CRAZY IN LOVE
Mum Katherine shares the story of her fourth child’s quick birth
Katherine, Marc & Maryanne
“Maryanne is my fourth child so I had an idea of what I wanted for this birth. I don’t think you can get everything the way you want it to be, but through different experiences with your previous births, you know more about what you want and what you don’t want. I really liked having my babies at the hospital. I’m a ward clerk on the maternity suite in an Auckland hospital where I admit, register and discharge mums and their babies so I knew I wanted to have a hospital birth. I feel comfortable there. With my first, most of my labour was at home, as I planned to have a home birth, but ended up going to the hospital after being in labour for 30 hours. I felt like I needed to be near the pain relief! With my other births, I went straight to the hospital. This time around my midwife asked me to stay home as long as possible. We decided to head to the hospital at a crazy hour of the morning – about 1am. I rang my dad to come over and look after the kids. My husband, Marc, and I got to the hospital around 1.30am. When we arrived they filled up the pool for me, which is what I had planned. My midwife didn’t want to deliver the baby in water so I knew I wasn’t going to have a water birth but I really enjoyed being in the pool. It was great. I got out to use the bathroom, then became distracted and ended up on the bed. Looking back, I wish I had gone back into the pool. After the pool, I just surrendered myself. I stopped trying to make the pain go away. I thought, ‘I’ve got to get through this.
make the pain go away. I thought, ‘I’ve got to get through this. It’s only going to be a certain amount of time and it’s going to be over soon and I’ll have the baby.’ Towards the end, they told me I was dehydrated and that had made the baby’s heart rate go up so they gave me some fluid. Maryanne was born around four hours after we arrived at the hospital, at 4.29am. Not long after that my dad brought the kids in to see the baby. They were really, really excited. They couldn’t believe that the baby was finally here. They tiptoed over and had a peek. It’s almost like they hadn’t been told that it was happening but they’ve known about it the whole time. We talked about it every day and then when the baby was finally here they were like, ‘Wow.’ It was amazing for them. I stayed in the hospital for one night because I had some blood loss, so they had to monitor me overnight and I had my bloods checked again the next morning. It was so good to bring Maryanne home to be with the family. The first days at home with my previous babies were so magical and this time proved to be no different and just as special. Love really takes you by surprise in the most wonderful way.
Katherine asked the midwife if Marc could pass her the baby immediately after birth. “It was so special to have him do this!”