She’s here! After 38 long weeks, Seanna Hope arrived safe and well on August 15. The last two weeks of pregnancy were a strange mix of terror and excitement. Unlike Levi’s pregnancy, I did believe she would be born alive so I was excited to meet our little bub, but there was of course an element of fear because I knew that nothing was guaranteed. After having a rather large emotional meltdown at the start of that last week, I booked myself a pregnancy massage in order to have something to look forward to before the induction date: August 15. Although I had hoped to go into labour naturally, it wasn’t to be and on the morning of August 15 Marcus, Levi and I headed into the hospital’s Birth Centre for what turned out to be quite a long day.
We arrived at 8am for my midwife (Julie) to break my waters. I was 3cm dilated despite not having had any contractions, so we hoped that having my waters broken would be enough to start labour without the need for further interventions. Seanna’s head was so well engaged that breaking my waters proved difficult, but after a few tries it worked and the waiting game began. My best friend Annika arrived soon after – she was there to help look after Levi and support me through labour. Not much happened for a few hours, contractions did begin but they weren’t very strong at all nor were they regular. I lost count of how many laps I did of the hospital room, corridors and stairs! But no amount of walking made any change. After lunch, an internal exam showed no change at all: four hours of irregular contractions had made no difference and the decision was made to start me on the syntocin drip.