Your Pregnancy, Your Midwife, Your Choice
When I decided to switch from my NHS midwife to One 2 One I was 26 weeks pregnant. In honesty, I thought I’d probably left it too late to get the full benefit from the service and was a bit worried there wouldn’t be enough time to build up a rapport with my new midwife.
I met Cheryl and was immediately reassured.
I just wanted to send a huge thank you to Jo, Cheryl and Julie. My husband and I attended a hypnobirthing course where both homebirths and One-to-One midwives were mentioned. After the course we decided that we would like a homebirth so I self-referred to One-to-One at about 32 weeks. I wish I had done this earlier; Jo was my midwife and was amazing throughout and always really flexible.
It’s taken me a few weeks to get around to writing my birth story but I’ve finally found time to put pen to paper. Our story doesn’t just feature the few hours in labour but starts long before Ella-Rose was born. Throughout my pregnancy I had been despairing with the service I was receiving from my local NHS maternity services and then at 34 weeks I met Jane from One to One Midwives at a Mothercare evening and my world changed!
If you had told me 9 months ago that I would give birth to an 8lb 13oz baby, at home on two paracetamol and some gas and air I would have laughed you out the room.
Let me explain, I class myself as a medic. I actually am a GP trainee now having made the switch from hospital medicine two and half years ago but for most of my professional life after qualifying as a doctor I spent all my time in hospital on shift.
From my first appointment with Kim I knew I had made the right decision in choosing One to One. From the beginning I felt listened to and supported. This was my second baby and I had chosen to have a hospital birth due to having a difficult and long labour the first time. Because of this past experience I was naturally nervous, however Kim reassured me that it would not necessarily be this difficult again.
We were so excited to discover we were pregnant with our second child in Feb 2014 but as I reached 20 weeks pregnant I was feeling incredibly anxious about the birth. My first son Charlie had been born in hospital in 2011 and had many health problems following a traumatic forceps delivery, a suspected but unconfirmed infection (there were no records of this kept), an 8 night stay in hospital and years of inconsolable crying with colic, milk allergies and reflux.
So my story all started when I met my midwife Lucy. She was so lovely, easy to talk to and I wasn’t afraid to ask her any questions. She was so reliable and so understanding. She always made me feel reassured about everything and that I could ring her anytime. A few times I rang her when I thought I didn’t feel my baby kick and she came straight away and even though when she got to me my baby would make me look silly and start throwing a party,
So, my daughter is 7 months old, I’m making chicken pie in the kitchen and a playlist comes on Spotify named Birth Euphoria. I made it when I was 36 weeks pregnant not knowing my baby was only 14 days away. It stops me in my tracks and everything of that Sunday in February comes flooding back so I’m writing it all down as my birth story. Hopefully I can share my Euphoria with you.
I should of wrote this months ago my baby is now 9 months old.
I heard about One to One midwives from a friend. I rang them and self referred to the service. Cheryl Tomlinson was my midwife.
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