-up to get con­fir­ma­tion we were ex­pect­ing another baby. It was sooner than an­tic­i­pated, but happy news. The preg­nancy pro­gressed much like my first one did – rel­a­tively nor­mal with no morn­ing sick­ness – although I was ex­tra tired, due to chas­ing around af­ter an ac­tive first­born.

At my 34-week scan, we dis­cov­ered the baby was in a breech po­si­tion. I wasn’t too wor­ried as I knew there was time for bub to move head down. How­ever, as my due date grew closer I be­gan to look at ways to en­cour­age the baby to turn. I tried var­i­ous ex­er­cises, cold packs on the stom­ach and acupunc­ture, but there was no change.

Three weeks later, my doc­tor con­firmed bub was still breech and that I’d be booked in for a sur­gi­cal de­liv­ery. I re­ally didn’t want to be re­cov­er­ing from a cae­sarean with a new­born and a 14-month-old, so I asked for a re­fer­ral to the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Women in Syd­ney’s Rand­wick. A spe­cial­ist doc­tor there was known for per­form­ing Ex­ter­nal Cephalic Ver­sion (ECV) and had suc­ceeded in turn­ing a num­ber of breech ba­bies, so I wanted to know if this could be an op­tion for us.

For­tu­nately we met with this doc­tor the fol­low­ing day – at 37.5 weeks, my time was lim­ited as our baby was also on the larger side. Af­ter as­sess­ing the baby, its po­si­tion and other vi­tal signs, he ad­vised us he’d be happy to at­tempt an ECV and be­lieved he would have 60 per cent suc­cess. So on the same day, and with only two at­tempts, our baby was suc­cess­fully turned from breech po­si­tion. We were de­lighted as it meant a higher chance of a nat­u­ral de­liv­ery.

The next few days were event-free, un­til 2am the week be­fore my due date when I roused to con­trac­tions. They were man­age­able un­til about 6am, when I woke my hus­band to say we should go to the hos­pi­tal. We ar­rived just be­fore 7am, and I was as­sessed at 8cm di­lated. I asked my mid­wife for an epidu­ral, but first she had to phone my doc­tor and break my wa­ters. How­ever, my next con­trac­tion was so in­tense it broke my wa­ters and I felt the need to push. She barely had time to as­sist me into a more man­age­able po­si­tion and call for other mid­wives be­fore our baby boy was born. My hus­band, who’d just been to grab a cof­fee, al­most missed it! Our baby was born 75 min­utes af­ter we ar­rived at hos­pi­tal – and with just three pushes!

Lit­tle William weighed 3.74kgs and mea­sured 52cm. Big sis­ter Scar­lett was very cu­ri­ous and ex­cited to meet this new ad­di­tion to our fam­ily. Af­ter a cou­ple of nights in hos­pi­tal, we headed home to set­tle into our new life with two kids un­der two. Sec­ond time around is eas­ier in many ways, es­pe­cially with breast­feed­ing, but some­times it can be a chal­lenge to com­fort them both when they’re cry­ing at the same time! With only 14 months be­tween them, I hope they grow up to be close friends and look out for each other.

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