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Annie's labour story

Date: 14 March 2019

Category: Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Interview with mother of two young children, Annie, about the management of labour Highlight

Annie lives in Sheffield. She has two children, a two year old son and a daughter aged five months.

Q. What have been your experiences of labour and delivery?

A. I had long labours with both my children. With my son my waters broke naturally but the labour didn’t get going so I was induced. I ended up having an emergency caesarean section because I had ‘run out of time’ after 72 hours in labour. With my daughter, we had planned to try a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) but in the later stages of that labour I developed eclampsia so there was no option but to go for another emergency C-section, even though only 48 hours had gone by.

Q. Of the studies in the Highlight, which did you find most interesting?

A. I found the studies about induction particularly relevant to me as I had been induced both times and I have no way of knowing if I ever would have gone into labour naturally. With my daughter, I had induction by means of a pessary and then oxytocin drip but again the labour was slow. My little ones were good at stubbornly staying put! I needed C-sections for both my babies so I don’t know what the eventual outcome might otherwise have been, but I can say that if I were ever to have a third baby I would still happily go for induction, as I can see from the evidence that it may reduce the rate of C-sections.

Q. What did you make of the section on pain relief?

A. Personally I had very little pain relief in either of my labours – I’m a bit hardcore like that! – so it didn’t directly relate to my own experience, but the evidence was interesting. I was struck at my NHS ante-natal classes just how much information is given out and discussed about pain relief. I came away from the classes well-informed but there was new stuff in the Highlight that I hadn’t come across before.

Q. Did anything in the Highlight surprise you?

A. Just the bit about the position in labour. As I ended up with C-sections on both occasions I never got the chance to choose a delivery position but I thought it was good that this is being so closely looked at – and it would certainly help some people to think it through.

Q. Do you think the Highlight would be useful for pregnant women and their midwives?

A. Yes I think it would be a useful extra to all the other information you get. Everyone likes a real-life story but if you are making decisions, such for a birth plan, it’s good to have hard evidence. Midwives play a crucial role in pregnancy – they are usually the only professional you see and you tend to save up your questions for them. I could imagine using the evidence in the Highlight as a way into some of those discussions.

  • Summary:

    Interview with mother of two young children, Annie, about the management of labour Highlight.
    Annie lives in Sheffield. She has two children, a two year old son and a daughter aged five months.

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