Saffron's births

My first birth was a water birth at the birth centre and my second was an induction on the labour ward for gestational diabetes. Both experiences were very different but both positive.

With my second baby I had begun to plan for a homebirth before I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It was a bit of a shock and did take me some time to get my head around it. There was pressure from the hospital to be induced at 38 weeks (despite managing my blood sugars with diet and exercise and the scans showing that my daughter was growing normally), but I resisted until 40 weeks.

When I did make the decision it felt like I was making the choice for my baby and I, and I made sure to read up on the statistics so that I didn’t feel bullied or pressured. It was my choice and owning that choice helped me to have a positive experience. In a way it was nice to have a date in mind and be able to make solid preparations for where my son would be and to prepare him for the arrival of the new baby. Once at the hospital I was induced with the gel and my contractions had started within 30 minutes. My labour progressed as it had with my son - the contractions got steadily stronger and longer. An examination showed that I was 4cm but shortly after my waters broke and I was fully dilated! My daughter was born soon after. It was a bit of a whirlwind at the end but I was in control (mostly!!) throughout and it was a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t change a thing!
Top tip would be to do the research yourself and make sure you ask lots of questions until you understand what is being recommended and why. It is your body and your baby and ultimately your decision!