Booked a Hospital birth because I was nervous first time mum, and hadn't had contact with NCT (National Childbirth Trust) or anyone who even suggested home birth to me.
I wrote on my birth plan that I was happy to have any pain relief but would like to avoid an epidural.
My waters broke at 41 weeks and 3 days and I went into hospital straightaway despite not having any contractions.
Was strapped to a monitor which I complained was uncomfortable but was ignored - the midwife then appaeared again after an hour and said I wasn't in labour (she didn't examine internally) and put me on the antenatal ward even though I was having contractions every 5 minutes...
Anyway, to cut a long story short after contuniously asking and failing to get any pain relief for 3 hours I was transferred to a labour room to quieten me down - discovering that I was fully dilated and had Sam half and hour later!
It was funny (afterwards!) thinking how surprised they were but it left me with a real resentment about Hemel that I still haven't lost.
Went to my GP at 6 weeks - told him I wanted a Home Birth due to fast birth/no complications first time round. He said that as a GP he didn't approve even though all his 4 children were home births but said that our practice midwife would be happy and he would get her to call me - which she did and was very pleased.
I did all my antenatal appointments with her - I didn't even need to see the Consultant at 32 weeks like I did first time, and my midwife visited me at home for the last few appointments. My only sadness was that having built a relationship with her she then had to transfer over to another part of the district for the last month so I didn't have her for the actual birth but her stand-in that I met a few times was the second midwife to come out.
My midwife delivered a pack of essential items for home birth about a month before DD - I peeked in the bag and it seemed to consist of plastic sheeting and a bin bag! I was also given a list of items that I had to supply as well. I checked that they brought Gas and Air with them!
On due date I went to bed at midnight and woke up at 1.40 with a massive contraction. After another followed a few minutes later I got my DH to ring for the midwife who was there fairly promptly. I hadn't met her before but we immediately clicked and worked well together (she was good at back massage - but also knew when to leave me alone!)
At 3.40 Joe arrived, at 8lb 3oz he was a pound heavier than Sam but due to excellent second stage management I didn't tear. An hour later I was tucked up in my bed (bed clothes freshly changed by the midwives!) with the baby and DH feeling very pleased with myself!
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